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Author Topic: Tulkas' simulator - progress  (Read 167311 times)

Offline Tulkas

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #75 on: March 15, 2010, 04:04:07 AM »
Thanks guys for the feedback.

For a change is a relieve to work on something that does not implies wood cutting and sandpaper.

I have been some months thinking about the arming lever mechanism. Sure it was easy just a hinge and a push button but I wanted something to snap and lock into both positions and I wanted it to feel solid. The solution I liked the most was Ray's: http://www.viperpits.org/smf/index.php?topic=1062.150

So I went in search of RC parts but I did not find much where I live. I search on the net, I contacted Ray who kindly helped but in the end I got tired of going through pages and pages of RC material and decided to give a shot to the local general hardware store. Some half an hour walking among the shelves and came back home with this:

 http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PB050198.jpg
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A threaded rod, nuts, washers, a ball joint, a switch and a tile cutter. A tile cutter?? Yep, check out the spring that comes with it :D McGyver rules in pitbuilders' world! This the resulting test assembly:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PB050200.jpg
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This is it in movement, it snaps firmly into the safe/armed position, just as I wanted.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PB050201.jpg
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Now to prepare the definitive mechanism I need the drawings and dimensions of the arm lever to make a placeholder. I am purchasing the one from Mike but he appears not to be available at the moment so if someone else cand provide me with those dims I could keep on working on this until Mike is back and then install his lever.    
Thanks

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #76 on: March 22, 2010, 06:18:51 AM »
Starting the painting works on my ACESII. I use Montanagold Dust Grey 7030 and as Aeyes said, is a perfect match with the real thing, you can see in comparation with the parachute container

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/IMG_0461.jpg
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It is just the first coat and there is still a long way of sandpaper and repaint but I cannot resist to dress it for somo pictures

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/IMG_0458.jpg
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I wont spend too much time detailing the backside since it won?t be seen with the ejection rails structure.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/IMG_0460.jpg
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And now starts a long and boring work to turn the wood rough surface into slick metal and plastic looking surface. A lot of mastic, a lot of sandpapering and a lot of patient but it is possible. I have the experience from the ICP case and I know what to do.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/IMG_0462.jpg
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I have decided to leave aside the wood mastic I have been using and change to the one used to fix bumps and damage on metal. I think I read it being call bundo or something around here. It is more expensive, it?s more difficult to use because dries very fast, it is a lot harder to sandpaper and you have to mix two components, in the other side its hardness gives a lot better finish. I started using it to fix some bumps in my metallic seat pan and ended using it all over.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/IMG_0463.jpg
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Opposite to the ICP case this thing is quite big so I mentally have part it in small areas to get them perfect one by one. I started with the front of the seat pan

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/IMG_0464.jpg
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And the result

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Cheers

Tulkas

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #77 on: March 22, 2010, 09:10:53 AM »
Well done tulkas ! outstanding work there!  :thumbsup:

A little tip, if I can, put some thin metal plate around  the knee rest edge to avoid wood damage when you will quickly jump into the pit  for a scramble!! :vp:

Cheers

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #78 on: March 23, 2010, 03:19:48 AM »
Great job Tulkas. Very nice.
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #79 on: March 30, 2010, 04:34:55 AM »
Thanks guys!

Well done tulkas ! outstanding work there!  :thumbsup:

A little tip, if I can, put some thin metal plate around  the knee rest edge to avoid wood damage when you will quickly jump into the pit  for a scramble!! :vp:

Cheers

Magoo the complete top of the seat pan up to the edge is metal. so it should be ok.


Painting and sanding the seat is going forward at a good pace. Parallel to this a I have been working on other details.

First the mechanismo for the ejection handle. Very simple. One spring was ok but I wanted to feel a good resistence.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PB210203.jpg
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eject! eject! eject!:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PB210204.jpg
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I have made some paper stencils for the metal supports that hung on the seat. Also you can see the still raw date recorder, fake rails and wheels. Still a lot of work but I have startet to see the end of the process.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PB210206.jpg
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Cheers

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #80 on: March 31, 2010, 04:11:23 PM »
Hi guys!

Anyone so kind to give me the dimension in the picture?

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/ACESII_oxybrackets_dim.jpg
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Thanks!

Cheers

Tulkas
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #81 on: April 01, 2010, 09:04:06 AM »
Came on guys! Don?t be shy! I know a good bunch of you have this thing, it will take you about 30s to messure and write it here

Lazy basterds!  :lol:  :lol:

Cheers

Tulkas

Hi guys!

Anyone so kind to give me the dimension in the picture?

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/ACESII_oxybrackets_dim.jpg
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Thanks!

Cheers

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #82 on: April 01, 2010, 10:35:41 AM »
.... only 3 seconds to measure - but 327 seconds to find the bloody thing  ;)

.... 37 mm?s!!!

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #83 on: April 01, 2010, 01:08:38 PM »
Mine's not real but it's 42mm - on the other hand I know where to find it  8) :-P
Don't be so picky about real dims gents. There are many differences amongst real parts too :)
Especially for such a small tiny detail

Have a bandit day
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« Reply #84 on: April 02, 2010, 11:02:31 AM »
.... only 3 seconds to measure - but 327 seconds to find the bloody thing  ;)

.... 37 mm?s!!!

TOR

..... also, not the real thing - sorry! Might even be the one pictured there....

I agree with RD on the dimensions, especially on a part like this - which is really not adjacent to other parts.

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #85 on: April 02, 2010, 11:25:30 AM »
many thanks Tor and RD!

I also agree with you, in a part like this it is not really needed to be accurate to the milimeter, but I needed at least some reference to start making it. If later it is 3 or 4 cm it is not so important, actually the hinge that I get in the shop will decide the size but I wanted to get close.

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #86 on: April 11, 2010, 06:40:31 AM »
I know many of you guys know IT...

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This creature has eaten many pit projects...

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This greedy creature sees every pit room as its lebensraum...

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It is the black beast of the pit builders...

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And now it is IN my house...

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I hear it in the night...

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Sometimes I wake up and I can see my wife walking around in the darkness half slept...

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With some very high tech equipment I got a picture of this daemon while it was getting all over my pit...

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Prepare yourself to feel FEAR!

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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/IMG_0605.jpg
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It arrived the last 3rd of April, but I think we are getting along pretty well after all :D

He even allowed me to work a lot in my pit the last week (thanks to him I did not have to go to work :) )

I have painted the pads on the headrest dark grey. The last coat placing the spray can far away from the surface to get a rough texture which I liked a lot. I am VERY pleased with the result

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/IMG_0569.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/IMG_0596.jpg
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I have started to paint the sides of the seat. I will do it in three coats to try to simulated a real weathering.

First coat aluminum

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/IMG_0565.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/IMG_0568.jpg
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Second yellow priming colour

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And third coat gray. I don?t have a picture yet but it looks great!

Un saludo

Tulkas

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #87 on: April 11, 2010, 08:34:58 AM »
Tulkas,
                     That?s the best so far, The tears was running down my face,
Congratulations, it is a beast but it is definitely not black,

  Beautiful  baby and a beautiful post.     :beer:


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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #88 on: April 11, 2010, 09:22:36 AM »
Congratulations!!!
 :yihaw:

And happy fatherhood.
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #89 on: April 11, 2010, 10:49:01 AM »
ACESII looks GREAT.........but the little kid looks Gouges  :thumbsup: Congrats mate, well done work  :whistle:

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