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Author Topic: Red Dog's pit - I finally started  (Read 810332 times)

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Red Dog's pit - I finally started
« on: July 29, 2004, 05:33:26 AM »
After spending some months studying the project, I finally started building something.

The idea is to go from the current setup:

to this:


The choice to go for a Viper2 prototype is simply motivated by lack of place. I have a limited space between my bed and my office table to place the cockpit.

______ although in the meantime, the project evolved to this __________

_____________________read on ... ______________________________



Work has begun with the Aces2 seat reproduction. Wood and aluminium will be used and built around a real parachute container (Thanks Marvin :) ) I used Speedone drawings with some correction and a great lot of help from Philippe Marchal a fellow Belgian who built a wonderful reproduction of the seat.

Here's the garage after the first hour of work, so many things left to do  :P

I printed an autocad file from Philippe (cross checked with J.A.K's) realsize to make some paper templates. That eased up a little the cutting process.

I found something I did some 10 years ago that might help this project:


The base of the seat slighly modified to suit my needs:


Different angle:


My first ever part I will do on a milling machine, the ejector seat arm handle. Seems like a simple part to do. I hope to be successful so I can make some other part for the project.


The biggest concern I have for the seat is the head rest, I'll make some test this week-end.
« Last Edit: February 14, 2016, 06:03:11 AM by Red Dog »

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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2004, 05:39:31 AM »
Sweet Red Dog, good to see some new blood.  That's a pretty cool seat model you have there.  Is that from one of those 1/12th pit models?  I lov ethe way you have the seat weathered and all, looks very realistic.

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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2004, 05:44:08 AM »
Red Dog,
Great to see some picture's of your work, the couple of months studying shure helpt. Now it's only a mather of assemblying the hole thing :D
Keep us posted,

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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2004, 05:50:23 AM »
Thanks Jay, that's indeed the famous 1/12th scale model - about time I do a 1/1.
I make so many aircraft models, this is my first 1/1  :lol:

JAK,
Assembling and waiting some parts to arrive in my mailbox :)

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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2004, 05:53:20 AM »
Hmmmm ... Red Dog ..... that name's very familiar ..... hmmmm .....  :P

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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2004, 06:00:55 AM »
That's funny, I told him the same thing when he posted up a question.  "Hmm, I know I've heard that name before, where was that???"

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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2004, 06:03:35 AM »
Just don't tell my lovely wife, okay gents...

James, Shouldn't you be extremely busy preparing something for... you know... ??

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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2004, 07:12:53 AM »
Hey, RedDog!

Welcome... "at home" :D.
The model is fantastic, and the first pictures make we want to see mooooooooooore - gimmegimme... ;).
Hopefully you'll have a nice pedal adjust handle in the upcoming days ;)

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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2004, 07:56:43 AM »
Red Dog,

Awesome job dude!!  I understand the space thing too!  Once I get my pit completed I will have to move my bedroom into the spare room, and my computer and sim into the bed room.  There just won't be enough room to open the pit up and work on it in the computer room.  I am not too happy about that, and I doubt the G-friend will be either!  :roll:

But hey once you get your pit all done and start flying let me know.  I know this really good website to get some nice checklists for Falcon!  :wink:

Take care
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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2004, 09:04:15 AM »
Great work Red Dog!  Welcome to The Pit.  Sitting in that pit will definitely enhance the realism gained through your checklists!  Oh, and thanks again for all the checklists and maps!

Can't wait to see what's next!
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« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2004, 05:27:42 PM »
Welcome Red dog, glad you started your project! Interesting Pit also, if I didnt have the room, I would build the same type.

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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2004, 05:34:23 PM »
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James, Shouldn't you be extremely busy preparing something for... you know... ??

Yes, it's already consuming all my time. But hoping to have my controllers mounted before then so I can end up in the pit for my last bachelor days ;)

Good to see you have a thread here in this much quieter and peaceful forum! ;)

Cheers!

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« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2004, 05:03:32 AM »
I know the feeling James, I'm trying to achieve the most of the pit project (without rushing anything) before the birth of the little boy in September :)

Thanks for the warm welcome guys, here's a small update.

I continued milling the arm lever for the seat but I screwed up big time. The mill's vice (?) is not self centering and I couldn't make the curve in one pass. As a consequence I have quite a bad result with the part.

But I know how to fix that with modeller mastic and sanding  :lol:

I also received the instrument set from Reactor one. I redid all images he used originally in higher resolution and more in the MLU standards. He uses 72dpi and it's noticeable at impression. So I redid the instruments from scratch with Photoshop. They are not totally vectorised but they are real size so size should not be altered.
Here's the total set:


Reactor one's work is really great! I'm pretty glad to have these.

Here's a comparison between the 300dpi altimetre (left) and the 72 dpi (right)
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« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2004, 06:30:26 AM »
Wow.. great pics, Red Dog!

Could you post some pics of the HSI's parts? I'm interested in getting one, but I would like to no, if it would be possible to implement working needles.

If you would like to change the font of the scales to the real one, here is a download link from simpits.org:

http://www.simpits.org/fileproc/dload.php?file=MS33558FONT.ZIP

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« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2004, 01:33:44 PM »
I did not know that you were so professional in joinery?  :wink:
Cheer Red Dog, that starts really well!!!!

I await the continuation impatiently...

R1