I hereby declare WINTER over in the Northen hemisphere!
Tired of waiting better temperature for working in the garage, I decided that it was warm enough to start working again on my cockpit - the planning phase has lasted enough!
So I started cutting wood using the excellent stencils made by Killn. I must say, I'm impressed. I cut along the lines of the stencils and placed a center panel from a F16A (block15) and the glareshield edges are perfectly matching -way to go Jason
I decided to make the front panel in one part of MDF 18mm for solidity issues. If needed - I will be able to cut the MDF later to accomodate the center console and the ICP mount if necessary.
Since I will use dummies instrument, I don't really need to make the cutout in the panel, except maybe for the DED and RWR coming with the UCC. This might change in the future since the instrument will be dummies but may be backlighted...
The panel is cut and the real one is placed on top of it... perfect match on the glareshield edges, that was quite important.
I also made some modification on the MFD support. Especially on the MFD cutout. So far, I don't have any plans to place LCDs or Crts into these, I'll again place a dummy screen backlighet as in my current setup.
I am certainly wrong but I had the feeling that the MFD cutout in the support is too large for my MFD bezels - especially on the lower angled corners... I was afraid that these holes might be visible.
Besides, I want to use the 4 corner MFD srews to attach the bezels on the support - with Killn drawing these screws cannot connect to the support. That is quite normal since I assume they are meant to be attached to the CRT going though the support!
Here's the modified support - I also placed a notch for the cables coming out of ther Mfds.
Same but with the MFd installed.
Then I tested the paper template and the MFD in to the wood panel.
All I needed to do was cut two such parts in 4mm MFD and that was easily done.
At this time I couldn't resist doing some dry fittings of different parts
Next on the agenda is the construction of the MISC support panel, I tested the two MISC panel I have here and I have some concern to install them...
Here they are over the drawings:
that's a real Misc panel from a block15 F16A and fitting is much better - although this time, the panel is longer... Normal I guess since the MISC panel are quite different from older blocks F-16 to MLU.
That's an AGT MISC panel but obviously, it doesn't fit at all. I'm concerned because that's the one I planned to use and it's supposed to be a block 50 part, so I need to investigate more on this to find a suitable solution.
And finally, last picture of the front panel dry fitted under the glareshield.
Now I really need to find that missing left glareshield part.
I'm back in the saddle