Well it's been a while but my pit is stuck between the bed and the office
I'm still married so it seems it worked out fine... Altough I'm now comitted to find a bigger house
I started working on electronic which should be very quick since all components are already working as a side assembly and I will just need to integrate all the different subassemblies in the pit.
All the lights will be driven by the UCC.
I use 2 Xkeys for all the buttons. One is interfaced to the 2 MFD and ICP without the use of leds and the second one is interfaced to all the cockpit switches with Loulou's Xkeys connection kit.
I must say Loulou's work proved to be a great help once again. It will save a lot of cables around the cockpit because the way we can position small 16 or 20 connection card around the cockpit.
Mine has 2x20 switches cards on the front panel, and 3x16 switches card into each side console at this time. Between each smaller PCB, we only have a 20 wire IDE cable running.
It's a hell of a lot easier to interface.
Picture will follow soon.
I spent the week-end working on adding external lights into the pit. I will have to use 2 circuits. One will be 5v to power real gauges and Mfds
backlight and the glareshield lights (where I replaced the 28v bulbs with 6v bulbs. The second one will be 24v to power the dummies gauges I created where I reused the warning light panels 28v bulbs. That circuit will also give power to the magnetic switch once I start using them.
I did some connection clips for each circuit with Cougar connectors. Works fine and it's very easy to add a light a remove one for maintenance.
Here's the mess behind the front panel. Believe it or not, I already cleaned that mess twice
And finally, here is a picture of the dummy homemade backlighted gauges:
I'm pretty happy with the result.
So far, I'm using the Mal Ind Light switch on the INT LIGHT panel to power both the 24v and 5v circuit at the same time (with a double pole switch). The 3 glareshields lights are powered up separetely and the glareshield spotlights are powered when unstowed.
No panel backlight yet save for the real panels with 5v and white lights which are hooked up on the 5v circuit: O2 panel, Nuke panel and Chaff&flares panel.
Backlighting Mike's panel will come...in due time