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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #165 on: September 11, 2017, 05:33:25 PM »
Howdy brother @wralex!

Well that's a bit complicated.  I bought my screen and screen frame from Simpits out of New Zealand.  Looking back I paid way too much for what it is and I had a horrible experience with the company owner.  DON'T DO BUSINESS WITH THIS GUY!  Not only was the quality lacking, but parts of the stand and hardware were missing and he never made it right.  He also took a long time to communicate with me regarding the issues with the order.   :grumbl:

I'm not sure where to get the screen itself, but you might be able to buy a large piece of lexan and mix up a batch of black pearl paint and thus make your own setup.  If I'm not mistaken Kukki may offer the stand made in aluminum which is better than the wood version I have.  Unless you want to make that yourself as well as it shouldn't be that difficult to manufacture.

That may not be what you wanted to hear, but it is what it is!

Good luck,

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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #166 on: September 11, 2017, 05:42:32 PM »
Thanks for the info Blaze. I heard the same the same thing about simpits stuff. I will not work with them for mine.


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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #167 on: September 13, 2017, 03:53:14 AM »
I can't say bad word about simpit. I bought simpit warp and don't have problems. When I have problem with software i don't have problem with communication with simpit company. They help me very quickly.

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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #168 on: September 13, 2017, 12:25:21 PM »
I can't say bad word about simpit. I bought simpit warp and don't have problems. When I have problem with software i don't have problem with communication with simpit company. They help me very quickly.

That is super good for you my friend, but I also had a lot of issues with him and had to scrap my system due to bad quality and missing parts.

I dont want anything with him to do, he never sent me the missing parts and was very hard to get to reply.

just my experience with him  :bat:
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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #169 on: September 13, 2017, 01:58:29 PM »
I can't say bad word about simpit. I bought simpit warp and don't have problems. When I have problem with software i don't have problem with communication with simpit company. They help me very quickly.

Yes @mac.pel , the software worked just fine.  It was the hardware that was the problem.  I wish the only issue WAS with the software since that's the cheap end of the equation.  I just don't recommend anyone buying the wrap screen from them, that's all.  The funny thing is that Simpit to my knowledge only sells the software, they don't own or develop it, interesting.....

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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #170 on: September 13, 2017, 03:17:33 PM »
the SW is not his, it form this company in the Netherlands: https://fly.elise-ng.net
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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #171 on: November 03, 2017, 09:32:56 AM »
Hey everyone!

Just wanted to put in a quick update on my pit.  Over the last several weeks I’ve been working on a lot of non-structural odds and ends allowing me to check off quite a few items from the ever growing to do list.  I also acquired some more goodies.  I now have a real SSC and throttle grip completing the flight controls.  Originally I planned to use the Cougar HOTAS, but when the opportunity came along to upgrade I couldn’t resist! :outthewindow:

More importantly, a couple of weeks ago I was honored to have @Valcor, @Kukki and @String in my home all at the same time while Kukki was in Texas on vacation.  We had a blast working on the sim and “talking shop”.  I am continually amazed at how knowledgeable and supportive these guys are.  Far more than that, the friendships that I’m developing with fellow pit builders is incredible, hats off to you guys and a sincere thanks to ALL who have helped me so far on my journey.   :beer2:

Going forward:  The next big event will be the arrival of the left side shell from @Pegasus, hopefully by late November or early December.  This section will keep me busy for a bit.  Like the center floor structure, there will be lots of rivets to buck, equipment installations, metal prep and painting to complete.  Then after the first of the year I’ll do it all over again with the right side.  I will of course post pictures as progress is made, until then you can see Kukki’s build thread for what it will look like and in true Martin fashion...it’s gorgeous.  :thumbsup:

I also decided to upgrade my graphics card to an Nvidia GTX 1070.  I have not decided yet whether to use my old graphics card or use the mother board to run the MFD’s.  As many of you know you can only run 4 outputs from most cards and I will need 5 total - 3 for the beamers and 2 for the MFD’s.  I would love to hear some opinions on this.  Just to be clear, I would not be using the old card SLI since they are different versions, just trying to figure out the best option for power, FPS, etc.

Hope everyone is doing well on their pits.

Blaze


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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #172 on: November 03, 2017, 12:04:09 PM »
Hey Blaze! Why 3 output for the beamers and not just try the matrox?

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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #173 on: November 03, 2017, 11:12:03 PM »
Hey Blaze! Why 3 output for the beamers and not just try the matrox?

@wralex ,

When I first got my setup I didn’t even know about the Matrox.  However, if I understand it correctly you can’t use that with warping software because it needs 3 separate feeds, I could be wrong.  If you are just splitting to 3 monitors the Matrox would be fine I’m sure as that’s what it’s designed for.  If I’m wrong on that, please let me know!

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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #174 on: November 05, 2017, 10:29:09 AM »
Yes you can use the mst hub Stu
I use it
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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #175 on: November 05, 2017, 08:12:34 PM »
Could be wrong but almost sure that you can use it with beamer.

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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #176 on: November 07, 2017, 12:13:39 PM »
Sounds like you are making some good progress since we last visited.  I need to arrange a trip to your place to see all of your work.
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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #177 on: November 07, 2017, 03:27:37 PM »
Yes we do @Willy, come on down!

I noticed you’ve been quit busy with your new pit as well.  The primer looks awesome.  I’ll get with you on some dates to hang out soon.

Also, you guys are right about the MST hub....thanks for that info.

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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #178 on: January 12, 2018, 12:37:37 AM »
Greetings everyone,

I hope you guys are having a good 2018 so far.  I am off to a great start this year and have several updates on my pit. 

I am still waiting for the side shells to be finalized.  The left shell kit has been manufactured and the right side is almost ready too.  I decided to ship them both at the same time and hope that they will be here in the near future.  While waiting for them I am taking advantage of the time to work on some other things, some of which are cosmetic in nature. 

Until recently the sim room was also being used by my wife for her crafts, but we both realized that with the boarding ladder in place there would clearly not be enough room.  She graciously decided to move her stuff to another room, so now I have it all to myself and this will be easier for sure.  The first thing I did was rotate the sim screen and base 45 degrees and I did a lot of general cleaning and organizing and even changed the way the wires run to the projectors for a cleaner look. 

One of the things I did was attach black drapery on the back, bottom and top of the wrap screen.  This will block out light and walls in my peripheral vision when flying the sim.  I never thought my mother would help me with this sim project, but she spent several hours helping me hem the drapes…thanks mom!  I still need to make some changes to the top drape because the metal strip holding it needs to be a bit beefier.   I feel like these drapes will help with the overall immersive experience and make the screen look better.









I made the decision to put some of the larger and heavier electronics in a standard 19 inch component cabinet.  The cabinet has built-in cooling fans at the top and you can easily open all four sides for maintenance.  The equipment I put in it includes (from top to bottom in the photo):  S-zone audio mixer, Sony amplifier, frequency converter, Monster Power conditioner and the PC.  I will also put a sliding drawer at the top for remote controls, batteries, bulbs, etc. This setup will off load about 200 pounds from the platform and make easier access for things I’ll have frequent interface with such as the PC and audio equipment.  With a keyboard and mouse on top of the unit it will double as an instructor station...just add a nice bar stool and voila!





The big update however,  is the completion of my platform positioning system!  I installed the Progressive Automations PA-18 60 inch linear track actuator and also wired in a limit switch on the front to allow a precise stopping point.  The PA-18 has non-adjustable stop switches on both ends which did not work completely for my set up.  You can see in the close-up picture of the motor how the limit switch was installed with a custom bracket I made (just like I did with the motor bracket). Additionally, I attached an LED lighting strip under the platform which adds a really cool look.   Check out the videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvLV_OithcE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Reshwopx2k











I am so glad about the next item.  I finished the front air system completely and I’m about 70 percent done with the aft air system.  I used Dayton squirrel cage type blowers for both.  The front system will blow at a constant speed since the eye-ball vent is adjustable.  For the aft blower I will use the defog lever to adjust the speed via a rheostat.  Both blowers will be wired for power through the air conditioning switch so that when it’s rotated to NORM power will be available.  The tests on both blowers have been very good.  I will add pictures for the blowers later when it's complete.

The center floor structure is now back on the platform permanently (I hope anyway), and the only floor level items I have left are to build some step boxes inside the dolly rails to make it easier when walking around the pit.  To do this I will probably build wood boxes with diamond plate metal on the top surface to give better traction and also a nicer look.  Of course, I will post pictures of this when I finish also.  The Aces II has several items that need to be done before reinstalling it.  These include:  microswitches for the arming lever and ejection handle, bass audio (butt kicker), inertial reel, flight data recorder installation and seat motor micro-switch adjustment. 

Going forward I will also be working to finish wiring the flight controls and I have begun the fun task of designing my electrical system layout.  As of now I plan to use the aft cabinet section of Martin’s center floor to house the electric “junction” box, which is also where the aft blower fan is housed.  This junction box will be the central nerve system of the pit.  It will have the bus bars, relays and fuses and everything will be distributed to the right, center and left sections from here.  There will be bus bars for 5, 12, +/- 15, 24 and 115 volts, but the power supplies will be on a custom-made tray in one of the drawers on the left (or right) side shell.  Strategically I plan on using the various relays and switches to make the simulator’s electrical system act as close to the real jet as possible. 

Well that’s more than enough for now.  Looking forward to your comments or any suggestions you might have.

Cheers,

Blaze
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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #179 on: January 12, 2018, 02:53:04 AM »
Very nice and smooth rolling dolly  :clap:
I love the eye for detail. It shows how clean you finished the end stop switch bracket. Its finish is great even though it will not be visible.  :thumbsup:
You clearly have given the "power supply issue" some serious thoughts. With those voltages (and appropriate current
ratings) you can install any electronic stuff in your pit without having to think about the correct power supply. You've got them all available.

You are as an idiot as I am  :harhar:   I also made provisions for the air vent in combination with the AIR COND panel! When you put the TEMP knob in an active position, a small fan starts to blow ... I even plan to mount a power resistor in front of the fan so that there is a difference between TEMP in the "cool" range and TEMP in the "warm" range. The fan is on in the cool and warm range, but in the warm range I let a few Amps current flow through the resistor. The resistor is of course mounted on a small heat sink.

I also like the lighting under the dolly, especially now that you mention (in the movie) that the light can be set to any color. Makes me think of "Ambi-Light" television sets. When something "blows up" you could change the color temporarily to orange/red.
To let your (our) craziness go further, I plan (and you will do that too, I guess) to add exterior lighting. A red lamp and a green lamp at the sides for navigation and maybe a bright short-flash white power LED at the rear side above you ... That way, the EXTERIOR LIGHTING panel gets more functionality too!   :wacko:

Looking forward what you will do next, I like it  :notes:
Henk