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Author Topic: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)  (Read 7084 times)

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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2018, 01:14:12 PM »
Hey guys,

While I am working on my Throttle Grip project (Thanks RD for all the info) I made a new grip end plate for it.  I basically made it as a plate so you can drill whatever hole or whatever you plan on doing to pass cables through.  It is my first 3D model and was really impressed with how well it fit for a first attempt.

Anyway if anyone is interested in getting one printed.
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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2018, 06:12:14 AM »
Great stuff dude, looking forward to your progress!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2018, 12:51:49 PM »
Marvin you are our man! Greeks salute you :hail:
Looking forward to your building!

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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2018, 07:25:48 PM »
Hey guys,

Small update..  The kit is pretty much finished now.  Ha ha ha with these pre-cut and pre-drilled kits it only took me about 6 hours to build where as this took me about 2 months with my last one.  lol   Just waiting for my seat rails and some gear from Martin and then I will continue on with building once I have all the pieces to ensure everything fits.

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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2018, 08:31:49 PM »
...who...how...did you get that kitted... :o ?
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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2018, 08:33:11 PM »
I've had those files for like 8 years and finally used them.   :lolsign:
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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2018, 02:47:19 PM »
Hah @Rufus some of us have been around here too long! I'm still kicking myself that the computer that I had all of Jason's plans on has long since been disposed of  :grumbl: ... If only google drive existed back then; I wouldn't be redesigning everything myself, HAH!.... Thank god I didn't have any bitcoin on that machine!

@Marvin if only we had access to those gantry cnc routers 10 years ago that are so prevalent now! Lookin' good!
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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2018, 09:18:37 PM »
I have the plans...but no place to get them kitted... :brickwall: ...I've been considering consulting some of the sign makers in the area, but haven't been able to actually get to them yet.
...or to have the room to really start building things up to this stage... :digger: .
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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2018, 09:44:01 PM »
Rufus,

I'm shocked you can't find anyone to cnc cut them for you?  There were a bunch of places around here.
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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2018, 11:17:54 PM »
Rufus,

I'm shocked you can't find anyone to cnc cut them for you?  There were a bunch of places around here.
I think his problem is converting the PDF's from @Killn's plans to CAD/CAM Files that a CNC shop can use.  I did that for a couple of the files and it was a pain.
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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2018, 08:31:35 PM »
I can find places that can convert the files as part of the price...the problem is that they are all an average of 500 miles away from me... :brickwall: ...that's what I get for living in the geographic center of nowhere.

So a lot of what I'm doing (or not doing...) is purposely stalled and waiting until I retire and move...which is about two years out at this point.  In the meantime, I do what I can.
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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2018, 10:30:03 AM »
Won't those places cut and ship the pieces?  Of course the shipping for that much wood could be expensive.
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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2018, 04:40:55 PM »
Yes, probably...but getting the time to spend the day driving out and back to talk to them is a secondary (primary?) problem.  In deference to Kiln I don't want to just start flashing his plans all over the net, so I need to load them to a USB key and do my biz in person.  At least that's the way I'd like to do it.

I thought I had a cabinet maker in town that might be able to cut parts...but he's OOB.  And another friend I could have worked with that had a sign/gate cutting biz recently died, so it's possible I could buy his machine and cut them myself if I talked to his widow.  But again, I'm becoming very space limited and don't really know where I'd be able to set up and use a machine that size. 

So I'm left hostage to retiring and moving on, in order to move forward... :reading: .
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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #28 on: February 26, 2018, 02:16:23 PM »
Hey Guys,

I am EXTREMELY happy to post this update.  First off, thanks to Red Dog, Arend (IIRC) Ghost for doing all the real hard work and this would have never have happened without their work and guidance.

I was lucky enough to purchase a very used throttle grip from Kukki in very ruff shape along with a new 4-way comm switch.  With the grace of good timing I saw RD posted an update about using an Arduino board to interface his grip, and needless to say after reading his post I new this was the best route as I didn't want any Cougar software being used for this project.

So the first step was I needed to strip it down and clean all the electronics.  Sadly I broke the airbrake switch trying to remove it from the casing (They use some sort of gray silicone/adhesive and it was seized), but again Kukki came to the rescue and had a spare for me.  I re-painted the antenna switch and the man range knob.  I sandblasted and powder coated the casing.  I re-did the lettering (again thanks to RD for his tutorial).

Then was the dreadful 4 hours of wiring that tiny little board, and then trying to re-pack all that wiring, board, and USB cable inside the grip casing.  I designed and 3D printed a new end plate, and used a rubber grommet to feed the USB cable and wires for the Hall Sensor into the grip for a professional look.

I just about fell off my chair when it actually worked with no errors!   :yihaw:

In the end I am very happy with the overall end result (considering how it looked at the start).  I am a little disappointed with the lettering (but this is due to the very worn lettering along with the thickness of the powder coating) as I just could not get crisp lettering.   Also a little disappointed that I could not find a good match in colour for the freshly painted knobs, but even the new comm switch didn't match the other original knobs.  Not a deal breaker, but just being picky I guess.

Lastly, I would like to find the engineer who designed the casing splitting in half through the DOGFIGHT switch and slap him across the face!  That was a massive pain in the ass! There has to be a better way to design how the grip casing opens.   :brickwall:


















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Re: Marvin's 2nd Cockpit Project (HAF Block 52+ PXIII)
« Reply #29 on: February 26, 2018, 03:25:05 PM »
WOW very very nice, proof and clean  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Looking forward to the rest of the pit  ;D :thumbsup:
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