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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #180 on: January 12, 2018, 06:55:48 AM »
Really nice work there Blaze. I was going to suggest having the LED lighting shut off when the linear actuator limit switch is activated so it's dark for night flights, but then I read Henks comments about the external lighting and I like his idea better for the nav lights.

 I also like your idea of your power cabinet which is something I'm thinking of implementing more as a way to remove the acoustic noise of the inverters and transformers from the pit. You're putting good thought into the design and functionality of your pit and it shows. :thumbsup:

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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #181 on: January 12, 2018, 09:09:02 AM »
I have no comment or other to say, I remain literally speechless before these "masterpieces"  :hail:


sorry for my english!!                                                Italian journal of my pit!!

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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #182 on: January 12, 2018, 10:52:34 AM »
It is amazing. You have very good and inspiring ideas.  :clap:
As I see you are as crazy as me, guys, here you are other ideas that crossed my mind:
- Portable air conditioner/heat pump controlled by the AIR CON panel analogically (for easiness). Only good air flow canalization is needed! It is cold at FL350 and hot in summer at sea level!  ::)
- Strobe and right/left airframe lights as ambient light controlled by EXT LIGHT panel. They need to be placed and powered exactly not to disturb but be barely visible.
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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #183 on: January 12, 2018, 11:06:16 AM »
Stu, its all loks GREAT man, and I like that porn light, but I would have selected NVIS green :-)  hehehe super cool, and nice you are doing some good pit work while you are waiting on the side shell´s  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #184 on: January 12, 2018, 12:36:36 PM »
...I feel SOOO far behind... :brickwall: ...excellent progress... :thumbsup: !
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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #185 on: January 12, 2018, 12:46:54 PM »
Now you know how I feel when I look at @String's pit.
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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #186 on: January 14, 2018, 12:46:57 AM »
You're doing a great job! For me it's rare to have enough free time to do some work of that magnitude..
Bravo!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #187 on: January 15, 2018, 02:52:26 PM »
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

@henkie  I’m glad I’m not the only one with the “disease” this bad.  :lol:
Love the idea of the warm temp in the AC system, but in a small bedroom in Texas with three hot beamers going I don’t think I’d ever turn it to the warm side...

The electrical system is obviously very important and of course it’s my weakest subject matter.  Thank goodness we have all you super geniuses on VP to steer us in the right direction.  :beer:  My priorities for the electronics in order are:
1) safety 2) function like real F16 3) cosmetically clean looking

Thanks for the compliments!

Blaze
« Last Edit: January 15, 2018, 03:10:39 PM by Blaze »

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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #188 on: January 15, 2018, 03:09:11 PM »
Really nice work there Blaze. I was going to suggest having the LED lighting shut off when the linear actuator limit switch is activated so it's dark for night flights, but then I read Henks comments about the external lighting and I like his idea better for the nav lights.

 I also like your idea of your power cabinet which is something I'm thinking of implementing more as a way to remove the acoustic noise of the inverters and transformers from the pit. You're putting good thought into the design and functionality of your pit and it shows. :thumbsup:

@Raven the idea of NAV lights is pretty cool, hadn’t thought of that.  One of the nice things about the floor light is if something goes bad and I have to jump out quick I can see the floor easier.  Hopefully that would never happen, but it takes 45 seconds for the platform to cycle aft.  That would be an eternity if smoke started somewhere.  So it’s as much for safety as it is coolness.  NAV lights in the right place on the aft end of the pit would add a sweet look for sure.. :notes:

Glad you like the power cabinet, yesterday I moved some of the components down a couple of inches to make room for the drawer.  I will post a picture of everything “lit up” when I finish getting it set up.

Thanks for the compliment,

Blaze

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Re: Blaze's Pit
« Reply #189 on: January 15, 2018, 03:21:26 PM »
Thanks for the comments and encouragement guys :thumbsup:

@Rufus hang in there, I know the feeling.  I feel like I should have had way more done by now, but real life always takes priority. ::).

It’s actually quite hilarious of what I expected would happen timeline and budget wise when I started this craziness 2 years ago, so much for that.  I figured I’d be completely finished and already an expert in F16 flying, weapons and tactics  :harhar:  Then reality set in....I might be half way through the build phase?

Blaze