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Title: mcfrag0815's Hybrid Pit
Post by: mcfrag0815 on December 11, 2016, 03:24:31 PM
Time to start the planning of my own pit. I always liked the idea of the Akers-Barnes-Cockpit: not too big, easy build and cheap to realize.
On the other hand I love the F-16 and so the idea was born to combine these two things. After a lot of thinking and looking for some A-B-pits and their variants I felt it was time to begin.

As I'm not familiar to CAD but building plastic model kits the first phase of my build will be a 1/6 scale mockup of the future pit.
So I grabbed some Foamboard and PS-plating and I ended up with this puzzle:

(http://www.tinwarriors.de/bildextern/bauberichte/Simpit/puzzle.jpg)

And hopefully someday I will end here (in 1/1 scale of course  :lol:)

(http://www.tinwarriors.de/bildextern/bauberichte/Simpit/pit001.jpg)

(http://www.tinwarriors.de/bildextern/bauberichte/Simpit/pit002.jpg)

(http://www.tinwarriors.de/bildextern/bauberichte/Simpit/pit003.jpg)

The whole construction will be made of 19mm and 12mm MDF, the ACES II is from SpeedOne's plans and the center pedestal by Symulate. 2 Thrustmaster Cougar MFD's will be also installed, the HOTAS is a Thrustmaster Warthog plus Slaw RX Viper Rudders. Another variation besides the not 100% to original measures and angles of the F-16 will be the 15" Touchscreen in front (as my onboard-entertainment-system  :biggrin:) and the main monitor is a 40" Philips BDM4065UC.

Up to this point it was a lot of fun - hopefully I will be able to build it also in 1/1  :yihaw:

Title: Re: mcfrag0815's Hybrid Pit
Post by: NOCS on December 11, 2016, 03:48:50 PM
Very nice project
Title: Re: mcfrag0815's Hybrid Pit
Post by: opasi on December 11, 2016, 03:50:42 PM
Cool, Man!
Bravo. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: mcfrag0815's Hybrid Pit
Post by: Rufus on December 11, 2016, 03:58:45 PM
That is way cool... :thumbsup: !  I love mock-ups.
Title: Re: mcfrag0815's Hybrid Pit
Post by: Boomer on December 11, 2016, 06:22:44 PM
That's really good!!! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: mcfrag0815's Hybrid Pit
Post by: wralex on December 11, 2016, 06:26:40 PM
Really cool!  :beer2:
Title: Re: mcfrag0815's Hybrid Pit
Post by: henkie on December 12, 2016, 09:16:16 AM
Really nice job  :thumbsup:
This is a darn fine approach to visualize your dream - and keeping it alive  ;D

Did you find "issues" in the mock-up that will now be avoided when realizing the full scale "thing" ???
Even if you only found one issue, it paid off to start with the mock-up  :bounce2:
Title: Re: mcfrag0815's Hybrid Pit
Post by: mcfrag0815 on December 12, 2016, 12:54:27 PM
No major issues yet - but it helped a lot to minimize the material usage and calculating the needed material :countingmoney:
So I think it was already worth it - and besides that its a lot of fun to build a miniature pit.
Title: Re: mcfrag0815's Hybrid Pit
Post by: Zandor on December 14, 2016, 05:23:53 PM
I really like it......very similar to my old build....keep us posted! :beer:
Title: Re: mcfrag0815's Hybrid Pit
Post by: mcfrag0815 on January 06, 2017, 05:31:36 PM
Not really an update on my A/B-Viper-Hybrid-Pit, but I wanted to share this with you.

In preparation of the upcoming Cockpit and AcesII build it was necessary to change my working space because we're living in a flat and I don't have a whole room as a workshop and space is very limited. So a lot of new furnitures were ordered and the old inventory had to be removed.
And then I had this moment while disassembling my IKEA of Sweden IVAR-shelf and I hold this side panel in my hands and I begun to think... and I made a quick plan.

3 hours later it looked like this, only using the materials from my old workspace

(http://www.tinwarriors.de/bildextern/bauberichte/Simpit/IMG_5374.jpg)


(http://www.tinwarriors.de/bildextern/bauberichte/Simpit/IMG_5377.jpg)

So what I've learned is that sometimes a good Idea will lead to a goal but what's much more important:

IKEA of Sweden isn't selling only furnitures and screws and their famous Allen wrenches... NO THEY'RE PRODUCING AND SELLING COCKPIT-PARTS AND DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT    :woo:

Before that I was a Fan of IKEA - but now I'm loving them   :mrgreen:

EDIT: The fairy of orthography had to look over my recent post
Title: Re: mcfrag0815's Hybrid Pit
Post by: Rufus on January 06, 2017, 11:50:40 PM
That's creative... :notes: ..!
Title: Re: mcfrag0815's Hybrid Pit
Post by: Marvin on January 07, 2017, 12:00:35 AM
Nice use of model work to test your work.  Love it!