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Pixie
13th October 2012, 00:51
What! no new pictures today :p

salaxi54
13th October 2012, 21:54
What! no new pictures today :p

I've been a little busy...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT244.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT245.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT246.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT247.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT249.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT250.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT251.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT252.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT253.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT254.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT255.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT256.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT257.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT258.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT259.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT260.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT261.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT262.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT263.jpg

So, there you have it... :)

Pixie
14th October 2012, 01:22
Impressive it looks like the real thing :thumbsup:
whats the little leaver and the metal ring for?
Great work

salaxi54
14th October 2012, 13:40
Thanks Pixie, the lever is the seatbelt release mechanism, and the ring is the O2 (oxygen) release.
Here's today's work:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT265.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT266.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT267.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT268.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT269.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT270.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT271.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT273.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT274.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT276.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT277.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT278.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT280.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT281.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT282.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT283.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT284.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT285.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT286.jpg

Stay tuned. :)

Pixie
15th October 2012, 00:10
You should film the whole prosess and make a D.I.Y Cokpit Flick with commentary :thumbsup:
I'm sure alot of people would be interested in seing the whole thing being made.
Your attention to detail and manufacturing skills are amaszng.

salaxi54
15th October 2012, 22:01
Maybe some would consider it helpful, but i can't go through that.
It would waste valuable time trying to capture things properly, and maybe not everyone would want to know how to use a file or a rasp for example. :)
If it were me being in the audience, i'd surely appreciate it. But i already consider it a luxury spending all my free time on this.
Today was one of those days that i had nearly no time for the project.
Roughly half an hour... So here's the few things i did:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT287.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT288.jpg

johnim
15th October 2012, 22:08
some very nice updates mate :thumbsup:

salaxi54
17th October 2012, 14:49
Thanks John, i haven't done much lately; real life is in the way.. :(
But here's the things i did starting the right side panel of the seat:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT289.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT290.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT291.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT293.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT294.jpg

Tomse
17th October 2012, 14:57
looking good..
or.. atm very uncomfortable to sit in :lol:

and as pixie said.. nice details !!!

Pixie
18th October 2012, 02:29
I gues it's not suposed to be to comfy :lol: No good faling a sleep with a bogey on your tale :thumbsup:

Tomse
18th October 2012, 07:43
haha true :lol:

salaxi54
18th October 2012, 12:50
Now, now guys! Pilots don't actually sit on a bunch of rivets!
There's a set of cushions both for the back and for the bottom. :p
But all in good time.. Here's today's stuff:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT296.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT295.jpg

Had lots of time spent making space for the electronics in the stick:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK212.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK213.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK214.jpg

Now, i know what you're thinking, but i can assure you i'm not a gastroenterologist. :lol:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK215.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK216.jpg

Lots more to do in there, but oh the fun! :D

salaxi54
19th October 2012, 18:03
Ok, here's today's work.
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT297.jpg

Had a little time on the stick. I had this nice little engraving tool from years past, and thought i'd do the lettering on the cap.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK220.jpg

But just minutes after starting, it gave me the magic smoke! http://viperpits.org/smf/Smileys/VP/sad.gif This was a dual voltage tool, but now useless!
Here's as far as i went with it:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK221.jpg

So then, i continued using a nail and a miniature scalpel. And as much as it went harder, i'm sat with the way it turned out.
Had some epoxy applied at some spots, sanding, and here's how it looks after a single coat of black:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK217.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK218.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK219.jpg

After a couple of more coats, i'll be applying white paint on the letters. We'll see how that goes..

salaxi54
20th October 2012, 16:13
Some more work on the stick today. I finally managed to 'connect' the two edges.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK222.jpg

Now, cables can pass through the stick to the base unit. I intend to plant only the switches and cabling inside the stick, and place the electronics remotely.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK223.jpg

Next up, i drilled a hole for the Pinkie switch, and did a fit-test..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK224.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK225.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK226.jpg

And that's all for today. Waist went complaining after a short while, so i just gave up for the rest of the day.. :thumbsdown:

salaxi54
21st October 2012, 21:10
Well, not much today. I started working on the CP (central pedestal) unit.
I was planning to go the 'classic' way, with all the instruments seperate etc. like the normal Block 52 carried but after reading about the new CP i changed my mind. :)
Here's how the old unit looks:
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h131/photobucketstorage/F-16Blk30006.jpg

and how the new one is:
http://www.viper-pits.com/images/CPD_1.jpg

Not only does it look cool, it is far easier to build ;) And luckilly, it's not a priviledge of the Block 60 aircraft; lots of Block 52s have been upgraded with it.
Anyway, as i have no accurate plans of this part, and only a few people have gone through the hassle to make one, i won't be accurate on dimensions. After all, that's what my intentions were from the start. Try to reach looks, but not necessarily precise. :p
At first i thought of utilizing the monitor that Marios gave me :thanks: but it will be better used on another spot of the pit (one of the MFDs). So, i got me a nice 15.6" LED monitor which had a decent enough price tag.
Remember: the smaller they get, the more you pay! :mad:
So here she is:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/PHILIPS6.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/PHILIPS2.jpg

After just seconds of first power-up, she's lost her warranty.. :lol: Just had to make sure it works.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP5.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP4.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP6.jpg

Very handy buttons pcb. Good enough to be placed somewhere discreetly.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP1.jpg

As this is a project of marrying a variety of lumber, i chose an MDF ex-cabinet door for this.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP2.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP3.jpg

This is actually going to be rather bigger (taller) than the original, but my philosophy was not to chase the proper size monitor for it; rather adapt dimensions around what i could get. Nevertheless, if i was going for the classic CP the monitor would be just right! Which means, if i ever decide to switch looks, i won't have to change the screen. And it's just the fascia that's been affected. The modern CP is mounted on to the classic pedestal which retains its old dimensions... Stay tuned!

salaxi54
22nd October 2012, 12:06
Not much today either, now i got me a nice flu! :(
But i managed to drill the inner frame of the fascia..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP8.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP9.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP10.jpg

salaxi54
28th October 2012, 14:44
I know i've spoiled you with nearly daily dosages of progress, but being ill this past week didn't help much..
Anyway, i managed to have short 'sessions' lasting as long as i could handle, and here's the result so far:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP11.jpg

That's a plexiglass piece cut for the buttons panel of this frame.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP13.jpg

Cutting the section where the plexiglass will sit.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP14.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP15.jpg

Needs a little trimming..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP16.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP17.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP18.jpg

Much better :) Now i had to prepare the rear part of the frame, to receive the screen panel:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP19.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP20.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP21.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP22.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP23.jpg

Time to power up and see if panel is still healthy.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP24.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP25.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP26.jpg

And that's all for now. These tasks would've been done in a day, but in my condition, it took four.. :dry: Stay tuned!

salaxi54
29th October 2012, 16:34
Felt a little better today, so i progressed a bit..
Started making the openings for the buttons.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP27.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP28.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP29.jpg

Nothing high-tech here, i start by drilling a couple of holes,

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP30.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP31.jpg

Clear a bit with an exacto knife,

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP32.jpg

Then file the rest that's left.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP33.jpg

I got 15 more holes to drill. Here's how she looks.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP34.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP35.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP36.jpg

Then i went on to make the spacers for one of the button rows.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP37.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP38.jpg

Nothing fancy here again, some cutting and filing..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP39.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP40.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP41.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP42.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP43.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP44.jpg

Think i overdid it for one day, lots o' sweat. Feels like i'm falling into the flu symptoms again! :mad:
Later..

Pixie
29th October 2012, 17:34
Precision to the finger tips :thumbsup:

Hope you get rid of the flu symptoms quickly!

Keep up the great work :thumbsup:

salaxi54
29th October 2012, 17:49
Thanks Pixie, fingers crossed! :)

J.T.Kirk
29th October 2012, 17:53
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/STICK215.jpg

That photo is LEGENDARY!!! True hardware p0rn!!!

:rofl3

salaxi54
30th October 2012, 21:02
Small progress today.. :)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP45.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP46.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP47.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP48.jpg

fgh
30th October 2012, 22:31
I've seen (and used) several home built replica airliner cockpits of different types, and they're impressive enough when built with commercial replica panels and instruments.
But this however, is on a different level entirely!
You've got impressive skill, and even more impressive patience! Keep up the good work :)

salaxi54
31st October 2012, 09:17
Thanks frodegh, glad you like it. :thumbsup:
Today's work:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP49.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP50.jpg

protek
2nd November 2012, 13:45
Simply awesome work! :thumbsup:

Have you considered making a silicone mold of the joystick handle?

johnim
2nd November 2012, 15:34
:thumbsup: mate will be a masterpiece

salaxi54
2nd November 2012, 16:48
Thank you folks! As about the molding of the handle, no, i can't go through this process, at least not right now. It is already hard enough to keep working on this project with real life intervening all the time...
So, here's today's stuff. I wanted to make a button for the frame.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP51.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP53.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP54.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP55.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP56.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP57.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP58.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP59.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP61.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP60.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP62.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP63.jpg

Next step is molding it to make enough duplicates for the whole frame.. :)

salaxi54
3rd November 2012, 16:25
Today was a better day altogether. Nice n' warm, and the flu is slowly leaving. So i started building the pedestal..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP64.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP65.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP66.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP67.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP68.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP69.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP70.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP71.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP72.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP73.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP74.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP75.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP82.jpg

Attached the bezel temporarily to see how it looks/fits..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP76.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP77.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP78.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP79.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP80.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP81.jpg

Stay tuned! :)

djos
3rd November 2012, 20:17
Damn your skills are amazing! :cool:

salaxi54
3rd November 2012, 22:10
Thank you djos, my fear is of winter. If things get cold, i'll be having a difficult time to work in an open space! Combined with surprises in real life, this will soon slow pace a lot as i'm sure..
Just like it happened with my arcade cabinet last year.
If i can at least 'steal' an hour or even half an hour a day, it will be a blast! :roll:

keropi
4th November 2012, 00:59
it's amazing what a man can build on his own... keep it up my friend even if it take a long time, I wanna see it finished!

salaxi54
4th November 2012, 17:37
Thanks Leo, i'll be doing my best. :thumbsup:
Here's today's progress.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP83.jpg

What you see in the first picture, is a piece of paper cut after comparing with the pedestal sides. I went that way for all the pieces i cut. Each one added, gave me the next dimensions and so forth.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP84.jpg

Parts are lightly glued with Elmer glue, and taped temporarily so as to be held in place while building the pedestal.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP85.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP86.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP87.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP88.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP89.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP90.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP91.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP92.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP93.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP94.jpg

To strengthen the construction, and hold pieces together until all are cut, i used hot glue.
That was applied on the inside, where looks don't really matter.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP95.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP96.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP97.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP98.jpg

Some of the pieces i fastened using very thin nails, in fear of glue not holding them enough.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP99.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP100.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP101.jpg

bitcpy
6th November 2012, 03:33
You have some serious fabrication skills! Can't wait to see the finished product! :thumbsup:

salaxi54
6th November 2012, 16:46
Thanks bitcpy, can't wait either! But it'll be a looong run... :)
Here's the latest progress.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP102.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP103.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP104.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP105.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP106.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP107.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP108.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP110.jpg

Had to use something heavy to press them pieces together, and since i had some marble handy.... :p

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP111.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP112.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP113.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP116.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP117.jpg

That's the pedal adjust handle. Supposedly a wire connects this to the rudder pedals, and when the pilot pulls it, he can trim the pedals position to a comfortable distance. But it's just 'eye candy' in my case.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP118.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP119.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP120.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP121.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP122.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP123.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP124.jpg

This picture shows that i have applied a generous amount of hot glue to keep things together on the inside. But it will be re-enforced by some solid wood blocks here and there...

mfilos
6th November 2012, 20:06
Unbelievable amount of work and dedication you got there my good friend!
I'm enjoying every single bit of update in this legendary thread :)

Keep them coming as we have some nice weather for the time being \o/

salaxi54
7th November 2012, 13:31
Thank you Mario! Yes, it's very fortunate we stil got some good weather.
So, here's today's progress:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP125.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP127.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP128.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP129.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP130.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP131.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP132.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP133.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP135.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP136.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP137.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP138.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP139.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP140.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP141.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP142.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP143.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP144.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP145.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP146.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP147.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP148.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP149.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP150.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP151.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP153.jpg

That was the airconditioning part of the pedestal. The assy is almost done.
And here's the screen frame's buttons mold:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP154.jpg

Waiting for this to cure... :)

Pixie
7th November 2012, 18:37
Not mouch to say exept "Jaw droping cool" :thumbsup:

This great thread is just getting better and better :thumbsup:

salaxi54
8th November 2012, 15:36
Today was putty-time. And guess what joyfull activity will follow? Sanding....

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP155.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP156.jpg

salaxi54
9th November 2012, 17:02
Today's progress involved lots o' sanding... and the first coat of paint.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP157.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP158.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP159.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP160.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP161.jpg

djos
9th November 2012, 21:41
Damn dude, your work is so impressive! :cool:

Merlin
9th November 2012, 22:13
This is like one of those DeAgostini magazine titles...

"Build your own F-16 in weekly parts...."

Only bigger, and much more awesome....

mjnurney
9th November 2012, 23:27
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI3KMMvPa9U

arent you one of those guys? ya know ... those guys with skills

vibros
9th November 2012, 23:42
This is like one of those DeAgostini magazine titles...

"Build your own F-16 in weekly parts...."

Only bigger, and much more awesome....

Hello,

there is in UK this magazine? If yes, good reputation for the editor :whistle:

Regards
Stefano

salaxi54
10th November 2012, 13:27
Thank you one and all for your nice comments fellas! :thumbsup:
Today was aircon day. It's the airconditioning output assembly.
So, i thought i'd improvise a little bit...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP162.jpg

Yes, that's a ping-pong ball :p

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP163.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP164.jpg

The tubing was a little too long.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP165.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP166.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP167.jpg

Yup, that's more like it!

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP168.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP169.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP170.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP171.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP172.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP174.jpg

Don't look much like a sports item now, does it? :lol:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP175.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP176.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP177.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP178.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP179.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP180.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP181.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP182.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP183.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP184.jpg

Next up i gotta finish that rudder adjust handle. :)

netagra
12th November 2012, 08:51
Very nice!

salaxi54
13th November 2012, 03:50
Thank you netagra. I haven't done much during the weekend, as my waist betrayed me again.. But i managed to do a few things on Monday. :)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP186.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP187.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP188.jpg

The lettering has been carved on the handle, and next up i'll apply white paint on the letters.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/FLOOR1.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/FLOOR2.jpg

Those are a few pieces of the fore pit floor.. ;)

salaxi54
13th November 2012, 15:02
And some more work on the pit floor today.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/FLOOR3.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/FLOOR8.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/FLOOR10.jpg

This is just a preview of where the pedestal will reside.. :)

jezuhke
13th November 2012, 16:50
DeAgostini is everywhere in the world I think. Unbelievable they're from Barcelona heheh



This is like one of those DeAgostini magazine titles...

"Build your own F-16 in weekly parts...."

Only bigger, and much more awesome....

Hello,

there is in UK this magazine? If yes, good reputation for the editor :whistle:

Regards
Stefano

salaxi54
14th November 2012, 14:22
Some more work on the pit floor today.. :)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/FLOOR11.jpg

Plenty of rasping :p

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/FLOOR12.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP190.jpg

Hmmm... 5 mysterious holes!

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP191.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP192.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP193.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP194.jpghttp://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP194.jpg?t=1352900786
The surface has already been repainted.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP196.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP197.jpg?t=1352900786

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP198.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP199.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP195.jpg

And that's all for today..

EDIT: almost forgot: the 5 buttons are the monitor (VGA) controls.
And one more pic:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP189.jpg

salaxi54
15th November 2012, 18:05
Had a go at previewing the ACES seat on the pit floor..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/TUB1.jpg

This is actually not the correct angle for the seat, but i wanted to have a look at how things are showing.. :p

Secured the pedestal monitor's buttons panel:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP200.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP201.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP202.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP203.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP204.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP205.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP206.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP209.jpg

Then i secured the pedestal at its stand:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP213.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP214.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP215.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP216.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP217.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/TUB6.jpg

and worked a bit on the CP panel:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP211.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP212.jpg

salaxi54
21st November 2012, 18:21
Been working a little on the pedestal bezel:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP220.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP221.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP222.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP223.jpg

The knobs are to be replaced by grey ones as soon as they arrive. Lots more to do there!
And, as i have neglected the seat a bit, i started working on the right side part:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT299.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT300.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT301.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT305.jpg

I also found a pair of metalic rails dumped nearby, and thought i'd grab them and use them as launching rails for the ejection seat:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT303.jpg

Here's a rough idea of where they'll be located:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT304.jpg

They need some preparation of course. And finally, i've been applying epoxy on the pit floor, sanding, and sealing repeatedly..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/TUB7.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/TUB8.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/TUB9.jpg

Well, that's all for now.. :)

BLTCON0
21st November 2012, 18:31
Ahh, there's some serious craftman's pr0n going on here.
Great job mate!
:thumbsup:

salaxi54
21st November 2012, 19:52
@BLTCON0: Thanks mate, glad you like it. :thumbsup:

salaxi54
25th November 2012, 15:06
As allways, RL is in the way... Anyway, here's the latest progress.
Applied lots of epoxy to the pedestal bezel, and sanded a lot.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP224.jpg

Then i did the first coat of paint, so here's how it looks:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP225.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP226.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP227.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP228.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP229.jpg

Them pesky knobs i was waiting arrived, but they were not quite to my expectations, so i actually painted the black ones in grey.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP230.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP231.jpg

Stay tuned fellas! :)

djos
25th November 2012, 22:41
WOW, your work never ceases to impress!!! :cool:

AmiNeo
25th November 2012, 22:48
Holy hell this is shaping up nicely!


Could you build me a Harrier jet next please? :lol:

salaxi54
30th November 2012, 13:52
Thanks once again for your comments fellas. :thumbsup:
RL is in the way once again, so things are slowing down. Plus it's getting colder. :thumbsdown:
Anyway, here's the latest on the pedestal work:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP232.jpg
I took a piece of plastic from a well-known source. lol

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP233.jpg
And shaped it accordingly.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP234.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP236.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP238.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP239.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP240.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP241.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP242.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP243.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP244.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP245.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP246.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CP247.jpg

Now, don't ask me what this USB port is actually doing there; i don't know!
All i know is that this pilot will be charging his MP3-player en route :lol:
My guess is perhaps a diagnostics module, or some sort of expansion for the CDU..

salaxi54
3rd December 2012, 16:49
Had 3 coats of paint on the pit floor, and made some wooden seat-securing blocks.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/TUB10.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/TUB11.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/TUB12.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/TUB13.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/TUB14.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/TUB15.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/TUB16.jpg

Them screws are not tightened yet, so i can calibrate the seat's final position.. Stay tuned! :)

salaxi54
8th December 2012, 19:35
It's been getting colder these days, so my activity is slow.. :dry:
Anyway, i started working on the seat's ejection rails.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT311.jpg
Marking the footprint of the rail.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT312.jpg
Digging up for the rails to slide through the bottom.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT314.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT316.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT317.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT318.jpg
Testing the rails path.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT322.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT323.jpg
Temporarilly securing the rails to check fit.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT325.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT326.jpg
Sanding and brushing the metal

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT327.jpg
Priming.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT328.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT329.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT330.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT331.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT332.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT333.jpg

Rails painted and secured. If you notice the two holes at the rails end, these should help securing them even better using a wood rod bolted from the left to the right rail.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT320.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT321.jpg
These would be the roller guards placed between the rail and the seat.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT319.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT324.jpg
Last, this knob has been 'rounded' and painted.
That's all for now. :)

salaxi54
9th December 2012, 10:09
Today i worked on the rollers. So, i had an old seat collecting dust:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT334.jpg

And them legs are actually cylindrical..
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT335.jpg
Hmmm, that should do it!

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT336.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT337.jpg
Yup, looks ok for the job.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT338.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT339.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT340.jpg
Testing them seems to fit nice.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT341.jpg
All in place.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT342.jpg
Final result. Had time to do only the left side today.. :)

jimbob
10th December 2012, 01:30
:wooha:Ejection rails? Exactly how realistic are you going for. Let's see, next week, installing the explosive charges for no mercy, ultra hardcore flightsim experience, right?

Great to see the continuing increase of awesome in this project.

Though you might find this interesting too-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/L-K-Avro-Arrow-CF-105-Aircraft-Pilots-Ejection-Seat-Canadian-Air-Force-CAF-/130785408643?pt=Motors_Aviation_Parts_Gear&hash=item1e736af683

salaxi54
10th December 2012, 15:36
Jimbob, thanks for your comments mate! If it ain't hard, i'll add as much realism as possible.. I didn't intend to install launching rails on the seat, but seeing this pair dumped at a nearby yard, i thought i heard them shouting: pick us up, pick us up! :lol:
Anyway, commenting on the link you posted, i'm pretty sure this will not be considered price-driving, but looking at the price tag you know why i decided to build most anything myself.. :whistle:
Today i started constructing the Data Recorder Box
Here's what it actually looks like:
http://www.viperpanels.com/?shopp_product=aces-ii-flight-data-recorder-removable-cover

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA1.jpg
Parts of the box.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA2.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA3.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA4.jpg
And some partial assembly for now. Stay tuned! :)

r0jaws
10th December 2012, 19:15
That is incredible work sir, I love to pop in every now and then and see which new parts you are working on. It looks fantastic so far. :)

salaxi54
11th December 2012, 22:03
Thank you for your comments r0jaws, glad you like what you see! :)
Did a little more work on the data box today:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA5.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA6.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA7.jpg
Applied lots of putty, and will have to wait for it to dry..

salaxi54
12th December 2012, 21:17
Today's work on the data box.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA8.jpg
Lots of sanding and filing.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA9.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA10.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA11.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA12.jpg
Lots o' paint..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA13.jpg
And decals applied!

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA15.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA14.jpg
I even used rivets on the tag.. :)

Tomse
12th December 2012, 21:31
so.. when are we going to play Gunship ?

ehh.. ejection seat in a helicopter.. xD


I said it before and doing it again.. awesome work my friend :-)

salaxi54
20th December 2012, 21:49
@Tomse: Thanks mate, trying my best really.
Latest update; put the data recorder box temporarilly in place:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA16.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA17.jpg

The box was secured by L-shaped aluminum pieces i cut:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/DATA18.jpg

Also i cut a rod out of thick 40mm MDF to secure the launching rails better to the 'floor'.
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT348.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT349.jpg
Screws will be bolted through the side holes of the rails, and vertically along the rod.

Last, i started shaping the Emergency Restraint handle for the seat.
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT345.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT346.jpg

Needs lots of work, but here's where it goes:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/SEAT347.jpg

Stay tuned fellas! :)

stephen202
20th December 2012, 21:58
Wow getting every last detail. :thumbsup: amazing work yet again

salaxi54
26th December 2012, 16:41
Thank you for your comments Stephen! I had a little free time today, so made small progress..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT1.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT2.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT4.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT5.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT6.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT7.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT8.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT9.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT10.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT11.jpg

Plenty of detail to be added soon, and lots of epoxy! :)

salaxi54
2nd January 2013, 22:49
Here's the latest on the restraint handle...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT12.jpg
Putty and sanding...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT13.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT14.jpg
Waiting on paint to dry.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT15.jpg
Decal applied.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT16.jpg
I'm sure TC will recognize this part! :thumbsup:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT17.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT18.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RESTRAINT19.jpg
Just a preview of how it will look. :)

Pixie
28th January 2013, 01:39
:thumbsup: Wow

salaxi54
17th February 2013, 20:59
I know it's been a while, but real life obligations have given a pause to my build. Lots of health-related matters, both personal and family, and no free time at all! It's been a month and a half since my daughter decided to make the big step and attempt to open her own business; a beauty parlour.
And, as they say in a retro-motion-picture: "who ya gonna call?" Daddy! :lol:
Anyway, It's been non-stop carpentry, plumbing, electrics, tile-works, and what-have-you. Most important part of my 'contribution' is the pedicure two-seater assembly. Here's a sample of what's going on:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/PEDICURE1_zps5b3ac309.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/PEDICURE2_zps37895239.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/PEDICURE3_zps5e2be40f.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/PEDICURE6_zpsa3f88b8b.jpg

Yours trully test-driving the cockpit errr... the foot washer.
Yeah, feels like Zeus on his Olympian throne :p
Now you know what's keeping me busy, but i also had some stuff come in that i was waiting for two months since i ordered it!
Here's the USB MFDs (Multi Function Displays) frames to be added to the pit.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MFD1_zps30d2323a.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MFD2_zpse62c5d27.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MFD3_zpsc6744d1e.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MFD4_zpsb0e4c765.jpg

These frames can take two 8to10-inch monitors and cover plenty of the cockpits' functions. I initially planned to build something myself, but doing the math showed that i would've spent a lot more than just buying them!
Even if i could get the appropriate 56 switches on a ridiculous say 1 Euro cost, it'd still be costly.
Oh well, let's see.. this set comes with a few decorative plates to insert if you don't have the monitors, and just use the buttons:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MFD5_zpsf691bfb0.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MFD6_zps185107ec.jpg

And just to show you how nice it looks in the dark, here's a preview of it plugged in and illuminated:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MFD7_zpsae9a284c.jpg

So, that's all for now. I need to finish my off-topic activities, and hope that the weather gets better when i start building again.. :)

BLTCON0
17th February 2013, 21:04
Your craftmanship knows no limits, huh? :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
(one is not enough :p)

johnim
17th February 2013, 21:20
they could be converted too :thumbsup:

nice work

salaxi54
17th February 2013, 21:24
Thanks fellas!


Your craftmanship knows no limits, huh? :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
(one is not enough :p)
Some times i wonder if it's a gift or a curse... :unsure:

keropi
17th February 2013, 21:29
idea: install a sink at you cockpit my friend , "fly with a relaxing sensation" :D

salaxi54
17th February 2013, 21:33
idea: install a sink at you cockpit my friend , "fly with a relaxing sensation" :D
Oh, there'll be little if no room free at all in there Leo. If i were to build say, a Seahawk, they come with a 'leak-relief' system as standard! :lol:

BLTCON0
17th February 2013, 22:10
Some times i wonder if it's a gift or a curse... :unsure:

It's a cursed gift :cool:

shinnn
3rd March 2013, 03:40
oh my god, this is by far the most amazng project i have ever seen! can't wait to see the finished one!

salaxi54
24th March 2013, 21:31
@shinnn: Thanks for your comment, it will be a rather long journey! :thumbsup:
Anyway, since it appears my distraction from this is almost over, i have acquired a couple of small items for the project.
1st up is this:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/PLEXI1_zpsd95f3172.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/PLEXI2_zps2d525100.jpg

That's a plexiglass rectangular rod, 30cm in length, 2x2cm sides.
This should be adequate for a bounch of Korry switches i intend to build.
Now, this might sound strange, but you'd be amazed at how ingenious some hobbyists can be. The idea isn't mine; but you can get a better picture if you visit: http://home.hccnet.nl/jwopdenakker/building%20tip.html

Next up we have our 2nd purchase:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/4WAY1_zps05f3bf2f.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/4WAY2_zps2d8d696f.jpg

These little buggers are simply awesome! They're microswitches allright, but not just any microswitches. We're talking about 4-way 'hat' switches.
Think of them as miniature joysticks. At least one of them will be installed on the joystick as a hat switch. Amazingly enough, these 4 switches cost me a whole lot less purchased by a friend of mine across the pond, instead of me purchasing them straight from the UK! Shipping to my Stateside friend and from him to Greece included....
Oh well, that's all for now, but stay tuned. Things will be revvin' up again. :)

salaxi54
12th April 2013, 21:58
Finally an update... Had some chaki fabric ordered since last year, but only now found the time to utilize it. Got me some 4cm thick foam, a set of zippers, and started sewing. :)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT357_zps3d136bc1.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT358_zpsff9a5447.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT359_zps7d1baad7.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT360_zps038b5c0b.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT361_zpse8d0234e.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT362_zps332ed3f4.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT363_zps78c6a2c7.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT364_zps7ff72df9.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT365_zps087d7dbb.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT366_zps7307a6af.jpg

This cushion took me about 2 weeks, as i always had to start and stop for various irrelevant issues.. :dry: Although not a perfect example of "haute couture", but i'm pleased with the result, and the zippers help remove the fabric when washing is required. :)

salaxi54
28th April 2013, 16:32
Small progress report. I started the back cushion:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT367_zpsbb548e8e.jpg
Cut some 3cm-thick foam sheet i had, so it's actually thinner than the bottom cushion.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT368_zps32076fa2.jpg
Measured and cut the fabric in desired dimensions.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT369_zps45eefb66.jpg
Marked the sewing lines.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT370_zps9e4064b7.jpg
Started to sew this..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT371_zps3b6de795.jpg
Sewing was held in an 'inside out' method as i like to call it. So, after sewing the top horizontal and the side of the fabric, i pulled the fabric inside out.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT372_zpsb5566f9d.jpg
...and inserted the foam sheet into the fabric 'bag'.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT373_zps853095a4.jpg
So that's the foam inside the fabric.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT374_zps7bbdba30.jpg
Next up is stiching the cushion's line paterns.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT375_zpsdb9ebb86.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT376_zps153267a3.jpg?t=1367160921

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT377_zps6d3248f0.jpg
And that's just a glimpse on how it's turning out..

roy_bates
28th April 2013, 17:40
your doing a good job there:)

if you want a tip for the seat,try to get some dacron and glue it to the seat foam so it fills out the fabric,if done correctly the fabric will be tight on the foam.

alternatively cut the foam half inch(12mm) bigger (all round,width height and depth)than the fabric sewing lines so it fills out the seat perfectly.

this also works for backs;)

protek
28th April 2013, 18:30
Awesome work! :)

You must be a regular at Viperpits.

salaxi54
28th April 2013, 18:38
Thanks fellas, i'm trying as best as i can.. The fabric is Lycra, and it is very elastic i may add. Anyway, after the back cushion you see, i hope to be done with big-time sewing for a while. Well, maybe just the chute stuff.:)
@protek:I'm more of a regular here. ;)

johnim
28th April 2013, 19:44
what you are not finished yet?


great work mate as always :)

salaxi54
21st July 2013, 19:47
Had a little time this weekend, so i went on to do a few things..
Here's the air vent section that is located at the backplate behind the ACES seat. Lots of more detail to be added though:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL5_zps67293f11.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL7_zps335856fe.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL8_zps8d3bd4c8.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/salax54001/GRILL12_zpse1b1efaa.jpg

The grills are taken from an old airconditioning unit, and their vertical lines had to be removed.
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL3_zps4977e716.jpg
This is the before and after.

You can roughly see where the vents are located, in this picture:
http://designer.home.xs4all.nl/aircraft/af-16/f16-cocp5.jpg
Look just under the Oxygen bottle where you can see one of the vents.

Last thing i did today, was to place the small pads on the headrest of the ACES. Them pads are cut from a... mouse pad of course. :p

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT378_zps580cc616.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT379_zps754d06e1.jpg

And that's all for today..

johnim
21st July 2013, 19:54
great stuff i wish i had the skill you have mate :thumbsup:

cosmicfrog
23rd July 2013, 19:14
so glad you still doing this
I can really see progress in the 6 or 7 months i been afk or should that be afab - away from amibay ;)

AmiNeo
24th July 2013, 08:40
Bloody heck! Talk about going all out and going for attention to detail. This is going to be awesome when done. :thumbsup:

salaxi54
5th August 2013, 12:58
Thank you my friends, nice to know y'all like it. :thumbsup:
So, latest work...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL13_zpsf2fbf9a9.jpg
Marking the diameter of the air vents.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL14_zps5eafe3fd.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL15_zpsa2adae59.jpg
Drilling the holes.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL16_zps831b0418.jpg
After punching out the leftovers, and filing the holes, the tubing fits well.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL17_zps4d979527.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL18_zps9e44bf40.jpg
Vents in place.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL20_zps98511570.jpg
I used short strips of thin PVC for the frame of the vents. Here they are temporarily attached to the vents with tape, and glue.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL21_zps6304c18c.jpg
This white stuff is to fill the blank space between the vents and the frames.
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL25_zps061aff20.jpg
It is called polymorph thermoplastic. You dump it into boiling water, where the pebbles join together into a transparent mass, which is soft and workable for a few minutes. Once dry, it looks like ordinary plastic.
Good thing about it, is you can throw it back into boiling water as many times as you want, and do something else with it! :)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL24_zpsc50cea69.jpg
That's what the assembly looks like before putty and sanding.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL27_zps3ffb3f98.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/GRILL28_zps134be577.jpg
End result, with a single coat of paint. Looks shiny, but the pics were taken while the paint was still wet.

Next up, we have a couple of plastic caps from an Easter Kinder chocolate egg... :nuts:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE1_zpsf4b6415d.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE2_zps7141dcc8.jpg
I always knew they'd be useful someplace... :picard

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE7_zps778737da.jpg
And, some plastic pipe from the leftovers of my daughter's shop plumbing i worked on. (remember the beauty parlour?) :p

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE8_zps6d39715b.jpg
Perfect match in diameter.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE9_zpsdf2d8d90.jpg
Luckily, one edge was already conical, very convenient.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE14_zpsc3659307.jpg
To complete the equation, i cut a bottle neck from a mineral water bottle.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE15_zpsce94357f.jpg
This is what the whole assy looks like, temporarily held together on tape.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE16_zps86297d4b.jpg
And, this is where it's gonna be placed, after getting sealed and sanded and painted. If you haven't figured it out yet, it's the Oxygen bottle... ;)
Stay tuned!

djos
5th August 2013, 13:30
*Bows down to the master!*

mfilos
5th August 2013, 14:53
AWESOME!!! Such detail and clever way of reusing stuff that most would throw!
Can't wait for more updates.

/respect

johnim
5th August 2013, 19:27
you never stop amazing me with your updates :bowdown:

salaxi54
10th August 2013, 13:47
Thanks once again my friends! The little free time i had, i managed to seal, sand and paint the O2 bottle.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE17_zps73a1c0ca.jpg
The nut at the end of the bottle neck is masked so as not to be painted..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE18_zpsbcc42b5b.jpg
This is some of the lettering. Not finished yet.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BACKPLATE1_zpsedc40669.jpg
I also managed to cut the backplate. This is not its final size or shape. ;)

AmiNeo
10th August 2013, 19:47
Flaming heck! The attention to detail on this thing is turning out to be beyond anything I expected. :blink:

salaxi54
11th August 2013, 21:18
Here's the bottle with the lettering done today.. :)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE19_zpse010a127.jpg

salaxi54
18th August 2013, 19:35
Had a little free time this weekend, so i carried on working..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE20_zps140297b0.jpg
Y'all might be wondering, WTH? lol

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE22_zps96404c43.jpg
Cutting excessive parts...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE23_zpsc64dd5b3.jpg
Shaping it up.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE28_zps4150dd22.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE29_zpsa43cb895.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE30_zps521246e7.jpg
Starting to look like something eh?

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE31_zps6183094d.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE32_zps12ee7f48.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE33_zps3af0158f.jpg
Well, it's (supposedly) a regulator valve assembly. Lots more detail to be added asap. Stay tuned! :)

johnim
18th August 2013, 19:49
now thats great woodwork skills mate :thumbsup:

salaxi54
18th August 2013, 19:53
Thanks Johnim, nothing a rasp, some files and a drill can't handle! :lol:
I really knew this would've been a tough job mate, but knowing i can't afford the real parts (or replicas) sold on the market, i try to treat it to as much 'eye candy' as possible. It all adds to the realism methinks. :thumbsup:

johnim
18th August 2013, 19:56
yes it does mate and the satisfaction that you did the whole project with your own 2 hands

it is a magnificent job

salaxi54
19th August 2013, 23:15
Here's another minor update.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE34_zps4f916c2b.jpg
That's a fake nut there..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE35_zps8040f007.jpg
A new bottle cap.. This time it's NesTea! (makes all the difference) :p

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE36_zps7dee3509.jpg
A preview of the assembly.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE37_zps680aac00.jpg
Time to make the cap usefull.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE38_zpse8459523.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE39_zps36255e3f.jpg
Looks like metal. (?)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE40_zps856fbecd.jpg
I actually drew plenty of these untill i felt satisfied.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE41_zpsd302844d.jpg
You might not be able to tell, but there's a transparent plastic in front of the gauge. Anyway, that's all for today. :)

Justin
20th August 2013, 07:12
can this thread get any more epic??!!!:thumbsup::)

salaxi54
20th August 2013, 18:23
can this thread get any more epic??!!!:thumbsup::)

Thanks Justin, your projects are way cool too! :thumbsup:
Ok, so here's today's activity:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE43_zps8e78fe89.jpg
Some aluminum work..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE42_zpsb29fa418.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE44_zpsa1838798.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE45_zps6fe63398.jpg
Looks more metalic now.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE46_zpsbedac5cd.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE47_zpsa3f06c53.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE48_zps8b94f80b.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BOTTLE49_zps591481da.jpg
Now you get a better idea of the whole assembly. ;)

McVenco
20th August 2013, 19:16
I love this thread :)

mfilos
21st August 2013, 06:32
Outstanding idea Bill my friend. I love it :)

salaxi54
1st September 2013, 18:35
Alright, this actually is not part of the cockpit, but it is part of the sequence that will prepare my 'man cave' to welcome the cockpit!
I was thinking of preparing for those long winter nights up ahead, and the room has to be tidy and practical.
Thus, i started my woodworking stuff, and here's what's been keeping me busy these past few days.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO1_zpse9606ecf.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO2_zpsa1654cd5.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO3_zpsf424c1d4.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO4_zps2f4e97c1.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO5_zpsdf21dce6.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO6_zps4993573d.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO7_zpsdc483417.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO8_zpsd1bac86c.jpg

There is still plenty of work left, but this is actually a mental treatment that distracts me a lot from my otherwise miserable family health problems.
Once i get started, the rest of the world can collapse; i wouldn't know! :roll:
Anyway, the build is not even half done. There'll be sliding shelfs for the musical instruments, lots of wiring around, and most of my non-Amiga gear - although there's room for the Draco, the A2000s, the Cassie, Walker, A1000 etc. Some of my Macs will be stored there, my ProTools gear, a Sun server (or two), and various other paraphernalia i can't recall at the moment. I plan on building this ceiling-high.. :picard
Stay tuned!

johnim
1st September 2013, 19:21
nice desk an big enough for that big (T)

salaxi54
7th September 2013, 19:40
Thanks for your comment John, glad you like it. :thumbsup:

Here's some more pics of the advancement with this furniture..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO9_zps7f379aa6.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO11_zpsf999406a.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO12_zpsbaf5ad46.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO13_zps94825f75.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO14_zps2854f1c0.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO17_zps741254f7.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO18_zps9f4a2b63.jpg

And that's all for now. :)

mfilos
7th September 2013, 22:44
That's some massive deal of awesomeness!
I so much love rack mounted mixing consoles, sound modules, samplers, etc.
This desk is gonna be really kick a$$ :)

salaxi54
21st September 2013, 18:42
Thanks Marios, i'm really glad you like it. I've not much free time lately, but today i managed to add another sliding shelf for the second synth. :)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO19_zps1f0cec0b.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SYN8ETO20_zps0157dbd4.jpg

jimbob
22nd September 2013, 00:06
Ah, I love it when this thread pops up to the top. Just when you think it can't get any better, here's a wall of synth. :D

salaxi54
23rd September 2013, 20:01
Thanks Jimbob, at the moment, i'm somewhere between the cockpit and the furniture build. Time is priceless, and obligations aplenty.
Anyway, i had some time today to work on the O2 bottle holder:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT381_zpsb9aa4f2f.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT382_zps656c286b.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT383_zpsdb14b7f9.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT384_zps453e671b.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT385_zps88c7d974.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT386_zps9ed8c0b1.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT387_zpsadef743e.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT388_zpsd863b029.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT389_zps0eef7537.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT390_zps84d1ba5f.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT391_zpse13f646c.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT392_zps15c1ea50.jpg

Most parts of the holder are aluminum sheet, except the hinge.

mfilos
23rd September 2013, 20:31
Outstanding job!!! \o/

salaxi54
12th December 2013, 14:47
I know it's been a while, but things in real life just keep getting worse...
Didn't feel like mentioning this for some time, but unfortunately i'm heading for a divorce next month. This has occured all of a sudden, surpising and shocking.
29 years feels like a lifetime. What this means though, is that there's a change of plans. Stuff is being packeged, furniture are being dismantled, and of course the cockpit project has been paused.. :(
Most of you have noticed i'm selling stuff lately, only reason is i need to lighten the burden of boxing everything up, plus help finance legal expenses.
Anyway, with that thing proceeding, i have managed to steal just a little free time, and completed the seat's back cushion. Only a few details have remained, and she's done there.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT393_zpsd3946bf6.jpg

As y'all understand it will be a while before anything new is posted, gotta set my gear at the next house. Taking apart and re-assembling will be a task on its own.
Whenever i have progress, you'll witness it. Till then, stay tuned! :thumbsup:

roy_bates
12th December 2013, 14:56
sorry to here mate,take all the time you want.

theres no rush to see this finished,and dont feel down.

Tomse
12th December 2013, 20:11
sorry to hear that mate :-(

johnim
12th December 2013, 20:19
sorry to hear of this mate take care

salaxi54
12th December 2013, 21:44
Thanks fellas, it's nice to be among friends in cases like this.. :grouphug:

scrappysphinx
12th December 2013, 21:54
Sorry for the bad news salaxi but great work on the cockpit build so far.

RetroZones
3rd March 2014, 22:50
That's great work.. I love the way u photo each stage of the build

Keep the updates coming

VincentGR
7th March 2014, 14:21
Thanks, it's been going on since last November, but family and health problems have really put a brake to my pace.
Been talking to other pit-builders, some of which have taken up to 10 years to finish! But it all depends on various factors of course. Most of all financial, but i have a tendency to be on the 'cheap side'.
I mostly use scrap wood that's been laying around for a while, and don't really want to be precise in replicating the real cockpit.
When i discuss my hobbies with local (Greek) friends, i always tell them that i believe in the 3-X parameters.
X - Χώρος (Space)
Χ - Χρόνος (Time)
Χ - Χρήμα (Money)
Those, if aplenty, should be able to cover anything you put in mind.. :thumbsup:

True, true.

salaxi54
9th May 2014, 00:50
I know it's been a while, but i haven't given up on my build. It's just a slower pace. Anyway, here's my progress so far.
I have decided to pay attention to bulky stuff, so as to have 'em ready for the move. Living in an apartment is forbiding for massive construction.
This is the progress on the side parts of the cockpit, where all the panels will be placed:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFT1_zps5b39d1b1.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFT2_zps2d76bd8b.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFTSIDE1_zps0dfb0e8e.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFTSIDE3_zps5a634694.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFTSIDE2_zpscde8746b.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFTSIDE4_zpsf4d2b307.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFTSIDE6_zps19d94c73.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFTSIDE7_zps23ea6545.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFTSIDE8_zps87a82668.jpg
Nice large storage space inside! :-)

Some minor details added to the seat:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFTSIDECHUTE1_zps4975e727.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFTSIDECHUTE2_zps317a785c.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFTSIDECHUTE4_zps742194b6.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LEFTSIDECHUTE5_zps5bb7d113.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SIDECHUTES1_zps1c04c8d8.jpg
Not yet treated, these parts need sealing, sanding, and painting.

Here's another minor update. Found me a fella in the UK who takes custom orders for 3-D printing. So, i gave him my 2-D sketches (!), and he came up exactly with what i needed for buttons. These 26 gray buttons will be placed at the CDU (Central Display Unit) frame. They were cheap to make, and i actually found the guy through Amiga surfing LOL. He makes a miniature A3000 enclosure for Raspberry Pi! Here's the result:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/CDUBUTTONS1_zps7e66f980.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/CDUBUTTONS2_zpsc61c4aa0.jpg

This is the button in 'normal' position (unpressed):
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/CDUBUTTONS3_zps58948fca.jpg

and pressed:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/CDUBUTTONS4_zpse55d01bb.jpg

This is what they look like when attached to the frame:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/CDUBUTTONS5_zps51e5b1ce.jpg

I was planning on making these using a mould, but time is precious, and they came up real cheap too...
So, i'll keep y'all posted on the progress as i proceed, but real life is in the way, and as i said, time is precious; finances are gone down too. I'm actually planning on selling my uber-secretly saved Amiga jewel pretty soon. It was stored for ages, waiting for better times.
You'll understand what i mean when time comes.
Stay tuned folks! ;-)

kerkyra2007
9th May 2014, 06:49
Happy to see your most precious project keeps on!!!!!!

salaxi54
11th May 2014, 21:54
Thanks John, i'm really pushing myself these days... Anyway, here's some pieces of the seat after treatment with sealing, sanding, and paint:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT407_zpsbeb57701.jpg

And a little bit of needlework for the left side chutebox.
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT408_zps5e3c49b7.jpg

Then, it was fastening the fabric time:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT409_zps89d5020b.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT410_zps7efb51b6.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT412_zps83830acb.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT411_zps049b9131.jpg
Those last 3 pics show the chutebox temporarilly placed on the seat. Needs some fastening.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT413_zps996337b5.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT414_zps01fcf836.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT415_zps4da65595.jpg

And that's all for today :)

johnim
11th May 2014, 21:59
And why have you not finished this amazing project

come on you have had long enough

:p only joking mate nice progress as usual

salaxi54
11th May 2014, 22:02
Thanks bud, i'm actually daydreaming most of the time, fantasizing my man cave is all set up, and all projects done. But then, real life comes knocking the door...

johnim
11th May 2014, 22:04
at least you do make progress i daydream about making stuff and buy the parts but never actually get to build what i want

salaxi54
11th May 2014, 22:09
I can sympathize! :) At least most of the time it has nothing to do with 'buying parts' on this one. It's still mostly scrap and spare stuff i have laying around.

johnim
11th May 2014, 22:14
you are too good at recycling we all should learn from you

salaxi54
13th May 2014, 23:22
Some more progress today. Spent most of the day applying putty, sanding, and painting surfaces. (have i mentioned enough that i HATE sanding?)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SIDE1_zpsee4c6c5e.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SIDE3_zpse9e4b96f.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SIDE2_zps4f182d29.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SIDE4_zpsc2305020.jpg

Got me these parts from a hardware store, 2 for a Euro.. Here's the before and after:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT417_zps8bfe8d1b.jpg

Nothing much, just rounding the edges. These are supposedly retainers for holding the chute belts in place.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT418_zps59ba2597.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT419_zps8397291f.jpg

salaxi54
16th July 2014, 23:24
I know it's been a while, but ever since my last post, i have moved to the new house. Inbetween, there's been some progress, which i simply delayed upping. Here's what gives to date.
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RIGHTA_zpsb4442e7b.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RIGHTH_zps83dfcb10.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RIGHTB_zpsc54e6a5b.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RIGHTC_zps9f936e8c.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RIGHTD_zpsf4d3ab47.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RIGHTE_zps0ef6961f.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/RIGHTG_zps21d12e6d.jpg

The above pictures show the progress on the left and right sides of the cockpit.

This is the backplate...
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BACK1_zps1ba3daa5.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BACK2_zps160a153a.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BACK3_zps42b170f7.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/BACK5_zps0485a802.jpg

This is a PVC tube cut to serve as an ejection rocket motor part:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT422_zps6f2ebc0d.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT423_zpsb2779b58.jpg

Next pics show the whole assembly set at the new apartment:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SIDEB_zpse1c69b75.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SIDEC_zps78998be1.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SIDEE_zps6c923fe1.jpg
These panels have been roughly cut to shape, but there's lots of trimming to be done.

Next up was a means to climb in. So, i built a temporary ladder for the time being:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/1a_zps45065fd9.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/1_zps5e32f660.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/3_zps35b13620.jpg


Now, this is the right side chutebox:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT426_zps43f4fa48.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT427_zps5ffd032d.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT428_zps6c195ba1.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT429_zpsd60748db.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT430_zps8a7a65a7.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT431_zps94f55709.jpg
Yes, it's all handwritten... :picard

Here's what the chutebox looks like temporarilly placed in position:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT432_zps1ae6b02a.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/SEAT433_zps862fac2b.jpg

You can also see the bronze-painted PVC tube replicating the rocket motor.

And that's just about it for the moment. Stay tuned! :)

J.T.Kirk
16th July 2014, 23:35
Vassilis, I really admire your courage. It's been nearly 3 years since you started all over this, and you are still surprising us. :thumbsup:

johnim
17th July 2014, 16:42
plus 1 to that a very nice detailed log too

salaxi54
5th September 2014, 11:57
A minor update after a while.. I started making the ejection handle. Initially built from MDF, but as it will reside at a stressfull area, i thought it would be a bit fragile. Anyway, here's a few pics:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/Handle1_zps73bbba99.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/Handle2_zps38ad9b30.jpg

Rounding it up was the hardest part:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/Handle4_zps281eeb2c.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/Handle5_zps0747856c.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/Handle7_zpsb4b2d3b2.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MOLD6_zpsea41f6de.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MOLD7_zps339547fc.jpg

Next up, is making a mold. I'll be making a resin copy of the handle, so it will logically last longer. Here's the mold's box:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MOLD1_zpse652def3.jpg

With plenty of room for casting the handle:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MOLD2_zpsf57bf923.jpg

I've spent a small fortune on chemicals (RTV silicone, release fluid, resin and pigment), and cross fingers for the result.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MOLD8_zpsa6844a62.jpg

The hole at the bottom is the passage for pouring resin. Can't exactly describe the process right now, but you'll be seeing it when time comes. I got me some yellow pigment, so the resin will come out of the mold directly with the appropriate color. If i feel satisfied with the results, i might just experiment with casting some Amiga stuff later on! :whistle:

salaxi54
25th September 2014, 16:56
Hey there fellow Amibayers, not much on the cockpit front these days, due to real life... but real life can have its cool moments too! :-)
Thus, there was an airshow nearby, which i couldn't attend. However, the engine sound coming from outside my window sounded familiar.
Grabbed the camera, and managed to shoot a few pics.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/CHAFF4_zps8420aeb4.jpg
Right there, front view from my balcony, an F-16.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/CHAFF3_zpsbbeee179.jpg
Yup, they came real close.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/CHAFF2_zps5eb1d2e7.jpg
Ditto.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/CHAFF1_zps3e612400.jpg
Flare-shooting time! Nope, not Christmas yet lol

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/CHAFF5_zpsfc061e00.jpg
No, that's not a normal cloud centered there, it's the smoke from the flares.

I know that's not much, but i got a little excited and wanted to share this..

Jepplen
4th June 2015, 15:12
I have an idea for the simulated G's.

Using some kind of balloon under the seat cushion, connected to a pump or something, so when you pull the stick back it will deflate the balloon pushing down into your seat, and when you push the stick forward the balloon will inflate pushing you upwards making you "lighter".

I think that would give you some serious G feelings.

Only problem is to find a nice and quiet electrical air-pump of some sort.

salaxi54
9th June 2015, 21:21
@Jepplen: thanks for the suggestion, but i'm not going to make a G-suit. I know it's been done by hobbiers, and i've actually seen an italian making his own suit with air-packs that inflate and deflate, but i find that a bit overkill.
Some stuff on the cockpit have progressed a bit, but i'm really not in the mood lately, as real life has slapped me hard.
Some days ago my mother passed away after a 4-year battle with cancer. I find it needless to go into further details..
I know i'm more absent than i'd like to be, but it's way over me.

scrappysphinx
9th June 2015, 21:46
Sorry to hear about your mother salaxi, hope things get better for you soon :)

This is a great project and it'll still be there when life turns around for the better and will be a pleasure to see it all finished.

johnim
10th June 2015, 06:36
sorry to hear about you mom mate take care

Snoozy
21st June 2015, 16:41
Aww sorry to hear that Salaxi, hope that your broken heart can improve over time :(

Maybe this long term project can take your mind away from the upset some what

salaxi54
17th September 2015, 20:23
There has actually been some progress on this since my last post, but things are in pause again, certainly due to real life!
Anyway, here's what went on with the ejection handle mold:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MOULD1C_zps11e865b5.jpg
These are the two halves of the silicone-based mold of the handle. This is not your ordinary silicone, but some expensive sh**e i had to purchase.

They were made by prototyping the handle negatives using clay:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MOLD11_zps7bfe8c29.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MOLD12_zps93b735cf.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MOLD13_zps26be3d48.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MOLD14_zps70dfde3f.jpg
That's the mould box filled with the silicone.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MOLD16_zps2211617f.jpg
A close-up pic of some details.

I'll be upping some more pics soon so you can see the resulting handle.

salaxi54
18th September 2015, 05:39
Here's what the result was.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/HANDLE%20A_zpsy44nmp0b.jpg

It is far from perfect, but i believe i can improve it. The blank part at the central column is probably due to concentrated air in the mold. While i was inserting resin in liquid form, the mold went "burping" and spat out some material.. other than that, some sanding will make the edges smooth. Of course i used pigment for the yellow looks. Stay tuned! :-)

salaxi54
3rd June 2016, 07:07
Long time without an update, while actually i had things done! Anyway, here goes:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/salax54021/HUD%20STICKERS_zpsrnuus70n.jpg

These are reflective stickers i got so i can experiment with the HUD. I placed a pico video projector within the HUD unit, and it will project images on this surface. Here's some tests:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/STICKER1_zpsjghybukq.jpg

This shows the reflective sticker temporarily placed on the glass surface.


http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/STICKER2_zpsszogvyof.jpg


http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/STICKER3_zpso3m6ve5i.jpg


http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/STICKER4_zpsux6hgpsf.jpg
First shot out of focus.

And here's a clearer output. Now, you can see the light from the projector reflecting on the glass, but trust me, it all depends on the angle of view. By the way, remember the sticker is still a loose item, and not permanently adhered to the glass.
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/STICKER5_zpszm7g5igb.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/STICKER6_zpsqfrtyqgg.jpg
You can see that the projector needs some rotating, but i just "shmacked it" in there, only testing it.

And here's the philosophy behind my experiment:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/salax54022/HUD%20concept_zpstlwh9agz.jpg

Stay tuned, as i have done a few more things... :-)

Bryce
3rd June 2016, 08:34
Why do you need the reflective sticker? The glass should be enough.

Bryce.

salaxi54
3rd June 2016, 08:40
Due to ghosting of images!

Bryce
3rd June 2016, 09:01
Ok. If you are getting bad ghosting you should try using thinner glass and try varying angle of the glass and projector. Adding a highly reflective (but see-through) surface to the inner surface can also help.

Bryce.

salaxi54
3rd June 2016, 09:05
That would change the whole construction of the HUD assembly, plus the projector is already a tight fit...

Bastich
3rd June 2016, 10:03
I've not looked at this project for a while but as usual I come back to it and am amazed at all your hard / quality work. It really does look great :thumbsup:

salaxi54
4th June 2016, 06:10
Thanks for your kind words! These days i'm focusing on the landing gear mechanism. Started shaping the LG lever out of wood:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/lever%201_zpszlnpazrq.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG2_zps5lzcf5wx.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG3_zpskjlsxms0.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG4_zpsjc2f0o9m.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG5_zps71zqp6fk.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG6_zpsvqst21yz.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG7_zpst2eogc5o.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG8_zpswwuuum67.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG9_zpsrziy28mi.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG10_zpspue0dvha.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG12_zpsjda4ognb.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG13_zps65vecw1s.jpg

As you see, this involves drilling, filing, sanding etc. Many hours to shape a simple lever...

- - - Updated - - -

And so, there once was a pen:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG14_zpsrwsx0mmp.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG15_zps1z40x4e2.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG16_zpsxizfbuki.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG17_zpsdfaefqn9.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG18_zpsbjzdqsb5.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG19_zpsm21tbvcw.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG20_zpst1spwlil.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG21_zpsrfiiq30l.jpg

This plastic piece was added for strength when pressing the gear release switch. Then, there was some sealing, putty, and sanding...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG22_zpsftt7be7b.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG23_zpsycqbqj3i.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG24_zpstkycyvmr.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG25_zpsdjwsjhuu.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG26_zpsenzcbkjm.jpg

After lots more putty and sanding, i had the lever coated with paint, and started shaping the 'lollipop' edge using red plexiglass sandwich:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG27_zpspxuttq7v.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG29_zps1qtui5es.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG30_zpsvtcxbz9v.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG31_zpsg3a19gxi.jpg

This will be illuminated from a couple of LEDs located within the lever.

salaxi54
19th April 2017, 07:52
Lots of progress on the cockpit front since my last post! Here's the landing gear handle assembly lit up:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG39_zpsehrtyzey.jpg

and the whole thing

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/LG41_zpsxxlvqhj7.jpg

Then i started sculpting the throttle arm assembly, of course out of wood again.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%201_zpsmc60cyci.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%202_zpssqugwnnk.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%203_zps1rzsw3cc.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%204_zps1b0ntyke.jpg

Used a long drill to open a cabling hole through the arm:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%208_zpswj1y1szn.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%207_zpssvf2tvgv.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%209_zpsoyuijylv.jpg

and continued shaping the object

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%2010_zpshsuum4wi.jpg

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I then strengthened it with fiberglass sheet:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%2014_zps5ae3di9v.jpg

And after lots of sanding, sealing etc. i painted it

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%2016_zps4jcfkxdu.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%2017_zpsq3ulowlm.jpg

Here's some parts of the assembly i built out of aluminum to attach the throttle quadrant:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%2018_zpsah4atsiw.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/ARM%2020_zpsi5o7rjjv.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/ARM%2021_zpsw9hhw7jn.jpg

The toothed disc is the friction disc. Here's how the quadrant assembly will fit on the existing controller:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/ARM%2023_zpsc5u2nsza.jpg

Needs some finishing touches!

protek
19th April 2017, 09:29
Nice progress there!

Btw, you can find the gameport version of CH Combat stick relatively cheap from the other bay, although I think you had made good progress with your grip already.

Bastich
19th April 2017, 12:44
As usual it is looking amazing :thumbsup:

If you need some simple IO for buttons / analog inputs I can help you out with an Arduino (HID) USB interface. I already have wired and wireless sketches coded. I am happy to help, PM me if interested :)

salaxi54
20th April 2017, 12:21
Thank you both for your comments! @Bastich: i might as well "bother" you on that! I was thinking of utilizing something like the USB interface i put in the arcade cabinet, but would require something more complex..
Anyway, here's another part of the build. I got me a regular 3M protection mask:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/BOTS%20N%20STUFF/MASK%20A_zpsv3alpy17.jpg

and have been working to bring it up to a pilots' mask look:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20E_zpsoszdq4uk.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20F_zpsp4mtqosn.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20G_zps7ctrv66t.jpg

Got me some 1mm rubber sheet

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20J_zpsypawgfmr.jpg

and started covering parts

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20O_zpsjenkrhhc.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20P_zpshhltmohq.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20Q_zpspg96csa7.jpg

The plastic filter cover is an accessory from tent tubing..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20R_zps3yashwar.jpg

Lots of epoxy and thin ply later.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20S_zpsdhp5or5s.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20U_zpspiuzp8bg.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20V_zpspxv22abh.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20X_zpsdwvfeard.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20Y_zpstmizfn1f.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20Z2_zpsun5yuqbs.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20Z5_zpsu09srczt.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/COCKPIT%20AND%20AMIGA/MASK%20Z7_zpsosjmtbzi.jpg

Still needs some work on minor details. :-)

Bryce
20th April 2017, 12:29
Are you going to mount a microphone inside it?

Bryce.

salaxi54
20th April 2017, 16:23
@Bryce: That's the plan! I got me some intercom set long ago, when i was planning to make this a two-seater rig, but i'm still not sure what i'll use. However... when things get better, (space-wise) i do intend to make my pit a two-seater. I'm not sure i mentioned this before, but i got the pit 'stationed' elsewhere, and bring things at my current home to work on.

salaxi54
1st September 2018, 06:27
I haven't updated this in a long time, mostly due to image hosting BS from photobucket and postimg. They both make your life harder...
Anyway, i've had lots of progress since, and here's some of it:

https://s26.postimg.cc/ps54uj621/DED_1_zpsibeiriwv.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/fsa8emusp/DED_3_zpsmqaewthv.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/iqfyg60kp/DED_4.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/mcqd6jwbt/DED_6.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/k6rgyb3hl/DED_7.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/a7jzyhs2x/DED_8.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/z3i0zq44p/DED_9.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/g9rmozgix/DED_11.jpg

That's the DED display, and tests have been successful with Falcon!

https://s26.postimg.cc/aj3h2wi95/DED_ok1.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/xlu022jqh/DED_ok2.jpg

And that's just a sample of progress, stay tuned. :-)

salaxi54
1st September 2018, 17:36
Another part of the cockpit are the indexers. Got me some aluminum profile:
https://s26.postimg.cc/o87h2vw4p/INDEXER_STAND_2.jpg

Cut to required shapes:

https://s26.postimg.cc/6yr04a6ax/INDEXER_STAND_3.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/oniqvwi21/INDEXER_STAND_4.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/8o03ccm09/INDEXER_STAND_5.jpg

This is how the LEDs fit in:

https://s26.postimg.cc/8rtwslrhl/INDEXER_STAND_6.jpg

Then i cut some rooftop tin pieces:

https://s26.postimg.cc/6a31hj149/INDEXER_STAND_8.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/c8gurrk2x/INDEXER_STAND_7.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/bzja1u7ah/INDEXER_STAND_9.jpg

Paint n' rivets:

https://s26.postimg.cc/givincp61/INDEXER_STAND_11.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/86w3b40a1/INDEXER_STAND_12.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/uwv843jhl/INDEXER_STAND_14.jpg

More parts:

https://s26.postimg.cc/os7e1riw9/INDEXER_STAND_10.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/c5ycr1v8p/INDEXER_STAND_15.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/6gi46qp2h/INDEXER_STAND_17.jpg

And this is how the finished part looks:

https://s26.postimg.cc/4cgn1hmg9/INDEXER_STAND_19.jpg

Haven't yet connected these electrically, but it's no rocket science..

salaxi54
4th September 2018, 10:31
And some more pics of the progress. Here's the throttle arm with wires passing through:

https://s26.postimg.cc/pp2voq8vd/THROTTLE_CABLES_zpsvnujq8pc.jpg

That's 29 cables going through that part!

Here's the indexers' stand wood-carved prototype:

https://s26.postimg.cc/nz2867kvd/INDEXER_STAND_1_zps5pzj04bg.jpg

And this is the mold i made for casting it in resin:

https://s26.postimg.cc/tehgdoacp/MOLD_1.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/3x3n7ti09/MOLD_2.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/6fpc8i3qh/MOLD_3.jpg

Here's the result:

https://s26.postimg.cc/y5lom5axl/INDEXER_BASE_A.jpg

I've installed bronze 4mm screw inserts.

https://s26.postimg.cc/jz5xqx7s9/INDEXER_BASE_B.jpg

Another part of the cockpit is the FFI (Fuel Flow Indicator). That needed an Arduino and a miniature OLED screen.

https://s26.postimg.cc/qdmmybrkp/FFI1.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/ikvz6ctbd/FFI2.jpg

Now, that gave me a headache, but it was the display's fault, so i switched from the cheap OEM to a more expensive Adafruit one:

https://s26.postimg.cc/5nn6er2tl/FFI3.jpg

After that, it was 'smooth sails' testing successfully under Falcon.

I also started collecting some electronics for interfacing.

https://s26.postimg.cc/8ebsw0ks9/OPEN_BOARDS_1.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/kbsirqczd/BOARDS_1.jpg

That's a very nice system by PSCockpits (Spain). I would highly recommend it to people looking to build a working cockpit. Pictures show mainboard, CMDS, Caution Panel, compass, TWP, TWA, UHF, and 40 I/O plus 16 I/O boards. It will not be the only electronics interfacing system, but the most important one.
Other subsystems include Pokeys, Adafruit servo controller etc.

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And yet another part, the Caution Panel.
I used some Greek match boxes:

https://s26.postimg.cc/tlnp5becp/CAUTION_1.jpg

Put them together...

https://s26.postimg.cc/iksk0am3t/CAUTION_2.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/ldlrkbmg9/CAUTION_3.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/g60ofv5ux/CAUTION_4.jpg

https://s26.postimg.cc/3yxg57td5/CAUTION_5.jpg

Lots of more work to be done on that, but pictures are posted here to bring the thread to an updated status. These past few posts are a summary of approximately a years' work since my last updates..

salaxi54
19th September 2018, 11:36
Another minor update, some homemade switch knobs carved out of wood. These need a little bit of more work, but will soon be used as prototypes for a mold.

https://i.postimg.cc/hj6NDDCg/CMDS_KNOBS_1.jpg

johnim
19th September 2018, 15:49
Hi Bud great your still working on this u got a pic of you whole piece to show us.

salaxi54
26th September 2018, 19:40
Hi Bud great your still working on this u got a pic of you whole piece to show us.

Thanks Johnim, not a recent one actually, since the pit is stored in a different place, and i work on sub-components at home for the time being.
I wish i had everything in one place, but real life is a b***h as we all know, and keeps getting in the way..
Anyway, here's one from a while back.

139873

WonkeyDonkey
26th September 2018, 19:57
This is a real labour of love. Can't wait to see the finished work :)

johnim
27th September 2018, 16:10
yea lol nearly 7 years so far :)

salaxi54
26th March 2019, 18:20
Hey there fellas, been a while, but as always, many things in real life tend to become an obstacle for my many hobbies... Will not go through details, but it's been a nightmare till recently. Anyway, i manage to work a little now and then on the cockpit front. Here's a few things i managed so far:
-Had the Logitech G15 keyboard working as a DED and PFL display. I will actually be using this strictly as a PFL because i already built my DED.

https://i.postimg.cc/L40c0kVs/30112018075.jpg

-Experimented with panel build using a CNC:

https://i.postimg.cc/DyVQXZvc/SNSR-PWR-2.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/pLy9NPgm/SNSR-PWR-3.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/NMDPXyhb/SNSR-PWR-8.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/T1vjbk5k/SNSR-PWR-12.jpg

-My latest pride is what i call "Project: MustaComp" (from mustard and compass)!

Pics will help your imagination:

https://i.postimg.cc/SxMNJ637/Compass-1.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/ZK4ryXWV/Compass-4.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/6QXbkjGx/Compass-6.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/k5vYqQx6/Compass-7.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/d1GNwvXm/Compass-9.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/D0qp9V8J/Compass-13.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/JhjzrKvZ/Compass-16.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/tCmT2sFZ/Compass-17.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/P5Nv8LP5/Compass-19.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/xdzktWGr/Compass-27.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/KvgGqr8W/Compass-30.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/rwX8v0dw/Compass-31.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/mr1yd93Z/Compass-32.jpg

Here's testing the backlight circuitry:

https://i.postimg.cc/3RykgMGd/compass-33.jpg

And that's about it for the time being.. Stay tuned! :-)

salaxi54
24th March 2020, 07:49
Here's the latest updates on the cockpit front. Lots of things have happened since my last post. Here's the TWP (Threat Warning Panel), with smd leds and microswitches replaced by RAFI illuminated switches:

https://i.postimg.cc/DyFFXf27/TWP-1.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/kGtPxDf3/TWP-10.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/SsRhxg9K/TWP-11.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/kXXPvDCH/TWP-14.jpg

Cockpit PC is slowly being assembled..

https://i.postimg.cc/9QGwTD6z/PC-3.jpg

Needs many video outputs, so i utilized a PCIe adapter for a second graphics card:

https://i.postimg.cc/bNpr5nD7/PCI-X-1.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/FspzXK07/PCI-X-3.jpg

I've 5 monitors and 2 projectors to drive (for the time being!).

Here's a rough idea of the left top side:

https://i.postimg.cc/yxKbY1RN/LEFT-CP-1.jpg

That's one of the monitors and required the purchase of a controller:

https://i.postimg.cc/tC2MpH4X/LEFT-CP-3.jpg

Designing the compass scale using a graphics tablet:

https://i.postimg.cc/SNZ7gdV6/Lightpen-1.jpg

Results:

https://i.postimg.cc/9fhChhZ0/SCALE-1.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/TPJG24J9/SCALE-2.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/zBDNyFd1/SCALE-3.jpg

Stay tuned for more pics in a bit!

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Next up is the UHF panel. That one needs lots of more work:

https://i.postimg.cc/SQP21fSK/UHF-A1.jpg

Now this is the SSC, actually the joystick mount base:

https://i.postimg.cc/vBVK3B2k/SSC1A.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/1X0j1dQK/SSC1B.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/8PFHPyqT/SSC1D.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/ZnnLNjnF/SSC1H.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/59KgJcKP/SSC1J.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/025SLp4v/SSC1M.jpg

Still lots of sanding, putty, filling etc. to be done there..
Next up is the right AUX console, where the PFL (Pilot Fault List) and Caution Panel are mounted:

https://i.postimg.cc/fyjwn2nX/RAUX-1.jpg

The PFL is actually a display ripped from a Logitech G15 keyboard, and it works quite well.

https://i.postimg.cc/fLdz5W88/RAUX-2.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/x8S0Zr7n/RAUX-3.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/VsjsC6r6/RAUX-11.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/25br88NC/RAUX-12.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/63CKnjQS/RAUX-13.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/GtrCQF8p/RAUX-14.jpg

And that just about sums it all up for now, but you get an idea of what "staying inside" means here! ;-)

Ed.D
30th March 2020, 13:42
Awesome job! :thumbsup:

salaxi54
31st March 2020, 04:26
Thanks mate! What people who aren't in the specific hobby don't understand usually, is the fact that it can take quite a big while to finish.
I know plenty who are still building for decades. Even hobbyists who managed to finish their cockpit tend to always try making them better, or keep them updated with modern Block numbers. Of course finances play a big role too; imagine having to scratch-build most of the parts..

salaxi54
7th June 2020, 13:43
A small update. Used putty to fill the gaps on the joystick:

https://i.postimg.cc/C5rXwzfn/STICKB3.jpg

After lots of sanding, I did two coats of epoxy resin on the joystick body, in order to "plasticize" it.

https://i.postimg.cc/XYcnyzR3/STICKB6.jpg

Left it to cure for two days, and resin hardened really well. Went through lots of sanding again, and then primed and painted it.

https://i.postimg.cc/5tD2XZrn/STICKB7.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/mDM2CmfR/STICKB8.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/d3YQBGwC/STICKB9.jpg

Last, i went through three coats of mate varnish, and after it dried, i can say the result has really paid off.

https://i.postimg.cc/QMFMxXfF/STICKB10.jpg

salaxi54
5th November 2020, 09:30
It has been a while since my last update, but at least i have some work done. First up is building the rudder pedals. This set is built after open-source instructions and plans. What you see here are the aluminum rails, and plastic parts which were 3D-printed. Luckily, i found some nice fella in the UK who prints parts for me real cheap and with good quality!

https://i.postimg.cc/zXWtcD8j/pedals-1.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/XNrD9cPt/pedals-2.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/W1vWLR4P/pedals-3.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/XvMz3Gnk/pedals-4.jpg

This is not yet complete, as i am awaiting some more parts for this kit. I have also received parts for the throttle quadrant, which were also 3D-printed by the same person. With a little love and affection (aka sanding, priming and varnish), these parts became real smooth on the surface.
Pictures are worth a thousand words..

https://i.postimg.cc/C5gsWNLk/θροτ_5.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/ZKJLHVQh/θροτ_6.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/3NFF7vd6/θροτ_7.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/L4tTjrNT/θροτ_8.jpg

Here's how she looks temporarily mounted on the throttle bracket (before smoothening treatment):

https://i.postimg.cc/zDVjH93g/θροτ1.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/L4wVtNZ0/θροτ2.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/pXjJqzfV/θροτ3.jpg

Stay tuned! :)

protek
5th November 2020, 12:52
Nice work with the grips!

I acquired the CH Combat Stick and Pro Throttle gameport versions second hand and relatively cheap some years ago. I recently upgraded the stick to USB with an upgrade kit and planning to order another kit and do the same to the throttle. I’ll also upgrade the pots in both to hall sensors.

salaxi54
5th November 2020, 14:10
Thanks Protek. My HOTAS is a gameport version too (Saitek X35/36) which i plan to transplant into the new housing. I believe it will be a small nightmare, but will figure it out. But in case something goes wrong, there's always alternatives like the LeoBodnar - MMJOY 2 solution. Let me know how the upgrade worked for you mate! Yesterday i got me a projection screen:

https://i.postimg.cc/Vkh65NR4/pani01.jpg

I managed to install it at the mancave today.

https://i.postimg.cc/BQqtVkb5/pani-1.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/fRyywdxJ/pani-2.jpg

And i managed to do an initial test:

https://i.postimg.cc/kgLJqpJp/pani-3.jpg

protek
5th November 2020, 17:29
You could check out this thread: https://forums.eagle.ru/forum/english/dcs-world-topics/input-and-output/thrustmaster-aa/221969-tm-cougar-sealed-magnetoresistive-hall-sensor-kits

salaxi54
18th November 2020, 19:48
Had some more 3D-printed parts arrive today for the throttle quadrant and for the joystick:

https://i.postimg.cc/ryftPtHn/throttle-buttons-1.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/wM4yySJ8/stick-trigger-1.jpg

I also got the throttle rail guide, in full metal from the US:

https://i.postimg.cc/jdCJ0S0s/throttle-guide-1.jpg

protek
3rd December 2020, 22:04
Thanks Protek. My HOTAS is a gameport version too (Saitek X35/36) which i plan to transplant into the new housing. I believe it will be a small nightmare, but will figure it out. But in case something goes wrong, there's always alternatives like the LeoBodnar - MMJOY 2 solution. Let me know how the upgrade worked for you mate!
I got my conversion project finished today. Now both my CH F16 Combat Stick and CH Pro Throttle are converted to USB using MtwSims conversion boards, basically an Arduino shield that can be configured using the MMJoy 2. Also the pots in the stick and throttle are replaced with contactless sensors. I did a quick try today with DCS A-10, and it is a joy to fly. With the stick I used a shift register board with the conversion board to handle the buttons on the grip. In the throttle, I simply connected it straight up into the column and row pins of its conversion board. I also got a shift register board for that but at the moment it’s redundant. I do have plans for it, though, as it enables me to add more switches to the throttle. All in all, I’m very happy with the conversion.

salaxi54
31st December 2020, 12:34
Last parts of the pedals arrived yesterday! This concludes the 3d-printed parts:

https://i.postimg.cc/1tn3dc08/pedals_5.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/LXc8FYvN/pedals_6.jpg

Also the last knob i was missing from the throttle quadrant:

https://i.postimg.cc/rs5FVVPc/throttle_9.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/mZ9rNj2q/throttle_10.jpg

salaxi54
7th February 2021, 07:07
Another update on the rudder pedals. I have finished assembling the mechanical parts of the set.

https://i.postimg.cc/RVPkHh5L/pedals-10.jpg

Had to do some threading to the aluminum parts using a hand tap:

https://i.postimg.cc/vZKwpB0Z/pedals-12.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/qq4P8Cvj/pedals-13.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/mrFWRsnN/pedals-14.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/L4VKmvx7/pedals-16.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/mgXtGxrV/pedals_24.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/MGnX6sMw/pedals_25.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/q7Fh2fVg/pedals_18.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/cLsnSMB1/pedals_19.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/Zqnv9bQ1/pedals_21.jpg

I've still to finish the electronics of the assembly, but i managed to flash the Arduino software already.

https://i.postimg.cc/13JN5nvG/pedals_23.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/1Xh8YpzQ/pedals_22.jpg