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    Hello fellow AmiBayers! Well, y'all know that if i decide to start something it is a fact... I was actually initially thinking of buildding something else, but was "forced" to change my mind. You see, being a Navy guy, i thought i'd build a submarine CIC, but it would require drilling a rather big hole (or two) for a periscope going through the top guy's apartment, and ending out on the roof. As you might've guessed, he refused... (yeah, right, what'd he know!)
    So, i weighted things up, and actually found there's only just a few Submarine simulators out there, maybe it was for the best of things not to bother. But my lab being non-ergonomic in status, things must simply change!
    Although i do have two rather big desks full of gear, a second person has a rather hard time sitting next to me when i invite friends. That's because not all the stuff is ON the desks.. It's simply spread around.
    So, my thinking is that i could at least make things more comfy for a second person, by building a full-sized two-seater flight simulator cockpit.
    The only difference is that we won't be seating next to each other (how romantic LOL), but rather one in front of the other! And instead of viewing the same screen when it comes to computing, we'd each have our own to look at. But, that will not be as friends; rather as flying enemies! hehe
    I can tell you that this project will take quite a while (don't they all?)
    But i decided to start this thread so i can share with you my thoughts and technical questions, for this isn't something specific to an aviator or such.
    Maybe you've already seen some of the gear i started collecting already, but for the sake of completeness, i'll post em here too.
    Without further ado, here's what i already have:











    So, there's a helmet, a thrust controller, some switches, indicators and various paraphernalia, an intercom (to talk to the bogie), and a couple of Wingman sticks. That's not all, and more gear is expected.
    My target is an F-16/B cockpit, and i chose the F-16 due to it's minimalistic construction. Health has forbidden me to start cutting for the time being, but i hope soon construction will commence!
    I'll return soon with plenty of questions for our electronics-oriented members and any updates. Stay tuned!

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    I will watch this with interest! Good luck.

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    let me get it in first then

    "you can be my wingman"
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    If it dos`t work Hit it with a Hammer, If that dost work get a bigger Hammer, If that dos`t work get the gas axe out :mad:
    Up Front and Central Takeing flack as usual so the rest of you can do that pincer movement

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    will look forward 2 your progress mate
    Gone but not forgotten. RIP John.

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    Ohh, nice, I used to have that exact flight stick. Great controller that.

    This is going to be interesting...
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    (George Carrette)

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    You're damn-f***ing crazy...
    You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around
    you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully.

    > GO EAST

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    Thanks for your kind words folks! I'll be shooting questions, but will be doing so one at a time, so as not to get too confused.
    Here's numero uno:
    I need to know how to control LED intensity. One of the units is the ICP (Integrated Control Panel). Imagine it being a small box about 25x25 cm, carrying 21 indications. So, i want to build something that can illuminate 21 LEDs (or miniature light bulbs), all fed directly from an ATX PSU, and be able to use a rotary dimmer to control their intensity. Size does matter (the smaller the better lol), and please keep in mind that not only morale is low, but finances too! Would i need something smart to do the job, or can i use a simple dimmer knob? If it matters, emmited light should be either yellow or white. Here's how an ICP looks: http://meriweather.com/16/center/icp.html#

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    @ Salaxi54

    is the effect like dimming car speedometer clocks in modern cars?

    A simple rotary dimmer (variable resistor) would do it. Remember though, you are only dimming a 5v rail that feeds the LEDS, so it doesn't need to be massive. I'd go for one with a linear rather than logarithmic rating..

    As for the rating, you may need to play with some 0.5W resistors on the 5v rail until you get the dimming effect you want, then get a variable resistor of that value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    @ Salaxi54
    is the effect like dimming car speedometer clocks in modern cars?
    Never had a modern car! All i want is a smooth dimming function by rotating a knob. Haven't yet decided if i'll be using LEDs or regular light bulbs.

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    Either way, a variable resistor is the way to go, unless you are getting into higher voltages.

    Where did you source the 'Top Gun' helmet from?
    The future's so Retr0bright, I gotta wear shades.....

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