Tuesday, August 26, 2008
But, I did manage to sketch out some rough dials in Sketch-up. I'll be turning lumps of steel on a metal turning lathe to produce the housing for my cockpit dials. Then I will control the arms using servos, that will link up to the computer via USB.
here, have some pictures.
Told you they were rough :P
But it gives you a simple idea of what I want to achieve.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Heres some more pictures. (Click to see enlarged)
I didn't have anywhere to do it, as it was raining today, so I did it in our boiler room/storage cupboard. "Don't spray my shoes!" she says; So I went slightly crazy on masking everything up with tape and newspaper. It did its job though.
So, enough mumbling, heres a picture.
(as always, click the image to see it larger)
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Bad Pictures.. Hopefully in the next couple of days when I complete the covering I will take some better ones.
I found the best place to get it, off caravans! So this morning, I went up and took half the entire roof off a caravan. Someone isn't going to be happy, but I certainly am! :D
It was quite badly painted as you can see, with normal paint, this will need sanding off for the spray paint to stick.
As you can see, there is a perfect, shiny side, and a more weathered, painted side. I'm having the weathered side up, as it saves me from having to buy Aluminium primer, which is expensive and difficult to get hold of here.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I tried stretching the string, but that didn't work either. Back to the drawing board for me! Cause I'm totally stuck for Ideas.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
After re-greasing it, I put it back together, and was wowed with the results!
Now you can see how I didn't really stick to my plans. I'm not a planning sort of person, I can plan things, but If I think it would look better a different way, that doesn't mean I'll drop everything and go back to the drawing board, I'll just adapt on the way, and I think thats one of the things that will make this project great.
The holes in the side are not only for carrying by, they are for threading the harness through, which will be fastened to the bottom corners of the seat.
If you are familiar with the Spitfire seats, You will know that the base of the seat is slightly bucket shaped. The best way I could reproduce this was to round the back into the base and a bump at the front. I tried steaming the MDF, but it only wanted to go one way, Up. I think though this gives a bucket feel when you sit in it, and will look alot smoother when I cover it in Aluminium. You can see the steel pipe that the Rudder pedals will be bolted to on the outsides.
Here you can see the spacious PC Enclosure, along with its drawer runners that are simply pot-riveted to the frame. You can also see here why I was a week on welding, grinding, sanding and polishing the old rusty box-pipe. I got it to clean up fairly well.
To start from the seat, and attach everything on to it; Simply by welding 1" steel square pipe to the seat, and then slotting in 1/2" pipe and bolting it in place. This makes it easy for disassembling in-case of transport. I was going to buy a "Whitley Bomber" Seat off ebay, a plane that was around that era. But, as it was going for a high price, I decided to replicate my own spitfire seat, out of wood, and then coated in sheet aluminium, to give it that.. Tinny feel.
In order of building.. I'm going to build:
Seat -> Rudder pedals -> Trim wheel -> Controls -> Chassis lever -> Blind flying panel -> Then a shell to hold it all in.
Here are some simple plans a drew up, Not brilliant, and the final version is slightly modified from them, but you get the idea..
I know the Images are not brilliant.
Basically, I've built a PC enclosure underneath my Pilots seat, to keep everything compact and organized. The seat is going to be the core of the whole sim; Everything will attach to it and everything will run from it. The PC enclosure basically is a steel frame, with a Checker plate tray on runners, on which I will mount my motherboard, HDDs & PSU. On each sides of the tray holes will be cut all the way through the seat and fans will be mounted. Not drawn on the plans, but still included, a "ButtKicker" Will be installed. Basically, all this is is a compact device that converts sound to vibrations, e.g The harder the sound, the harder the vibrations. To give you a true feeling that your actually flying the plane. There will only be one cushion on the seat now and that will act as a head rest. I will custom-make it out of leather, with foam stitched in strips.
Aims and Objectives
> To build a realistic Flight Simulator cockpit that resembles a Spitfire Mk IX.
> All features should function, Including controls and gauges.
> To build at low budget.
> To run the Simulator through Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 with a Spitfire Add-on.
I’ve been building for the past week or so now, and have only just decided to keep track of my progress via a blog. I’ve already done a little bit of work to the seat and rudder pedals. (I’ve welded a frame for the seat and I’ve welded two bars at the front on which to mount the rudder pedals)
This flight simulator is a huge learning curve for me. As you will see the flight simulator progress, you will see the standard of my work also progress.
I’ll try keep updated with photos and other media as much as I possibly can.