I’ve added this new page to the site so I don’t have to keep scribbling notes on bits of paper, and also to help keep the motivation and work levels up
Visual System – I’m still not happy with the way the visual system works, so need to explore hooking the Matrox TH2Go onto the i5 machine and using a 3 window/camera display.
Internal Cockpit Lighting – I’ve got a solution to provide 24V DC power for the instrument panel light posts – particularly on the overhead. My dad built a heavy duty power supply a few years back which we were using for a garden railway which has succumbed to the Irish weather. I’ve already tested it to power individual lights, next will be to wire up a section of the overhead and see what happens.
Update: The original wiring behind the panels works great once a lead is run to each section from the power supply. Only problem is most of the bulbs are dud, but hopefully I’ve found a source of replacements so we can get all 50-odd bulbs lit across the whole panel. All the lightposts are now working, need to add dimmer option.
Main Instrument Panel –
- Panel stripped of all hardware and cleaned. Back cleared and smoothed with grinder to fit 21″ widescreen monitor for captain’s instruments and a 19″ for the engine gauges. Monitors installed behind Captain and Engine panels.
- Templates made for Capt and F/O panel cutouts, once design finalised get the aluminium plates cut. Just waiting for final quote with some extra blanking plates and hopefully they’ll be ready middle of next week.
- Cut out Capt + F/O panels to give unobstructed monitor opening.
- Source 5mm smoked plexiglass to fill space between the panel and monitors. Actually needs to be 10mm – couldn’t find smoked plexiglass of the right thickness, but will pickup 2 cut sheets tomorrow morning.
- Source wingnuts for more convenient securing of panel. Install servo instruments on F/O side.
- Replace removed lights.
- Swap undercarriage indicator between panels.
- Dummy faceplates required for fuel gauges.
Side panels – need to build wooden panels to box off cockpit sides.