The Build

Here is a sequential history of the build. Not everything is here of course, the center pedestal was without a doubt the hardest piece to make. I built that in my office believe it or not, between building one computer and the next.  (For cockpit measurements – please see bottom of this page)

 

0
This is not my actual platform, but mine was built in a very similar fashion plus I added 20 casters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1B
Roughed-in MIP support on the platform and placement of the first 3 monitors for the MIP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1
Roughed-in Right side sidewall frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1A
Roughed-in left side sidewall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1Dd
II bought this throttle from a good buddy of mine, but I totally disassembled it, rewired it and changed all potentiometers, then repainted it completely. (Thank you GaryS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1D2
This is the center pedestal I built at my office, before painting and after painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1D4
Pedestal positioned on the platform. Note the opening on the floor in preparation for future linked yokes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1D5
Initial painting of MIP and sizing of the Glare shield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1E
Construction of the Autopilot (MCP) unit -I love the MCP from CPFlight – it works beautifully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9
Construction of the Glare shield and fitting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16
Glare shield in place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12
Preparing for overhead placement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13
Added light in MCP box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10
Center Post cover construction. Size is 8″ rear and 1″ front.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18
Fitting of the center post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19
Testing sitting measurements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20
Roughed-in cage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30
Installed a mock-up overhead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21
Half-way point. Time for a good vacuuming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43A
Color matching to a REAL fuel Cut0off panel (my jewel in the crown)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38
Construction of the 180 curved screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26A
Then I bought this overhead panel from my buddy GaryS – and it was a whole different ball-game!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28
Fitting of the overhead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33
First Yoke in place, they are Saytek for now but I will replace them with real yokes in the next near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

46
Roughed-in overhead panels (very hard to make actually.) Note the REAL windows posts from a real 747-200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41
First firing up of the sim, and it all went flawlessly!! All instrumentation worked perfect on the first try.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

55
From inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

53
First take off – flawless and beautiful!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

55
First Officer side Yoke (Real Air Canada Hat)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58
Added a phone and a fire extinguisher to the aft center pedestal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

59
Installed the J-Rails. 3 hours for the first – half hour for the second set. Made the sidewalls panels and I finally the “Crowning moment” – when I installed the 2 real seats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is the latest picture (April 30,2015) I am in Heaven!!! The sim is still far from being finished, it probably never will - there is always something else I can add or make better - and that's is where the real fun is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is the latest picture (Sept 26, 2016). NOTE THE VERY RECENTLY ADDED LINKED YOKES!  I am in Heaven!!! Looks pretty decent I think – but far from being finished, there is always something else I can add or make better – and that’s where the real fun is!

COCKPIT MEASUREMENTS USED:

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PHOTOS OF MY DUAL LINKED YOKE BUILD AND TEMPLATE USED

yoke-mainThis is the 100% scale teplate I made to make my yokes. Should you want to use it, simply download it and print it. Transfer the drawing on wood and cut with a precision tool (I used a scroll saw). I made my yokes by making 4 identical wood blanks about 1/2 inch thick. Then  (with a drill bit) I cut a channel inside each. Then I bent a steel rod (1/4″) into a “U” shape and fit it inside the channel. Then I took the two pairs and glued together (2X2) sandwiching the steel rod inside for strength.  Then I sanded and patched the yokes as necessary. The paint finish is glossy tremclad for the yokes (feels very nice) and flat tremclad for the posts. The accordion post bases where the posts join the floor were made using $5 toilette plungers from HomeDepot. VERY IMPORTANT: Do not forget to run wires inside and prepare the yokes for buttons and switches!

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