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)
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:
PHOTOS OF MY DUAL LINKED YOKE BUILD AND TEMPLATE USED
This 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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