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  1. Hi Marco.

    What a beautiful cockpit – like the Queen. Many of your opinions are mine too.
    I’m building a 747 Simulator, using FS9 und PMDGs 747-400. It should be Lufthansas first -400 called Berlin. It’s already out of order. You can see the projektstatus @ youtube. Search for “Pmdg based Homecockpit part 2”.
    I’ve never seen a real 747 cockpit. So all my measurements are based on a few internet posts and many photos. Last year i bought a 3d printer, this year a cnc mill. All overheadparts are ready. It will be the first part with real dimensions, because i’ve started with saitek products and a vrinsight mcp. Everything will be rebuild with my new possibilities through the cnc mill. But i need correct dimensions and angles. Could you offer that?
    What is your base software? Do you use ProjectMagenta?

    Hoping for your reply,
    Kind regards, Stephan from Germany

    1. Hi Stephan thank you very much, I am sending you the dimensions I have via your email, these are very accurate and taken from real blueprints. let me know if you need anything else, marco

  2. Hi Marco
    I visited your site today for the first time.
    Great 747-400 Cockpit!! congratulations!!
    Your whole cockpit space is really real.
    I made up 747-400 cockpit over 10years ago.
    http://www.projectj.jp/
    I used FS9+ProjectMagenta for the cockpit. I agree with you that 747-400 is the most attractive plane.
    My project had stopped for over 10 years, but now I’m building entirely new cockpit. Of course it is 747-400!!
    I made my Former cockpit almost by my hand. But now I’m building new cockpit by using almost real parts (real 747-400 or real simulator). I already succeeded in moving auto throttle.
    I’m glad if you could mail me and exchange information.
    best regards
    Junji from Japan

    https://picasaweb.google.com/105959627318109986125/Summary?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPf5nZPui5HwgwE&feat=directlink

    1. Thank you very much Yunji! You also have a very beautiful cockpit, and I am sure the next will be even better. For dimensions and other information please look into the “The Build” tab at the bottom, I have posted dimensions and other useful information there. Enjoy.

    1. Thank you very much Radekcerny! I cannot post my personal email here in the forum, but For dimensions and other information please look into the “The Build” tab at the bottom, I have posted dimensions and other useful information there. Also, if you have any other other questions – please feel free to ask here and I will reply promptly. Thank you.

  3. Hi Marco,

    i am contacting you for the same reason as Stephan did about 747 simulator dimensions. However i am building a 747sp not a 747-400 and from some research i found out that the cockpit is about the same size as a 747-400, so i looked at flight deck solutions and saw the huge prices of the cockpit shell, so please could i politely request some dimensions by e-mail. By the way your simulator has to be by far the best scratch built one i have ever seen.

    Thanks

    Alec

    1. How are you Alec! For dimensions and other information please look into the “The Build” tab at the bottom, I have posted dimensions and other useful information there. Enjoy.

  4. Hello marco

    It is looks great your B744 Sim. 🙂

    you will be send to that dimensions files to me by email?

    I am have to planning makes to DIY B744 home cockpit.

    Thanks

    Best Regards,

    Younghoon

    1. Thank you very much Younghoon! For dimensions and other information please look into the “The Build” tab at the bottom, I have posted dimensions and other useful information there. Enjoy.

  5. Hello Marco,

    My husband read your story in the Calgary Sun, and it caught his eye right away. He like you has been flying on the sims for years. He’s been wanting to build a plane as well. In your story you had mentioned a hobby store you own, could you please tell us the name of it, he would really like to visit it.

    Thank you
    Candice

    1. Hello Candice, sorry for the late reply, this website was down for a couple of months. the store I did own actually is a computer store, not a hobby store. The name is Calgary PC Medic. It is closed right now however, as the mall I was in caught on fire back in March, I am working out of my house right now, the store will be reopened sometimes in early 2018. Thank you, Mark.

  6. I read somewhere that one projector was used for the outside world. It was stated that there was an 11-foot image. Can you give me some specifications on the projector used and any other helpful hints?

    1. Hello Paul, sorry for the late reply, this website was down for a couple of months. Of course I can. the key is to use a short throw projector, as it gives you a much wider image over a short distance. Mine is a Benq 1085-ST 1080-HDMI. And I have been very happy with it, I am however going to add a second projector this week, as for as good as it is with one, nothing beats a bit of a wraparound visuals. The screen is already built, so might as well use it.; Thank you, Marco.

      1. Hello Marco

        First off, amazing work! Great demonstration of what skill and time can produce.

        I wanted to jump back a bit on the projector thing. I was thinking about restarting flight sim a few days ago (although at much smaller project scale than you) and at the same time we had advised on of our clients to use two 24″ displays to make the use of our software solution even more comfortable for their workload and that’s when it hit me when I saw the displays side by side and also the prices for what you get these days. I could get 4 displays and have them surround me.

        Then I read what you wrote about how a projector just changed your outlook on how to go about a home sim. And it got me thinking again. One projector for outside view, two or three monitors for instruments, maybe one of them touch and bit of construction to place all of that.

        So, here are the questions (as projectors are not my expertise). I suppose that running a 1920×1080 projector results in the same sharpness of image as viewing on a monitor IF you sit at the right distance to the image in relation to the size of the image, correct? If yes, what would be an ideal viewing distance? What brands do you recommend when it comes to projectors? Also I see you were taking about installing a second projector for wrap around visuals. I suppose that requires a curved surface to project on. And how do you line up the two images so that there are no cuts or overlaps?

        So for the long post and questions, just quite curious about this.

        Thanks for your help on this.

        Take care

        1. Robert I am really sorry for the super-late reply, I need to check my forum more often (lol). Don’t know if you still need help, but if you do, by all means, i will do my best to help you with any information or hardware/software.
          YOUR QUESTIONS: So, here are the questions (as projectors are not my expertise). I suppose that running a 1920×1080 projector results in the same sharpness of image as viewing on a monitor IF you sit at the right distance to the image in relation to the size of the image, correct?
          ANSWER: No, that is not correct, no projector will ever give you the same sharpness as a monitor. here is why. suppose you compare a 1080 monitor with a 1080 projector. The monitor does not have to enlarge the image, while the projector takes that same image and enlarges it. Hence, for every inch of image it gives you say a foot. This is the problem. as enlarging the image – means enlarging the empty spaces between the pixels also. Hence an almost invisible “screen-door-effect” on a monitor becomes quite visible once projected. the solution is to stand far back enough so that that same effect is barely visible. The caveat is, that standing far from the image blurs it out a bit. in essence there is no easy solution, it is all about compromising. You gain the larger image making the sim much-much more immersive, but you lose in sharpness. There is no way around it. If I can give you a word of advice, in my experience, having a large image far outweighs the cons, because nothing beats the immersion of the projected image.

          QUESTION: If yes, what would be an ideal viewing distance?
          ANSWER: Ideal viewing distance would be anywhere from 4-6 feet.
          –What brands do you recommend when it comes to projectors?
          –The brand does not matter much as long as you stay with a big name Optoma, benQ etc. The resolution MUST be 1080P.
          –Also I see you were taking about installing a second projector for wrap around visuals. I suppose that requires a curved surface to project on. And how do you line up the two images so that there are no cuts or overlaps?
          —Now that is a full question. Yes I have added a second projector and yes you do need a 180 curved screen, (very easy to build actually) the work starts however when you turn the projectors on and the image looks like 2 converging cones. you will need special “curving” software (several on the market) which takes a curved image and allows you to make it straight. I use Flyelise’s about 120 bucks. But be warned that it took me 3+ days to get the initial image straight.once you got it though – you got it. The image tends to move ever so slightly be warned, needing minor adjustments about once a week (10 minutes). I hope this helps, let me know if you need anything else. Marco.

  7. Hi marcó:
    beautyfull job, I have been watching your videos and the simulator is awesome, I will like something like that but I don’t know how much money I have to spend , I am a disable veteran and don’t receive much from pension, how much you think I will needs for instrument computer etc. I will be waiting for you answer.
    Thanks and God bless you and you family

    1. Hello Angel, sorry for the late reply, this website was down for a couple of months. Nice to hear from you. the question you ask is a bit wide if you know what I mean., It really all depends how far you want to take it. I have built sims (for customers) for 3K – and they love it, and I have built sims for 10+K. As far as mine now, so far I have around 30K CDN in it. I hope this helps you. Marco.

  8. Hi Marco. Came across your B747 simulator on the CBC news. I am Flight Simulator user since FS95 and have a reasonably good home system with ProFlight Panels and the usual CH and Saitek controllers, 24 and 27 inch monitors, ORBX scenery and an assortment of payware planes using FSX Gold. I am always amazed at the things people build in their spare time! Your video’s on Youtube are great, your sim is awesome! We live in Kamloops and I occasionally go through Calgary on Motorcycle trips. There is a Harley HOG rally in Alberta next year and if possible I would like an opportunity to meet up with you to have a look at your system or at any time it would be suitable for you.

    1. Hello Stan, sorry for the late reply, this website was down for a couple of months. Absolutely my friend!! Please let me know when you will be in Calgary and we will get together and have some fun. Marco

  9. Hi Marco,

    Beautiful job! This will be very helpful to me for my own 747 project based around Aerowinx PSX. I looked through the dimensions you provided, but still had a couple of questions. Do you have any measurements for the base you built, and for the supporting structure for the mip? That’s where I am a little stuck…and I can’t find much of anything of substance regarding support structures on any 747 project sites. Thank you!

    Scott

    1. Hello Scott, sorry for the late reply, this website was down for a couple of months. the measurements you ask for are Platform 80″ X 80″ with a foot tapered-in a bit toward the very front on both sides, in other words, if you measured the rearmost side of the platform it is 80″ but if you measured the front side it would be about 72″. As far as the MIP base (onto which I built the actual MIP it is exactly 70″ wide. Thank you, I hope this helps. Marco.

  10. I see you experienced a horrible fire incident at your store in Calgary. You expect to be back in operation in 2018. That would be on schedule with my construction plans. Currently preparing the room and need more info on location of projectors from the screen and power requirements for computers that by that time I could purchase from you. If possible contact me by email.

    1. Real sorry for the very late reply Adricore. I need to check my forum more often. Please let me know how is your project coming along and also if you need any help. Thank you again. Marco.

  11. Dear Marco:

    Your construction and attention to detail is very impressive. You are to be commended for your work.

    I have a few questions regarding the simulator to ask you. If your schedule permits, please contact me privately by e-mail at your earliest opportunity.

    Thank you and Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you for the nice comments Angelo! Tell me what did you need to know, I will do my best to help. Then if we need to go on skype or something we will do that to. I am glad to help. Marco.

  12. Hi Marco,

    Not sure if this is the right place to post this…I wasn’t able to find an email address to reach you directly. Please feel free to re-direct to email, if appropriate.

    My name is Evan, and I’m with FlightSimExpo, an aviation and flight simulation conference/tradeshow happening in Las Vegas on June 9-10, 2018. Living in Vancouver myself, I can appreciate that logistics of attending from Calgary might be a little tricky (and I’m sure a Boeing 747 sim isn’t all that mobile!).

    However, I wanted to reach out to let you know about our event (www.flightsimexpo.com) and to see if you might be interested in speaking. I’m sure attendees would be interested in hearing about the story behind this incredible build. We are actively looking for speakers who can talk about home cockpit building and creations.

    Could I ask you to reply or email me if you might be interested?

    1. hello Evan very nice to hear from you. Sorry for the delay. Yes it would be wonderful attending the show. I will mark it on my calendar and I will try and make time for this event. I have other things on the go, but this is something I really enjoy so I will try and make it. Thank you for asking!! Marco.

  13. alessio mazzacchi

    Hello Marco,
    your cockpit is fantastic. I agree with you that the Boeing 747 is very beautiful and therefore I would make a cockpit similar to your. I have a few question to ask you:
    how did you make switches korry?
    How did you make engine start switch (those on the overhead)?
    How did you make the throttle?
    Excuse me for my bad english,
    enjoy
    alessio from Italy

    1. Ciao Alessio come stai, scusa per il ritardo. Un piacere sentire da un amico Italiano. Infatti ho un cugino a Pistoia ache si chiama Alessio. In riguardo alle tue domanda. non e` facile a rispondere direttamente, perche` i pezzi sono stati tutti costruiti “al momento” con molta sperimentazione. IUn pratica ho provato parecchie idee, fino a che non ho trovato quella giusta. Dimmi, che cosa stai costruendo? 747? In riguardo ai pulsanti Korry, ho comprato una ventina (quelli che dovevano funzionare) e ho fatto il resto (quelli non funzionanti) prendendo i tasti da 2 o 3 tastiere computer, e modificarli e dipingerli come serviva. La throttle, e` una combinazione di un “cast” che significa uno stampo fatto da una unita vera. molto lavoro devo dire. Il pannello del fuel cut-off sotto e` invece vero comprato su e-bay. In quanto ai pull-switches sul overhead (per accendere i motori) li ho fatti comprando 4 accndini sigarette per macchine da amazon, poi li ho modoficati aggiungendo delle molle di ritorno all’interno e una guida con stoppers per no farli uschire dalla guida. se ti serve un disegnino te lo posso fare. Fammi sapere cosa altro ti serve. Se guardi il mio video sul canale youtube troverai molta informazione. Ciao, salutami la nostra Italia. un abbraccio. Marco

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