The last week or so has been very busy. Designing the platform based on advise from experienced cockpit builders on the flightsim forums, getting out to buy the materials and equipment needed for a DIY job to constructing the platform. I decided to make the platform divided into 5 pieces. See design here done as Google Sketchup model. The whole thing when put together measures 2.44m x 2.44m square. The middle section is made of the front piece where the rudder pedals, yokes and MIP will sit, the left and right sections where the captain and F/O seats will be and the pedestal will sit across the seam between these two sections. The width is exactly 1.56m for these three when they are joined together. The shell rests on the two outer sections on either side. These are 2.44m x 0.44m. The sections are sitting on 3″ caster wheels and are easy to move around for works to be done on the sim.
I have also mounted the overhead support kit in the shell. I am not yet sure which overhead I will eventually settle on. Simworld, poldragonet, FDS, FlyEngravity, etc. Tough choice.
anyway, see some images below.
Test fitting the instrument panel into the nose section. Notice the middle gap created by pulling out the aft sections. This is exactly what the design needed to achieve. Room to work!!!Everything connected up and switched on for a test flight. Looking good.
More back wiring. Using cable looms like the ones in cars, we hope to hide some messy wiring. I like this already and will be ordering more of this stuff. Part of the back wiring. Work in progress