Marco

  • Hi Steve, it might become more sturdy with some cover panels but I recommend to not use brackets. Check my thread http://www.ontheglideslope.net/forums/topic/my-cessna-build/ post #3358 and #3359. It´s an easy technique and it gives a very strong and stable structure.

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    Finally I found a 18.5“ widescreen monitor on ebay (10€, yesss) to fit between the GS and the yoke. After ripping off the housing I first glued the box containing the electrical stuff to the backside of the panel with some hot glue.

    To mount the panel, I took two MDF cut-offs with a notch from the building process.  I used the bandsaw to make…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    Finally I found a 18.5“ widescreen monitor on ebay (10€, yesss) to fit between the GS and the yoke. After ripping off the housing I first glued the box containing the electrical stuff to the backside of the panel with some hot glue.

    To mount the panel, I took two MDF cut-offs with a notch from the building process.  I used the bandsaw to make…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    For the illumination I´m using red and white LEDs. I did wire up everything temporarily as I´m waiting for appropriate wires. Although it´s just low current I´m not going further into detail here. The LEDs are connected to an On-Off-On switch so one can choose between white, red and off. 

    I attached all the Saitek panels with some M3 scre…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    For the illumination I´m using red and white LEDs. I did wire up everything temporarily as I´m waiting for appropriate wires. Although it´s just low current I´m not going further into detail here. The LEDs are connected to an On-Off-On switch so one can choose between white, red and off. 

    I attached all the Saitek panels with some M3 scre…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    This was also the start for the framing of the shell.

    Planing:

    More chisel work:

    No screws:

    tbc.

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    This was also the start for the framing of the shell.

    Planing:

    More chisel work:

    No screws:

    tbc.

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    As I didn´t plan the whole process (recommendation: don´t do it …plan first…) I had to do some adjustmens to the MIP to build the stand. The MIP now rest on 4 corner posts connected by two beams of approx. 5x4cm. To make it rest on the beams I cut out two slots in the triangle supports.

    Still no screws needed as I used the same technique to j…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    As I didn´t plan the whole process (recommendation: don´t do it …plan first…) I had to do some adjustmens to the MIP to build the stand. The MIP now rest on 4 corner posts connected by two beams of approx. 5x4cm. To make it rest on the beams I cut out two slots in the triangle supports.

    Still no screws needed as I used the same technique to j…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    By the way: I´m using MDF for the front because it already has a very plane surface and no wooden structure at all. You could use plywood as well but if you want to get rid of the wooden structure you´ll have to fill and sand the whole surface various times otherwise it´ll look like wood no matter how much paint you apply.

    Did I say art…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    By the way: I´m using MDF for the front because it already has a very plane surface and no wooden structure at all. You could use plywood as well but if you want to get rid of the wooden structure you´ll have to fill and sand the whole surface various times otherwise it´ll look like wood no matter how much paint you apply.

    Did I say art…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    Now it´s time for some sanding again. I´m using 120 and 180 grid paper with the orbit sander to clean the MIP front from any glue/leftovers/etc to make the surface smooth. Don´t forget to clean all the cutouts as well (use your hand ;))

    As I´m looking for a very nice surface finish, I´ll treat the front with a primer first. The primer fills tiny…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    Now it´s time for some sanding again. I´m using 120 and 180 grid paper with the orbit sander to clean the MIP front from any glue/leftovers/etc to make the surface smooth. Don´t forget to clean all the cutouts as well (use your hand ;))

    As I´m looking for a very nice surface finish, I´ll treat the front with a primer first. The primer fills tiny…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    Time to drill some holes for the Gauges. I decided to make 70mm holes in diameter using a hole saw. It´s quite a cheap tool (about 12€) which you can attach to your drill. panel.
    The edges will be quite rough so I used the router with a 45° bit to clean the edges and add some detail to the panel (or use sandpaper and your hand:))

    For the ann…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    Time to drill some holes for the Gauges. I decided to make 70mm holes in diameter using a hole saw. It´s quite a cheap tool (about 12€) which you can attach to your drill. panel.
    The edges will be quite rough so I used the router with a 45° bit to clean the edges and add some detail to the panel (or use sandpaper and your hand:))

    For the ann…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    To mark the holes for the multi panel I attached the panel with some sticky tape and used a 4mm drill bit as a punch mark.

    Next the GPS panel. I bought a 7“ touch panel on Amazon (50€). First the cut in the front, in a second step a 45° edge with the router and finally a 6mm deep groove on the backside according to the size of the panel to make…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    To mark the holes for the multi panel I attached the panel with some sticky tape and used a 4mm drill bit as a punch mark.

    Next the GPS panel. I bought a 7“ touch panel on Amazon (50€). First the cut in the front, in a second step a 45° edge with the router and finally a 6mm deep groove on the backside according to the size of the panel to make…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    The yoke fits tightly and it´s time to draw the final panel layout on the MIP. As you can see I printed out 1:1 scale copies of the panels. With some sticky tape you can easily move them around to check the position before you draw any lines. I also glued in the wires for the lighting on top using hot glue and cut two supports on the backside (n…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    The yoke fits tightly and it´s time to draw the final panel layout on the MIP. As you can see I printed out 1:1 scale copies of the panels. With some sticky tape you can easily move them around to check the position before you draw any lines. I also glued in the wires for the lighting on top using hot glue and cut two supports on the backside (n…[Read more]

  • Marco replied to the topic My Cessna build in the forum Construction 1 year, 7 months ago

    Initially I used a 4mm drill and also a 4mm router bit for the grove. Depending on the thickness of your wires I´d recommend to use at least a 5mm drill and a 6mm router bit which makes it easier to hide the cable.

    Here you can see the side cover, again made of MDF. Before giving it the shape, I started off by cutting one long stripe of mdf on…[Read more]

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