Alan D. Rhodes

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  • in reply to: Friends And Neighbors #3765
    Alan D. Rhodes
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    I’m about 95% finished with my basement sim, and I can’t seem to get that other 5% because I would rather fly it than work on it.  Several have come in to look at it and fly it a little, and some wonder where I bought it and how I was able to get it in the basement!  When I tell them I built it from plans found on this website, they’re surprised.  All have been impressed by it, and the only one who thinks I’m nuts is probably my wife.  She really likes it though, because she pretty much has the TV to herself in the evenings.  I have been meaning to take some decent pictures and post them, but my plan is to finish the interior walls and ceiling this week, and then post some pictures.  I used a 55″ curved TV for the front screen, 32″ 1080p TVs for the sides, and 3 ipads; one for the six-pack, one for radios, and the 3rd I swap between the XP pop-out GNS 530, a moving chart (iFlightplanner) and the Pilot2ATC I use for ATC (using Duet Display on the ipad as a 4th windows monitor).   I only have one FIP, but hopefully I can save up and get a couple more (expensive little suckers) so I don’t have to swap between VOR, RPM and ILS all the time.  My biggest frustration so far has been my inability to get the aircraft I want edited for use in the sim.  I have a C210 Centurion that I would love to use, but I can’t figure out how to edit it so it looks like the C172 that was posted here.  I use the XP-11 planemaker, but when I’m done removing fuselage parts it just displays the same shape, but in a solid blue color.  Oh well, I am happy with the 172 for now.

    in reply to: Desktop Aviator Switch Panel question #3695
    Alan D. Rhodes
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    Been busy getting the sim built, and haven’t installed the switch for the panel yet. I did find that if I turn on the BAT first, then the ALT, they both come on fine in the XP default 172. I did try the cross-tie for the avionics, but that didn’t seem to turn on both bus 1 and bus 2, but I doubt I’ll use that much since most of my avionics are on an iPad that I’m mounting on the panel.

    I’m getting anxious to get this thing done. I’m pretty good with technology since I retired after 40 years of programming/IT, but when it comes to building stuff, I’m slow and clumsy. It’s coming along, though. I’ve used your plans almost exactly except for the modification I’ve had to make for the TV in front. and I’ve added an extra piece above the side TVs for more support.  The big TV seems to work great, by the way, but probably not as good as a projector. The TV was probably 1/3 the cost of a good short-throw projector, though, and this is costing way more than I told my wife :-).

    Here’s a couple of pictures of my progress so far.  I can post more in the construction area when I get closer to finishing.  Thanks for all your help!

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    in reply to: My Sim build so far… #3673
    Alan D. Rhodes
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    Yup, that’s what I am seeing.  With 3 TV’s and a few plugins I am getting 28-32, but it seems smooth enough for now.

    Thanks.

    in reply to: Desktop Aviator Switch Panel question #3672
    Alan D. Rhodes
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    Perfect, thanks so much!  That’s what I’ve had to do – flip them in the cockpit.  I also have a C210, and the ALT and BAT work for that normally.

    I’m just starting (today, in fact) on laying out and screwing together the lumber for my home sim.  Looks like it’s going to be a long haul.  I’m retired (and tired), so I’m slow but having a ball.  I access OTG.com about 10 times per day, and I am so happy I found it!  Thanks for all you do.

    I worked at a little airport in Lehi, Utah (I see you’re pretty familiar with this area, so you probably know that is long gone) in 1968-1970, and got paid $1.50 an hour towards flying lessons, and took my check ride at the Provo airport the month I graduated from high school in 1969.  He charged $18 an hour for lessons (including a/c rental, wet), and $12 for solo time.  Those were the days!

    I’ve flown XP from Provo to Price using your scenery a few times lately.  It was a bit of Deja Vu since one of my X-countries as a student back then was from Lehi to Price.

    in reply to: My Sim build so far… #3636
    Alan D. Rhodes
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    Hi Corey,

    I have been following your sim build, and bought a 55″ Sceptre as well.  I am driving it with an iBuyPower with an i7 7700, 16gb RAM and a GTX 1080, so I should have plenty of horsepower.  Running X-plane on a regular monitor I get between 95-105 fps, but when I connect the Sceptre TV, it drops to the mid 40s and seems a little jerky.  Just wondering if you had the same issue and how you configured your TVs.  I fear when I add the two 32″ side TV’s it will drop more. any advice or info on graphics setting, which HDMI port to use, etc would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Alan

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