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  • in reply to: Airfoil Labs C172SP Skyhawks now XP11-ready #3305
    Spankybus
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    I have found that the AF 172 rearly ‘twitchy’….hyper-responsive to Control surface input, compared to the stock or REP LR 172.

     

    whihc is more accurate for the real aircraft?

    in reply to: X-Plane GNS 530 Prototype Ready, ArdSimX #3078
    Spankybus
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    GPS finalized.

    Audio Panel as well, KMA30-ish

    GPS and Audio Panel

    in reply to: X-Plane KMA30 Audio Panel Prototype Ready, ArdSimX #2803
    Spankybus
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    Cheers, Mates.

     

    BFG, your setup is up and running, so if anyone here is jelly, it’s me!

     

    ive such a long way to go lol

    in reply to: Buttons For GNS 530 #2789
    Spankybus
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    Hey Mate,

     

    Check out my Blog on my GNS 530

    For the buttons, I used switched made by APEM. At least that’s who I think makes them. Can get them for Mouser.com

    Product Manual for Switched and attachable buttons.

     

    Please note that I 3D printed custom buttons to seat on top of their rouch caps, so my buttons look like the real thing. But the APEN square caps look pretty good and I’ve used those on my Audio Panel.

     

    Can see my KMA30 Audio Panel Blog to see what their rectangular caps look like (they make them with or without LED lights)

     

    Hope it helps!

    in reply to: Airfoil Labs C172SP Skyhawks now XP11-ready #2527
    Spankybus
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    Damn, that’s nuts!

    Wonder whys its a resource hog. I changed my render settings at the same time I tried to use it, so. Assumed it was me raising my reflectivity settings and effects.

    in reply to: Projector screen distance from cockpit #2506
    Spankybus
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    Hey BFG,

     

    Regarding the forward projector, how wide is your screen? 100 inch or 120 inch?

    From your seat, can you see where the screen ends? Particularly when to look forward and right?

    Working on my cockpit design in 3D, but if I have the cockpit panel/glare shield section ahead of the windshield arms (like it is in the real Cessna), I can see the edge of the projector screen in 3d.

     

    Cockpit panel gap example

    in reply to: X-Plane GNS 530 Prototype Ready, ArdSimX #2475
    Spankybus
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    Spankybus: Next question- would you sell one? I may be in the market later this year

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    Sure. I will have to sort out the cost as I kind of lost account on my expenses while making it lol obsession has its price, I guess. Will check and get back to you.

    in reply to: GPS 520 #2435
    Spankybus
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    You got it, BFG. I still need to iterate the printed assets some more, so they come together with a bit less sanding and filing.

    Thanks for the kind words. It’s been a process but actually having it work at the end is just a great feeling lol

     

    So far in x-plane, I’ve really only flown the C172 and the baron. I’ve goofed off with a few other birds but just for short fun. Nothing with anything more advanced that the 530.

     

    however, my cockpit will be modular, specifically, the cockpit panel facades. Eventually I will also have a G1000 variant…I hope lol

     

     

    in reply to: GPS 520 #2415
    Spankybus
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    It was, mate. Mostly because all of that stuff was new to me, well, the electronics and 3D printing.

    If you have the means, this guys makes and sells them. Cannot speak to how good they are, etc, but they look really nice.

    GNMS430/530 stack

    530 alone

     

    Pricey, though, which is why I am trying to make all my own parts. either way, its an expensive hobby 🙂

    in reply to: GPS 520 #2412
    Spankybus
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    Hey Jeff,

     

    Not sure if yer still trying to build one of these yourself, but maybe something I did to build mine would be helpful  t0 you.

    My GNS 530

    Enjoy <<clicky

    in reply to: X-Plane GNS 530 Prototype Ready, ArdSimX #2411
    Spankybus
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    backplate, front case, and the visible buttons are all 3D printed. the knobs were not printed. at least not yet 🙂

     

    Printed circuit board was my design but I had it made. once my printer has a multi-material head, might try using conductive PLA and see if I can print my own boards.

     

    Switches, caps, screen and encoders were all purchased. I might have to find another source of encoders as the lack of a 3D model from teh part manufacturer makes designed for them harder.

    in reply to: Sourcing plane parts #2093
    Spankybus
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    Hahaha I actually don’t know the name and I’ve been there twice. On highway 50 in or,ando, fl. The cars are arranged in rows, all raised up on diy jacks made of old car rims. Maybe a few achres of land. Most of the cars were pretty well picked over and a lot are just to broke open for my needs…don’t wanna bring nasty, rsin-soaked, mold-growing chairs into the house.

    Looked them up lol

    LKQ pick your own parts is there name.

    it really is like fishing. Never know what I will catch.

    in reply to: Sourcing plane parts #2089
    Spankybus
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    Wow, that list is great!

     

    I just got two leather bucket seats, both side panels and the visors from a Saturn Vue for 105 buck at the junkyard. All in pretty good condition.

     

    Take an old office chair, remove the chair part, mount the leather bucket seat on 3/4″ plywood (painted, rounded corners, sanded smooth) then mount the seat in the old office chair base….you will have the most comfortable office chair ever….perfect for a sim.

     

    Not mine, but similar to it.

    If you can get both from a clean car at the yard, your sim will have matching seats! Just avoid seats with electronics as they are a pain to remove. Get manually adjustable seats. Much easier. Then you have things like adjustable lumbar support!

    TIPS at the Yard: if the cars windows are busted or down, Don’t bother….weather will have wrecked them, rain especially. You want newer cars with closed cabins. SUVs or sports cars  are usually the best seats. Downside is most sports cars are there because they were totaled.

    PT cruisers have great seats for office chairs, easy to remove and to mount. That was my first office chair conversion source. The VUE seats were leather and manual adjustment on both driver and passenger, so I jumped on them. Leather and electric seats usually go hand-in-hand, but not always.

    Stick with leather as it’s much easier to clean up. Cloth…once the funk is in them, that’s it.

    Another thing for folks who have never been to a junkyard, bring gloves! Get a cheap pair of mechanics gloves. That place is a rusty cut waiting to happen and it’s filthy lol we know it’s filthy from every junkyard we’ve seen in movies and such…but seriously, screws all over the place, oil in dirt..it’s dirt, dirty lol but fun!

     

    Last thing, ask up front how much they charge for the parts you want. Seats, panels, visors, center consoles, whatever’s. The place I go to is a DIY place. You pay 4 bucks and get a wheel barrel. You bring your own tools and go to work.

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    in reply to: Decision time – Yoke #1986
    Spankybus
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    The yoke

    Flightillusions also is making a GA FFB Yoke. No idea how it is compared to the other one. But it is cheaper. Their other products look great, even if they are obscenely overpriced.

    fI FFB Yoke Cessna (link fixed)

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    in reply to: GPS 520 #1982
    Spankybus
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    I am currently designing/building a GPS530 interface for XP11 using 3d printing. Will work via ArdSimX

    3d design guns 530

    Assembly test

    I am using a 5″ screen marketed for raspberry Pi usage (Amazon, 35 bucks, I think. Can provide link if interested). Using it as an extra monitor and dragging the pop-up 530 GUI unto it.

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