I lack tools and more importantly a working space. I can buy tools, but there's no way to get around the
latter. Lack of space (we live in a one bedroom apartment, with a dog), means that the simulator needs to
be small, portable, and easy to assemble.
I bought erector sets which were on sale to get the necessary brackets, but they lacked large parts to make
the frame of the cockpit. I tried to make those from aluminum angle sections, but it turned out to be too
much hassle to drill the holes and get everything to align.
Here is how I got around all that:
For the simulator's MIP I'm using a 12" LCD monitor, designed to be
mounted on a wall. It has 4 threaded holes in the back. I mounted the
display inside a gutted desktop computer case.
It wasn't easy, but at least I didn't need to drill any fastener holes because
the case had plenty of them.
Pictures below show how the monitor is attached using a couple of 8"
predrilled beams from the hardware store and lots of parts from Erector Sets.
As you can see, I just used what I had. I didn't plan much in advance but improvised. On more complex projects, this
approach will probably not work. But the main objective her is to cut cost and time, yet come up with a viable design within
the imposed limitations.
For now, a USB keyboard will provide the controls for radios and other switches. I attached the keyboard to the side of
the case. Again I used whatever was available, and I was lucky enough to have some screws which matched the screws
holding the keyboard together, but were longer. With those I connected the keyboard to some brackets which were then
attached to the case.
How much easier that this can it get?
This is the final result, sorry for the blurry
picture.
This makes the substructure of my panel. It
will be covered by a black foam board with
holes cut in for the simulator's instruments
and buttons.
On the desk!
And here is the simulator placed on the desk. I added an angle bracket at the bottom for stability and another one over the monitor support in case the whole
thing tilts too much. But it seems pretty stable. By now you should know a panel will cover the bottom monitor and the keyboard.
Been a while..the sim is in a new house now, and the setup is more cockpit like. But the main elements are the same. I added a panel and the Nostromo
speedpad. The panel will receive cutouts for the radios and a few other indicators.
New house, new look!
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