Welcome to SimObsession, a site devoted to my Boeing 737-800 home-built simulator. At times it feels like this project will never end, but it’s all about the journey AND the destination in this hobby so I hope you will join me as I share my build progress toward a fully functional, immersive simulator with you.

By the way, I wasn’t originally going to create a site for my sim build progress like so many others who are much better at this than me have.  I mean, given how many different ways there are to build a sim and how many “experts” there are out there, why do we need ANOTHER builder site?  I’m by no means an expert so who am I to give advice?  Besides, most of what I was using to build my sim was pre-made parts so what’s special about that, right?

But after I recently started building some components myself to save some money and posted my progress I guess some folks were interested in how I did it.  They wanted more pictures, wiring diagrams, and so forth.  So I sent some things out and then thought, wouldn’t it be much better to just post them in one place?  Ding, ding.

Everyone has cool and unique ways they overcame difficulties during their build, and it never hurts to have more ideas.  That’s the great thing about this hobby.  Every build really is unique and presents its own challenges.

One thing I want to be clear about is that this is NOT a solo hobby, or I should say it’s VERY difficult to do this alone.  Nor is it for the faint of heart.  It is a MAJOR time investment, a money drain, and can seriously stress relationships (you think I jest?)!  So be sure you’re truly prepared (and prepare others) before you take the dive!

My best advice would be to make friends who share your passion, be courteous and appreciative to those who share their experiences (they don’t have to, after all), credit those who help you along the way (don’t forget to ask for their permission if you pass on information they gave you), and share the knowledge you gain with others so we can advance this hobby and our enjoyment of “living the dream” only a select few are fortunate to do for a living.

That said, I present to you My Never Ending Sim site.  It’s a work in progress and it’s just getting started (Nov 2017) so stay tuned for more good stuff to come!


Point Me in the Right Direction – Rudder Pedals

I have been lacking a couple of major components to mostly finish out the Captain side, one of which is a set of rudder pedals (the other being seats). I have a seat already, and I’m slowly getting around to refurbishing it, but I really needed rudder pedals. They are critical to flying, no matter …

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Fun With 3D Printing!

I knew eventually I would want to make some parts for my sim, and perhaps try my hand at some simple prototyping projects, so I have been thinking about a 3D printer for some time now. Last time I looked (several years ago) they were still expensive and the technology wasn’t quite as mature as …

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737 Overhead Power Distribution Rewiring

Lately I have been in the process of disassembling the entire sim to paint the floor and shell, so while I had everything apart I decided to do some updates on my home-built overhead. Goals Goal #1 was to reduce the number of wires coming out the back of my overhead. Between the power adapters, …

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Paint, lots of paint!

After I finally finished the faux riveting of my sim base it was time to start painting everything. FYI, for this iteration of base I decided not to go with under-floor yokes for simplicity sake.  I’ll be building a base v2.0 out of metal in the not-too-distant future and it will be designed for real …

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