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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!

MB

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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Rivets and Sore Thumbs

I am nearing completion of my plywood cockpit floor/base (sort of, more on that later).  I had the brilliant idea that I wanted to make my cockpit floor look real by adding simulated rivets, helping increase the overall immersion.  Sounds great, right?  Well, I knew it would be a big task, and it was, but …

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Progress Update – April 12, 2018

Got a few more things done recently as more major components are coming together. STEERING TILLER I had bought a new Flightdeck Solutions (FDS) spring-loaded steering tiller a while back but had nothing to mount it to so it just sat in the box.  Now that I’m getting to the point I’m flying the sim …

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Customizing Sounds in Prosim737 2.x

As I continue to set up my sim environment something I noticed is missing in Prosim737 v2.x are the ambient cockpit sounds.  Avionics cooling fans running, DC electric sounds, hydraulics pumps running, trim wheels turning, etc.  These sounds are always present in an active 737 cockpit and they’re pretty loud at that.  Without them the …

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