Tony

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Take Your Seats! Building an Inexpensive J-Rail Alternative

As I’m putting my sim back together I decided it’s time to permanently mount my Weber pilot seats. I decided J-Rails were a bit too pricey/complex for me right now so I found a less expensive, yet innovative way to make something similar. The Seats I was given a set of old Boeing 747 Weber …

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A Clutching Situation

A complete rebuild of my old Revolution Sim Products throttle quadrant required an overhaul of the auto-throttle mechanism. I explain what I did and how I did it in this article.

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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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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Progress Update – March 14, 2018

So, I have been talking a lot about Sismo, for better or worse, over these last updates.  I had some pretty strong frustration initially, but now that Prosim v2.0 has come out, a lot of headaches are behind me, thankfully.  This has allowed me to get back to building! I have made a lot of …

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