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    #21
    I use bendy MDF for glair shields etc

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      #22
      Originally posted by MikePotten View Post
      I use bendy MDF for glair shields etc
      Hi Mike,

      I thought about that and then I tried the 3mm hardboard. It was ok but still a bit stiff to bend and left me with gaps between the panel and the glareshield. But after jumping back in the sim I noticed that the glareshield on the hornet is not perfectly curved after all but has 'corners'. Hence I took the jigsaw to it





      There's still a slight gap but when its screwed down that should disappear...

      D
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      Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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        #23
        A load of wiring and soldering has taken place over the last couple of evenings. I decided (as I need the pit to be able to be dismantled) to use CAT5 cable and an old CAT5 patchbay panel for each of the modules. Also as the amount of buttons I was originally using has grown dramatically since I first started planning the project I have ordered a 3rd LeoBodnar BBI64 giving me a total of 192 individual switch connections. Sounds loads but if you remember a rotary controller with a push button uses 3 connections it doesn't take long to fill them up!

        I have also decided to add to ambient lighting for the pit so I have purchased some green LED strips and a small dimmer unit which I will power from an old PC power supply. I'll be testing that this weekend...

        The end is in sight!!
        Attached Files
        Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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          #24
          Hope everyone had a great weekend.... Shadow here again, from England.... you know us, we are the cricket WORLD CUP HOLDERS!!!!!

          Anyway, not a lot done again this weekend but what a difference a coat of black paint makes....


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          Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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            #25
            You only wanted to brag about the cricket!

            As a Pommie in Aus I went down well at work today (I had to sleep off a big night yesterday). Apparently the rules should be changed, the countback on 4's is unfair and should have been wickets and anything else to undermine it.

            Oh well, all's fair, I did book 100 sheets of sandpaper out of stores when they played South Africa!

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              #26
              Originally posted by Mr_Burns View Post
              You only wanted to brag about the cricket!

              As a Pommie in Aus I went down well at work today (I had to sleep off a big night yesterday). Apparently the rules should be changed, the countback on 4's is unfair and should have been wickets and anything else to undermine it.

              Oh well, all's fair, I did book 100 sheets of sandpaper out of stores when they played South Africa!
              I've got family down there and they were not happy either...

              Sandpaper!! PMSL
              Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                #27
                Hello, really a great job, have you tried if the mfcd are in a location similar to what you see in the sim?
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                  #28
                  Morning fellow simmers!

                  This weekend saw a massive bit of progress! I took the whole simpit to bits and moved it from my garage to my mancave where it's going to live. I then rebuilt it and did the first full wired test. I was amazed when it all went back together and all the panels still fitted!

                  Next I started on the programming - so all the 3 MFDs are programmed, and with a bit of code changing in the joystick lua file I have all the buttons working and in the correct orientation! There were 2 loose connections (not bad from nearly 100 switches! - that's well over 200 soldered joints).

                  The next job will be getting the seat fitted. I have an old driving sim which consists of a Nissan Almera car seat welded to a steel frame. The plan is to remove the seat from the frame and fit the whole simpit onto the frame. This will require the seat to be raised about 180mm. I have an extension on my warthog stick but it will still be a bit short so I will have to mount the stick on a raised platform to get the height correct.

                  So still some work to do but there is light at the end of the tunnel!



                  Not many hornets are carpeted!


                  Originally posted by Montes View Post
                  Hello, really a great job, have you tried if the mfcd are in a location similar to what you see in the sim?
                  Hi Montes,

                  Once I get the seat in position I will be able to tell if everything is 'roughly' 'in the correct position' I have used the Dogfight Boss plans so the pit is 1:1 and I used the NATOPs manual to make sure the buttons and switches are in the correct place. With regard to the MFDs and the AMPCD, I am using the Thrustmaster F16 MFDs. These are a little smaller than the Hornet screens but I think they will be fine. The downside of using a simpit in VR is that you obviously cant see your hands so there will always be a degree of guesswork and hopefully with a few hours of use then muscle memory will play a big part! I'll update on this once I get the seat in place...

                  Dave 'Shadow912' S
                  Attached Files
                  Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                    #29
                    Here's a link to a (rather dark, sorry) video showing the pit and the seat on the frame at the side of it...

                    https://share.icloud.com/photos/00HH...uE2QrR6OMKlr5g
                    Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                      #30
                      Thats Looking pretty good.

                      One thing I've wondered about those using VR.. how do you "see" where the switches etc are if you have the headset on? is it just best guess, as you say its more important to get "in the right position"?
                      "Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way" (Gen. George Patton)
                      https://www.tekcreations.space

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                        #31
                        Originally posted by tekadept View Post
                        Thats Looking pretty good.

                        One thing I've wondered about those using VR.. how do you "see" where the switches etc are if you have the headset on? is it just best guess, as you say its more important to get "in the right position"?
                        All best guess and muscle memory .... I've been doing some testing by using a button box and one of the Cougar MFDs for a while. My hands were naturally going to the correct place when I was 'under the hood'. From experience flying in real life, I don't look down at the panel when I flick a switch, my hands naturally go to the right place... I guess time will tell

                        D
                        Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                          #32
                          Originally posted by tekadept View Post
                          Thats Looking pretty good.

                          One thing I've wondered about those using VR.. how do you "see" where the switches etc are if you have the headset on? is it just best guess, as you say its more important to get "in the right position"?
                          I use proper MFD position and silicone adhesive pads on the center pushbutton of each row
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                          i5 8400 | 32 Gb RAM | 250 Gb 970 EVO SSD | GTX 1080 | Virpil Mongoose T-50 base w/ Warthog & Hornet sticks | Warthog throttle | Virpil desk mount | VKB T-Rudder Mk IV | Oculus Rift S | Buddy-Fox A-10 UFC | 3 TM MFDs | Realteus ForceFeel | Saitek Pro Flight Switch Panel
                          FC3 - Warthog - F-5E - Harrier - Hornet - Tomcat - Huey - Viper - C-101 - NTTR - PG - Mi8 - SuperCarrier - Syria - Warthog II

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                            #33
                            A few more pics for those who are interested....









                            I'm now in the situation where I have to choose between building and flying....
                            Attached Files
                            Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                              #34
                              OH! and then in the latest update, Eagle Dynamics add the litening pod to the hornet! Nooooooo.... the sensor control panel has to come out and have 3 more switches added to it!!



                              Luckily I pre-drilled the holes in anticipation of this happening

                              Dave 'Shadow912' S
                              Attached Files
                              Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                                #35
                                Man yours looks amazing compared to mine!!!

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                                Win10 Home 64bit, AMD Ryzen 1600X, GeForce 1080ti 11GB, 1TB SSD, 16GB DDR4 RAM at 3200MHz, Thrustmaster F/A 18 Warthog, Saitek Combat Rudders, 3 x Thrustmaster MFD's, UFC and Rift S.

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                                  #36
                                  Originally posted by Sting57 View Post
                                  Man yours looks amazing compared to mine!!!
                                  Get yourself the dogfight boss hornet plans and a jigsaw

                                  I see you have the jetseat though! I'm still still still waiting for my realtus forcefeel to arrive! Not sure if it ever will...
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                                  Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                                    #37
                                    Shadow, that looks extremely good.
                                    I am building a very similar simpit and I am needing about 4 leo bodnar boards but I have never used them before. They would be great since they can handle 64 I/O but I'm concerned about the compatibility with 64 buttons on Windows 10. Have you (or anyone else reading this) had any issues with them?

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                                      #38
                                      Originally posted by Jingo View Post
                                      Shadow, that looks extremely good.
                                      I am building a very similar simpit and I am needing about 4 leo bodnar boards but I have never used them before. They would be great since they can handle 64 I/O but I'm concerned about the compatibility with 64 buttons on Windows 10. Have you (or anyone else reading this) had any issues with them?
                                      Hi Jingo!
                                      Thanks for your comments! I have used 3 LeoBodnar 64BBI boards running on a Windows 10 machine. All 64 connections show up in DCS however you can only see 32 connections in the windows 10 joystick setup software....
                                      Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                                        #39
                                        Awesome that's exactly what I needed to know.
                                        Due to the high cost of these boards I was concerned about possibly wasting all that money.
                                        Thanks!

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                                          #40
                                          Originally posted by Jingo View Post
                                          Shadow, that looks extremely good.
                                          I am building a very similar simpit and I am needing about 4 leo bodnar boards but I have never used them before. They would be great since they can handle 64 I/O but I'm concerned about the compatibility with 64 buttons on Windows 10. Have you (or anyone else reading this) had any issues with them?
                                          Hi again Jingo,

                                          Further to my last post, I stripped down the pit and when I rebuilt it I had an issue with a couple of connections. It was a real pain trying to work out which buttons were and weren't working so I did a bit of googling and found this little bit of software from planetpointy.co.uk which shows all 64 buttons on each LeoBodnar BBI64 board. You might find it useful...

                                          http://www.planetpointy.co.uk/joysti...t-application/

                                          Dave 'Shadow912' S
                                          Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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