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    F18 VR Simpit

    Hi guys'n'girls...

    Just wanted to share a few pics of the F18 simpit I'm building... Hopefully be of interest to some of you. It will be used solely in VR so its more about the functionality than the looks... (please don't judge me ).

    I've used the plans from the guys at Dogfight Boss and used 9mm MDF board for the structure, 3mm HDF and hardboard for the panels. I have built my own UFC (not as pretty as the 3d printed versions I have seen but a lot cheaper!) and I'm using 3 Thrustmaster MFDs. I have Thrustmaster HOTAS and Slaw rudder pedals. All the switch gear will be controlled by 2 x Leo Bodnar 64BBI.

    I'll keep updating the thread if anyone shows any interest...

    Dave - Shadow912
    Last edited by Shadow912; 06-28-2019, 09:14 AM. Reason: Remove little pics
    Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

    #2
    Hey mate. Looking good.
    Definitly keep em coming (and maybe add larger pics? A bit small to see details.)

    Thanks :-)
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      #3
      Originally posted by Gruman View Post
      Hey mate. Looking good.
      Definitly keep em coming (and maybe add larger pics? A bit small to see details.)

      Thanks :-)
      I was just looking at the pictures and you are right... leave it with me
      Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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        #4
        Some larger pics...

        Some larger pics....
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        Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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          #5
          Originally posted by Gruman View Post
          Hey mate. Looking good.
          Definitly keep em coming (and maybe add larger pics? A bit small to see details.)

          Thanks :-)
          Check out the new pics
          Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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            #6
            RH Vertical Panel

            Completed the right hand vertical panel this weekend... The lonely looking rotary encoder is the Radar Altimeter setting knob...
            Attached Files
            Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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              #7
              UFC Wiring

              Wired up the UFC last night... Although it looks like spaghetti, its because the small looms to the ribbon cable card (bottom right) are laid across the back of the switches... Tested it and its working!
              Attached Files
              Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                #8
                So this weekend was spent making the left hand console and 10 individual ribs. As I mentioned earlier, I have used the plans from Dogfight Boss. Their kits are made from foldable stiff board. As I am using MDF and hardboard I can't fold it so I had to the internal walls piece by piece. A bit of a PITA but I'm quite pleased with the finished look and when it gets a couple of coats of grey paint on I think it will suffice! I have added a few lighting dimmers to the right hand panel (I did a VR flight at night and realised that I had to turn interior lighting on! I don't want to have to use the hand controllers or the mouse unless I really am stuck!!) The flood control will be connected to green strip LEDs around the pit to add a bit of ambient light (pics to follow when its wired up). I am only putting in the necessary buttons and switches for VR so hence there are only 4 volume pots on the volume panel (for now). A couple more pics attached....
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                Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                  #9
                  Left and right vertical panels

                  A few pics of the 2 vertical panels. I've used a series of microswitches to control the wing fold and the parking brake. As the handle is pulled or turned then the small screwhead in the end of the respective handle activates the microswitch. It does mean that I wont be able to 'hold' the wing fold but its a tiny price to pay. But on a carrier its either fully folded or fully spread so no big deal.
                  Attached Files
                  Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                    #10
                    I really enjoy seeing the different building styles and idea's. Thanks for the pics!

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                      #11
                      Nice!
                      Some simple solutions that look effective`

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by JG14_Smil View Post
                        I really enjoy seeing the different building styles and idea's. Thanks for the pics!
                        No problems JG... I'll keep on posting bits if people are interested
                        Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Rick50 View Post
                          Nice!
                          Some simple solutions that look effective`

                          Thanks Rick, As I said in my opening post, it will be used only in VR so it is really all about the functionality rather than looks. I'm no engineer but I'm really pleased with my wing fold and parking brake solutions. Just hope they stand the test of time.
                          Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                            #14
                            Started putting things in place yesterday evening... its looking more like a pit!

                            I tried to bend the glare shield over the front panel but the board I'm using is too stiff so I took the jigsaw to it! Again I'm pleased with the way it looks... I've used good old duct tape to join it so it folds.... Needs a coat of black paint obviously!
                            Attached Files
                            Sinclair ZX81 - 1K RAM - 16K Wobbly Ram Pack - Tape Drive - Kempston Joystick

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                              #15
                              Great job just started on AV-8B myself please post more always interesting to me????‍✈️

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