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Old 01-02-2019, 08:05 PM   #1
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Hi all. I've been after a UFC panel for the F-18 as I find it annoying trying to input data via the game. I find it I use the UFC a lot and thought I could buy one however there are none available on the market as far as I could see.

After watching some Youtube videos on how to make a button box I thought I'd make my own UFC.

(Please bear in mind this will only be a button box with additional 2 3-way switches. This is in no way going to be a replica of the actual panel)

I am limited as to how many buttons I can fit into the "UFC" as the control board can only support 32 individual input signals. IE 32 buttons.

This is only a start as I'm still waiting on the 3-way switches, round buttons and the control board arriving.

I will share all the links to the items I purchased in order to make this "UFC".

I will attach photographs of different stages of the build as I go along.

Hopefully this won't end in a great ball of fire.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:14 PM   #2
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Here's the list of everything I bought.

Control board - https://www.symprojects.com/jc32-joystick-controller

Square switches -https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Round switches - http://https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008ZYF8ZU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Toggle switches - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Wire - https://www.halfords.com/workshop-to...q=speaker+wire

Self adhesive film (The box I have for my panel is light blue/green so to make it black i will use this) - https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/fablon-...rd/599154-1000

I also will need (but I already own)

- Soldering iron kit.

-Wire stripper

-Box/Housing to fit it all.

-Drill with drill bits

-Pen, paper and ruler (for the button layout schematics)
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:19 PM   #3
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Here are a few photos of what the things I ordered look like.

Also you can see the schematics and the housing it self.

When drawing the schematics I drew the lid of the box on a bit of paper.

Spaced it out evenly (1x1cm) boxes.

I then proceeded to place the buttons in places I wanted them and marked it on the sheet.

This will help me drill the holes in exact spaces on the housing when I'm ready to do it.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:20 PM   #4
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Wow! That's dedication to the sim
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You may find this helpful...

https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=218874
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Thank you for the above.

I just want to say that I have never attempted anything like this before and have no experience in 3-D modelling, electronics or anything like that. I thought I'd share this with someone in case they don't fancy spending the £400 they mentioned in the above thread and instead fancy a £60 (less professional) build.
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Thanks! We will see how it all comes out.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:45 PM   #8
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I plan on implementing the maser arm switch as a 3 way toggle switch and the A/A and A/G master mode buttons to make it a little bit more practical.

Everything that has a red box around it I plan to implement and everything else I'm giving a miss.
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Good luck! I look forward to seeing it when it's finished!

This will work well for the Harrier as well!
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Good luck! I look forward to seeing it when it's finished!

This will work well for the Harrier as well!
I have the Harrier but haven't flown it much. Well spotted.

It certainly will work as they are very similar.
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