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Old 01-02-2016, 06:42 AM   #21
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Hey Bubbles, got a couple questions for you if you don't mind. Been looking at your pics and great pit so far, and like to ask about your TM extension. You know, pretty much the usual. How did you make it, without springs, how does it return to center, how did you attach it to the Cougar, etc.
And on your screen setup, something I've always wanted to know but really never got around to asking anyone. (Always just thought I'd cross that bridge when I came to it, but this is a perfect opportunity.) How do you set up DCS to not show the cockpit? It's probably easily done, but I also noticed the HUD on yours Is missing that most others I've seen still show it. Is that just for the photos or do you not fly with it?
Anyway, thanks for the great ideas.
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Old 01-02-2016, 08:38 PM   #22
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Hey Bubbles, got a couple questions for you if you don't mind. Been looking at your pics and great pit so far, and like to ask about your TM extension. You know, pretty much the usual. How did you make it, without springs, how does it return to center, how did you attach it to the Cougar, etc.
And on your screen setup, something I've always wanted to know but really never got around to asking anyone. (Always just thought I'd cross that bridge when I came to it, but this is a perfect opportunity.) How do you set up DCS to not show the cockpit? It's probably easily done, but I also noticed the HUD on yours Is missing that most others I've seen still show it. Is that just for the photos or do you not fly with it?
Anyway, thanks for the great ideas.
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Hello Wayne,

at this time I can use the extension only on the base of my TM Cougar. For use on the base of my TM Warthog with it´s plastic mechanism the stick is to heavy and the lever is to long. The springs of the Cougar are strong enough to hold the Stick in the upright position but of course, they are not strong enough to retourn it to cender.
So I will build a more robust mechanism with ball-bearings under the cover plate of the floorsection of the cockpit.
For the retourn to cender I think about to use a weight in the balance point of the stick, maybe with one weak tencion spring in the middle for support.
At the moment I´m double-minded, if it´s better to use a new pair of hall sensors at the axes of the new machanism (a smart solution but I have no experience with that) or to use a machanical link to the warhog base. Maybe somebody can support me with know how (specification of useful sensors to work together with the card in the Warthog base ...).

The attach to the Cougar I built with several adapter parts which I´ve made out of aluminum and a screw joint for hydraulic systems witch hat the suitable metric screw thread (M36x2).
The first pictures show the original parts and my conversion to make the attach that it shows like the original.
I´ve a commercial, no technical education, so it was the only way I saw, to realice this with the tools in the old workshop of my father and the skills I learnd from him in my young days.

The stick is not ready. At the end it should look like this https://www.flickr.com/photos/klafai...57627919445046the . A very important reference for me are the incredible photos of Keith LaFaille https://www.flickr.com/photos/klafai...57626930907793, the best I ever seen from the A-10C Cockpit. Thank you very much Keith if you read this some day.

To the HUD:
The pictures I posted are in the HUD only view of the simulation. You cant´t see the HUD because I shot the photos from a distance of 4-5 meters.
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Old 01-03-2016, 06:14 AM   #23
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Thanks for the info! One thing is for certain, that extension is really a work of art. Can't wait to see where you go from here.
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Old 10-07-2016, 08:07 PM   #24
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Hallo,
the last months there was not very much time to continue the work on my cockpit, but in my summer holidays a view weeks ago, I startet again and here is a little update.

Still at the beginning of the year, I did the warping of my screen and some tests because the colour. On one of the screen pictures, you can see the test with white paper. At the moment the screen still has the brown colour of the wood, because I found no other satisfying solution.

In my holidays I startet the work with the front extention of the cockpit and the gimbal of my steering stick.
For the steering I want to use the original thrustmaster sensor an card.

Some weeks ago I got a Martin Baker MK10 seat from a Tornado. It is in a very good condition and complete, only the harness release box is missing.
Maybe somebody of you know, where I can buy one. On ebay there is actual no proper offer.

When I got the seat, it was adyusted at the highest potition to make the possible to store it in the upright position. But my height is 189 cm, so I had to find a way to adjust it down.
The actuator of the seat needs 115 V AC, 400 Hz. I didn´t know, how to get this for an economically justifiable price in Germany. The Voltage is not the problem, but the 400 Hz and I dont know, if I can use a lower frequency. In Germany we have 50 Hz, 230 V AC in the public network.
Maybe somebody has an idea, how to make the actuator electric adjustible.
For the first I found a way to drill the actuator down manually.

At this time I work on a frame to install the seat into my cockpit too.
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Old 09-10-2017, 05:21 PM   #25
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Hello,
my project is still going on; here is a litte update.
Acually I do some tests about the dimensions of the canopy frame, to have no shadows on the screen.


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Old 09-10-2017, 05:56 PM   #26
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Hello Bubbles great job on the pit! Wondering did you figure out a power supply to move the seat or you still using the drill. I found Youtube video if you have not seen it already a guy made his own with help of a friend maybe this might be a good direction to go.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ITuY9X8fgI
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Old 09-10-2017, 07:01 PM   #27
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Hello Brewnix,
you are right, I have not a solution to move the seat by electrical power at this time. Thank you for the link, maybe the video helps if I find somebody who helps me.
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