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Old 09-04-2017, 11:00 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,
I would like to show my new cockpit kit from cardboard.

Its F/A-18E Super Hornet and idea is to be a starter cockpit for anyone who cannot spend thousands for real one, or it could be basic pit for adding switches, gauges, etc. Its very lightweight but durable enough, we already tested it on very crowdy event last month and cockpit passed this test without a scratch.
Skeleton of the cockpit could be done from any material of 10 mm thickness. Right now i am cutting skeleton from cornflute board.
Here in my website

Here are some photos from development

All the panels, switches and gauges are printed as the texture, but on correct places and everything is in 1:1 scale.
Whole cockpit could be built in 5 hours, using just hot glue gun and knife.
You can also replace the MIP with the 27'' monitor and use it for external gauges.
In PDF version, is included whole kit and also with the plates contains all texts in different layers and gauges bezels, ready for cut on cnc.
In physical cockpit, is basic version with one extra MIP with precutted holes and PDF's with plates ready for cnc cutting.
Cockpit is suitable for Thrustmaster warthog gear, you will just cut hole for throttle and then glue it inside.
I am still working on the seat, right now offering the ACESII as the fast solution.

Newest addons:
Tested the idea with using cheap projector for gauges, please check the photos.

Today we succesfully printed instrument panels over glow vynil sheet and result is great, i am very happy with that.

Recently I had an idea to make dome kit which could be easily mantled and dismantled. Right now testing first surface convex mirror inside for dome projection.

I hope that you like my idea and i'll be happy for advices, comments etc... Mainly i need to solve 360 dome projection and Helios gauges for F-18 .
In case you wish to see latest updates, please like my FB page

Thank you!
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Old 09-05-2017, 02:21 AM   #2
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Interesting idea. For VR users, it may be good enough. Best of luck to you.
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Really neat idea, any idea on the costs of shipping around the globe?
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:09 PM   #4
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Hi Don, how does one get in and out of the cockpit shell? Is it sturdy enough to climb in like a real jet, or do you slide one part of the cockpit side out, or do you slide the seat out, then put back in? Thanks!
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hansangb Thank you, yes its good for Vr and also for dome projection. Right now finishing the MK 14 seat from cornflute plastic board.
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Thank you! Today i calculated shipping to Australia, which is probably furthest place on the globe from me and it was $400. Box is 120x95x20 cm size.
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Really Nice Work Guys!!
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Thanks Stang!
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:19 PM   #9
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Nice work mate, really like it.

Not trying to be clever but thoughts on a light on "tub" for the VR crowd? This looks pretty sturdy, ie, enough to hold a monitor and panels as it is.

What about something about a third of the strength just for visuals and VR? Strong at the throttle and stick only?

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capthaltli: To get in the cockpit you need to push the seat back and go in from behind. It is lightweight so its not a problem, climbing in over the side will not ends well . But i am replacing cardboard by the cornflute board, so we will see how strong this will be.
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