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Old 12-12-2011, 10:07 PM   #1
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Well at first I was not sure if I want to share my home built cheap pit.
But I cant let you be without it

I started building the consoles provide by Dimebug.
First Left side, made with MDF, with a few panels, made from scrap 6mm wood panels I got at home. Made 2 layers for getting right the height to the Throttle. Then I printed out a overlay and laminated it and punched hole in it for switches.
Then I thought that I should make so many switches that I don't need the keyboard to start up the A-10, so I continued to build on right side panels by panels, no rush here! cant afford to do it to fast....
Then I started to use MDF as panels to. But still I was not satisfied, after reading how some ppl make there panels I now days use 4mm acrylic as top and 6mm MDF as bottom. And I think this is the best solution I can use for now.
So fa I havent done much flying only building.
I started out buying GP-Wiz40 USB interface, first one, then I buy two more, then I realize that it wont be enough with 3! Then I found out about brydlings interface and got me 1 It is mounted in right console and the GP-Wiz is in left for now.
I gone buy 1 more from brydling when he fixes so it can handle encoders.

So far so good.

I will NOT build the whole front of the pit, only the MFCD and UFC and some switches underneath, I don't have the space to do it, because I use my computer to racing to and other games, so I need my desktop for that...

I use 3 monitors, 1, 27" and 2, 19" and I use TrackIr.

I will buy the THRUSTMASTER MFD Cougar Pack later and try fitting LCD behind.

I made UFC by my own It works, but its not as fancy as some makes them

I use switches of medium size and small size, toggle is about 17mm on medium and 10mm on small. Cant afford real thing....

So if you have any questions, ask me!

BTW!
I have my computer under the seat!!
Feels nice and warm......
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:10 PM   #2
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Nice job really like you center mount solution for the stick too!
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:38 PM   #3
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Very nice!
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:46 PM   #4
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Now, that's nice. Along the lines of what I'd like to do if I ever find the time and space. Functionality without going all fancy. I think I'd go for rail side panels with dzus fasteners for easy maintenance and reconfiguration. Big challenge would be to keep the ability to fly MSFS, race cars and last but not least do office chores, programming and the like. Anyone seen a good swing-role home pit?
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:19 PM   #5
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Very cool! The stick mount is well done, and the panels look awesome!
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:08 AM   #6
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Very nice pit! How does it feel when flying?

Is that really your office computer at the same time? I noticed the card reader for the internet bank How does your arms feel after some hours using the mouse and keyboard from that low seat?
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:22 PM   #7
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Very nice pit! How does it feel when flying?

Is that really your office computer at the same time? I noticed the card reader for the internet bank How does your arms feel after some hours using the mouse and keyboard from that low seat?
Luckily I go pretty high up when mounting my new racing seat! A bit to high for racing and flying... And that's because I mounted my puter underneath the seat! Before I used the famous IKEA office chair!!! (everybody has one as flight seat ) I was lower then now. And that was not fun for my hands!
The computer frame, made of square aluminum 19 mm built like a box to accommodate my puter, is 26 cm high, and the seats mounting adds 8 cm!
Best thing is that I can move the seat front and back without moving frame So when I mount the stick, I pull the seat forward like a car-seat until the stick is on the seat, then I lock the stick in place above the seat. So it is between my fat legs in a good place. And back when I want to leave the seat without moving the stick.
Damn thing is that the stick is to high to go under the table, so I have to sit back a bit to much from my monitors., but I think I will saw a half round hole in the desk so I can move forward a bit! Gone make the hole mountable with the piece I cut out so I can use my hands on the desk when I don't fly.
Only crap with having the computer under you behind, is that it geting a bit hot there

BTW
Flying, brydling?!
Whats that? I only build
Shame to say, I haven't done any flying sins I got my new seat I am still trying to build the radio panels, only the rotating switches and regular switches so far.
I always get shoot down when I try killing enemy's I am not so good yet....
Hate to lose!!!

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Old 12-14-2011, 11:32 PM   #8
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Thx Guys!
Always nice when some one likes your work.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:24 AM   #9
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I bought 2 LCD monitors 8", 4:3 format, VGA, to fit behind Thrustmasters Cougar Pack.
I found them on E-Bay 99$ each inc. fright!!
So now I will build a piece of the front inc. the MFCD and UFC. I must make it removable, I gone put it in place when flying.
So far I have almost completed the radio panels with switches. And a new interface from brydling.
I started to use acrylic on top of MDF when building panles, but I think I will use only acrylic in both layers, 4-5mm in bottom and 3 mm in top to hide nuts.
That damn MDF is dusting like hell when sawing or drilling in it...

As always the pic is bad due to a use of phone camera....

Gone post photos when progress is made.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:46 AM   #10
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nice job on the pit
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