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  1. #21
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    Default My new Balls

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    I always keep a bottle of stimulant handy just in case I see a serpent - which I also keep handy.....

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    Default Cabin roof

    Im flying down to Casablanca tonight with DC3 Airways. Time to set up the Sperry and start working on the cockpit floor.
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    I always keep a bottle of stimulant handy just in case I see a serpent - which I also keep handy.....

  3. #23
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    Default Cockpit Roof

    The fiberglass rod arrived on a DC4 freight flight from the company. A little epoxy here and there and the structure is strong enough for government work at least.
    Actually it looks better in real life than in the photos.

    All is finished now and Im still about 160 miles from Gibraltar where I'm going to drop in to get some cheap fuel to keep the company happy.

    Time to go aft and get some cheesy biscuits and a bottle or Rioj... I mean a cup of tea !
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    I always keep a bottle of stimulant handy just in case I see a serpent - which I also keep handy.....

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    Default Panel pain

    Panel I was going to start last week with DiBond - a PVC sandwich composite with 0.5mm aluminium each side. Being 3mm thick I can partially bury the OBS and other instrumental potentiometers without them being too noticeable.

    Glad I didnt do it because I asked Angelo Zangarini to rewrite the AirManager instrumentation to my own fit. They are looking superb and they all work beautifully. Still not happy with the generators as they should be on the upper right switch panel. Arduino ? maybe. Angelo is working on the fuel gauge now. this will be operated externally from a 4 position switch.

    Next will be an early radio stack, working warning lights (LED) and if possible a working Sperry Type A-3 Autopilot.

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    I always keep a bottle of stimulant handy just in case I see a serpent - which I also keep handy.....

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    Default wonderful X-PLANE vintage scenery from Pedrovl.

    Just a quick phone snap of Habana -
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    Default Pedestal build continues

    The stickers arrived from "I Say Ding Dong" - a company who specialise in vintage racing car stickers. Ive dealt with them many times rebuilding Classic race / Rally cars and also my racing car simulators as well and what they can di is superb.

    Parking brake is just a 75A automotive pull switch from ebay but it works well through the LeoBodnar BU0836A board. Great to get something else off of the yoke - as that will soon become redundant as well.

    So in the meantime from the left I have - Landing Gear, Parking Brake and Flaps. Landing gear and Flaps will be moved to levers on the floor at a later date.

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    I always keep a bottle of stimulant handy just in case I see a serpent - which I also keep handy.....

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    Default Pedestal build continues

    Trim winders for the Aileron and Rudder are next on the agenda
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    Default Trim Winders

    Unused Brain cells from a recent scan...
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    you can see where Im going with this. The red and small orange gear are bonded together - this is the intermediate gear.

    The winder, small orange gear and spindle will be bonded together. The large orange wheels' spindle turns both the potentiometer and the needle on the face of the Aileron trim indicator. Gearing is 20:1 - which equates to five turns of the winder from the centre point for full left or full right.

    The black plate is 5mm polypropylene sheet which is an excellent bearing surface. The gears will be sandwiched between two of these.

    However I need to await my local garage to open so that I can use his pillar drill to get the holes straight :-(

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    Default DC-3 Dakota Fuel Tank Quantity switch and gauge

    This is just the test rig. All up and working well with AirManager
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    I always keep a bottle of stimulant handy just in case I see a serpent - which I also keep handy.....

  10. #30
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    Default

    Nice build.....you should make it a multi crew kite.... I made a Lancaster sim in a caravan for 4 people (pilot, flt eng, nav and Wop) then the chinese plague buggered my plans up!...

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