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    Default DC-3 Dakota Cockpit

    I should have posted this earlier on here.

    Im building a simple home cockpit out of a DC-6 Control wheel (ex TASSA fleet 1948 Douglas DC-6 C/N 43118 scrapped Magaluf Mallorca, original DC-3 trim wheel. Magneto switch, cowl flap valves and pilot and co-pilot seats, and of course some home made panels wired up with the excellent electronics kit from Leo Bodnar.

    PC hardware will be Saitek Cessna Yoke modded to take the old wheel, two Throttle quadrants also from Saitek.

    Having had DC-3 experience back in the noughties (some sectors solo!) it has been my favourite aeroplane since. I remember being in Mallorca and it took 9 hours to download the Jan Visser DC-3 on the old copper wires and a sloooooow internet connection - but the result was breathtaking 20 years ago !!
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    I have both the V-SkyLabs DC-3 and the AWX DC-3. In my honest opinion the AWX machine is closer to my memories, sounds better with the fabulous sound FMOD file and more importantly works with my overhead panels.

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    sorry I cant add photos. I go to add photos, from PC, I highlight the photo and nothing happens

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    Hi alymac,
    maybe this will help you with uploading images:
    https://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/showt...hp?287742-Md83

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    Quote Originally Posted by il88pp View Post
    Hi alymac,
    maybe this will help you with uploading images:
    https://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/showt...hp?287742-Md83
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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 Overhead panels done

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    Got the panels to work with a script written by Angelo Zangarini. Im no good at that sort of thing. The original Magneto switch I couldnt get to work at all.
    Last edited by AlyMac; 02-21-2021 at 05:57 AM.
    I always keep a bottle of stimulant handy just in case I see a serpent - which I also keep handy.....

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    Attachment 225480
    The original DC-3 Trim Wheel I added onto the bottom of the Saitek parts. Lots of imagination required. Two littl;e project boxes from ebay, alloy tube, a tape deck idler and two great parts from LeoBodnar
    I always keep a bottle of stimulant handy just in case I see a serpent - which I also keep handy.....

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    Attachment 225481
    The idler wheel is attached to a Bourns 3590S Potentiometer. This rolls against the axle attached to the wheel which gives 24 turns on the Trim Wheel.
    I always keep a bottle of stimulant handy just in case I see a serpent - which I also keep handy.....

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    Attachment 225482
    This little beauty turns 10 times. A really useful Pot for many things. Smooth operation without detents I will be using it for elevator and rudder trim too.
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    The BU0836A board is multi purpose for joystick and switches.
    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 Screen-itus

    I moved house late in the year and it took a while to get sorted out in the new loft space. A new bigger table was added then I caught Screen-itus.

    Lovely though the AWX Dc-3 3D Cockpit is (an good grief - it REALLY is!) - I wanted to see what a fourth screen would do to give me 180 degrees view. This was a gamechanger.

    Then I downloaded AirManager and on two ancient screens I built the panels.
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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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