26. August 2012 by Peter
So drawing lines on a piece of paper is just one thing. Reading The Bible (as mentioned earlier) and trying to draw a sketch of your own project is something that you can spend hours on. A pencil and a eraser is a good idea because there are going to be a lot of rewrites.
So far I have decided to just build the main instrument panel (MIP) to begin with, and the mound a overhead hanging down from the ceiling. Then I will build the frame on the outside of the MIP. To begin with I would like to make the whole cockpit shell at first. But that is just going to take too much time. Especially when the measurements around the MIP is so unsure. So it is main panel first and then everything around afterwards.
Then there is the things that should go inside the cockpit. So far I am only browsing for panel-parts at shops like Opencockpit. I have not made up my mind yet. So I will write something about my choices later on. But for now I have bought a lot of eBay that slowly is starting to arrive (there is a 2-3 weeks delivery time). So far I have just blindly bought some toggle-switches and other electronics that is needed behind the panel such as circut boards and wires. It is very nice to see things arrive because that – in a way – indicates that the project is about to take shape. No matter that I might never use some of the parts I have bought on eBay. Yesterday I also went to our local Bauhaus (a construction market) to buy some MDF-boards. One 6 mm for the fronts and two 9mm boards for the shell of the main-instrument. I will write a posting on my construction-phase later. I hope to begin cutting thing within a few weeks.