26. September 2012 by Peter
So yesterday a small package from Belgium with the size of a shoe box arrived. The pedestal-panel! 🙂
The shipping only took about 4 days from Belgium to Denmark. So like a small boy on christmas I was excited to see what the nöel had got me this
Everything was neatly packed inside and well protected. The cardboard even had ProSimParts printed on it. Other things like announciators was put in costume-made cardboard as well. Very neat!
So what else to do that get everything out of the box – and the children out of the way.
And shortly after I had a layout of my new pedestal in the dinner table.
One of the reasons that I chose ProSimParts instead of GLB or PolDragon was that all annunciators was included. So only the electronics is missing.
The quality of the panel is very nice in a price/quality-ratio. I am sure that you can find panels for a better quality and more realistic. But for my spare-time-simulator it is just fine.
I have added a few close-ups in the article as a gallery so that you can take a closer look at the quality.
The pedestal is made of 18 individual panels (of which 3 is covers for empty parts of the pedetal). Each panel (except the blinders) are made from two layers of plastic. The top layer white and the lower layer plexiglass. The plexiglass-layer have painted edges and holes for the electronics.
There are a few imperfections on the Vioce-panel mostly where the engravation not has been good enough. This is (on my panels) most visible on the voice-panel. Take a close look at the lettering SPKR.
But all the other panels are just fine – as you can see on the other pictures. The blurry-ness however is due to the camera and does not appear IRL. Very sharp lettering.
Of course I started building a pedestal-box right away using the measurements from “the bible“. But to my surprice the pedestal-panels from ProSimParts are only 14.5 cm across instead of the 15.0 cm indicated all other places. I realized then I had made my box and the front-palte and rear-palte was 2 cm too wide. Well, nothing that a saw can not fix. And as I only is building this simulator as a hobby and the a real aircraft those 0.5cm is no issue.
So over all I am very happy about my purchase and like the quality of ProSimParts products. The pedestal-case is on its way. A version 0.1 was made last night. But I need to make a small adjustments before I will let you see it. 🙂
Category: Bought, Building, Pedestal | Tags: Building, Buying, Pedestal, Price/Quality
Those panels look pretty good.
I just placed an order with ProSimParts the other day for an overhead panel kit. I’m really happy with the Radio combo set I got from them. Like you said, for the price they are sold I think you get a pretty good product.
I also had a few letters on the ATC panel that were a little fuzzy up close but at a few feet away you couldn’t tell.
I’m not sure yet if I’m gonna build out a whole pedestal yet but if I do I’ll probably go with these panels as well so I’m looking forward to see the build.
Well done with your sim build
Head of GLB Flight Products
But to my surprice the pedestal-panels from ProSimParts are only 14.5 cm across instead of the 15.0 cm indicated all other places.
the pedestal is 45.5 cm long on the outside and 40 cm high
when using 6mm MDF.
and is 47.5 cm wide from the oudside
the width of the fire panel is 29.5 cm
each can have 78 mm of space, count this at the 29.5 cm.
29.5 + 15.6 = 45.1 the width
take 1.2mm off and you have 43.9cm total inside space ( use 6mm MDF )
3 panels wide from prosim 14,5cm per panel is 43,5cm inner.
you now have 4mm,over, 1mm on each side of the panel. and there is no space left.
that is the official size of a B737NG pedestal
Maybe you have miscalculated yourself
Now of course this post goes 6 years back. Later on I realised that 14.5 is the correct size for the panels.
Just to confirm I took a picture of a real panel yesterday