Some days are better than others2
4. March 2013 by Peter
I guess the title can be viewed in two ways: The “glass is half empty”-way: It is mostly rubbish or the “glass is half full”-way: oh, what a joy when things succeed.
And well.. The last few months have been both. I know I has been a long time since I made my latest blog entry and that is exactly the reason for the title. It is not as if things has been brought to a standstill or I have given up on the project. Oh no! On the contrary!
I think my problem these days is that many om my sub-projects are on track but I seem to be unable to finish them.
Like my pedestal. I only have like ten small tasks left but they are taking me forever to get done. Mostly because it is so boring tasks; like yesterday where I had to check all my wiring to my radios and re-solder those connections that did not work. Took me two evenings and was no fun at all… It turns out I have had some problems with loose connections in my home made wires.
And speaking of Pedestal and wires. Take a look at the back side of my pedestal! It is one big mess! The ribbon-wires are input/output, and (fairly) in order. However only 5 radio-units are active. For the rest of the pedestal only the backlightning is wired up. So when I at some point have a fully working pedestal I will be drowning in wires. I get so envious when I see panel-makers with I nice and tidy wire-layout. That is a note to self for the next parts I have to build (Like the MIP): Keep things nice and tidy!
Most of the loose wires is for the back lightning. Unfortunately I have used single LEDs for backlightning the pedestal. I now see that was a mistake. It results in many-many wires, and in my layout is harder to control. What I should have done from the start was to buy a LED-strip. More on this matter in another posting.
My MIP is also getting along just fine. Slow but steady. Here there I also have small tasks that I should attend to. But overall it is starting to look like a cockpit.
Right now it is a bit messy. I have bought an extra computer for running ProSim (Screens and inputs/annunciators). So I need to get both computers installed inside the frame. But again there are just a few tasks that I need to get done first. I am drowning in small tasks. 🙂
I borrowed a projector from work today. With two computers I can now rum FSX only on one computer and all extras on a secondary computer. And it worked just fine. At this point I have two old computers but it worked! Success! The projector gave a very nice feel instead of a 19″ monitor.
When you see the picture just bare in mind that the projector just is blow up on my wall in the basement, not a projector screen and that the projector it self is placed on a shelf against the wall. I had thought of using an old 32″ LCD TV for the outside view. But after using the projector today I think I projector might be a much better solution. So I need a screen and i roof-mount.
Once the MIP is finished I can add the autopilot/EFIS. But I just need to do some wiring and add those annunciators
On the pedestal I need to paint the box. The wiring is (hopefully) finished for those parts that is active; but I still need to test it.
Next up is a home made throttle. But I better get the pedestal and MIP finished first. 🙂
What EFIS/MCP combination are you using?
Did you make them?
I think both matters are covered somewhere back in time.
OpenCockpits Plug’n’play MCP.
Homebuild EFIS with Hispapanels panel front.