Pedestal (almost) finished

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17. March 2013 by Peter

The last couple of weeks has been used on the pedestal. Here is the result (so far).

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Pedestal bay and radio-panels

The panels are from ProSimParts and a very nice quality.

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The pedestal bay is made from 6mm MDF that has been sanded and then painted with RAL 9002 (And RAL 7011 on the top part).

So far only 5 panels are working: COM1, NAV1, NAV2, ADF1, XPNDR. It is connected inside the box to a OpenCockpits MasterCard and 3 DisplayCards.

So far I only and used one input-bay on the Master Card so I can still connect some 36 buttons and 38 LEDs. But for now the radios will do just fine. Later on I will explore the ProSim-suite and see what else on the pedestal that can be interfaced.

Pedestal backendA few weeks ago I wrote about problems with the wiring to the 7-segment displays. That is almost solved now – but only almost! But yesterday I found out that two of my encoders also if broken or not wired properly. So I have to go through most of the wiring of the pedestal again. [irony]Not that there are many wires on the back side[/irony].

So an extra evening worth of soldering should be waiting ahead.

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Last – but not least – I need to get some coding in SIOC done. Because I only use 1 single encoder per radio-unit I need to find a way to both parts of the frequency with one encoder.

Apart from those small issues I am very happy with the final result of the pedestal.

There are still a few minor things I need to make. Mostly the combined push-buttons / annunciators on the cargo fire panel.

But for now I am just enjoying the visuals of my pedestal. It has taken me almost half a year to make it (But of course I have also made other parts of the cockpit along the way) so it is a well deserved beer laying ahead!

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One thought on “Pedestal (almost) finished

  1. ohsirus says:

    Man I hate 7 segment displays!

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