15. April 2013 by Peter
This posting is a video-tour of how I have made my MIP.
A lesson learned from my pedestal-work was that it is a good idea to keep things separate and build like a sandwich. So most panels is build in more layers in order to keep things separate (Buttons in one layer – connections in a second layer).
Also in the video you can see my idea on how to have multiple parts of the panel share the same group/GND on the OpenCockpits MasterCard.
I found some real glass from en old picture frame the other day and (more or less successful) managed to make 3 pieces of glass that goes in front of the monitors.
Fianlly everything is backlit using 12v LED strips. On my pedestal I used single LEDs and 5v. That was a true hazzle to work with. LED-strips is much-much easier!
On the front I have used panels from both OpenCockpits and HispaPanels.
Making gauges proved quite easy and I am very happy with the result.
The plate it self is made from a product called Foamalux that I bought at my local DIY-center (Bauhaus). They can cut it in any size you prefer. Mine is 152 x 36 cm and costed about €15 / $20.
The MIP front goes on to a skeleton made of MDF-boards.
Monitors are mounted on a block of wood that has been cut in a 15 deg. angle.
To (hopefully) minimize the gap between the monitors and the MIP-plate I have put some carpet-tape in the edges of the monitors. It is a double-sided soft tape – a bit like gaffer tape / duct tape – that you normally use when you install wall-to-wall carpets to prevent them from moving.