FMC part 2 – Small details

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4. February 2014 by Peter

I didn’t get as far as I hoped yesterday.

On my way home from work I went by a shop and bought a small paint brush so I could paint the sides of all buttons black. But when I got home the brush was no where to be found. Turned up this morning. I had left it on a shelf in the living room and forgotten all about it…

20140204-085108.jpgSo yesterday I only got around making spacers for the menu-buttons. The need for these can be seen from the picture on the right.

The EXEC button is stock OpenCockpits as it would fit in the FMC. Whereas the PROG button has an additional spacer.

As you can see from the picture the EXEC is lowered down in to the frame of the FMC. Not so good looking and not very practical.

20140204-085102.jpgSo for all 15 menu buttons I made an extra piece of plexiglas (3mm I think) and glued it on before I installed the “base” from Open Cockpits. You can see the spacer underneath the EXEC on the right. All the others shows the spacer glued on. They are the same size as the button it self. On the right (The 2 NEXT/PREV PAGE) shows the button with the spacer and the base (Not glued). The base is the wider piece that connects to the switch and ensures the button doesn’t pops out of the panel.

Now that I found my brush I will get around painting it all black to day.

And then I need to figure out how to get the green Execute light installed. Better go image-googling i bit to get some inspiration.

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