FMC part 4 – A milestone

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6. February 2014 by Peter

Is it too mush saying that the FMC is half way done!?

FMC from OpenCockpits

FMC from OpenCockpits

The last couple of days I have been working on the parts from OpenCockpits: preparing switches, gluing buttons, fixing backlighting.

But today I turned a milestone. Buttons and switches are now one piece!

I still have to mount and connect the screen and wire up all switches. But that’s another story.


So I was a bit challenged on getting the switches and buttons fit – as I mentioned in Part 3. If I flipped the plate with the switches they would fall out. If I flipped the front plate all buttons would fall out.

So this is how I solved it. I simply taped all buttons so when I flipped it all buttons stayed in place.

Then it only was a matter of slowly pressing the two parts together and in the process making sure that all legs from the switches still are in their holes and meanwhile also ensure that the pin on the switches also ends up in the right place.

Pressing the plates together they now fit pretty tight. This actually means that nothing is glued! It fits so tight that all buttons are in place, and not (very) wobbly.

Time for a beer!




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My name is Peter and I live in Denmark.
I am building the cockpit of a Boeing 737 in my basement using my limited skills and inspiration from fellow builders.
I post my progress on this blog and hope it can be an inspiration to others.

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