15. January 2015 by Peter

Up until now I have been using a single 24″ monitor af outside view. Not in any way an ideal solution at all.

I did try a Dualhead2go last year. But first of all it reduced my frame rate by half. Further more it was a hazel flying with the centerline split between two screens. So in the end I sold the Dualhead2Go. And when my frame rate was so heavily reduced by two screens I did not dare to consider a TrippleHead2Go. So all the way I have been thinking a projector would be my ideal solution.

The physical space available in the room where the cockpit is, is limited. So a projector will have to be a short throw model that can project a 2 meter wide picture in about 1 meters distance. Furthermore due to this project being “A Boeing on a budget” price is a factor. So I have been on the lookout for a used projector. But I thought most of what I could find here in Denmark was too expensive when considering age and lamp-time compared to a new BenQ 1080W. Most started at €300 and up.

Sanyo PLC-XE40

Sanyo PLC-XE40

I talked with David a fellow builder from Northern Ireland about projectors. He is building his 737 inside a cupboard. So he has the same challenges as me with space being a factor for how big a picture you can get. David is using a Sanyo PLC-XE40 that he recommended to me as a good value projector that suits our needs. And it turns out eBay in the UK is full of these. So I found one for just £100 (€130) with 800 hours left of lamp time. Simply a bargain! It arrived yesterday.  And thanks to David for pointing my attention to the Sanyo model!

Sanyo PLC-XE40

Sanyo PLC-XE40

The orange colour might not suite everyone. But hey! It is located above the overhead panel nowhere to be seen. It can fill my entire backwall – that is 2,10 m wide – with a picture while being no more than about a meter away.  And because the cockpit is in a dark environment most of the times the projector is fully capable of giving a clear picture.

And so I needed to mount the darn thing in the ceiling. Projector mounts were unbelievable expensive. Nothing could be found for less than €50 and normally prices started around €100. Well I did it for €1. Yes one, ein, uno, un euro.

Projector mount

Projector mount

Again remember that the projector is hidden away above the overhead. So none is ever going to see it.

But all it took was a piece of MDF, 4 cm wider than the projector to each side. The manual to the projector had the layout of the mounting holes with measurements. The projector is mounted to the plate with 4cm M4-screws (as you can see on the picture). Then plate is then mounted to the roof with some of the 9 holes along the edge.

Next I am off to IKEA to get a TUPPLUR curtain that will act as projector screen.



6 thoughts on “Projector

  1. Ed Burton says:

    Very interesting article Peter. Looking forward to seeing pictures of views and results and of course effect on frame rates using projector. I always steered away from going the projector route, as it would mean flying in dark room . May have to reconsider if framerates are a huge issue using 2 or more monitors for outside views.

  2. Peter says:

    Hi Ed
    Because the centerline was split between the screens I never really liked the Dualhead2Go. Therefore I never did any tweaking or attempts to optimize a two screen solution.
    Of course a projector needs the room to be darker than normal. But as my cockpit is in the basement with no windows that is easy for me. But the frames are better.
    Another option could be a new tc screen. 40 inch screens are almost giveaways these days.

    • Ed Burton says:

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your reply. I had thought of 1 large screen and inquired about such with Skino, who had tried a 60 inch screen. He said the visuals were better than the 3 to go in his previous setup, but in the end didn’t work out because the seat to monitor distance was off. I believe he meant..too close for comfortable view. He has now gone to projector as well for outside view. It’s looking more and more like that may be the best way to go which means a huge amount of back lighting.

      All the best,

  3. Arnaldo says:

    HI Peter, the Projector you bought on ebay was with remote controller included?
    Because I read on manual that not work without a remote.
    Please let me know cause I saw a lot of used projector SANYO but without remote.


    • Peter says:

      Hi Arnaldo.
      Yes I bought it with a remote. I had the same advise from other builders.
      And you do need a remote to adjust the projector, and to turn it off (thereby allowing the projector to cool of).
      I believe a remote can be bought separately on eBay. But I have no experience with this.
      Regards peter

  4. HI Peter
    thanks for your fast reply and for confirmed that.

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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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