As mentioned in this posting I have made my own overhead using a home-made file printed as a large sticker and then glued on to plexiglas. Cost of the print €40. Add to this switches and interface-cards.
I have drawn the overhead in Adobe Illustrator. I provide you with both the .ai-fild and pdf here. If you have Illustrator this gives you the option to edit the file before you print it. Otherwise use the pdf-file
Furthermore I have uploaded a file with only annunciators – and other things that might be worth printing on transparent foil.
Current version is 1.5c as of 26MAR14
I am not planning any newer version at this point
The size of the overhead print is: Width 93,6 cm x Height 84,7 cm
The annunciator print is : Width 57,4 cm h height 40,8 cm, which should fit 4 A4-sheets.
As you can see from the pdf most panels are individual with that folding margin. You can use plexiglas or foamalux for each panel.
I had the overhead printed on foil/vinyl with sticky backside.
This was done by an external company, as I could not print my self in a quality good enough. I used a company in Copenhagen called print.dk. They offer foil-print. Their site is on Danish but has some pictures of the foil-material. This might give you an idea of what to order at your local print store.
I paid around 200 Danish Kroners for my print. Excl. VAT and postage. That equals to €30 or $40. This gives you an idea of your cost. If you get a dramatic different prize offer, then make sure that you only get the foil print and not print-on or mounting-on foam.
A fellow builder – Robert in the United States – contacted print.dk to ask them what material they used. He was having a difficult time finding the same in the States. There is the answer he got from Ronni at print.dk:
There is nothing really special about it. I use a Roland large format printer and i know there are a lot of print shops in the States that also has that. So i think you maybe just ask the wrong things when you contact them. Its just a normal self adhesive sticker vinyl with CutContour (the pink cutline in the file).
I hope this can help you in getting the overhead printed.
All panels have been mounted on 5mm foam plate (Foamalux). You can find Foamalux at your local DIY store at aprox €20 per square meter. Alternatively plexiglas works just a good.
Extra set of gauges:
There is an extra of all gauges. You can use these extra gauges if you want to make your own gauge. When you print the panel the gauge on the panel will act like a dummy. but if you want a “real gauge” you cut out the dummy-gauge on the panel, and use the extra print as a back-plate for your gauge. See more in my blog-entries and videos.
In both the Illustrator-file and the pdf-file all letters/numbers have been converted to vectors. This is done to prevent strange looking letters in case you don’t have the font installed.
- Futura Condensed Medium
- 16 px / 12 px (10px few places)
- Width: 159 %
See this picture from illustrator.
A few places on the overhead there are non-converted text that you can edit in Illustrator. These are:
- The registration badge (OY-KKI)
- The additional 2nd row panel (Pushback)
You can also copy-paste from these section to other places on the overhead (As long as you have the font installed).