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#3151112 - 12/06/10 08:47 PM Mechwarrior Cockpit *****
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Hi All,

I used to have a thread over at Frugals about a cockpit project until it went offline. Since then I have finished building it and this looked like the ideal place to re post the whole project.




Edited by choowy (12/06/10 08:48 PM)

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#3151120 - 12/06/10 08:53 PM Re: Mechwarrior Cockpit [Re: choowy]
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Hey Choowy!! I watched your original build thread with avarice in my heart. Thanks for posting here! Can you give more closeups etc.? I would love to see the interior, how it is assembled again, etc. PLease please please! smile
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#3151126 - 12/06/10 08:56 PM Re: Mechwarrior Cockpit [Re: choowy]
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Woo Hoo!!! I watched the progress of your build at Frugals with interest and now to get a chance to see the completed project...Thanks!
Will you be able to post some more pics, especially of the interior! Your solutions to making plywood or mdf construction look like heavy steel was certainly inspiring.

Welcome,
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#3151145 - 12/06/10 09:09 PM Re: Mechwarrior Cockpit [Re: choowy]
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Sure, if nobody minds I'll post the whole thing from start to finish but it will take me a little while to write up all the descriptions to go with the pics.

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#3151160 - 12/06/10 09:24 PM Re: Mechwarrior Cockpit [Re: choowy]
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Please do, I remembered the posts that you made on MechWarrior Living Legends Forums and looked them up....everyone here will love to drool over the detail that you put into your pit. Personally, I like the seat the best, very authentic. Truth be told, you have re-inspired my desire for a mechpit. Do you have any CAD files that you would share?
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#3151504 - 12/07/10 10:45 AM Re: Mechwarrior Cockpit [Re: PropNut]
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I have an overall plan I can send to you PropNut with dimensions etc. Its in Google sketch up file format.




So from this I drew the lines onto 12mm mdf sheet.



Then cut close to the line and clamped the sheet to the bench and used a router with trimming bit to run along the edge of the bench to leave a clean edge.




This is a great method for getting accurate straight lines on large pieces.







Continue around all sides with the same method.



Lay it on the second cut sheet and trim around to get two identical pieces.




Next up adding the corner rails

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#3151535 - 12/07/10 12:33 PM Re: Mechwarrior Cockpit [Re: choowy]
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I was following this over at Frugal's too! Great to see you got it finished. Can't wait to see how it looks inside - as I recall it was coming together really nicely.

Thanks for posting Choowy!
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#3151563 - 12/07/10 02:02 PM Re: Mechwarrior Cockpit [Re: choowy]
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This is awesome! Can't wait for more pics! biggrin

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#3151565 - 12/07/10 02:03 PM Re: Mechwarrior Cockpit [Re: choowy]
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WOW I had forgotten about this thread from over at Frugals! I would like to see the interior and like Propnut I remember the seat being pretty slick.
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#3151567 - 12/07/10 02:05 PM Re: Mechwarrior Cockpit [Re: choowy]
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Thanks Choowy, mostly I am interested in your interior panels, fixtures, etc. I would need to redesign the exterior box as I plan on using three monitors in eyefinity. I played several rounds last night of MWLL and it is freaking awesome in 5040x1050.

I have a CNC router table that I plan on using to cut out parts (50"x100" cutting table) that is why I asked about CAD files. If you do not mind I will make some up from the pictures that you post, or my own interpretations that would work for my custom size box. I remember the cockpit controls that you made, I still drool.

Thanks for posting and keep it up.
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