I'd been meaning to do this for a while - and that was to post pics of my Aker's Barnes cockpit I constructed. I reviewed several threads here and at other places - and while the CP isn't nearly as complicated as some of the grade A setups I've seen posted here - they are still imho a respectable and adaptable simpit that can be used for a variety of applications.
Personally, I do most of my flying in Battleground Europe (formerly/also called World War II Online) in an Axis squad called JG51 "Molders". We are a 109 only squad that focuses on teamwork and tactics. Some of you already know me from there (hi guys!). I also enjoy playing IL2 Sturmovik 1946, and look forward to being able to play CloD whenever they get around to patching the thing to run half assed accross three monitors (I could be waiting a while).
Anywho, I hope these pics help someone to get started on thier own simpit. I did not take alot of pictures during construction. The whole process took about a month of work - but it was done at my uncle's workshop where we had access to tools and equipment that I simply did not have at home. I'm kind of "all thumbs" when it comes to "handiwork", so having the assistance and guidance of a veteran woodworker was of immense help to this workshop "noob".
I knew I wanted something that had a center mounted stick, one of metalnwood's extensions (Thanks again man!) and that I could mount my three monitors on. This is what I wound up with at the end.
The setup was nice, but I wanted the monitors higher and to be positionable. That required access to a triple monitor stand - but these were priced sooo rediculously that I had a hard time finding one in my price range (ie: didn't cost as much as the monitor itself or more!). I found something at my favourite online retailer for about $150. Compared to it's nearest priced competitor it was a no brainer, as these were more than double the price. In the end my setup now looks like this.
I want to thank those of you who took the time to post thier Aker's Barnes setups - you helped me realize that even a bumbling walking shop accident like me could build one of these. My advice to others would be to take your time - measure twice, cut once, and have something to use as a cushion - the wooden seat itself without padding isn't fun. All in all I paid ~ 30 bucks for the two sheets of plywood, $10 for some wood filler (I used the cheapest 1/2 inch ply I could find), and about $20 for primer and paint.
Comments and suggestions are welcome!
PS: I know the monitors don't look "lined up" in the pic with the monitor stand, but believe me they are!