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#2407695 - 12/24/07 06:59 PM Re: Please show off your pit. ***** [Re: Timothy]  
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If anyone is intrerested in some F-16 pit parts, I have a bunch of panels, some with switches for sale.

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#2407982 - 12/25/07 09:44 AM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: Timothy]  
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 Originally Posted By: Timothy
Is that F-16 pit made out of wood or metal?

It's wood. Just some strengtheners are metal.

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Where did you get the switches at?

Most of them are standard switches you can get from your local electronics store. Special toggle switches have been aquired off ebay. The rotary-caps are from Biohazard, a guy from Belgium.

If you're interested in F-16 pitbuilding, http://www.viperpits.org is _THE_ source for you!

greetings
michi

Last edited by Michi Hirczy; 12/25/07 09:48 AM.
#2417314 - 01/07/08 09:46 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: Derk]  
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Re-routed some cables to clean things up, added 12 switches to the left aft of the PT...


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#2417457 - 01/08/08 01:01 AM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: 531 Ghost]  
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Great Pit! I like the utility of it. I'm starting to think that good cable routing is like keeping your sideburns well trimmed. \:\)

MudPuppy

#2423369 - 01/15/08 10:34 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: MudPuppy]  
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Heres a copy and paste of a previous pit whoring out LOL:

Alright not the best pics the decent camera is out at our boat but I got an old (ancient) floppy disk digi camera!

Here we go simpit in current config:

From the backside


Side View


Trackir Close up


Rudder Close up


Stick Mount Close up


Headset Track clip pro (only comms through headset, all other sound 5.1)


Close up with projector on


Back up of room size (8wx10L screen on shorter wall)


Projector on opposite mounted


I'd like to build a genric simpit enclosure in the future with buttons/trim wheels/possibly guages all built in! Hope this helps!

EDIT: New additions include a buttkicker gamer and a Z5500 Logitech speaker set.

Last edited by HitchHikingFlatlander; 01/15/08 10:36 PM.

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#2424251 - 01/17/08 01:21 AM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: HitchHikingFlatlander]  
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nice pit flatlander!

#2424363 - 01/17/08 06:10 AM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: El Hefe]  
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My F/A-18C pit..Work in progress.






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#2427340 - 01/20/08 07:21 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: Pretzel]  
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The throttle base rotates out of the way to the left. The Joystick shelf attached to the Keyboard shelf slides in and out to suit and all the way out for removal. The throttle and joystick are Velcro'd down. Its a work in progress.

The desk is just some cut out plywood covered in a cheap wood flooring with file cabinets used for legs.


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#2429488 - 01/23/08 01:03 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: GrizzlyT]  
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 Originally Posted By: GrizzlyT
Here's my Comanche pit so far.
Still need to get it enclosed, though. (This is all temporary wood framing and support, so I can finalize the wiring and then dimension the metal framing and hull sections.)


The first pic's just a lamp test, with it sitting on the bench. (So you can see it lit up. \:D )












I drool over the simple yet beautifull and realistic way you have buildt your pit GrizzlyT..! Almost to the point of dehydration to be honest..! c",)


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#2429548 - 01/23/08 01:59 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: Triggerhappy]  
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 Originally Posted By: Triggerhappy
I drool over the simple yet beautifull and realistic way you have buildt your pit GrizzlyT..! Almost to the point of dehydration to be honest..! c",)

For god's sake, someone get this man a drink!!!
And while you're at it, I'll take a triple tequila....neat. \:D

Seriously, thanks to all, for the kind words. Although, if this keeps up my head may get too big, to fit into my helmet.
(Like some huge "bobble-head" doll. )

As is typical of late, progress has been slow (This time, I'll use the holidays as an excuse.) but hopefully, I'll have some new pics to post soon!
Since the last set, I've elevated the platform, started on the electronics cabinet, made a fresnel housing, and (just recently) acquired some aluminum extrusion, to start on the frame.

.........never enough hours, in the day!


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#2432273 - 01/26/08 08:27 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: GrizzlyT]  
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Nothing fancy, just a few pieces of wood and nails:













It was completely overhauled a few weeks back. Several modification that shorten it, added more shelves, and eliminated the majority of the wiring from being exposed. I can not stand a bundle of wires, plus I have a cat that has a cord chewing problem.


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#2432408 - 01/26/08 11:14 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: Panther]  
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That's awesome. Really impressive. I like the little stands you have for your MFP's. How do you have them attached to the stand? Is it velcro or something? How do you get out of that setup, does the chair just move back? And I guess lastly, what is the system you use for those instruments off to the right. Is that F4Glass or something? I love how they are laid out in a pattern that mimics the aircraft.

Really, that's is so amazing.


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#2432417 - 01/26/08 11:30 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: Corsair8X]  
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 Originally Posted By: Corsair8X
That's awesome. Really impressive. I like the little stands you have for your MFP's. How do you have them attached to the stand? Is it velcro or something? How do you get out of that setup, does the chair just move back? And I guess lastly, what is the system you use for those instruments off to the right. Is that F4Glass or something? I love how they are laid out in a pattern that mimics the aircraft.

Really, that's is so amazing.



I used velcro to attach the MFP's. To get out is the hard part, I usually just stand up, step on the seat and step out. The seat doesn't move back, since it's sitting on two spars and plus the machine that runs the game is behind the seat. The program to send information to that computer (seperate from the main one) is F4Glass. The actually display program is Falcongauges, and you can set them up the way you want, hence almost like the real deal.


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#2432418 - 01/26/08 11:33 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: Corsair8X]  
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It like he has used little metal brackets to screw them into the MDF panel - I also like this set up, because it supports different kinds of airplane pits. Panther, nice job. You are a real life F-16 pilot, are you not?

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#2432423 - 01/26/08 11:47 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: Ripcord]  
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 Originally Posted By: Ripcord
You are a real life F-16 pilot, are you not?

Ripcord


No, a maintainer with some time flying.


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#2440357 - 02/04/08 04:11 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: Panther]  
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I thought it was time, for a couple new pics.

For those that have been following the build...I have changed plans, from my original idea, and have opted to continue building it on the old wood base. Originally, I was going to replace it with a modular, welded, metal frame but time and costs are proving to be too prohibitive.
It will still be fully enclosed, as modular as possible, and with just a metal framed "roll cage", to hang everything off of.

So to that end, I have raised up the platform and braced the underside.
It didn't need to be done but it made everything line up easier and gave it a feel of climbing up into it.



I also beefed up the framing that the front dash was mounted to.



As you can see, I started work on the electronics cabinet, too. The KE72 & USBKeys are mounted to the back. The USBOutputs board, for controlling the indicators, will mount under the monitor. The PCs, power supplies, amps, etc., will go in the cabinet. The monitor is mounted on a floating plate, on the threaded rods. That way I can lift and tilt it into final position.



The graphics???.......well, that was just for the fun of it! \:\)



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#2440416 - 02/04/08 05:26 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: Panther]  
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I've been working on a new fresnel mount, too.
I wanted something sturdy but lightweight enough to hang off the monitor's face.

- It all started with a couple of pieces of 1" thick, plastic/fiberglass honeycomb panel, to make the front and back plates. (They came from a shipping box, for some machine parts.)
- They were gapped and tied together with the four 3/4" square rods of extruded aluminum.
- Their cut-outs were lined with aluminum L-stock, to clean up the edges.
- The inner walls were .032" aluminum sheet metal, riveted together and then lined with black "flocked" paper, to eliminate stray light.
- The lens was held in with small aluminum strips, screwed to the L-stock.
- The TrackIR mounting legs were removed and it was hard mounted to the face.
- On the back of the rear plate, the cut-out was trimmed with foam rubber strips, to fill the gap and cushion it, from the monitor's face.
- Removeable nylon/velcro straps hold it in position.

The final result was very light weight and it holds the lens flat and square!
All that remains is to tie the edges of the front faceplate into the enclosure....eventually!






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#2440451 - 02/04/08 06:12 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: GrizzlyT]  
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Love what you did with the TrackIR mount very cool always great to see your pits progress.


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#2445819 - 02/11/08 02:50 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: HitchHikingFlatlander]  
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hi all.
i am a helicopter enthusiast, spawned from playing battlefield vietnam and battlefield 2.
for the most part i have been flexing my helicopter through a mouse/keyboard/xbox controller 's' setup.

i wanted to go to the next level of flying which is to have full helo controls, (i.e. cyclic, collective, and rudder)
i just completed my home made sim-pit

people like pictures of course..










I like to know if there is any helicopter clubs to join, i would like to improve my helicopter combat flying skills, its taking me a lil more effort to use a cyclic and coordinate using the rudder and collective...
but im sure in time i will be better in time, plus i like to fly with other helicopter pilots online!

#2445872 - 02/11/08 03:36 PM Re: Please show off your pit. [Re: Pretzel]  
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 Originally Posted By: Pretzel
My F/A-18C pit..Work in progress.






Wow! Good looking pit. However...

1. Where'd you pick up an ejection seat and the combiner glass? (That stuff isn't cheap, $30,000+ for the glass alone.)
2. What good are they going to be to you in a sim? (Can't display the HUD in the combiner unless you have an actual HUD, I'm pretty sure you won't be really ejecting yourself either.)

Which leads to my last question:

3. Are you really making this pit or is it from an actual military simulator? If you're building it yourself, it looks awesome so far. I'm just curious as to your method of parts procurement and reasons to have those parts in your sim when they would be pretty much useless (you can sit in the ejection seat, but an office or gaming chair would be much more comfortable).


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