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#3272980 - 04/18/11 01:07 PM Glenn's generic pit: First attempt.  
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Hi there,

I recently got started on my first Simpit. It's basically a generic pit that can be used in FSX, IL:2, Lock On and DCS A-10 (when I get it).
MK1, which is almost complete, is just the basic pit itself with the control columns and screens and so on. MK2 will then add workable switches and buttons using either Open Cockpits or Leo Bodnar boards and Helois software if necessary.
Here are some pics of my build so far.

Any input advice or constructive crits will be appreciated.









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#3273006 - 04/18/11 01:39 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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Very cool Glenn, good start!

One comment though, do you think the seat is a bit too reclined? Is it adjustable?


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#3273013 - 04/18/11 01:49 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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Thanks PropNut - the seat looks very reclined, but it is actually very comfortable in conjunction with the pedals.

I have just received my new Mecer 32" LCD and it looks like I may have to make a few modifications to accommodate it - it's huge! jawdrop

#3273064 - 04/18/11 02:38 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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Lookin' good so far!


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#3273073 - 04/18/11 02:43 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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Looks great! But how do you get into it?

#3273389 - 04/18/11 06:44 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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LOL I like my seat back too, one of my biggest complaints with my playseat is that its too straight up and not adjustable. Maclean he may have to climb in, I have to do that in my pit no big deal really adds to immersion!


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#3273390 - 04/18/11 06:45 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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lol - at the moment you gotta step over onto the seat. But I'm mulling with the idea of installing hinges and gas struts onto the main panel so that it lifts like the hood of a car - will just have to make sure the monitor and all else is secure.

#3273639 - 04/18/11 09:57 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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I'm interested in what you did to your rudder pedals. Circular saw and longer swivel arm?

#3273910 - 04/19/11 06:56 AM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: dorght]  
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Originally Posted By: dorght
I'm interested in what you did to your rudder pedals. Circular saw and longer swivel arm?


Thats pretty much it.

First I dismantled it and stared at all the parts for a few hours. My first attempt was to simply extend the arms with a wooden strip, but that didn't work as they have to have play to compensate for the up and down movement, so then I cut off the ends of the swivel arms (the part with the guide groove) and inserted the extension in between. It increased the width of the pedals by about 33% - so they're no longer "nut crackers".







Now I just have to figure out a nice way to enclose them.

#3274233 - 04/19/11 04:18 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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Very nice work. On the pedals, you could build plywood sections to cover the gaps, and then cover the lot with some vynil floor material to make it uniform. Some of these are in fake carbon or fake aluminium patterns. Or you could go for real aluminium, but that is probably overkill.

#3278079 - 04/23/11 06:56 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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That's a nice looking pit.


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#3278110 - 04/23/11 08:03 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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I wouldn't even worry about covering it. Looks good the way it is except for the wires, maybe put then inside some of that split wire loom.

#3278272 - 04/24/11 01:10 AM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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Originally Posted By: GlennW
Originally Posted By: dorght
I'm interested in what you did to your rudder pedals. Circular saw and longer swivel arm?


Thats pretty much it.



Ah, circular saws. Is there any problem they can't solve?


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#3279282 - 04/25/11 05:28 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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Nice work!


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#3279742 - 04/26/11 07:10 AM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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Thanks for all the comments guys.

I did some rebuilding yesterday and made it more enclosed, will post some updated pics tomorrow evening after finishing up the side consoles and hopefully painting.

#3284351 - 05/01/11 07:35 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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The basic pit (phase 1) is basically complete and ready for paint - hopefully tomorrow.

Phase 2 will then be switches and buttons :-)





#3285468 - 05/02/11 08:24 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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So I painted and re-assembled today - almost there!






Excuse the nasty iPhone pics...

#3285555 - 05/02/11 10:15 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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Looking good!


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#3285607 - 05/02/11 11:27 PM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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Whoa! Looks like barely and space for your legs!


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#3285836 - 05/03/11 07:14 AM Re: Glenn's generic pit: First attempt. [Re: GlennW]  
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Yip - it's pretty tight, but I built it around myself and I'm not a big dude - so it's perfect for me.

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