View Full Version : My idea for a sim cockpit - maybe a suggestion or 2.

04-02-2006, 07:17 PM
I have been wanting to do this for a long time and I am still a ways from it, but I have gotten closer. I have seen stuff on the net on how folks have built cockpits and they look really cool.

For my situation, I have a walk-in closet under the stairs in my den. A friend gave me a seat that came out of a pickup truck - it was a small seat that actually went between the driver and passenger seat. It is cloth covered, in perfect shape and is actually about the right size. It has metal feet on it that sit perfectly on the floor. I can either bolt it to a piece of plywood or have it directly on the carpet.

What I plan to do is have a setup built where the monitor will be at the correct level and have the keyboard below it. I will also install a shelf about 8 inches wide on each side of the seat for my CH throttle on one side and my mouse on the other. I will somehow have the joystick in the center, but how it will be mounted I don't know. The walls of this closet are about the right width to approximate the sides of a WW2 cockpit (close enough anyway). It is not a large closet by any means.

I am thinking about painting the walls before I do this... any suggestions on what color?

And then the next step is to get a second monitor. I am thinking about a flat screen but I am not sure. Probably 19" or 21".

For the time being I will still be flying at my desk, but I really want to make this happen. Unfortunately I am no craftsman, so I will have to pay a friend of mine to do the carpentry.

04-02-2006, 07:43 PM
that's gonna be kinda strange. Sitting in a closet under the stairs all day playing games.

04-02-2006, 08:19 PM
^ LMAO. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

It sounds like a cool idea, but if the walls are right up against where your little shelves will be, how do you get in?

04-02-2006, 08:26 PM
Paint a simulated sky on ceiling and walls,then use indirect lighting on a dimmer switch to simulate time of day/night.

P.S. My wife informs me that Harry Potter lived under some stairs;I'm proud to say that I'm clueless on the Potter scene.

"Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room."
Sir Winston Churchill

04-02-2006, 08:48 PM
or you just contact this guy...


04-02-2006, 08:53 PM
Originally posted by Adam906:
or you just contact this guy...

WOW. I'm so doing something like that.

Edit: Lol, I noticed he put the gunsight's mount-thing right below the where it is in the game. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

04-02-2006, 09:01 PM
Don't forget a fan to simulate wind and to cool you down. I imagine it would get awful stuffy in there.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/touche.gif

04-02-2006, 10:31 PM
Originally posted by Praetorian_Elite:
that's gonna be kinda strange. Sitting in a closet under the stairs all day playing games.

lol http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif but its still kinda funny how he planned it all out.
I duno it might be kool though. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

04-02-2006, 11:05 PM
Are you sure the wife hasn't put her foot down. And is tired of all his stuff. And having her friends coming over and seeing her Husband chasing little planes around.

She has convinced him to go hide in the closet. And some how he has managed to make it sound like fun. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I would but a lock on the door, from the inside too, if it was me. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

04-02-2006, 11:21 PM
TOAD if this is true should we prepare with a coming out of the closet party?!? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

04-03-2006, 12:11 AM

I TOO was going to do this set-up in my new house... the cockpit you guys have seen would still be upstairs where it is now, and the new "meet the fockers"style secret computer room for simming would be in the closet, underneath the sectioned staircase.

the cats won the battle over the closet, as it is now their play area with cat scratching post/kitty litter, and toys http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

its a great idea. and saves space. just find a way to provide decent airflow to the computer, and you.

04-03-2006, 02:50 AM
Rather than a place to be banished to by the wife,this is the perfect sanctuary from her when she starts sounding the adults in Charlie Brown cartoons("waah..waah...waah...").

Like Wayno said,use lots of ventilation.Don't forget surround sound,and rather than a truck seat-wouldn't this be cooler?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/VINTAGE-AIRPLANE-SEAT-PO...temZ4627840239QQrdZ1 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/VINTAGE-AIRPLANE-SEAT-POSSIBLY-CESSNA-AIRCRAFT-OLD_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ26439QQitemZ4627840 239QQrdZ1)

04-03-2006, 03:05 AM
Might sound a little odd to visitors when all the bombs, guns, swearing, "GOTT IN HIMMEL" and "got the bastard" type noises come from under the stairs don't you think?
How will the wife explain it? noisy termites?


04-03-2006, 07:09 AM
paint it flat black.

for your hotas, mount that stuff. instead of a normal shelf use a hinged board. put the hinge on one end (instead of against the wall) and leave 1/4 inch between the shelf and wall. this will allow you to flip the whole thing up and out of the way when you are making modifications...

trust me, you will make modifications.

if the area is unfinished, consider sound deadening materials so you can enjoy the your sound system.

paint your monitor bezel black too (if its not already).

sounds like a fun project. be warned: we men replace addictions and have desire to build things. you may game less and engineer more. its ok.

04-03-2006, 07:40 AM
In ancient times, men would beat the ground with sticks and shout curses.

Today, it is known as Golf. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

04-03-2006, 07:51 AM
Originally posted by BaldieJr:
you may game less and engineer more. its ok.
the truth has been told http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
during the engineering times, the only gaming that may come is from "test flights" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

04-03-2006, 05:24 PM
Geez, this is a tough bunch. Actually, the seat I have is about the size of the Cessna seat in that link. If I had the money I would have the German guy build me a cockpit, but do it like a Corsair.

04-03-2006, 05:56 PM
Originally posted by Adam906:
or you just contact this guy...


Fantastic work.

Though, it seems a bit much of an effort just to plop some old monitor in front of the windscreen. Set up a projector!