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bubba3884
03-29-2006, 07:44 PM
I'm currently building a cockpit for IL2 because I never liked flying a sim with a wobbly joystick on a desk while pecking at a keyboard with my other hand. It's pretty generic because I have lots of favorites - maybe eventually I'll turn it into a true replica.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/bubba3884/mypit.jpg

I plan on cutting a hole in the instrument panel and putting another monitor in there with the UDPSpeed program (a fantastic addition to the sim). I'm also stripping down an old joystick which I plan on using for rudder and trims, and the buttons for gear, flaps, ignition, etc.


http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/bubba3884/DSCF0001_edited.jpg


the joystick is an old X-45 with the goofy spaceship grip replaced with my old Suncom - I've since replace it with a thrustmaster (the cheapest WW2 style grip I could afford - $4 on ebay). works great!

what I'm wondering, if there are any other pit builders out there, is which forum you post on. I've found tons for F16 sims and another load for MSFS, but not much for IL2 pits. I've found lots of sites (including this game) with great cockpit photos - but no definite dimensions. Simple things like seat height, seat to instrument panel distance, etc. Everything in my cockpit is eyeballed and I wouldn't mind having some real dimensions before I bolt everything down.

bubba3884
03-29-2006, 07:44 PM
I'm currently building a cockpit for IL2 because I never liked flying a sim with a wobbly joystick on a desk while pecking at a keyboard with my other hand. It's pretty generic because I have lots of favorites - maybe eventually I'll turn it into a true replica.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/bubba3884/mypit.jpg

I plan on cutting a hole in the instrument panel and putting another monitor in there with the UDPSpeed program (a fantastic addition to the sim). I'm also stripping down an old joystick which I plan on using for rudder and trims, and the buttons for gear, flaps, ignition, etc.


http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g78/bubba3884/DSCF0001_edited.jpg


the joystick is an old X-45 with the goofy spaceship grip replaced with my old Suncom - I've since replace it with a thrustmaster (the cheapest WW2 style grip I could afford - $4 on ebay). works great!

what I'm wondering, if there are any other pit builders out there, is which forum you post on. I've found tons for F16 sims and another load for MSFS, but not much for IL2 pits. I've found lots of sites (including this game) with great cockpit photos - but no definite dimensions. Simple things like seat height, seat to instrument panel distance, etc. Everything in my cockpit is eyeballed and I wouldn't mind having some real dimensions before I bolt everything down.

_VR_ScorpionWorm
03-29-2006, 08:16 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v169/Scorpion08/normal_Cockpit2.jpg

Not my design, but what I built. Old pic, I have a much powerfull and bigger rig, a track IR3 and a 17" LCD monitor.

WTE_iceaxe
03-30-2006, 12:11 AM
S! all
have spent two years looking for more ww2 pits but there are not many around ,i have built one of the akers barnes pits then rounded the edges and put on ply sides so i have a full cockpit then used metal roofing batten as canopy rails and made a perspex aluminium conopy that slides , looks like a 109 pit from the outside although i never set out to make it look like one and inside i have pulled apart 3 usb logitech sticks and wired in all the buttons to switches so i have a full pit of switches also have 2 monitors 21 crt up top and 17 lcd with outer casing removed slightly in front and below i have a 6600gt nvidia so i then run flight sims in verticle span 1536*1024 and when i set up tir i have it so panel sits below and outside is on crt ,works great for me ,
am currently working on new pit as i ,have cut and chopped this one when adding things and am building a replica p47d 30 pit using same monitor setup but with as close to replica thunderbolt interia with placement of switches and set up also have some parts from ebay of real thunderbolt such as oxygen control regulator , oxygen flow indicator , hydrolic preasure guage and am looking for a few more instruments that go on the outer part of the panel so i can mount them around my lcd , obviously they will not work but will add to the detail , but as for dimensions i have nearly finished a 1\8 scale r\c thunderbolt that i am scratch building and i have used the plane that i built this with as my cockpit plans as i have a detailed cockpit in the model , these plans are about $50 aus and , so if you want to build a specific pit this would be a great way to get the dimensions and who knows you may end up building a scale fighter in the process
good luck

GAU-8
03-30-2006, 12:30 AM
most of us are the "akers-barnes" type" ..plans are free on the internet.

here WAS my set-up in a loft apartment..i miss it that way. but after purchasing a house..my roof is normal hieght..so its on the floor now. but im about to raise it again only with shorter legs than in the first picture so it will fit.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/GAU-8/000_0051.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/GAU-8/000_0050.jpg



and of course how its at the house now painted..and uh.me...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/GAU-8/100_1891.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/GAU-8/100_1928.jpg

Boandlgramer
03-30-2006, 09:03 AM
Bubba,
on SimHQ there is a Pitbuilder Forum.
check it out:
http://www.simhq.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=forum;f=137

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coturnix
03-30-2006, 09:47 AM
Cool hair. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Taylortony
03-30-2006, 09:53 AM
I like the Urinal Cunningly disguised as a fish tank...............http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif but alas I cannot see the beer cooler http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

rssmps
03-30-2006, 01:14 PM
GAU-8,

was the fan by the wall to simulate sitting in an open cockpit? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

BaldieJr
03-30-2006, 04:27 PM
ex-akers-barnes flyer here.

i hope to resume pit-building this fall when my boating desires have been quenched. im going to do something monocoqueish using stitch-n-glue.

TC_Stele
03-30-2006, 05:43 PM
Gau, awesome setup. That's what I need to do to keep everyone in my family away from me while I fly. Brilliant!

GAU-8
03-30-2006, 11:20 PM
well,

1.as for the fan, it wasnt to keep computer cool, but for me. in Houston, during july/august months. temp is around 100+ deg, and at 80-90 percent humidity. being on the third floor (top floor) of the apt with a 20+ foot ceiling, it was unbearable! (the height of apt was taller than the square footage of the apt (500 sqr ft)

2.what made it worse was that, the ac itself didnt help with the heat (either the travel up to the top floor? or just volume of apartment to height? dunno...didnt cool worth a chit) almost $300 to keep the apt at 78 deg those two months.

glad i moved to to an energy efficient home. now paying only a third of that, for 5 times the size living space. shoulda done it sooner!

GAU-8
03-30-2006, 11:25 PM
at TC,

it was great! nobody wanted to go up there. im getting new legs for it now. not as high as it used to be, but enough to build a table underneath, and keep the comp there. its not in the living room anymore, but in a bedroom, so i can have the surround sound on pretty loud at night, and not wake my girlfriend. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

triggerhappyfin
03-31-2006, 08:10 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BaldieJr:
ex-akers-barnes flyer here.

i hope to resume pit-building this fall when my boating desires have been quenched. im going to do something monocoqueish using stitch-n-glue. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

what kind of boat are you building?
Any pics?

I used to build these for a living..

http://www.algae-x.net/Installations/images/MAR_Najad_1.jpg

But I´ve also built wooden boats using epoxi and plywood.

Bremspropeller
03-31-2006, 08:14 AM
GAU-8, I guess when you crash, some big door opens below you and you plunge right into your aquarium... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BaldieJr
03-31-2006, 11:01 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by triggerhappyfin:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BaldieJr:
ex-akers-barnes flyer here.

i hope to resume pit-building this fall when my boating desires have been quenched. im going to do something monocoqueish using stitch-n-glue. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

what kind of boat are you building?
Any pics?

I used to build these for a living..



But I´ve also built wooden boats using epoxi and plywood. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

im doing a one-sheet skiff. its my first attempt at boat-building. i vowed to use no power tools so its taking me a bit longer to build than most (plus im still trying to acquire a rabbet/rebate plane cheaply). im waiting to get the plane so i can rabbet the gunwales prior to mounting.

its been an exceedingly fun project!

i have pics, i just dont have them posted anywhere. im still working on that.

are you familiar with the Weekender sloop? I want to build one of those with lots of piratey details. i'm never going to sail the ocean so its a good design for my needs, and the classic lines are just gorgeous!

i envy anyone who has built boats. its a great past time!

triggerhappyfin
03-31-2006, 02:26 PM
Yes it is a good pasttime work. I´m still enjoying boatbuilding an have a real interesse in it. Do you realise how close deltawood you are? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif It´s one f those methods you actually practice building your boat.

Sailing isnt only crossing oceans, it´s about enjoying your life while you sail. Whatever waters you cross. Big boats - lots of $ and big trouble. Small boats - less trouble and more
joy.

No I´m not familiar with that particular boat, but I´m very interested in various American designs tho. Here in Sweden the boatbuilding mostly is solid wood or GRP. So designs for getting inspired by has to be found elsewhere.
My(private) future project will be a gaffrigged little yacht of cutter type built in wood/epoxi composite.