September just disappeared … poff completely gone. Should have come further but then I remind myself that this is a hobby and I have no time pressure, so it takes the time it takes.
I am continueing to work with the sidewalls, sanded, filled and painted. The surface paint is a carpentry paint RAL9002 and a layer of matt clear lacquer has made a fantastic finish. I am super happy with the result.
3D printing requires a lot of work to make the quality acceptable. But install as it gets done. The walls grow slowly. The cup holder is scaled up slightly to be able to fit an IKEA coffee mug and / or a beer.
The current project is to get to the small shelf where the pilots can store their bags. Will be extremely much sanding work but I will be satisfied.
I have also tested the solinoid on the gear lever, it works all the way down to 12v. But I think it will run on 20v or 24v. Should be built for 28v but 24v can come in handy and be used for other components later in construction.
The 3D printer runs hot, prints accessories and gadgets for the sidewalls. Oxygene mask, mic output, cup holder, charts holder, air vents and at the place where the ashtray original is located, there will instead be a USB socket to be able to charge ipads, phone or similar.
Everything gets a treatment with putty and paint. The technology with 3d writing is simply not qualitative enough.
Regarding MSFS2020, it is unfortunately not currently a simulator to build a cockpit on. SimConnect (the software that allows us to communicate with the simulator) does not work, mutiple views there is no support for yet and the whole feeling around the sim is more arcade games than simulator. We simply have to wait until 3rd hand developers come up with more plugins. But with that said, the new MSFS looks great! If you have not tried it yet DO IT!
The floor was installed fairly quickly, easy installation and plywood was installed on top the construction. When the sidewalls and the new MIP panel are in place, I will cover the floor with 2 or 3 millimeter aluminum sheet metals just like in a real aircraft.
Started with the sidewalls, mostly I build them in 12mm MDF and again follow Karl’s 737DIYSIM sidewalls dimensions. Bought his blueprints for v3 as it will align with both windows and MIP later. The drawings can be found here.
Rounded corners with hand router, I am super happy with the result. Can hardly wait until it is sanded, filled and painted. Cup Holder is again Karl’s design, available for free download at thingiverse. After the print to get a nicer finish, the 3d print is also sanded and filled before painting. Pictures will come when the painting work is completly done.