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DIY Flightsims - Floor Unit with Center Joystick - Project Complete!

Posted 09-20-2013 at 10:06 PM by n122vu
Updated 09-22-2013 at 12:38 PM by n122vu (Corrected wording in the first sentence)

The last coat of paint was allowed to dry overnight. This morning before I left for work I re-attached the rudder mounting boards and brought the entire unit back inside. Since getting home from work I've reattached the controls to their mounts, reconnected all the cables, and fired up the DCS A-10C for a quick flight.

All-in-all, I'm very well pleased with the way this project turned out. And I'm surprised at how easily it came together considering my previous lack of skills...
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DIY Flightsims - Floor Unit with Center Joystick - Progress Update 3

Posted 09-19-2013 at 11:14 PM by n122vu
Updated 09-19-2013 at 11:17 PM by n122vu (Changing Global Category)

More progress this evening. The second coat of paint has been applied to frame, joystick mount, and throttle mount, as well as to the rudder pedals. I'm no Michelangelo, but I'm pleased with how it has turned out. I will probably bring it back out at some point and do a little sanding/touch up work in some spots, but I'm ready to get this wrapped up and get flying. The DCS A-10C is calling my name...

Once the paint dries, I'll need to re-attach the rudder mount boards, bring...
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DIY Flightsims - Floor Unit with Center Joystick - Progress Update 2

Posted 09-17-2013 at 10:57 PM by n122vu

Painting Day! The mounting boards for the rudders have been removed and labeled. The first coat of paint has been applied and is drying as I type.

Next step - once this coat dries, flip the unit up on its 'back' and paint the bottom. After that dries, back down on its base and apply the second coat.

Quick pic of the first coat (Apologies for blurriness. Tired, and the iPhone 4S has one of the worst phone cameras I've ever used).
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DIY Flightsims - Floor Unit with Center Joystick - Progress Update 1

Posted 09-10-2013 at 02:37 AM by n122vu
Updated 09-11-2013 at 03:41 AM by n122vu

At this point I have shored up the necessary sections of the frame with self-drilling screws. It wasn't until I was ready to add these screws that I realized I'd picked up the hex-head instead of Philips. Not a big deal, I can live with it from an aesthetics perspective, and I can always change them out later.

I have also attached the mounting boards for the joystick and throttle. Earlier during gluing I had noticed a few fit/alignment issues due to inconsistencies in the parts...
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DIY Flightsims - Floor Unit with Center Joystick

Posted 09-06-2013 at 07:08 PM by n122vu

Just for fun, and for my own amusement I guess, I decided I'd turn this into a project blog. I also figured this would be better than to keep using the ChatBox to share my progress.

Some have already seen my recent comments and links posted in the ChatBox earlier this week, but for the rest, a little background:

I was poking around the DIY Flightsims/Rodger Dodger Aviation site last Saturday, and after about an hour, I decided I'd like to try my hand at building...
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