Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Beautiful but without a function... the trimmers. I will not convert them to work with the simulator. They are looking good and that's fine.
One can turn the handle and the pointer in the display moves, just like in the old times. The glasses of the displays are made from CD cases... I needed something transparent but not too thick.
You gotta have good ideas....

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Well... this whole project is a difficult task but this thing here will be the most complicated part of them all.

I don't know how the people from Lockheed put this thing together but some parts are not made to disassemble again. Not a single piece can be removed without removing two or three other parts before. And you need a around-the-corner screwdriver and a 3/8" rubber-wrench... :-)

... or 20 atomic powered micro chinese to get to the screws from inside...

I wonder how they managed it to install or change the steel cables. I'm really glad I don't have to do that!

On the last picture you can see the first finished lever (wing flaps). The housing is already cleaned... that was a sticky job. Today I already painted two throttle levers.

I still don't know how I will install the computer-interface-potentiometers but for nostalgic reasons it will be something with cords and wires.