Birth of an indicator II

05.30.2009

Through some further experimenting, the design of the REPLY indicator was changed a little bit.  It now uses two .125″ diffuser layers and a single .062″ Rowmark lettering layer.  This results in a MUCH better visual result, with no hot spots or faded areas in the indicator.

The parts that make up the REPLY indicator

The parts that make up the REPLY indicator

Only the back diffusion layer has holes cut out for the LEDs.  The LEDs themselves are shaped like flat top cylinders instead of the rounded top you normally see with LEDs.  The two small black frames were made to more closely emulate the look of the original indicator.

The assembled REPLY indicator next to the LED circuit board.

The assembled REPLY indicator next to the LED circuit board.

The two LEDs used are 3.0v 180 degree FOV green LEDs.  These LEDs can be purchased from here: http://myworld.ebay.com/cece718.

Here’s a short video that shows the indicator in action.  Note that the camera I use was pretty much overwhelmed by the light from the LEDs.  It’s really not that bright in person.

Wiring up the FUEL panel

05.24.2009

Some 2 years ago, I finished the main construction for the new FUEL panel in the simulator.  Other things came up and I never got back to finishing the panel.  As of today, it’s finally finished.

The wiring needed to be done and I didn’t want to mickey mouse the process.  I created a little 25 hole template that would allow me to cut the wiring to the right length for mounting into the DB25 connector I’d chosen for this panel.

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Birth of an indicator

05.24.2009

The new panel that I’m working on is for the IFF control panel in the F-15. Since I have a “real” edge-lit panel for this, I only need to make the metal mounting plate and the “REPLY” indicator that it needs.

Here’s what the panel itself looks like:

IFF Control Panel

IFF Control Panel

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Please excuse the mess…

05.19.2009

I’ve spent the last couple of years doing a lot of work on other simulator and R/C related projects.  It’s now time to get back to my beloved ‘007!

This new website is the beginning of that process.  I’ve got new work in progress and pictures of that will be posted soon.  In the mean time, please bear with me while I get the content from the “old” site transitioned over to this one.

You can still reach the original site by going to http://wwwf15sim.com/index.html

Thanks for your patience and continued interest!