January 19th, 2002
Well, the SFS box & flight grip is finally ready for installation into the simulator. Below is the start of the final wiring process: The construction of the SFS box is very simple. I used 1/2" plywood throughout. The SFS box shape is actually what is found in the E model of the F-15 and I'm using it here because I was only able to obtain dimensions for the E version. If I ever get the needed info for the C model SFS box, I'll build a new one. The box is coated with a thin layer of Bondo that was then finish sanded & painted. The box cover is attached with 8 machine screws thread into special threaded inserts that were installed. Here's what it looks like after I've finished soldering up and installing the AMP connector. I've also test-fitted the shaft that will join the SFS box to the flight stick that is part of the airframe. In addition to building a new SFS box, I had to replace the original SFS cable that joined the SFS electronics to the flight computer. The image below shows both cables. The original SFS cable is above and my new cable is under- neath it. (The sign in the upper right corner of the image reads: "Due to current financial constraints, the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off until further notice.") The next two images show the SFS box fully assembled with the control cable attached. The AP Disconnect & Nosewheel Steering lever is missing from the SFS box. This was intentional and will be installed soon. Finally we get to the goal! The next two pictures show the assembly installed atop the flight stick. The only work left to do here is to install the SFS cable and bolt in the assembly.