COCKPIT: RACEGUY (FA40, USA)

Received a post comment from Ed Gilbert (aka Raceguy) about his P-51D cockpit that he has been working on for the last two years.   He said that the project is about to complete sometime this week.   I can’t help to say “wow!”

The photos are originally posted on the A2A Forum.  I have sought his permission to re-post the photos here.

Frankly, whenever I look at the cockpit pictures from FSX Times friends who shared with us here, I always feel the excitement and am deeply touched by the time, the effort, and the sweat (probably blood as well) they put onto our common passions in flight simulation.   Thank you Raceguy.   Thank you all.

Builder: Ed Gilbert aka Raceguy
Location: New Port Richey, Fl, USA
ICAO: FA40 Hidden Lake Airport












Project Notes:
This is a full scale P-51D cockpit that measures 38″ wide by 69″ long by 50″ tall. A 46″ LCD is the main screen viewed using TrackIR. A 27″ LCD is behind a Lexan template with 6 encoders for the main instruments. A 7″ LCD is mounted below the MIP for the oxygen gauges and two more 7″ LCD’s on the floor display the wing fuel tanks.

I made all of the components except the vintage radio from wood, plastic or metal. The radio was modified to work as in the real Mustang through the USB’s. There are 130 buttons and switches connected to 8 Desktop Aviator USB boards.

Due to A2A running their gauges outside of FSX I used Air Manager to run them on the second screen.

The engine controls connect to two slider potentiometers and a rotary switch and the stick is a Saitek AV8R that I extended with PVC pipe fittings. The fuel selector plate was 3D printed by Shapeways.

I removed the landing gear lever and ignition switch from a Saitek Switch panel replacing those items with buttons and 3 pots and mounting the box in place of a gunsight.

The Saitek gear mechanism is inside the trim console behind the red landing gear lever and the ignition switch is now mounted in the center control box.

Last Feedback from Ed:
Your comment about sweat and blood is really accurate today.  I am working on the last few control setups and they are driving me crazy!   Oh well, my wife told me I could retire early IF I found something to keep me busy.  I have met and exceeded that goal the last two years.

 

 

 

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