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Matt's A-10C cockpit 2.1 - Adding MFCDs


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I have just upgraded my graphics card to a 980Ti, so I got some spare ports to connect up the MFCDs. I thought I'd try the SainSmart 9" TFT LCD 1024*600 Display + Monitor Driver HDMI VGA for Raspberry Pi from Ebay UK, at £43 it looks like a bargain and its working out OK too.

 

I have built a small chassis to hold the display and the Cougar MFCD sits on top. The electronics for the display are mounted on the back of the chassis.

I have cut a piece of 10mm clear plexiglas to fit in the Cougar frame to bring the display surface forward. The display is 16:9, so I'm going to export the RWR to the portion of the screen that extends from the side of the MFCD frame.

 

The second display is on order so I can start work on the Right MFCD at the weekend.

 

Matt

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Looks a really good option there Matt. The attached image doesn't work m8, at least on my machine. Can you check ?

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My actual pit uses a 27 inch monitor albeit only 1920 X 1080. That monitor is not big enough to incorporate the radar and the speedo, turning it lengthwise fouls the landing panels. It's an option but not for me. Cheers for the heads up tho.

 

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Windows 7 64 Home Premium, i5 3570K (3.4 @ 4.4GHz), Asus P8Z77-V LX, 16GB dual channel 1600 ram, EVGA Nvidia GTX980ti, 240 GB OCZ SSD, 3 TB Raptor, Thrustmaster Warthog Hotas and Throttle, Saitek Pro Combat Rudder pedals.

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Right MFCD and RWR working

 

Good progress this week. I got the RWR panel working with the part of the screen that overhangs the Left MFCD and the Right MFCD is in place for testing and is working well. The CMSP and CMSC displays fit well on the Right screen overhang.

 

The surprising thing is how much better the simulation works with the MFCDs removed from the big screens. The static MFD images really fixed the world image in place, now they are gone the sense of movement is much better. I made myself feel quite sick - which is great!

 

Next job is to set the displays properly in the front panel and shift the Helios instruments and indicators which are now covered by the new screens so I can see them again.

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