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Hello , I'm Quick, I try to build a A10C cockpit.

This thread records the cockpit creation.

The panels use the 485 bus connection,and the software use DCS-BIOS,hardware use arduino.

Many switches and knobs will be modified to be easier and cheaper to buy from the market.

 

Thanks to the author of the DCS-BIOS, thanks to the forum teachers.

 

Sorry,English based on google translation.

 

quick index

 

Warning Panel ------ #12

Power & Tacan ----- #13

FUEL Panel ------ #15

The frame of console #19

ENV Panel -----#23

Lights Panel ------#24


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Well done Quick. Looks like your on your way to a great cockpit. Keep posting those pictures.:thumbup:

Regards

John W

aka WarHog.

 

My Cockpit Build Pictures...



John Wall

 

My Arduino Sketches ... https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-Dc0Wd9C5l3uY-cPj1iQD3iAEHY6EuHg?usp=sharing

 

 

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MCU and Knob

 

MCU is pro mini , DIY the PCB and put the MAX487 chip to link the net,and another pin use PWM control the backlight.

Try to use the 3D print ,the PLA material.

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Tools

 

A simple tool to make hole in a knob.

The PLA material is very brittle, drilling will lead to cracking. So use a soldering iron.

You can use the axis of the potentiometer

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Warning panel

 

It's use the RGB LED with WS2812 chip, only need 4 wires every lamp, 5V, IN, OUT, GND. You can change color and bright through MCU.

What color do you like,you can change it.

There are some bugs on the panel,it does not matter.

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It's use the RGB LED with WS2812 chip, only need 4 wires every lamp, 5V, IN, OUT, GND. You can change color and bright through MCU.

What color do you like,you can change it.

There are some bugs on the panel,it does not matter.

 

It’s too bad that i didn't have the WS2812b LEDs when I built my caution panel. I might have been inclined to have some fun with color. Maybe a pale green that illuminates every cell label and when a caution turns on the cell label would turn red or yellow. Lots of possibilities.:smilewink:

Regards

John W

aka WarHog.

 

My Cockpit Build Pictures...



John Wall

 

My Arduino Sketches ... https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-Dc0Wd9C5l3uY-cPj1iQD3iAEHY6EuHg?usp=sharing

 

 

WIN 10 Pro, i8-8700k @ 5.0ghz, ASUS Maximus x Code, 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum Ram,



AIO Water Cooler, M.2 512GB NVMe,

500gb SSD, EVGA GTX 1080 ti (11gb), Sony 65” 4K Display

VPC MongoosT-50, TM Warthog Throttle, TRK IR 5.0, Slaw Viper Pedals

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FUEL Panel

 

It is a new attempt, but the result is not good.

I tried to put the LED on the PCB, but the light was not uniform.

And the CNC machine have some problems.

Mission Failed!

Continue the next attempt.

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The CNC problem

 

A cheap 3-axis engraving machine, I found a problem, CNC engraving depth often changes. I found the reason that the Z-axis stepper motor was too small to hold the 1.5KW spindle motor. As the driver chip supports the maximum 3A current, so the replacement of a stepper motor, and now use up much better.

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Are you using the CNC to engrave the PCB?

 

I really should try and sort mine out, I just have zero enthusiasm for anything lately.

 

Yes, I used the CNC engraving machine to do the PCB, but I found it very slow.

I am looking for a new method, doing the test, and later I will show it in my thread.

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The frame of the console

 

It's time to find a home for these panels.

The material is useless floor, 12mm thick.

The CNC maximum range is 300x400, only some small parts of the processing, the other with a curve saw to complete.

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New way to make PCB

 

After the experiment this is not a good idea.

Laser engraving will form a layer of oily film, with its protection, it is difficult to etch.

 

I try a new way to make a PCB.

 

1.Use CNC to drll holes and cut.( if not have,you can drill holes after the 5 step)

2.Use Spray Paint to paint PCB.

3.Use a laser engraving machine to remove unwanted protection.

4.Use oil Marker-pen to correct the graphics.(Not necessary)

5.Use an etchant to make a PCB.

 

On the etching solution, it can be hydrochloric acid (HCL)+ hydrogen peroxide(H2O2), anhydrous ferric chloride(FeCl3), and others.

The HCL+H2O2 mode have a fast speed,but in some places it is difficult to buy.

Compared with CNC manufacturing PCB, it has high speed.

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Be careful with ferric solutions, one of them is a serious water pollutant which I'd bad for Eco systems. Not sure which one but please dispose of properly!

 

Waste liquid containing copper ions, is not conducive to environmental protection.

Individual production is relatively small, you can collect the waste, Precipitation crystallization.

In my hometown, many chemicals such as ferric chloride(FeO3) have been banned from being sold to individuals.

There is an environmentally friendly etchant on the market for sale and can also be used,I don't know its chemical composition.

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Lights Panel

 

I tried a lot of ways to make knobs and spray paint.

3D printer production knobs, and some direct spray paint, and some with sandpaper and then spray paint,some soaked with smooth liquid.

There is the pattern of the arrow above, I use a toothpick difficult to draw a good, should buy a strokes pen to try.

Feeling paint is not easy.

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