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Hi Cpt Des I will sort out some pics when I get back off holiday, currently in the Greek Islands for another 2 weeks.........maybe longer if the crisis here gets out of hand but I'll just have to rough it....its in the mid 30's, very nice. The MIP I am constructing will be in sections until such time as I have space to assemble them onto a proper frame. This way I can test each module and make sure it's working. After much advice from forums I will be going for Prosim737 as the avionics package which from the manual and advice is a relative breeze to integrate Opencockpit hardware, we shall see!!!! I am using 1 LED screen for each of the pilots PFD and ND, Prosim can arrange the appropriate displays and allow them to be hardware switchable. The Upper EICAS and Standby Instruments are again another led monitor with the displays configured by Prosim and hardware switchable. The lower EICAS is yet another led monitor with the same switchable setup by Prosim. I am in the process of ordering 2 new computers to run all this and will be configured so that the Win7 Pro OS is entirely on its own on a very small SSD on both PC's. On PC1 FSX and the ProSim main module will be on another 250Gb SSD and the scenery files on yet another separate large SSD. This PC will be as fast as I can get it at the moment, around the 4.8Ghz mark or better if possible. The Devils Canyon i7 4790K CPU is supposed to hit 5Ghz with all-in-one water cooling, we shall see. The graphics card will be an NVidia 980 (at this point) running 3 monitors for the visuals probably through a Triple Head unit (will see), but the card should have spare capacity to feed the VGA for the hardware FMC at a later date. On PC2 will be the Prosim Display module etc. on a 250Gb SSD. All other files such as FScommander, etc etc, the list seems endless but will attempt to keep under control this time, will be on a very large 4Tb HDD. This PC does not have to be as fast as PC1 but it will have 2 graphics cards to run the 5 MIP screens plus another for utility apps etc. Thats probably as much as I know at the moment........its my master plan A so maybe subject to change should I get advice to the contrary......this is an open invitation to chip in if ever I heard one.....go for it......would love to hear your thoughts on what I have in mind. Back to another cocktail and more sun, it's tough here doing nothing. Cheers Mike
Hi down under I'm living in the UK now used to live in Wellington NZ. I have finally started to build my life long dream since flight simulators first appeared, a full size 737 cockpit. I purchased the MIP panels and began mounting the LED screens behind it ha view to using Fsxpand to position the various displays but have since had a ton of advice from the cockpit builders forum to go with Prosim 737 and save myself a lot of grief. I purchased a mass of hardware from Opencockpits for the MIP and have started to mount them on the panels but was not looking forward to using SIOC to get them all working hence the change to Prosim, much easier. I already have the MCP, EFIS, NAV and Com panels and it was this that really wet my appetite for the whole hardware cockpit, it's amazing the immersion you get when using FSX but actually rotating a knob instead of using the mouse. So if there are any others on this forum that can offer help with my project or are entertaining the mad idea of building a cockpit yourself then I would love to hear from you. Regards Mike