Day 3 Progress

Build day 3 and the pit is now starting to take shape: the day was taken up with cutting, sanding and fitting ribs for the left hand side of the fuselage. As the finished pit will not be that strong, I’ve decided to use a feature from the original design and include a door.

Although this does aid entry and egress it also makes the construction significantly more complex and build time will be longer.

As I’ve run out of wood, the right Fuselage side will have to wait. Also, I can’t do much more until the front cabinet design is finalised: the fuselage sides need to have the correct taper at the front and I can’t get this without the cabinet.

The front cabinet in the example build houses two PC’s but I want mine to hold perhaps 4 (3 visual and 1 gauge), so the cab needs to be big enough for 4 small desktops.

Probably a visit to the timber yard is next, then bring the right side up to the build state of the left, then cut the doors. If I can catch up on the right side and cut the doors by the weekend, I’ll be really happy!

On the misc side I’ve started some WIKI pages on the main site to start thinking about what I need to do. Hardly project management 😉

TurboTas 2004

Day 2 Progress

Okay, build day 2 began with a visit to my local DIY centre where, for the princly sum of £70, I procured enough wood for the first part of the build, the center console and side panel shells.

In common with other designs, the pit needs to be dismantleable: This is mainly due to being somewhat larger than a doorway!

To fit this requirement the pit will split into 4 main pieces: The front ‘nose’ will be a cabinet to hold the PC’s that run the sim. Next is the main pit that forms a 61cm wide section with the center console, the seat and the back. The other two major parts will be the sides: these semi-cylinders attach to the sides of the pit to enclose it and give more panelspace for dials, stick and throttle.

There are some smaller ancillary parts: a canopy, the front screen and the rear headrest, but these will follow much later in the build.

The rest of day two was used laying out the floor, measuring and cutting MDF and then building the centre console The gallery has all the piccies.