Bergisons Making Of

Busting around in an F-18 Hornet (simulator) sure is a lot of fun, but smaller (and slower) aircraft are not less joyful to fly. Besides, my kids are just getting old enough to learn the art of flight, so I decided to build a simulator for general aviation aircraft for them to learn a bit or two and for me not to unlearn how to fly small airplanes. This new pit is also going to serve as a setup to fly other planes and helicopters in virtual reality (VR).

This simulator is currently a work-in-progress, where I am going to add new items as time permits and new ideas come to my mind.

 

<?= At first, I planned to build a pit with a fully enclosed cabin for better immersion. ?> At first, I planned to build a pit with a fully enclosed cabin for better immersion.
<?= But then changed to a more space-saving design. The base is elevated in order to be used with the Motion-Integrated-GSeat. ?> But then changed to a more space-saving design. The base is elevated in order to be used with the Motion-Integrated-GSeat.
<?= First piece made: a template for the cowling curvature. ?> First piece made: a template for the cowling curvature.

<?= Cutting a mould for the cowling frames. ?> Cutting a mould for the cowling frames.
<?= The cowling frames are made out of five layers of 4 mm glue-laminated poplar plywood, because it bends easily. ?> The cowling frames are made out of five layers of 4 mm glue-laminated poplar plywood, because it bends easily.
<?= Once the glue has hardened fixed in the moulds... ?> Once the glue has hardened fixed in the moulds...

<?= ...the frames perfectly maintain their shape. ?> ...the frames perfectly maintain their shape.
<?= Two cowling top-frames finished. ?> Two cowling top-frames finished.
<?= The base, cowling frames and instrument panel plate done. ?> The base, cowling frames and instrument panel plate done.

<?= Adding the first cowling panel, also made of 4 mm poplar plywood. ?> Adding the first cowling panel, also made of 4 mm poplar plywood.
<?= More panels coming. ?> More panels coming.
<?= All of the cowlings installed. ?> All of the cowlings installed.

<?= Added an additional layer of plywood for the glareshield and started the paint job. ?> Added an additional layer of plywood for the glareshield and started the paint job.
<?= More paint... ?> More paint...
<?= Simpit structure finished! Now the work on the intrument panel can start. ?> Simpit structure finished! Now the work on the intrument panel can start.

 

To be continued, stay tuned!

 

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