Bergisons Making Of

Here's how I made stuff:

Simpit structure

Simpit structure

Working time approx. 7 days.

The simpit is a wooden construction as closely as possible to the dimensions of the real F/A-18E cockpit.

Here's how I did it.

Panels, switches and lights

Panels, switches and lights

Find some info here on how I made the various cockpit panels and where to source switches, pushbuttons and lights.

Main Instrument Panel

Main Instrument Panel

Working time approx. 200 hrs.

Initially, I was planning to take the easy path and use one single monitor in F-35 style to show all the cockpit displays and instruments, in order to have the sim ready to fly sooner.
But I knew that this would make me regret it every time I looked at it, since a flat cockpit is a gross contradiction to the beautiful geometry of the real F/A-18E cockpit (which has 5 offset screens and a standby instrument panel, all at different angles).

So I decided to stick to the real thing and use separate monitors too. This made building the "MIP" more challenging than expected.

Flight controls

Flight controls (stick)

Working time approx. 20 days.

Here are some pictures of how I made my flight control stick.

Flight controls

Flight controls (throttle)

Working time approx. 10 days.

And this is how I made the throttles.

MPCD

MPCD - Multi Purpose Color Display

Working time approx. 20 hrs.

The "MPCD" - Multi Purpose Color Display - is the central display in the F-18 cockpit and is mainly used for navigation.

Right Console

Right Console

Working time approx. 20 days.

This panels are routed and engraved out of plexiglass like the ones on the MIP.

MPCD

UFCD - Up Front Control Display

Working time approx. 25 hrs.

In the F-18E, the UFCD is the primary interface for viarious navigation and communication settings like the selection of radio frequencies, navaids and autopilot modes.


More to follow soon...