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TC_Stele
05-10-2005, 12:20 AM
I'm trying to figure out what the functions of the toggle switches in the Mustang's cockpits are for. I see a few directly under the gauges and a few to the left and right side of the cockpit. I'm asking because I'm trying to build a set of panels with a keyboard encoder, and I would like to recreate it after the Mustang's cockpit.

I'm trying to look for basic functions that relate to the IL2 game such as nav lights, drop tanks, etc.

TC_Stele
05-10-2005, 12:20 AM
I'm trying to figure out what the functions of the toggle switches in the Mustang's cockpits are for. I see a few directly under the gauges and a few to the left and right side of the cockpit. I'm asking because I'm trying to build a set of panels with a keyboard encoder, and I would like to recreate it after the Mustang's cockpit.

I'm trying to look for basic functions that relate to the IL2 game such as nav lights, drop tanks, etc.

WholeHawg
05-10-2005, 07:18 AM
Hey TC

I am building a cockpit myself, I started out thinking I wanted a few panels for my desktop and the project kept growing!!!

As for the panel in the P-51 panel I am not sure what all the switchs are for but If you can turn up the rez on your card you can read almost all of the placards in the pit.

You're probably going to find most of the toggles dont correspond to any game function. i.e. pitot heat, formation lights, etc.
So you'll end up recreating the form of the panel but not the function. Unlees of course you want a bunch of static switchs that dont do anything in the game.

Good luck!!

3.JG51_BigBear
05-10-2005, 07:42 AM
http://www.partizanska-eskadrila.com/reference/p51d5.htm

Will show you which parts actually function in game.

SithSpeeder
05-10-2005, 08:55 AM
Check out http://www.simace.com/Downloads.htm . The link at the bottom has a picture of fairly high resolution that if you save it off and jump in an editor, you can zoom in and at least get some of the toggles.

Hope that helps!

* _54th_Speeder *

TC_Stele
05-10-2005, 04:56 PM
Thanks guys. Yeah, I have the ABC cockpit that I made but now I want to add a lot more features for realism.

Can you post a picture of your project, WholeHawg?

WholeHawg
05-11-2005, 07:28 AM
Yeah I will probably put some pics up once I get farther along. For now all I got is the frame and the seat. I am actually making a gerneric pit, because I like to fly MS2004 JanesF-18 as well as IL2/FB/AP. So it will have modern elements in it like an ICP and MFD

Here are some links for your viewing plesure

http://forums.frugalsworld.com/vbb/forumdisplay.php?f=48
http://www.fscockpit.com/

I have been using this guys work as a rough template.

http://www5.playnet.com/images/ecom/Simulator/simulator_main.htm

Watch out!! this stuff is addictive!!!

What are you using for a keyboard emulator? X-Keys?

TC_Stele
05-11-2005, 02:38 PM
Wow, I didn't know there was a community of cockpit builders. We're not alone. Thanks for the links.

Actually, I'm not using the X-keys. Just the regular old keyboard.

What I intend on doing, after reading an article in Computer Pilot Magazine, is to make my own set of custom panel switches. The switches will be a basic center-off toggle switch http://www.radioshack.com/category.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F011%5F002%5F015%5F006&Page=1
These switches will be placed on a basic "project box" http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&product%5Fid=270-1805 where the switches will be housed.

These panel switches will be connected to a keyboard encoder. http://www.hagstromelectronics.com/ where I will then place them on the cockpit panels or side.

Here is my cockpit so far http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_files/photo_albums/7/1/8/7181093852/7141061272_C2494B9849702941B93E1A11B8E3C6EE.jpg

I just want to place those toggle switches in the same positions as that of the P-51.

Happy building and keep us posted.

WholeHawg
05-12-2005, 06:39 AM
Thats a nice looking ABC pit!!

I like the project box, thats kinda handy. Another good lace to find toggles is e-bay. Look for Honeywell or Eaton Toggles I have a bunch of extra Honeywell micro SPST 3 position switches if you are interested.

The Hagstrom looks like a good board but if you havent already got the hagstrom board check out the x-keys board as well. It's USB can record 128 differnt keystrokes or combinations and there is alot of user support in the community.

I am sure either would work just fine for what you are trying to do.


http://www.xkeys.com/custom/xkmatrix.php