Final Texture tweaks

At least.. I hope they are “Final”…

Red Checkers heading off for Wanaka

An Andover departing on the seal while the Checkers use the grass

So I had to go and chase the Andover… distracted? Me? Yup.

More CT4b stuff

With huge thanks to John Young, I am learning more cool stuff…
Experimenting with XML Triggers… which means I can add chocks and RBF streamers, plus have the pilots appear as the aircraft starts up… exciting stuff!

This is just a learning exercise.. the real work starts when I try bringing the model up to current AI Aircraft standards……. and *that* will be a bunch of work!

CT4b Model!

Thanks to Mike Cronin’s generosity I have the source files for his CT4e model, which have now transformed into a ‘b’ from the 90’s.
Biggest change was to switch to a 2 bladed prop, but while I was at it I re-mapped the pilot to make it easier to paint, then added a "dual" model with 2 pilots…


Quite pleased with the result!

AFCS Almost complete

The correct encoders arrived from Aliexpress, so the AFCS is now all assembled and wired. After a bit of messing around, the programming through Mobiflight is working, and has been tested on my laptop.
Final tasks are to make the dummy AIL TRIM switch, a window to protect the digits and a mount for the Arduino.

More AFCS Bits

Backplate and switch guards added… starting to look a bit good actually. 7 Segment module fits nicely into the backplate, and the switch guards add a really nice 3d aspect to the panel.
Machining the backplate has shown a couple of toolpath issues, and a mistake with the hole diameters of the switches (d’oh!) so when I get to version 2 I’ll fix those up….

For now it’s ready to assemble, apart from the AIL TRIM switch which is still to be machined.

AFCS + MobiFlight Test

Just a mock-up of the AFCS running with MobiFlight. I am still waiting for the correct encoders to arrive, so the one sitting in place is just to test that it will work.

The new plan is to use an Arduino for the AFCS panel alone, making it mostly plug and play, then use one or more for the right side console. This will make wiring for the AFCS which sits on it’s own on the Left side much simpler, and at $18 for the board, it’s not going to blow the budget! In the first plan the switches on the panel were still going to be run to another controller, as they currently are in the sim, but now that there will be a board dedicated to the panel I will wire all the switches to the Arduino, releasing some IO lines for other uses.

Since the MobiFlight/Arduino setup works really well with encoders, I am now planning on running a CAT5 cable around to the MIP and interfacing the Heading and Course knobs on the HSI to the AFCS board (not like I am using anything like the amount of IO lines an Arduino has available!)

The digits are running on one of the 8 digit units I got off ebay for about $2 each. I back machined a recess to take the whole unit, and at the price I don’t care that I am only using 3 digits!

Next step is to machine the clear acrylic back plate, paint the visible bits black, mount the switches and encoder, then mount some LED Strip lights behind it all to try out some backlighting ideas. I imagine that this will be v1, and v2 will be following along shortly once I start to figure out the best solution for backlighting… which is purely to keep Richard and Emanuele happy for their A-10C projects!