Decorating update

One keen-eyed follower spotted the Boeing graphic sitting on the shelf, and questioned why it wasn’t stuck on anything… So tonight I applied it to the wall above the “airliner” shelf

In other, quite exciting news; the Skyhawk Sim has scored a new 1080p HD projector!  Hopefully this will mean a much better visual, and more readable HUD.  Unfortunately it has a much longer throw ratio, meaning it will have to be mounted much further from the screen than the old one.  This may lead to some modifications to the ManCave to accommodate it.

ManCave decorating update

I was never really that happy with the “Boarding Pass Collage” so I have re-jigged it, and now I am much happier with the result.  I remade the Boarding pass one, and made up a new “events” collage, with concert and event tickets.  Most will probably think it’s a bit naff, but I like it… it makes me smile!

For some time I’ve thought about adding a New Zealand flag to the ManCave, being a good patriotic kiwi and all, so I bought a good sized flag, not exactly sure where i was going to put it.  It arrived, and I hung it on the wall as if it’s on a staff (which I may add later) and I think it looks pretty damn good.

Friday Night is ‘Flight Night’

Andy visited the cave tonight to sample VR for the first time.  He flew a variety of aircraft in FSX/Fly Inside before switching to DCS:World.

For a final giggle, being that he rolls his eyes when I talk about my various sims, I put him in a Kenworth in American Truck Simulator!  Never shall he scorn me again!  I suspect I’m in trouble when Andy goes home and tells his wife he’s buying a VR headset 🙂

While Andy was flying I fired up the Arrow for another flight around Korea.  The weather was still pretty awful, so it ended up being an IFR return to Osan.  It was nice flying over unfamiliar scenery, having to use charts and navaids to navigate.

After Andy left for the night I did a little VR flying; taking the Bell 206 from Christchurch over to Okains Bay on the Peninsula for a great night-flight.  VR in FSX is amazing at night, with really vibrant lighting effects.  The moon reflecting off the Pacific Ocean looked fantastic, and the moonlight bathing the cockpit as a really cool effect.  I look forward to more helicopter flying in VR!


I had a great first night of Multiplayer in VR tonight (Thanks Lewis!)

Playing “Follow the Leader” through some cool terrain on the way back to base

After a lead change and rejoin…..

And the final cruise back to base. I got way too busy after this to take any screenshots. Must map an easy to find button to “Screencap” 🙂


Nothing like a deadline to add some motivation

And it’s true!   Tomorrow night I have some friends coming to fly the sims…. and the ManCave was is a real state!  The Skyhawk had it’s throttle out, awaiting installation of a new throttle , the Arrow had no pilot seat… and there was *CRAP* everywhere, stacked on every available flat surface.

So, tonight was a huge working night on the sims, and finally a big tidy up of the ManCave.

I mounted the new Thrustmaster TWCS throttle in the left console, which meant removing the left side outer skin, removing the old throttle and it’s associated wiring, then re-positioning the panels behind the throttle, to match the new footprint.

Since I had the drill out I figured I might as well finish off the mounting for the Gear and Hook panels, by attaching them permanently.  I also finally screwed down the aft end of the left side console and tidied up a bunch of cabling where it runs out the front of the panel.

With it all screwed back together and the outer side panels in place (the first time they have both been on the sim at the same time in years!) I thought I might as well fit the insulated lining on the right sidewall.

An ‘Arty’ shot of the HUD with the wall linings and Hook lever in the background

Next the Arrow got some attention; since it will probably be flown tomorrow I figured it probably needed a pilot seat, as the 737 Pax seat is just leaning on the wall next to the sim, so not a whole lot of use.   A couple of blocks of 4×2 and some long screws and it is a little more secure.  Though it is still not the right height, it is certainly better than it was.

The final part of the evening was getting all my ‘IT’ ducks in a row, so to speak.  at some point in my tidying I had inadvertently disconnected an Ethernet cable, effectively isolating the skyhawk sim, and server from the rest of the network, and the outside world. 

With all the issues sorted, it was time to bed the sims down and call it a night.

Looking pretty sharp after an evenings attention. Roll on tomorrow night!



Cards, Boots, Camera and EFIS

It’s been a while since an update, and despite working long hours I have something to talk about!

I received a B737 passenger safety card in the mail, which will fill its place in the seat pocket..

Then, I bought a new phone, with a much nicer camera… So I had to try it out;

This was taken on the climb out of Trondheim, headed North and eventually to a small mining town in Russia.

During the climb I did some research on interfacing my new EFIS panel to Project Magenta. It appears that most of the functions I need should be easy to implement, and may only need some LUA scripting for the more complex tasks.

Initial machining on the EFIS panel is complete, now I just need to find some time to assemble and wire it! Once everything is fitted and tested I’ll remove the face plate, paint and engrave it.

The final bit of news is Huge… I got new boots today which means…

(drum roll please)

Susan the fighter pilot gets some boots at last!

Mancave ‘decorating’

Today was a pretty miserable day here in Christchurch, so it was ‘perfect’ to work outside breaking up a shipping pallet!  At work we receive 737 cockpits on nicely made pallets, constructed of good 4×2’s with 12mm ply on top… and these things are not small… So today I deconstructed one of the pallets and brought the bits home as framing and lining for the upstairs mancave.  This is the first of 3 identical pallets we have received, so I should be able to make a dent in the linings and ceilings of the ‘cave once I get the next 2!

Doesn’t look much…. but it’s part of the path to the dream 😉