FSX Transition Progress

After making the choice to switch ’58 to FSX I hadn’t really been pleased with it. I knew I would need to spend time with it making it work the way I wanted. A couple of things have happened recently to drastically improve my sim experience. Firstly I invested in some photo-scenery, from MegaScenery, and […]

Out with 2020, and in with ’21

2020 a retrospective. 2020 was a strange year, a statement nobody will challenge. The COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns, restrictions, and pay-cuts meant a lot of impact on my hobbies, both in terms of time, funds, and enthusiasm.I did manage to knock a good number of items ticked off my ‘to-do’ list, with some interesting and unexpected […]

ARC-159 Update

The ARC-159 UHF Radio was one of the very first panels I built for my first Skyhawk sim, back in the early 2000’s. Back then I didn’t have access to CAD/CAM CNC or even plastics, so it was all made with whatever materials I had at hand. The design was all done in Corel Draw […]

Time to Dust off ’58

6258, the Skyhawk Sim has been pretty neglected for a while, for a whole raft of reasons. Last night, in the middle of a sleepless night, I had a great idea to fast-track getting her flying again quite quickly. So tonight, for Sim Work Night I set about getting her back and flyable. First up […]

SWN April 7, 2020

Last week’s Sim Work Night turned into a CAD exercise on the 3d Model of Canterbury.. so not much to show!This week is a different matter. I started the process of swapping out the flight controls in the Skyhawk a couple of weeks ago, and this week I made some serious progress! The mechanic’s of […]

SWN March 24, 2020

COVID-19 has bitten hard, with NZ going in to lock-down tomorrow. So tonight’s Sim Work Night was pretty quiet. After spending the afternoon converting the ManCave into a temporary work office, I decided that I still needed to do something on my sim. So tonight I did some messing around with displays in the Skyhawk, […]

SWN March 17, 2020

On tonight’s blog; I remove a joystick, I destroy a joystick, and I re-make a joystick! The Skyhawk has been without flight controls now for quite some time, and that is a bit of a hindrance when it comes to flying. I have thrown around a couple of ideas for curing this, from re-instating the […]

A quick test

Tonight I connected the MIP monitor in the Skyhawk up, via an HDMI to VGA downscaler and had a wee test. This was using the TACPACK powered T-45 model and avionics, which I will be using as the initial test bed for my TACPACK integration. It looks quite smart, even just at this stage. Can’t […]

SWN March 10, 2020

Skyhawk night tonight, and it was all about the visuals. Turning the cockpit around meant that the projector and screen needed to do the same. Re-instating the projection system also meant moving the sim sideways to centre it on the projector screen. First step was to remove all the junk lying around, then to measure […]

More 2020 Musings

As I alluded to in the last post, I have had a serious re-think on what I will be doing with my sims. Notable is the separation between VR and physical cockpits. The other major change is about adding more structure to my sim-building, by creating a Task List for each sim, plus the ManCave, […]