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03-12-2018 02:29 AM  9 months agoPost 1
chinooker

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What's a good way to replicate instrument panels with the various gages? Nothing available on the market for what I need. I was thinking the best way might be to get actual pictures of the gages and scale them to my needs. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

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03-12-2018 02:33 AM  9 months agoPost 2
v22chap

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Find someone that does 3-D printing.

Larry C ----------Bergen R/C helicopters

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03-12-2018 02:44 AM  9 months agoPost 3
Copter Doctor

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I use my many isues of plane & pilot, aopa pilot n flying magazines, a bit of brass tubing, card stock and go to town

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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03-12-2018 10:31 AM  9 months agoPost 4
goodhunting

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There is a fellow that does custom prints of instrumental pannels in Coreldraw...
Can't remember his name but I can look it up if you're interested...

this site does custom stuff also...
https://www.iflytailies.com/

or get on the fusion 360 and make your own... and 3D print them as already suggested...

Klem

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03-12-2018 01:09 PM  9 months agoPost 5
co_rotorhead

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03-12-2018 03:09 PM  9 months agoPost 6
chinooker

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Thanks for the input. I am 3D printing some of the cockpit components, but not the instrument panels. Getting the gages to look right with 3D printing isn't going to look right.

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03-12-2018 05:00 PM  9 months agoPost 7
Peter WalesrrElite Veteran - Orlando Fl - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I dunno about that. Mine turned out pretty good I think.

Peter Wales
http://scalehelicopters.org

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03-12-2018 05:53 PM  9 months agoPost 8
chinooker

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That looks awesome Peter! How did you get the pics for the gages? My gage faces will be smaller, so a little harder to do.

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03-12-2018 06:39 PM  9 months agoPost 9
Peter Wales

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Its all work. I started off with the best "face on" photo of the panel I could find, and airliners.net has a lot of cockpit pictures. Then I had to figure out the size of any one instrument to go in my panel. Then you have a scaling factor and generally speaking round instruments are all of a certain size, so you may have 3 one 6 of another and so on. Import the panel into corel draw and then redraw each one. Resize and then print.

I have done a lot of instrument panels for various models so I have a library of instruments done in vector graphic form so I can resize them.

The panel is printed 2mm thick with a 1mm dent where the round instrument goes and a 1mm square dent where the square instruments go. These are printed separately so they can be painted black and then they will fit perfectly into the square slot in the panel.

How much time are you prepared to spend making panels? I have seen panels drawn on a computer and then printed so they can be glued in place. They look pretty good and if your instruments are very small that may be the way to go.

I have a printer plotter so I can print the instrument perfectly and then have the plotter cut it out.

Peter Wales
http://scalehelicopters.org

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03-12-2018 11:26 PM  9 months agoPost 10
GyroFreak

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I can cut plastic up to about .250 thick on a laser machine for anybody who would send me the DXF file. Or thin wood, or cardboard.
This would be panel only, no instruments, holes only if desired.
Here is one I knocked out in 5 minutes, no particular design, just to show. Ignore the rough edges, that's due to the fibrous cardboard that i picked up from my trash can. Plastic cuts with polished edges.
I can cut the plastic with holes, then cut a panel with no holes to back up, place the photos of instruments in each hole, and even backlight them.
No charge if it is small and I have the acrylic on hand. Maximum size is 200 mm X 300 mm (aprox 8 inches by 12 inches).

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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03-13-2018 12:08 AM  9 months agoPost 11
GyroFreakrrProfessor - Orlando Florida ...28N 81W - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Same one as above but .125 acrylc (light blue). Cut time 33 secs.
If it is a simple design like the one I am showing with mostly square, round, oblong, and straight lines I can lay it out if dimensions are supplied (in mm).

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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