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Building a cockpit

Post by Ultimo_Posto » Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:39 pm

I did some research today on cockpits and found lots of different designs. I found that some people go all the way and design their own wheels or shifters. At the simple end you can built a skeletal frame to mount your wheel and pedals only, or enclose it into something that looks like a car. A narrow F1 cockpit is more realistic and takes up less space but do I want to be that cramped? A narrow cockpit also makes it hard to mount extra buttons. Often people mount 5.1 speaker systems around the cockpit. They use LCD screens, CRTs, projection TVs or TV projectors to display their sim. I plan to use my 52" TV although the resolution it can do is pretty low. Many of the designs end up being very heavy and hard to move around. Some people even put casters on them, which surely destroys its appearance as a fast car.

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Simple frame to mount pedals, wheel and seat. It can be adjusted for different leg and arm lengths. You can buy one like this for $300-500.

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Enclosed design made of MDF, still unpainted. Many people buy real racing seats to fit in their fantasy cockpits.

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Made in two parts to make leg adjustment possible.

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Welded steel can be used for the frame.

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A single seater with a wood frame.

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This frame is made out of some kind of manufactured aluminium shafts. I've also seen tubular steel and polished chrome. The wheel on this looks home made.

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Yep. He used a real car.

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Project box made with an off-the-shelf USB interface that can handle 32 buttons.

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PVC piping. Ugly but effective.

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Why not use a real open wheeler?

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Exterior of the car shown above. A bit space hungry.

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Note the vertically mounted pedals and the loudspeaker above the knees which ought to make the sim cockpit sound like it has a real engine.

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This is my favourite design so far. It reminds me of those Out Run arcade machines. It has plenty of space for soda cans, keyboard and mouse.

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Underneath the steel plating is 16-guage MDF.

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But a real cockpit looks cool.

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This is the redneck version.

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Post by JohnW » Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:09 am

I woldn't want to drive that wooden one. The guys butt is below his legs ! He'll not have good circulation and proably have his legs cramp up of go to sleep. No race car has the seat below your feet !
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Post by JoshJ81 » Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:54 am

I have a 56" HD tv and I've been thinking about the same thing. The black F1 body was my choice but I'm not sure if I would be comfortable with it. Is there instructions on how to make all of these shown?
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Post by O Danny Boy » Tue Apr 18, 2006 12:12 pm

I thought most f1 cars now have your butt below the feet? I saw a pic of anthony davidson where they show a side image of how he sit in the car and it has his butt pretty low (I can't find the pic though).

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Post by JoshJ81 » Tue Apr 18, 2006 12:28 pm

www.anthonydavidson.com I believe it is.
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Post by Pace Racing » Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:22 pm

Every modern F1 car places the driver's butt below their feet.
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Post by Coopster » Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:54 pm

you can find a lot of stuff on cockpit building over at rsc as well! 8)
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Post by Ultimo_Posto » Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:56 pm

I've read a lot of the RSC stuff. A lot of the pictures are from there.
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Re: Building a cockpit

Post by JoshJ81 » Tue Apr 18, 2006 6:46 pm

Ultimo_Posto wrote:
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But a real cockpit looks cool.

Does anyone have a link for this one? To buy or how to make?
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