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  1. I have seen this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tornado-Aircraft-Engine-Control-Panel-Ex-RAF-MoD/192979744881 and this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tornado-Combined-Position-Indicator-Flat-Slat/223482246170 and this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Panavia-Tornado-F-3-Fuel-Quantity-Indicator-Unit/323888211443 The engine control panel would be easiest to get working but the combined position indicator would be the most interesting to implement. First I need to get what I have working, and I can only justify the combined position indicator if I can get the trim gauge working.
  2. …..To hell with electric aircraft. Give me the full afterburner experience any day.
  3. I have to say it looks good. But unless I can user my P3D aircraft with it I wont be investing in it. Financially I just cant justify yet another Flight sim. Microsoft has left it to late for me. P3D is good but I think X-Plane 11 is better and I have now switched to it. If it turns out that FS2020 is better still, then It will be a while before I can even think of switching horses again, and then what will X-Plane 12 be like? Its a minefield.
  4. Clowns:- Corbin, Johnson, Putin, Trump...…..
  5. I am using a mega or rather three megas, two for the warning lights and one for all the rest. The motor shield leaves pins twenty something to 53 free which is enough for all the other lights and switches bar the warning panel. As for getting the motor shield working, that is going to be a challenge. The shield comes with no paperwork whatsoever so I have some work to do there. I am using Mobiflight software (www.mobiflight.com) as the s/w interface but I am not sure if it can cope with the trim guage needs. There are some alternative options available for this aspect. As for the autopilot, time will tell, Mobiflight uses Fsuipc offsets so if the AP actions are reflected in their values then the guage will show them as well.
  6. Small update. I now have a motor shield for use with the trim gauge, Hopefully I can get it to work with the Arduino board. The only stumbling block might be the mobiflight software, I don't know how it will act with the motor shield, and the shield doesn't come with any literature at all so I don't know how it works at all. Hopefully the likes of You Tube will come to my assistance. If I cant get it to work with the Arduino Shield then I believe opencockpits have something that should work, but its an expensive option. Other news, I have mapped out the pins on the back of the trim gauge and now have a set of pins that will allow me to power the three trim elements of the gauge. So now I know its all working and which pins I need to use. Some progress at least. I will try to get the trim gauge working before I attempt to do the warning lights as the trim gauge will share an Arduino board with the landing indicator gauge and the landing gear leaver. Also I will need to design and build a mount for the lights unit before I can think about doing the wiring for it My work list is: Wire up a switch box to an Arduino board. (not gauge related but uses the board.) Re-wire the Landing gear leaver to use a pin not taken up by the addition of the motor board Wire up the landing gear indicator lights gauge and program mobiflight to use it Look to get the motor shield working with the trim gauge. I will let you know how I get on.
  7. Anymore questions, I will be happy to answer.
  8. Given MS's announcement that they are taking back control of FSX, then I guess 2020 will be a development of this. It would certainly explain the short time between announcement and release deadline. It might mean that P3D becomes a blind alley. If the mass market way ahead is MS FS2020 then Lockheed may stop supporting the £50 version that amounts to a mass market version of P3D.
  9. Ok, so far I have four cockpit parts to integrate into Xplane. I use Mobi-flight software and the Xplane version of FSUIPC to achieve connection and control. I have: A landing gear leaver, installed and working. It uses a simple program switch to detect the leaver movement and commence the movement of the gear. The Tornado has LEDs in the handle which flash whilst the gear is moving. These seem to work well on 12 volts and so I use a relay and 12v supply to light the LEDs and FSUIPC offsets to control the relay. To achieve the flashing for the LEDs I simply put a car indicator flashing unit into the 12 volt circuit. Two gauges, Undercarriage lights and trim gauge. From behind the gauges look like this, as do all gauges I haven't found any non-electric gauges yet and the number of pins varies with each guage: The wired gauge is the landing gear lights. This works in the same way as the LEDs in the gear leaver, but each LED has its own Offset and relay. The second gauge is the trim gauge. Somewhat harder to make work, but I think it can be done, I need to experiment. The trim indicators work through variable voltage and the direction of trim is zero volts for no trim and then + or - volts to move the trim either side of zero. This will be the last of the gauges I will get working, and if successful I will try to source a Flaps/slats/wing sweep gauge. lastly I have a warning panel. This has a lot of independent lights, almost all of which have related offsets. It will be a simple programming procedure, but it requires a lot of relays. The bank in the picture has 52 relays! Finally I have a complete throttle box for the tornado. But that is a project for the future.
  10. Wow thanks for all your effort John, It looks like just what I need. I have bought a 4 channel card as I need to control 3 trim states, only about six quid - peanuts. I also saw that the output was bi-directional, important for left/right trim, it looks just fantastic. I will add a topic that will chart my progress wit these things if anyone is interested. Thanks again John, you're a star. J.
  11. I have recently bought some Panavia Tornado parts and I am trying to use them with my FS. Tornado gauges are all electrically powered and are therefore very suitable for this task. I use a 5v Arduino board to control them. So far I have: An undercarriage leaver which is easy to install as it is basically a switch. However it has some LEDs in the handle which flash while the gear is traveling. Getting this to work was achieved with a relay to switch on the required 12v supply to the LEDs which was passed through a car indicator flasher unit and by using the appropriate FSUIPC offset to activate it. A gear indicator gauge. Again I used relays to switch on the 12v supply, one for each light controlled by FSUIPC offsets. A warning light panel (over 50 lights) again controlled by bank of relays and a 12 volt supply. All of the above work well. My next project is a trim gauge. This has the three trim types depicted by aircraft shapes which move to indicate the trim state. These are analogue and are 12v. I want to control these three aspects of the device with the analogue output from the Arduino board. If the gauge ran off 5v then I could control it directly but I need 12v and so need to control it indirectly as I have done with the digital relays for the lights above. So I need something which will allow me to control 12v analogue from a 5v analogue output. A simple relay wont work as it is either on or off. Does anyone know how this analogue issue can be solved?
  12. Given the above, I think what we have seen so far has been,...Shall we say helped along with some artistic tools.
  13. Being across the pond you wont have seen the Vulcan Bomber flying. It is so loud that your ears cant cope with the noise and all the cars with alarms in the carpark at the runways end had them going off. Sadly now a thing of the past.
  14. Truly awesome indeed!
  15. I hope they do room service. I wouldn't want to waste time by leaving the room foe even a moment!
  16. What else would we need? Coffee & Biscuits? …….. I'll get my coat.
  17. I was at RIAT over the weekend and enjoyed the F-18 display, a truly awesome aircraft. Personally I preferred the Eurofighter Typhoon display as it showed off the aircrafts amazing agility. Its turn radius is so impressive and every aspect of its display seemed smooth and effortless. Another impressive aircraft was the A400M. Its take-off was just unbelievable. There was a collective intake of breath as the aircraft slowly climbed vertically off the runway, the crowd all thinking the same thing: "That can't happen, its going to crash! " But happen it did and crash it didn't. One of the best highlights was a Romanian Mig 21 going through its paces, the aircraft is a 1953 design and it shows I suppose but it was fantastic to see this "old enemy" aircraft in the sky. The afterburner on this aircraft sent a visible blowtorch like flame out of the back of the aircraft half as long as the aircraft! At the end of the show I spoke to one of the crew who told me that Romania planed to keep its fleet of Mig 21s flying for another ten years.
  18. Its still very good!
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