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Old 12-08-2003, 12:21 PM
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Default Instrument panels

I'm looking for some advice on doing an instrument panel. I am not looking for contest caliber, but I want a step up from the normal instrument panel sticker you get with many kits. This aircraft is a scratch built Corben Baby Ace at approximately 1/5 scale. I would like to know where I could find some useable instruments, or in the absence of that maybe where I could find some scannable or downloadable pictures that I could print.

Thanks!
Old 12-08-2003, 12:40 PM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

Hobby Lobby has some real neat instrument packages. Look in thier online catalog. Put instruments in the search box. Don
Old 12-08-2003, 01:53 PM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

Tower has a pretty wide assortment of instrument panel stuff in a couple of scales.
Old 12-09-2003, 05:22 AM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

try these sites

http://www.model-aircraft-instrumentdials.co.uk/

http://www.propagteam.cz/palubni_pristroje.htm
Old 12-09-2003, 10:58 PM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

Great stuff if they are still there !
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Old 12-10-2003, 12:55 PM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

Joe from Diamond Panels will make you any panel if you send him pictures and dimensions.
I have one of his panels and the quality is excellent
Old 12-14-2003, 12:03 AM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

Here is what J'TEC offers through Tower Hobbies:

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...=++&search3=Go

They have other scales too, just click on the "browse J'TEC" link on the upper left of the page.

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Old 12-14-2003, 10:20 AM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

A few of those pins with colored balls on the heads make for some nice looking knobs too.
Old 12-14-2003, 12:45 PM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

Micro-Mark has some mod'lers mastic (metal) for $10 which can be used to make any shape knob, button, joystick or anything else you can think of. There website: (do a search for metal mastic)

http://www.micro-mark.com/

You can see what I have come up with, all the knobs etc, are mod'lers mastic. You can also see one of those pins MinnFlyer was talking about, the red one inside the dial. You can also use wires (as I have), small aluminum tubes cut off, and even small LED's hooked up to a switch for instrument lights. Any electronics shop stocks these, just a bit of creative soldering and you have working red, green and yellow lights on your dash.
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Old 12-14-2003, 01:37 PM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

Here's a shot of a full-scale Baby Ace panel:

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Old 12-15-2003, 11:15 AM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

Try this link

http://www.horizonsnz.com/

He makes excellent photo-realistic panels at a reasonable price.
Old 12-15-2003, 12:45 PM
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Dito for Horizon NZ. He make all my panel and the quality are amazing !! He can also make exactly the panel you want.
Old 12-15-2003, 01:09 PM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

There was a website that allowed you to make your own by picking out the instruments and the profile you wanted then print it. Does anyone know where this website is?
Old 02-05-2004, 05:16 PM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

http://www.diamond-panels.com/index.html has exactly what you are looking for.
Old 02-05-2004, 09:45 PM
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Nope, I found it and the link is: http://epanelbuilder.com/
Old 02-06-2004, 12:34 AM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

Now THAT's a great site!! Thanks Geistware.
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Default RE: Instrument panels

find a picture of an instrument panel in a full scale aviation magazine. If you are lucky... its already the right size... if not, scan it and resize, then print it. Cover with clear packing tape and cut it out. Apply to the panel loctaion with 3M formula 77 (spray the back of the panel... if you spray the dash in the plane you have to do a LOT of masking.)
Old 02-06-2004, 08:46 AM
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The best looking way of using these instruments is to cut tiny holes in 1/32 balsa (or a thinner material), then mount the instruments on the back showing through. Cover the instrument with a tiny circle of clear plastic.

Labor intensive, but the look is amazing.
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Old 02-06-2004, 02:43 PM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

Now THAT's a great site!! Thanks Geistware.
Here, here! Too cool

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Old 02-06-2004, 05:13 PM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

You can also find cockpit panel photo's at [link]http://www.airliners.net[/link] Just use their great search engine. Under "Category" Choose "Flight Decks (Cockpits)". and in key word put the name of the plane your looking for. Its also great for getting paint scheme ideas for planes & helicopters [8D]
Joe
Edited: I found 3 pics of a Baby Ace on there but no cockpit pics,,, sorry. Cool looking plane though!
Old 02-07-2004, 12:31 PM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

If you have one of the MS flight sims you can get all sorts of panels by doing a "print Screen" and then pasting the picture (ctrl V) to a file or an application. I use corel draw or MS paint to edit or resize the panel.
I you surf the net for downloadable MS planes you will find almost any panel you want. Most of them appear to be relatively accurate as far as their appearence goes.
Old 02-07-2004, 07:16 PM
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Default RE: Instrument panels

I hand make my instrument panels out of aluminum sheet. I buy the J-Tec instrument kits and put them in. Diamond plate also makes a cool panel for sport planes. All you need besides the material are basic tools like a drill and a punch and some drill bits.
With a little practice you'll be surprised at what you can do for yourself instead of having what everyone else has.
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