The plan

Next to my flightsim computer are two office drawers.
Because space is limited I was thinking “what if ….”.
What if I would use the top half of these to house the overhead panel and pedestal of a Boeing 737 NGX 800?

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So I did some measuring and sketches in the freeware vector drawing tool Inkscape.

I had to move some of the panels/switches around and leave out some because of space limitations, but in all it looks feasible. The left cabinet is only 35 cm wide and because I found a nice ‘order 2 of the same size, pay 1’ action for printing photographs on plexiglass I used the spare room for a separate MCP panel.

Pedestal and MCP design
Pedestal 35 x 40 cm and MCP design
Overhead design
Overhead design 45 x 40 cm

Before having the ‘big’, more expensive panel ‘photographs’ printed on plexiglass I created a small design of 30×20 cm.
To see what it would look like and see if could drill the holes in the material for the switches.

In order to not completely waste it in case it would turn out first time right I put some functions on it for which there was no room left in the two big panels.

Test design
Test design 30 x 20 cm
Test panel implementation
Test panel implementation


Overhead panel printed on a sheet of 50 x 50 cm 4mm plexiglass. Protective cover not removed yet.
Overhead panel printed on a sheet of 50 x 50 cm 4mm plexiglass. Protective cover not removed yet.
Detail of overhead panel
Detail of overhead panel
Pedestal and MIPS panel printed on 50 x 50 cm 4mm plexiglass. Protective cover not yet removed.
Pedestal and MCP panel printed on 50 x 50 cm 4mm plexiglass. Protective cover not yet removed.
Detail of MIPS panel on plexiglass
Detail of MCP panel on plexiglass


In a real cockpit the annunciators stick out of the panel. Because of the small size (15 x 10 mm) I looked for a different solution.
The original idea was to have the annunciator texts and background printed at the panel, glue a 15x10x10 block of plexiglass behind it and mount a LED in it.
In the test panel print all white in the design was left transparent.
This appeared not a good idea for the annunciators because the LED’s are too bright and so the annunciator text is hard to read. Despite the small area one LED per annunciator didn’t give a nice illumination. Therefore I had the big panels printed with a white background.



2 thoughts on “The plan

  1. Dear minicockpit
    I enjoyed reading your posts as I too am building a 737-800 cockpit.
    I have been researching a lot over many years, but was motivated when I discovered Peter Jongen. I recommend you read.
    I have designed my throttle around bicycle cranks. I have double sprocket units, one chain will run via a clutch to an Audi 12v window motor, the other to a rotary encoder.
    I will continue to watch with interest. Best of luck with your project.

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    1. Hi Kev, yes, I like Peters’ blog too, it was already at the ‘interesting links’ page of my blog.
      Can we follow your progress somewhere? If you want I can add a link to my link page.


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