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?
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.
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.
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.