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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:57 am 
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Killratio wrote:
Nice work Bill..sorry I missed this back in Jan.


Thanks Darryl!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:40 pm 
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My gauge TV monitor failed on me and I had to remove it and get a new one. What a major pain that was. First I had to remove the Co-pilot panel. I made a little stand to place it on so I could just move it out of the way without disconnecting anything. I then had to unbolt the yoke column and place it out of the way.I also had to remove the bolts from the throttle and centre panel and move it back. After that I removed the wood backplate that covered the TV bezels. After all that I was able to take the old TV out.

I bought a new Insignia 40" TV from Best buy. The Bezels are extremely thin, so I decided to mount it differently from the old one. I didn't need a wood backplate anymore, and I just used the stand that came with it. I also decided to remove the 2x4 supporting brace that ran under the front monitor so I could place the TV higher and closer. In order to do this I had to remove the 3 front monitors.


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After I removed the 2x4 supporting brace I needed a way to hold up and support the 3 front monitors. I used steel mending plates with lag bolts under each monitor frame connected to the back wall.



The top view of the brackets. There are two brackets for each monitor.

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The bottom view of the brackets

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Then I made the base for the TV. I just re-used the wood from the old base.



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The TV stand feet are at an angle so I added to the base. The TV just sits on top. Then The Co-Pilot Panel was put back in its original spot. The TV now sits directly under the monitor, and is 3 inches closer.



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While I had everything apart I decided to put plexiglass windows over the three front monitors so I would get the same type of view I get from the two side plexiglass windows. It is now much more realistic. It actually looks like you are looking out a window instead of at a computer monitor.



Setting up and Measuring for cutting



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To cut the plexiglass, I used a scoring tool made for cutting plexiglass. I have used a utility knife in the past, but it was not as clean and easy as this tool makes it. I left the plastic cover on so I wouldnt scratch the windows.The cut is not completely smooth, but that was not a concern as it would be covered.



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After the score is made you just snap the piece off.



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Lining up the window with the aluminum flashing holes. The window just sits in front of the frame, and the aluminum flashing is put back on over top. Then I drilled the pilot holes in the plexiglass for the screws.



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Then I put everything back in place.



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:07 am 
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Beautiful work Bill!!

Damned maintenance takes up as much time as flying, doesn't it!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:45 am 
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Killratio wrote:
Beautiful work Bill!!

Damned maintenance takes up as much time as flying, doesn't it!

Darryl


Thanks Darryl!

That's for sure!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:21 am 
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Looking fantastic, Bill! Waiting now for some airborne pix :)

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:53 am 
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Gypsy Baron wrote:
Looking fantastic, Bill! Waiting now for some airborne pix :)

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Thanks Paul!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:37 am 
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Awesome work, love the plexiglass over the monitor feature you got going on here. Amazing! 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:46 am 
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Lewis - A2A wrote:
Awesome work, love the plexiglass over the monitor feature you got going on here. Amazing! 8)

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Lewis


Thanks Lewis!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:49 pm 
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Great update Bill!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:43 am 
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Raceguy wrote:
Great update Bill!

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