Akers Barnes

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Post by Luse » Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:43 am

Well guys, looking around and seeing everyone having a pit,

I have decided to make my own !.

It will be an AB, small, cheap but none the less I hear a simple pit is better than no pit at all :lol:

It will be all dressed up with paint and Decals of course :D

So I should start purchasing wood and building within the next Two Or Three Days 8)

Any Hints or Tips as far as Building or Anything of that sort ?

Will be greatly appreciated!

-Luse
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Post by Gunner » Sat Aug 16, 2008 3:07 pm

Luse, the one suggestion I would make is to go ahead and glue everything together, unless you need to have it portable. I'm sure Rock, Red, and Thumper (who all use AB pits) will back me up...you want the thing to be as solid as possible. :wink:
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Post by Metro » Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:15 pm

Here is a link I found that has the panels for the F-16 exactly to size.

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/animationmaster ... 0C6_01.zip

I just simply downloaded them and hit print on my computer. Someone else did all the "sizing work" works great and I have started the processes of producing my panels. If you are just using them as decals, It is a no brainer. Just cut and glue. If you cant get them off the link. Send me your e-mail and I will send you the file. I downloaded them and have them now.

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Post by Rock » Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:42 am

Luse building a pit will be one of the best things that you can do for Virtual Formation flying and flight simming in general. The Aker Barnes has been terrific. It's cheap and fairly easy to build.

Before you start have a real good look at the plans. There is a couple of different seating positions depending on how much incline you want. Also, before you paint it put it together and see how it fits. You might not want to paint the joints as it will become extremely tight.

The type of wood that you use isn't really that important. I used cheap plywood but of course the nicer grades will make the finished product that much smoother and better to look at.

When you get it all done make sure and strap your stick down. I used tie straps and you might need to drill some holes for them to go through. Also, as Gunner said you can either glue it or what I did was built reinforcement brackets to hold it tighter together. This way I can still take it apart if I ever need to.
Good luck and happy building! It will be well worth it.
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Post by Luse » Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:07 am

Thank you all for the replys !

Gunner: Thank you, However it is going to have to be portable :?

Metro: Awesome Man, I will certainly be using these, Thank you Man :D

Rock: I must say I was worried about that, From most of the pictures I have seen the seat positions seem fairly inclined, I was wondering if this takes time getting used to ? and what your Ideas are on how much, or if its just your own preference.

For the building material I was told the same thing you have told me, I do plan to paint it, so as far that goes I much rather have performance then good looks. ( Even though I do plan for both :lol: )

As for stick I am going to use tie-straps, along with building a small area for the base of the stick to " Sink " into, so that the Base of the X52 is flush with the wood, along with some other modifications to accommodate the Occasional Drink ( Non Alcoholic Of Course :P )
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Post by Lawndart » Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:22 am

You should mount the stick at a height that puts the bottom of the handle on the stick level with your elbow when sitting down. In other words, with your hand on the stick, the lowest position of your hand should roughly equal the height of your elbow. This will be most comfortable in the long run. Also, if you were building an ACES II (just for reference) it would also closely match where your knees are in relation to the bottom of the stick handle.

Just a little comfort tip over cosmetics. We don't want you to develop tendonitis or carpel tunnel like so many before you... :wink:
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Post by Luse » Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:00 pm

Ahh will do,

A wise man once said, listen to they who fly inverted :P :lol:
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Post by STRIKER » Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:15 pm

Well said my friend... well said.
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Post by Thumper » Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:30 pm

Gunner wrote:Luse, the one suggestion I would make is to go ahead and glue everything together, unless you need to have it portable. I'm sure Rock, Red, and Thumper (who all use AB pits) will back me up...you want the thing to be as solid as possible. :wink:
Actually, I would reccomend going with a good grade of wood (3/4" AC plywood) and take time to cut your slots where the pit joins together accurately and with fairly tight tolerances. Rather than using glue, I picked up some small 90 degree angle brackets and screwed certean parts of the seat and tabletop together. If I need to move it all I have to do is take out a few screws to disassemble it and the brackets and the heavier grade of wood make it rock solid.

Just my .02.
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Post by Luse » Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:21 pm

Thanks Thump,

I was thinking the same thing with the slots.

As far as the wood goes, does it matter what type, Oak ect ect. ?

Oh and I decided how it will be painted :roll: tis a secret
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Post by Thumper » Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:19 pm

The only reason it would matter is if you are going to finish the pit using a stain rather than painting it. The most important thing is that you get plywood that is sanded on both sides. That way you have a nice smooth surface to start off with. You can even use mdf if you're planning on painting. Make sure you seal/prime the wood before you paint otherwise you'll end up using more coats of paint than necessary to cover and you might cause the the grain to raise up or bubble, especially with a water based paint.

Take a look at your local Home Depot or Lowe's at what's available and when you see the prices the decision making process will become easier. You should be able to cut everything out using 2 4x8 sheets of plywood. Remember, using thicker wood means you will have to change measurements, the centers of the slots should be in the same position, but the width of the slots will change to accomodate the thicker material. Also, there was an option in my plans for wider sideboards (that your controls will sit on) and I highly recommend using them.

Take your time measuring and cutting, if you make mistakes you'll be running to the store for more plywood and your project cost will go up significantly.

Here is a pic of mine:

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As you can see I stained mine and used formica laminate on most of the flat surfaces where you would put your hands to keep the finish from getting mucked up. It also matches my computer desk in the office.
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Post by Luse » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:24 pm

:shock: :shock:

Awesome pit there Thump. Thanks for the tips as far as wood goes I am going after oak. I hope it all works out. I am buying tomorrow. :D 8)
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Post by Rhino » Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:51 am

Thump is that where you play CoD from? No wonder you camp so much! :lol: :wink:
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Post by Luse » Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:22 am

It's kinda hard to stay awake I would presume. That thing looks so comfy a man could take a nap! :lol:
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Post by Dagger » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:24 pm

Hey Luse,

Here is the one I did and was telling you about.

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