The world’s first amateur built cross-cockpit collimated video display system:
This is a 60 degree wide by 40 degree high spherical section collimating mirror.
More information can be found here: http://www.diy-cockpits.org/coll/collimated_display.html
Until yesterday (11/20/2010) this kind of thing was the sole domain of multi-million dollar commercial flight simulators. Not. Any. More. 😀
Well, that is certainly a small step for a man but a giant leap for the DIY simmer community…
Do you plan to release the plans for this particular version, or will you wait to build the full size 180 degrees one first?
Because between your plans for the 109 cockpit and this, my dream of an accurate Messerschmitt 109G6 cockpit for Il2 suddenly look much brighter…
A 60 degree wide display isn’t of much use to anyone – it was built to that size to see if it could be done “diy style”. We will be building a 180 degree version, but we’re not sure if we can release plans for the process. I’ll know more about that at some point.
Well, no matter if you decide to release the plans or no, we now know it can be done and more importantly how, so I bet other people would be able to replicate your achievements. After all, getting the screen and mirror shapes is just a matter of geometry, the build itself looks pretty straightforward and material wise it can’t bee too expensive…
But of course, whatever we might decide to do would be just like going up Everest after Hillary did it – sure, it is a great achievement, but nothing on the level of that first, momentous climb…
I can’t open the url you posted – can you give more details of the construction? Is it hard-backed or is it formed by vacuum?
The URL is good, but the machine that is hosting it keeps crashing. It’s due for a motherboard replacement very soon. Thanks for your patience.