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Old 05-12-2016, 10:06 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Long time lurker! I've been meaning to post this now for ages, it's a panel I was working on for KSP but with plans to also code it for Orbiter. It's temporarily shelved due to my other work but it will one day be housed as part of a full simpit!


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Old 05-12-2016, 10:32 PM   #2
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That is beautiful!
You could totally make an Apollo simpit for NASSP (7) with the same components.
You're going to have to share your source of components, especially those text decals, because it's all very convincingly 'Apollo'.
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Old 05-13-2016, 06:45 AM   #3
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Very nice! The switch guards are a realistic touch, its always the details that make things.
Are those toggle-switches spring loaded locking types?

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Old 05-13-2016, 07:06 AM   #4
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That's great, Mulbin!
Can I ask some questions please?
- What material you've used to manufacture the panel itself?
- How you put labels on it?
- These lamps look awesome! Old-school-ish Are there LEDs inside?

Good job, keep us posted!

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Old 05-13-2016, 02:35 PM   #5
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The panel is made from aluminium composite board (sometimes referred to as dibond), the same material used for external business signage. I designed the full panel as an art file and sent it to a sign printing company so it is printed directly on to the surface. I then trimmed and drilled it. Dibond is really easy to work with as it is actually a hard plastic board with a thin metal skin.

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The switches are standard two and three position toggles running through an arduino board. The lamps each have a bright three colour led so can display red Amber or green to show different status'

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The switch guards are galvanised U bolts from a hardware store.
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Old 05-13-2016, 05:07 PM   #6
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Can I ask what is the font of the texts?
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Old 05-13-2016, 09:36 PM   #7
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looks like Tahoma, but don't quote me on that.
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Old 05-13-2016, 09:39 PM   #8
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 ...I've been meaning to post this now for ages, it's a panel I was working on for KSP but with plans to also code it for Orbiter...
Drooooooooooool!!!

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Old 05-14-2016, 11:17 PM   #9
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 Can I ask what is the font of the texts?
I can't 100% remember but I'm pretty sure it's Futura. Futura is pretty close to the Apollo era font.

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The reason I have so little time to work on it is I'm focussing on VR cockpits these days http://www.orbiter-forum.com/showthr...158#post533158




But hope to pick things up again once my game is published.

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Yep, checked the files it's futura (the same thing I use for the mercury panels).

You can get a fairly good match to most 1960s era panels, using either standard or bold - blod tends to suit apollo style while the regular is closer to mercury.

Not sure what the shuttle had... might work for that too!

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A couple more images showing the art file and a possible layout for my finished panels (on day!).


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