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MacGyver woz ere!

Post  MJDixon on Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:29 am

Seeing as how I'm now a Bachelor of Science, I've decided to make my first ever peripheral! (I have the soldering iron burn to prove it...)



In the words of everyone's favorite Australian convict, can you guess what it is yet?




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Post  MJDixon on Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:34 pm


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Post  MJDixon on Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:08 am


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Post  Skip19 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:07 am

Interesting. Is it an undercarriage light for a spitfire cockpit?

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Post  MJDixon on Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:58 am

It's something that's a bit too modern for a Spitfire, Skip - and something that you won't find on a HOTAS, but which is a vitally important part of a cockpit.

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Post  Skip19 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:28 am

Hmm, you're gonna have to give us a clue - whats the white thing with the keyring chain on it?  Is it a light?

Nm, I reckon I've got it.  Ejector seat handle? the white thing some sort of magnetic switch?

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Post  MJDixon on Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:29 am

It's a pull chain switch.

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Post  MJDixon on Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:33 am

Skip19 wrote:Ejector seat handle?

Skip wins! (Not that there was much competition.  Razz )



Here's a real Martin-Baker Mk. 16 Typhoon one:


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Post  speedy77 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:55 pm

Just seen this thread, and I guessed ejector seat straight away  Razz 

How far does the handle move, I presume it doesn't come clear of the base?
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Post  MJDixon on Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:39 am

Of course you knew, Speedy.  Razz 

Maximum extension is 1.7cm (that's 2/3rds of an Inch in Spitfire talk) which seems close enough.

Here's the interior of the handle:



The inner part stays within the walls of the outer case when it's at full extension (though if I pull it reall hard and wiggle it a bit I can force it out if I really want to.  Razz 

So pulling the handle pulls the chain, which activates the switch, which sends a signal to the circuit board, which activates a button, which sends a signal to the computer:



Which is mapped to the eject command of your chosen Sim, then it's 'off we go into the wild blue yonder' and Martin-Baker send you a free tie.  Laughing

The only issue with it is making sure it goes from off -> on when I pull it, rather than on -> off, but that's sorted by just making sure the button is in the off position before I start flying.

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Post  Skip19 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:25 am

Always check your ejector switch position before taking off Very Happy

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Post  Skip19 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:25 am

Always check your ejector switch position before taking off Very Happy

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Post  Skip19 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:26 am

So important i posted it twice! (silly phone!)

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Post  MJDixon on Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:35 pm

Quite right, Skip - always (double) check during pre-flight.  Razz 

Here's a picture of it installed:


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