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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...)

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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 )

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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:

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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:

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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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