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Old 03-22-2021, 01:31 AM
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Here's my new panel, shortly after I fired it up for the first time this week. Still a few things to tie up and finish, but you get the idea.

Some details:

The panel was painted with PPG basecoat, then I had a local company screen-print the lettering, then we clear-coated the whole thing. It seems tough as nails, and I like the look.

The angled switch panel is a custom thing I created, inspired by the great Lyle Hefel and some other guys out there who created ones like them. It's structurally tied to the panel, the vertical channel cap, and also the stiffener that would have attached the stock Vans switch panel on the sidewall. It's removeable for servicing.

The annunciator panel is 100% scratch-built using 12V LED units like the ones Stein Air sells. The labels for them were created using Avery clear label stickers that go inside the lenses.

The circuit breaker panel is identical to a stock mid-cabin cover, but I made it out of thicker 0.040" sheet, since it was going to support C/Bs, a USB port, and a main battery charging port. (There is one downside to this location for C/Bs -- there are a LOT of wires going through the gear towers!)

The 2-1/4" gauge next to the G-meter is a Volt/Ammeter screen that can display data from both alternators. To the right of that is an elapsed time clock that will point at the tank I should be feeding from every 30 minutes. It's the KISS philosophy.

The military/airline Landing Light switch cap took me forever to source. It's a custom-milled item from a company in Spain that makes flight sim gear! Oh, the things we do for our passions...

Buck Wyndham
Northern Illinois
Trying to make OSH22...
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Old 03-22-2021, 05:49 AM
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Default Nicely dne

Buck, that's one good looking, functional piece of art!
Jerry "Widget" Morris
RV 8, N8JL, 3,100+ hours on my 8.

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Saint Simons Island, GA. KSSI
PIF 2007 - 2022

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Old 06-12-2021, 12:49 PM
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Default C-FGWW Panel ( ff 2011 )

Here's my take on basic VFR. The glove box was sized to fit an open Canada Flight Supplement, and thanks to EFBs is now just the glove box The round tube on the lower right is another storage bin and is housed in the oxygen bottle mount.
I fly with an iPad on the right knee running ForeFlight and the checklist on the other.
Eyeballs outside 90% of the time to avoid running into things.
The switches are grouped by function.
This is a 10yo build so big screens weren't a thing but I still like the minimalist approach. >$200 a year for my ForeFlight subscription, no other fixed costs or updating. But I must admit I don't fly in that 1000/3 East Coast muck with a ton of traffic.


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Old 06-14-2021, 02:10 PM
Scott Hersha Scott Hersha is offline
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I really like the ‘minimalist idea. I’m starting an RV6 build (previously started by two other builders) and I am thinking light, simple, VFR. I’ll have an EFIS, because that is easier and lighter than the collection of round gages, but I really like your glove box idea. I might try something similar. Thanks for posting.
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Old 06-14-2021, 06:50 PM
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Default Information Overload

Here is my updated Harmon Rocket II Panel. I just call it Information Overload.

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Old 06-14-2021, 09:59 PM
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Thumbs up Harmon Rocket II Panel

Nice Brian, real nice..
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Old 07-06-2021, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by laserman View Post
Finished up the details / placards just today...

Got the "Smoke Switch" installed.. (Red - Left Side)

Tomorrow's Project...... Get the cabin warmer for Upstate NY winters...

Iím going to steal this panel layout from you.
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Old 07-06-2021, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by laserman View Post
Finished up the details / placards just today...

Got the "Smoke Switch" installed.. (Red - Left Side)

Tomorrow's Project...... Get the cabin warmer for Upstate NY winters...

Nice panel.

How did you handle the circuit breakers?
Flying RV-8 N880BC
2021 Dues - happily paid.
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Old 07-17-2021, 04:25 PM
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Default System Wiring

Sorry for delay in responding..

Used simple diodes to minimize number of breakers required..

The Garmin systems and Led lighting really have minimal current drains ..

Check my Google build log for wiring details..

You can have the wiring diagrams printed out at Staples on C or D sized paper ..
Al Karpinski
2020 - RV8 N498RV ..( aka ďLipStickĒ) - Phase 1 Completed 3-21-21..
2016 182T N522CS
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EAA 486 @ KFZY...
2021 Dues Paid.

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Old 09-05-2021, 11:17 AM
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Default Finally.

Itís only been done a year. But it needed some cosmetic clean up. I think itís finally ready to show off.
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