Exterior Paint Scheme
a number of different paint schemes for my simulator I
have decided to use the same paint scheme as used on
Boeing's Dreamliners as pictured above on a 737-700.
Photo courtesy of Boeing Aircraft Corporation.
The photo below is what I will try to duplicate in my
simulator, however mine will not have a HUD. Perhaps
that will be an option in the near future.
Special thanks to
for the above photo of B-5146 (cn 34253/1866) The first
B737-800 winglet for Xiamen Airline arrived ZSAM on
February 14, 2006 at 12:20 pm
as seen on
Progress to Date 08/08/14
I will attempt to bring everyone up to date on what I've
been doing with my flight simulator these past few
years. I was running out of room in my garage to work on
my simulator so instead of doing major work on the
simulator I was working on smaller projects. After
completing my training as a Certified Registered Nurse
Anesthetist CRNA I took a job in Macon, Georgia. My wife
and I decided to relocate closer to my job in Macon. In
June of 2008 we purchased 37 acres in Madison, Georgia
about an hour from my job in Macon. We planned on
building a barn for our horses along with an apartment
for us to live in until we sold our house in Snellville.
In September of 2012 we were able to move to our new
home in Madison, Georgia pictured below.
we have moved to the farm we were able to move our
horses to their new home. To add to our excitement of
having our horses at their home in May of 2012 we
welcomed two babies, a colt and a filly on Mother's day.
At 1:00 am on Mother's day 2012 one of our mares, Faith
gave birth to our first horse born on our new farm. Our
new colt, Remi pictured above was on his feet less than
an hour after his birth. We had been watching Faith for
two weeks as she was showing signs that she was close to
delivery. Her sister Hope was also expecting her first
baby but was not due for another two weeks. Faith had a
very difficult labor and we were very concerned we were
going to lose her. We were so concerned watching Faith
that Hope was getting little attention. Then we noticed
that Hope was acting strangely.
Less than 30 minutes after Remi was born Hope gave birth
to a filly we named Peanut. She too was up walking
within an hour of birth. Below is the whole gang at
While we really enjoy living at our farm with our horses
there are some consequences in the short term. We have
not sold our old house so we are living in an apartment
that we built attached to the barn. We have very little
storage so I had to put my simulator into storage. It
will have to stay there until we are able to sell our
old house and then build our new home at the farm. It
will include a large room downstairs built specifically
for my simulator. It will have a shop for all of my
equipment and tools and a seperate room for all of my
flight sims computers. So in the meantime I have been
working on those items that I have the room to work on
inside our apartment.
The first item I have been working on are my seats. I am
on my third set of seats. I decided to purchase the
IPECO seats and refurbish them to look the the latest
seats in the 737. Below is a picture of my latest seats.
The first thing I did was to remove all the components
and strip them of their paint. Then I repainted the
seats. Below is a picture of all the components of my
seats after repainting.
Then I took the cushions of the seats and inserted the
components of an Ivibe seat. I tested these before I
installed in my seats and again after they were
installed. I love the feel that they create when flying.
I would highly recommend them.
Finally I reassembled the seats after reupholstering the
seats in gray leather and new gray wool. I purchased an
old Singer sewing machine and sewed the leather and wool
seat covers myself. Although not completely finished
below is a picture of what I have done so far.
been working on obtaining a complete set of circuit
breaker panels for the 737. I finally obtained all of
the circuit breaker panels. I have been working on them
while obtaining a complete set. I removed all the wiring
and then removed all the individual circuit breakers. I
then cleaned all the breakers and removed all of the
lables from the panels. I then stripped the panels of
their paint. Below are what the panels looked like when
i received them.
replaced all of the individual circuit breakers in the
panels and repainted them. I obtained a complete set of
737 circuit breaker panel lablels from Chuck Moore a
number of years ago. He researched the breaker lablels
correct location and had a printer make him a few sets
printed on adhesive plastic. He had an extra set and was
willing to part with them. Thanks again to Chuck. After
applying the labels I then made small labels using a
label maker with the numbers on each individual breaker
themselves. I used white lettering on black tape. I then
cut out each label with a hole punch and placed these on
the individual breaker. Below are what the panels looked
like when completed.
project I have been working on is my second computer for
my flight simulator. After switching to Prepar3d
software from Microsoft Flight Simulator X and with the
the requirement for Direct X11 video cards to work with
Version 2.0 of Prepar3d I set out to build the ultimate
computer for my flight simulator. After a few months of
research I decided on the following components for my
Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150
84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K
ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA
6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 03G-4-2884-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 Ti
Superclocked 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI
G.SKILL Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model
Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB 10000 RPM
64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare
Samsung 840 EVO MZ-7TE1T0BW 2.5" MLC Internal Solid
State Drive (SSD)
AX series AX860 860W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI CrossFire 80
PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
I also decided this computer would be my first
venture into water cooling. Below is a picture of my
Progress to Date 08/02/07
I have been doing a lot of work on my simulator that
does not show much progress in photos. I have been
working on installing a servo motor that will control
the roll of my sim. I had to make a modification to the
FMC bay in order to accommodate the larger servo motor
as well as two FDS CDU's and a 10.4 inch LCD. The FMC is
now complete and has been installed. In addition, I have
received the pedestal I ordered from Lausitz Aviation.
Next I will be working on installing the throttle
quadrant and attaching all of the cabling and servo and
stepper motors to make my throttle quadrant fully
Progress to Date 04/29/07
It has been a long time since I had my sim back together
so I wanted to take a few shots with the throttle
quadrant in place. I have finally finished installing
all of the pots needed with the exception of the
tiller pot. After almost two years of hard work I
honestly believe I will be able to start some
preliminary flying in my sim within the next few months.
Stay tuned for more updates in the months to come.
Progress to Date 03/10/07
After over 5 months of hard work I have finished the
first phase of refurbishing my 737-200 throttle quadrant
and converting it to a 737NG quadrant. The next phase
will be to add the necessary stepper motors, clutches
and cabling to make the quadrant fully functional. Below
are a few photos of the converted quadrant. For more
detailed photos and information on how the throttle
quadrant was refurbished and converted click on the
photo below for a direct link to the throttle quadrant
section of my website.
Progress to Date 07/21/06
Below are the latest photos of my sim after installing
the interior linings from cockpitsonic. I have some
additional work to do on them before they will be
completed, however I am very happy with the results so
far. Click on the photo below for a direct link to their
Progress to Date 07/05/06
Below is a photo of my sim after removing the ceiling. I
made this modification to the FDS nose sectional to
accommodate moving my sim in and out of my garage. This
will enable me to move my simulator when we relocate
after finishing graduate school.
I have finally finished installing my control columns
and yokes. They took a lot longer than I thought they
would due to the installation of the control loader, but
it was well worth the effort.
Before I could install the control loader the platform
had to be modified to accept the loader. Below is the
forward section of the platform modified to accept the
Below is a photo of the control loader installed in the
forward section of the platform.
Below is the cut I made in order to complete the
modification to my FDS shell.
Progress to Date 04/24/06
Below are a few new photos of my flight deck with the
MIP in place. Also note the new rudder pedal assembly
below the MIP.
With the MIP in place it is really beginning to look
like a real flight deck.
The rudder pedal assembly below is my latest attempt to
redesign them to improve their feel and appearance.
Click on the photo below for a direct link to my rudder
pedal section for additional photos and information.
My 737 Nose Section from Flight Deck Solutions has come
along very nicely. I made a platform out of plywood to
reduce weight in the event I am able to eventually add
motion. Be sure to check out the fabrication page and
click on cockpit floor to view the construction of my
platform. Or click on the photo below for a direct link
to the fabrication page.
I am very proud of the Signature 737 NG Main Instrument
Panel from Flight Deck Solutions. It is pictured below
with 3 LCD's in place as well as an actual gear handle
from a 727/737. Note the flap indicator gauge as well as
the brake pressure gauge supplied by Flight Illusion. I
am awaiting my order of an Elite CDU from Flight Deck
Solutions and will add that as well as a lower EICAS LCD
screen once the CDU arrives. For additional information
and photos click on the link to panels above or click on
the photo below.
Below is a picture of my instrument stand. I modified
the plans slightly to accommodate the LCD's as well an
actual gear handle. Go to the fabrication page and
click on instrument stand or click on the photo below
for more detailed photos as well as a link to the plans.
Below is a picture of my progress to date of my rudder
pedal assembly. Now that my MIP is almost
complete, I am going back and redesigning my rudder
pedal assemblies. I decided I wanted a more realistic
feel than I was getting. Be sure to check out the flight
control section of my website and click on rudder pedals
or click on the photo below to see my latest design.