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Old 04-10-2012, 09:12 AM
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If you're at all worried about things not fitting as planned, go to a sign or plastics shop and have them cut a panel from 3/16" plastic of some kind. Should be more than durable enough for test-fittings. Most of them can work with the same DXF file you would take to a metal-cutter.
You could also use a piece of clear acrylic plastic from Home Depot. Cut the holes with a fly cutter or Dremel and add parts to check for a rough fit.

This is good to get the 3D clearance behind the panel. Then you get your own true "glass panel"...

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Old 04-10-2012, 10:38 AM
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I did it the low tech way. To start with, I drew ref lines on the panel blank that comes with the kit. I then printed out accurate life-sized pictures of all my desired components and placed them on the instrument panel. Once I had things layed out the way I wanted, I verfied that everything was clear of the sub-structure and identifed where I'd need to cut the sub-panel for the radio stack. When I was finally satisfied with the layout, I used a combination of templates and dimensions available in the install docs to identify the cutouts. I then went at it with a Dremel and cut everything undersized, and then filed out to final size.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:48 AM
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Well, guess I gotta stick up for the low tech folks.

I cut out pieces of paper the correct size for all the goodies I wanted in my panel, labeled them with a pencil, and taped them in place on the panel blank, then sat in the plane and "flew" it while I worked out the fine details and sorted out the final location.

Lots of work with a drill, die grinder, coping saw, and file later, and I am quite happy with the result.

Here is the first power up.

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Old 04-10-2012, 12:12 PM
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I used Front Panel Express (http://www.frontpanelexpress.com/). Their software is free and once its done you can send it off to them to get cut on the CNC. It even has a pricing feature as you go long.

As for the visual part, I printed out accurate size pictures of everything (most manufacturers have these published already). and then placed on the panel for the initial fitting.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:48 PM
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Mike's "sit in the airplane and fly it" is an important step.
For example, I found that I wanted my EFIS lower than most people (I wear "progressive" bifocals).
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:12 PM
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I used Front Panel Express (http://www.frontpanelexpress.com/). Their software is free and once its done you can send it off to them to get cut on the CNC. It even has a pricing feature as you go long.

As for the visual part, I printed out accurate size pictures of everything (most manufacturers have these published already). and then placed on the panel for the initial fitting.
How did you start with an RV-10 panel? I haven't found it.
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:03 AM
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So far Ive been using Microsoft Publisher. Just expand the page to the proper full-scale size. I simply cut and paste whatever avionics picture and than can expand it to full scale. It's nice because I can put in there ipads/ipods or other items that are typically not included in panel maker software.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:30 PM
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I love the "glass panel" look. I went the low-tech way too, after I tried one of the computer-based panel planning programs. My solution was to cut a panel out of thin Masonite and install all my gauges, switches, EFIS, etc. This also allows you to see how everything fits in back, which my panel planning software did not do. It must have worked, because when I was satisfied with the layout, I cut the aluminum panel and so far I'm happy flying with it.

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Old 04-12-2012, 06:38 AM
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You could also use a piece of clear acrylic plastic from Home Depot. Cut the holes with a fly cutter or Dremel and add parts to check for a rough fit.

This is good to get the 3D clearance behind the panel. Then you get your own true "glass panel"...

Gill,
Seeing this makes me think about making my panel from plexi permanently. Of course, it makes it a lot more important to make the wiring and plumbing pretty.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:14 AM
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Gill,
Seeing this makes me think about making my panel from plexi permanently. Of course, it makes it a lot more important to make the wiring and plumbing pretty.
That is pretty neat looking!
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