here are a couple pics of the recently completed panel for my 8A project:
Consistent with my overall 'WWII bars and stars' scheme, I wanted an old school look and feel with modern functionality and proven reliability. A few features:
-inset center panel for better knee room and improved cockpit ergonomics (IMHO). Now stick full forward does not reach the panel (stick is also bent). Inset panel distance to eyeballs is now more like side by side RVs.
-Autopilot is VSVG for 430W coupled approaches.
-Transponder is Trig T22 and is 2020 ADSB compliant.
-Ram mount ball is for Ipad mini for when I cant resist being distracted from flying the plane. Plane is also equipped with Garmin GDL39 3D adsb radio to feed the ipad, and APRS.
The center of the panel was inset with light weight aluminum spacers, and I canted the 430W up 15 degrees to improve viewability and avoid cutting F-802N-1 upper fwd brace. Even with the setback the 430 just fits in there with 1/4 inch to spare, using 90 degree BNC adapters. I also fabbed some aluminum bezels to cover the gaps on the side of inset panel.
Painted with Concept then clear coated with 'flexed and flat' low gloss clear coat after labeling with Decal Pro system.
Here's a close up of the inset spacers, which set the center panel back 1 3/4"