Originally Posted by claycookiemonster
One of the many wonderful things about the newer glass instruments is how SO MUCH information can be compressed into a smaller space than the old "Six-pack" days of round dials. Attachment 24517
My tentative panel will leave room along the bottom of the panel unused, so I'm interested in cutting the panel along the bottom to allow for a longer stick and more leg room.
I'm concerned that cutting off that rounded corner at the bottom will reduce the integrity of the panel. Am I over thinking that? I know I could always rivet some angle along the newer edge down there.
You will need the angle at the bottom for structural integrity. If you are really "bent" on more room, a couple of options I can think of:
1) When I laid out my new panel, I was looking for MORE length at the bottom, not less(for switches). Turns out, Vans makes an oversized panel. Bill from Up North Aviation who cut my panel has the CAD RV8 template, so he was able to create an RV8 panel from the blank stock rectangle panel to fit the RV8, but just a little longer. I suspect he could do the same, only shorter, leaving the bend at the bottom if you wanted. In the end, I used the stock panel, but I considered having Bill cut one a little longer.
2) Stu chimed in - but I like what he did and took a picture. Here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nkZvtgbIoo