VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

-POSTING RULES
-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.

  #1  
Old 10-14-2014, 06:48 PM
JRichichi JRichichi is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: League City, TX
Posts: 105
Default Up North Aviation Pirep

I just wanted to post a quick note to anyone thinking about getting their panel CNC cut. I just had my panel done by Up North Aviation. Bill did a great job at converting my DXF file into the real thing. He also knew the Van's part number for the "oversized" panel I needed. Below is a pic of the panel he sent me. The panel was cut and shipped the day after I sent him the file. I wish I could work that fast on the rest of the plane!! I also included a pic of the CAD model of what the final product should look like. I'll post a pic of the panel when it's finally installed in the plane.




Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-14-2014, 07:00 PM
Dvalcik's Avatar
Dvalcik Dvalcik is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Royersford, PA
Posts: 883
Thumbs up I Concur

Bill does great work and provides outstanding customer service.
__________________
David
EAA 1250 KPTW
Royersford, PA
david@rv12pilot.com
2021 VAF Supporter


RV12 #568 EAB
* Started 9/30/2011
* 1st flight 8/30/12


http://www.rv12pilot.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/dvalcik
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-15-2014, 02:11 AM
chris mitchell chris mitchell is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: near Harrogate, England
Posts: 392
Default Excellent service

Bill was great to work with and spent a long time working with me to refine my panel layout. The final product (sorry - no photos yet) is well finished. It was a lot less fuss than the performance I went through with my RV-8 panel. Well worth the $$ or in my case ??.

Highly recommended - Ill add some photos soon.
__________________
Chris Mitchell

Repeat offender;
RV-8, QB, built, flown 150 hours, sold;
RV-4 - attempted repair, rebuild and remediation - abandoned and junked ;
RV-4 fuselage and wing kits - both at QB stage;
2015-2018 dues paid!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-15-2014, 08:39 AM
rbibb's Avatar
rbibb rbibb is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Freericksburg, VA
Posts: 624
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JRichichi View Post
I also included a pic of the CAD model of what the final product should look like. I'll post a pic of the panel when it's finally installed in the plane.

Where did you get the model files for the avionics? Dis you just create them from whatever dimensions you could get from the manuals and guess the missing ones? It would be a great pubic service if we could develop a library of solid model files for popular avionics devices (still wishing one would show up for a Lycoming but that seems a pipe dream).
__________________
Richard Bibb
RV-4 N144KT
Fredericksburg, VA
KEZF
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-15-2014, 02:29 PM
JRichichi JRichichi is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: League City, TX
Posts: 105
Default CAD Files

I think that would be a great idea to have an area where we could store/retrieve CAD models. Maybe keeping the models on one of the CAD sharing websites (www.grabcad.com??) would be good and then just linking to the websites. A "CAD Model" thread would have all of the links to various sources in it.

As far as where I got my CAD files, AFS sent me the model of their AF-5600 (thanks again!!) and many of the switches (NKK & IDEC) I was able to get from their companies websites. Small things like screws and nuts I got from the McMaster website (I think the McMaster website is a CAD junkies wet dream!). Just about everything else I modeled up myself (with varying levels of fidelity).

For the Garmin radios, I made them from a combination of what I could find in their manuals and the actual radios themselves. They are not that high of fidelity. I mainly was worried about getting them dimensionally correct so I could get the cutout in the panel correct and the subpanel brackets/cutouts correct. As far as getting the screens to "display", I just added a picture (properly cropped) taken from the users manuals to the CAD model to make it look like the display was on. I really wish Garmin would have "dumb" models of their hardware for folks like us to use. It's not like I plan to get into the avionics business or anything. It just would be nice to have had the actual CAD files of the various radio racks. It would have made life much easier on that front.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:41 PM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.