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#164924 - 04/12/07 08:57 AM My "other" hobby
Sidereal Offline
frequent flier

Registered: 02/17/07
Posts: 19
Loc: Northern Massachusetts, USA

some folks in this forum might enjoy a peek into the other area of time spent: the General Purpose Cockpit - or GPC.

GPC is an attempt at simulating a large variety of vehicles, from planes & helicopters, to mechwarriors & trains, to the occasional NASCAR racer.

It serves as a scaffold for developing various electronic bits (the part i enjoy most), and as a "get-away" - a sort of primitive version of Star Trek's holodeck.

Here's a shot of the console - a continual work in progress:

Just about everything (alpha displays, custom panels, things displayed on CRTs) is re-definable, so most things get re-used across the variety of simulations.

If an API is provided, (such as in flightsim or Orbiter , you can get very involved with hardware support. Flightsim models many existing aircraft displays, and you can make your own if you are handy with C++.

Speaking of Orbiter (which is free, definitely check it out), here's a shot just prior to docking with "Space Station V" from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Note the information on the CRTs is different from the 1st image. A projector provides the 8-foot-plus view out the front window.

Contrast this to the original image:

Ever since i saw this movie as a kid, i wanted to shoot this approach. The major difference is: the simulator is much more functional than the movie set was.

It's a good place to "disappear" to when the wife wants to see a movie that i have no interest in.


In all things: balance.

#164925 - 04/12/07 09:05 AM Re: My "other" hobby [Re: Sidereal]
nickbuol Offline

Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 4660
Loc: Marion, IA
One word.... WOW!
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#164926 - 04/12/07 10:15 AM Re: My "other" hobby [Re: Sidereal]
PeterChenoweth Offline

Registered: 10/23/03
Posts: 1349
Loc: Jacksonville, IL
uhmm... whoa. Hats off to you. That's incredible.

And I thought a joystick made a flight sim 'realistic'.
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#164927 - 04/12/07 11:16 AM Re: My "other" hobby [Re: Sidereal]
HomeDad Offline

Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
I wanna play!
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

#164928 - 04/12/07 11:39 AM Re: My "other" hobby [Re: HomeDad]
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8334
Loc: Tacoma
Good Lord, Elden. You're not kidding, are you?

Amazing. I ain't never seen no shiznit like that before.

You have a community for this sort of thing, or are you your very own unique freak show?
bibere usque ad hilaritatem

#164929 - 04/12/07 11:49 AM Re: My "other" hobby [Re: Sidereal]
chesseroo Offline

Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 4929
Loc: western canada
That does look like fun.
I had a friend who was on a simulator once for the Canadian Space Agency. He threw up. But that's what happens when you are not used to zero gravity conditions.

"Those who preach the myths of audio are ignorant of truth."

#164930 - 04/12/07 12:00 PM Re: My "other" hobby [Re: chesseroo]
Murph Offline

Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 6884
Loc: PEI, Canada

OMFG!! Can I come play at your house?

When I was younger, somebody bought me "The Space Shuttle Operator's Manual" for Christmas. Not the 'Nasa' one obviously but a published book that explained every freaking button and dial in the cockpit of the space shuttle and had detailed lists of the takeoff and landing procedures and such and huge foldouts of all the instrument panels to follow along if you wanted.

It was cool to see how long it would take you to find that certain button out of hundreds. The novelty wore off long before you could get to the end of the list but with your setup.........
With great power comes Awesome irresponsibility.

#164931 - 04/12/07 12:57 PM Re: My "other" hobby [Re: Murph]
BrenR Offline

Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 3602
Loc: Winnipeg MB Canada
This is the closest I ever got to something of that magnitude.

Bren R.

#164932 - 04/12/07 04:49 PM Re: My "other" hobby [Re: BrenR]
skyhawk669 Offline

Registered: 01/23/06
Posts: 436
Loc: Austin, TX
That's so cool! I love Orbiter and I had to cut back on it a little bit because I was spending hours on it!
That's another reason I want to build a nice htpc for my projection room, nothing better than playing some sim with a 100" image!

Do you have more pics of your setup? With the lights on? I always wanted to design something similar, though it would be mostly geared towards standard flightsims.

#164933 - 04/12/07 11:54 PM Re: My "other" hobby [Re: Sidereal]
pmbuko Offline
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Registered: 04/02/03
Posts: 16308
Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
Very nice. Now make me one.
"I wish I had documented more…" said nobody on their death bed, ever.

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