After constantly tweaking the MIP design, I think I’ve finally nailed it down.
The biggest issue for me with the design was how high the monitor was going to be. I use this PC for other stuff, so I need the monitor to be at a comfortable height over the MIP. So last week I finally picked up a new monitor arm so I can see exactly how high the monitor could go and still be comfortable to use.
With that in mind I created a new 1-panel MIP design.
The two big height savers were removing the FMC and switching from using a single 20″ or so monitor for the displays to 3 8.4″ displays. this dropped the height from 14″ to about 11″. With the panel angled a little bit, the height it just about 10″, leaving the monitor and a nice height.
Since I went and ordered 3 monitors, I need a way to hook to them up. So I started shopping for a 2nd video card but that then kicked off a whole shopping spree event. Over the course of the previous week, I ordered:
- GTX 1060 Video Card
- Saitek Flight Yoke
- Saitek Pro Rudder Pedals
- Prepar3d v4
- PMDG 737NGX for P3D
- Subscription to Navigraph
I basically bought everything I’ve been wanting to buy except for the panels and display bezels. I’m hoping to get the panels ordered this week.
This afternoon I came home to a package at my door, the GTX 1060 card had arrived! I was eager to get all my displays hooked up for a test run.
Everything ran and looked great on them.
You’ll notice a small panel there on the left, under the monitor. That’s gonna be my CDU Bay panel. It’ll house the FMC, IRS indicators/switches, engine start switches, switches for exterior lights, aircraft doors, and a keypad. I’m planning on building a simply throttle stand to mount the Jetmax throttle to along with that panel. I’m really debating if I should add another 8.4″ lower Eicas monitor to it though for future 777 flights. Hmm….