Tuesday, October 19, 2010

An Overview; or, What is this thing there, and what does it do?

What follows will be an overview of my setup and my cockpit.
My cockpit is about five feet tall and about six feet long.  It's frame is made of PVC pipe, it's desk, floor and roof are made of plywood.  The walls are made from a different sort of plywood called luan.  It's what they use to make the doors for the rooms of your house.  It's painted black with silver accents on the inside, the desk is braced with 2x4s and it's carpeted.  Inside it sits my captain's chair, made out of an old desk chair, some scrap plywood and some more PVC pipes.  It, too, is black.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Materials; or What I'm Sitting in Right Now

A recipe for a Cockpit:
-about 90' of 1" Schedule 40 PVC Pipe
-38 mixed 1" Schedule 40 PVC Pipe Connectors
-Approximately two 4'x8' plywood sheets
-about 6 1/8th inch 4'x8' luan door skins
-one 2x4
-scrap carpet
-two cans of silver spray paint
-two cans of black spray paint
-one pint of black wall paint
-one old desk chair
-one keyboard tray from an old desk
-screws of various sizes

The beginning; or How this all got started

Ideas for a cockpit have been bouncing around in my head for years, and the furthest that they ever got to becoming reality was a few sketches and talk.  I started saving money for a purpose I hadn't decided yet, and a few months down the road I decided that the money was for my cockpit.  I had always had the drive to build one, but never the funding.

A Primer; or Getting to Know your Captian

Call me Renic.  I've been playing videogames since I got my first NES for my fifth birthday, and I've been wanting to have a custom cockpit for space and flight sim games ever since I picked up my first joystick.  The idea has been floating around in my head for years, and I've finally started on the path to total in-game immersion.