Building your own private flight simulator sure is a lot of fun and can be a rewarding hobby. Of course, I you happen to be an experienced engineer and/or have access to fancy stuff like CNC routers, laser cutters and 3D printers, your simpit is likely going to be indiscernible from the real cockpit.
I believe however, that it IS possible to build a decent simulator/cockpit without specialized tools and skills. These tutorials therefore are intended to work with ordinary tools only.
There is a lot of useful information on the internet on how to build your very own flight simulator, one very good source for the F-18 Hornet obviously beeing www.hornetpits.org, with its friendly and always helpful members! Yet I still found it hard to obtain certain information, which left me with a lot of trial and error until I got some parts right. To help other simpit builders out a little, I'll try and provide some information here on how I made certain items and parts.
Please note: None of this information claims to be the best or most comprehensive method and certainly not the only possible way of getting something done - it's just the way it worked out for me . The same applies to referenced sources of supply or specific brands, the companies (unfortunately) don't pay me for doing so - their parts just worked out fine for my build.
Working time approx. 20 min.
I found it difficult (and expensive) to source realistic looking caps for switches like the ones used in the Hornet, so I decided to make them myself.
Working time from 5 min. to years, depending on your project...
Do you want to use real buttons, switches, potentiometers and rotary encoders with your simulator? Here is how to do make it work!
Working time approx. 5 hrs.
How to easily build yourself a fully realistic (spring loaded) general aviation ignition/starter switch with only basic tools for under 25 €.