Aah, I finally made it into this thread - and how it's grown since I first dropped the OP a pm in the Ubi-zoo.
I've been collecting bits since you kindly replied to me and I'm stuck now, waiting for the delivery of 14 chunky buttons of the momentary kind, lost somewhere betwixt Wales and Devon. I wish all suppliers could be as conscientious as Mr Bodnar, with his next day response.
So I've now acquired a BU0836X, 3xP260 pots, & 1 3-turn pot for pitch trimming, from LB and a nice collection of knobs and switches from a couple of Ebay suppliers. I'm especially pleased with the large and heavy, 58mm Marconi tuning knob destined for the pitch trimming, as well as the winged 27mm radio knobs (x3) and chicken-head switch knobs that are all rather old-fashioned in their way. The missing buttons are fairly large too, requiring a 16mm mounting hole - so I don't expect to be missing any important pushes in the heat of combat.
I'm planning to use some of the pots and switches directly on or around the deck of the CH Force stick that I'm busy converting. The rest will be going into the control panel area that will be running around the left side of my desk. I'll be building that from timber noggins supporting small rectangles of wood-veneered flooring in a concave arc. The panels will slope back about twenty degrees from the vertical and I'll use thin section beading to separate them (and hide all the mis-cut edges!) The whole idea is to put everything within easy reach of my left hand, which is very, er, handy if you are, like me, missing a right hand!
Placement of controls then is a matter of having the most important ones very close by. Less used ones can go to the periphery of the interface, perhaps those used on the ground or from a well trimmed level position in flight. Time and experience will tell. The use of wood will give a feeling of early flying machines even if none of it will resemble any aircraft ever flown. It'll be a wooden panel, possibly with a bit of leather along the top and some bits of brass and steel tacked on, and I'll be happy to let my imagination do the rest
I'll be coming back for some tips on how to wire up this beast; until then, adieu, brave aviators!
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