Made a couple of design decisions before applying the paint to the MIP stand. Worries that all of the movement around the shop would break the fragile fiber board, I added some hardwood feet:
Also decided to knock out the forward console. It houses the CDU and an additional EICAS screen. I won't be bothering with the EICAS for now, although I really want to get my CDU working. Mine is a plug and play unit from Engravity.
See those tricky angles at the front? That's a 135 degree kink near the bottom. To get the miters just right I used (for the first time) a digital angle guide on my table saw. Boy did that save me some time! Need to half that 135 degree angle? No problem sir, 67.5 degrees coming up:
I couldn't resist - bolted the MIP pieces to the stand and put the seat in front to check the ergonomics (what little there are at this stage):
All felt pretty darned good! Next up - I'll cut a hole in the MIP and forward consoles to fit a 19" Acer screen. It will provide the visuals for the Primary Flight Display (PFD) and the Navigation Display (ND). Then I'll get some paint on, lug the whole thing up to my guest bedroom, rig up some of the wiring and fly the sucker - it's been too long since I took to the "air".