Building the Overhead Panel

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I began building the overhead panel for the flight simulator. I based the construction on the drawings I found on this excellent web site: and pictures of the Boeing 737 cockpit. Most of the switches on the panel will be operational. My objective is to make it look as real as possible. All indicators will be illuminated. My panel will be a scale down version. A little smaller than the original. I am using 1/2″ Plexiglas to allow for transparency. I processed all the drawings in Adobe Photoshop and printed two version. One on sticker paper and the other version as a negative (inverted with the indicators colored) on transparency paper. After I finish laying out the complete panel I will cover it with another piece of transparent plastic, then drill the holes for the switches, install them and wire them.

Here are a couple of pictures of the initial layout:

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