Sim Cockpit System
Cockpit System is owned and operated by Kurt and
Mike Gamnig. Kurt, a retired airline pilot, has developed
several available cockpits. He has stated that his designs
are inspired from the simulators he used while working as
a commercial pilot. This review will feature the Model
SCS-F3 with the Screen Magnifier FL-3 (fresnel lens).
Construction and Design
entire system can be assembled with a crescent wrench and
philips screwdriver. The directions for assembly are to the
point and adequate. Construction time for me was approximately
ninety minutes. Everything is straightforward and it should
be easy for anyone to build this kit.
The unit is primarily made out of
heavy gauge square steel tubing. The desk tops are made of
laminated wood similar to what most office computer stations
are made of. The framework is secured together with stout
screws and hex nuts. Some of the framework has custom anchors
fitted into the steel so that just a screw is necessary. This
is a nice feature as there are no screws extending out to
snag anyone brushing against it. The unit has four adjustable
feet to ensure a good footing. The cockpit is built like a
tank and should last any simmer a lifetime.
The system is designed for a LCD monitor.
I did use a CRT with it but this is NOT recommended. The platform
for the monitor is on the extreme end of the cockpit so a
CRTs weight can cause an imbalance and tipping may occur.
A simple mod to alleviate this would be to add legs to the
monitor support. Another alternative would be to make/buy
a monitor pedestal instead of using the supplied board. The
latter seems the best idea if you are going to use a fresnel
lens. This is because you will have greater freedom to get
your focal point with the lens.
The dimensions of the unit are below.
(Please note that the desktop height is variable up and down
by approximately an inch. Also, the Fresnel lens height is
variable by several inches.)
34 ½ (87.63cm)
40 ¼ (102.24cm)
20 ½ (52.07cm)
with Fresnel Lens: 42 ½ (107.95cm)
Width: 18 ½ (46.99cm)
Viewing Area: 19 x 15 ¼ (48.26cm x 38.73cm)
- 24 ½ (62.23cm) Diagonally
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