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Showroom Started ordering stuff... Countdown to 2DOF build.

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Projects' started by Archie, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. noorbeast

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    That is looking good @Archie!
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    yes motion looks good, maybe if you get a chance to do vid showing more the sim.
    Dont worry about Rob and his selection of seats.
    we drive whats comfortable.
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    Will do @bsft. I will make a tour video. Trouble is finding time in daylight when the kids / wife are not going to yell upstairs mid video!! :)

    It's a bit rough looking at the moment the sim as I've not really added "nice bits" or painted the metal, but it's passable :)
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  4. noorbeast

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    I enjoyed the curious child as comic relief in the last video ;)

    Finishing touches and background people don't really matter, it is just about motion refinement where the video shows the sim movement better.
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    Lol, yeah I agree with noorbeast. The kid was quite curious.:)

    Looking forward to another video when you find the time.
    And as bsft mentioned, motion looks really good. Great stuff!
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    Static tour of the sim. Not very exciting, but you get the general idea.
    Space is really limited (as you will see) but I still manage to get full sway / heave with the set up I have.

    Still to do:

    Install a foot plate on the steel base, hiding all the wires and PSU etc. - Either MDF+Aluminium plate or MDF + Carbon Fibre (3D/4D) film
    Paint the steel with black enamel.
    Tidy up the wood support for the monitor, cover it / paint it after sanding.

    I will try and post one of movement (motors etc) but filming in my room is limited, it's only small so getting the angle to film is tricky!

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9UVNikjcBjCSUI5REVIWktRSjA/view?usp=sharing

    Tagged those that wanted to see: @bsft @noorbeast @GIB SimRacing
    (Anything you want to see specifically, let me know.)
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    Thanks for that @Archie, I am downloading it now to have a little squiz, as it is a pretty big file and I have a lousy net connection.
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    Thanks @Archie . Thumbs up for making it fit in that room!:thumbs

    You have your seat adjustable, how does that affect the motion?
    I was thinking I might have to have my seat in a fixed position, but it would be awesome to keep it adjustable.
    Have you got any advise on that, mate?
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    Seat rails ok as long as lighter and shorter driver using it. Best make seat still and wheel and pedals adjustable.
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    Yeah I reckon that would be better @bsft . I have a couple of ideas floating around for that atm....see what I can make. Cheers.
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    Hey @GIB SimRacing - Yeah, best to make it a static seat. I set up my sim to take my weight with all the gear and set the COG for me.
    My son (the other user) is only 7 and skinny as a rake, so even when fully forward, he gets thrown around anyway!

    I have very broad shoulders and I've yet to find a bucket seat I find comfortable for the long haul. I find most try to "curve me" around when I sit back in them.
    I did not think I would play the Sim for long periods, but fired up pCars and did the Nurburg for just under 3.5 hours last night :oops:
    Seat is comfy as!!
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    Had to dismantle the desk you see and move the sim into a position where I could set it up and not worry about moving it.
    I made the base taper in so that it would sit in beside my desk for easy access. I actually sit in my sim, check the forums and then go for a wee race, so it's kind of like my office chair now :)
    (Wife always has a giggle when she comes in and I'm sat typing away in a car seat!)
    The whole sim comes apart if needed and can be taken out of the room. Not an easy task, but can be done...

    I may need to move the desk once I start playing with different CTC length levers, but for now it moves just fine with about 2-3cm each side to spare.

    This is an early shot, pre move... Lots of work!
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    The sim seat is now where those bean bags are, and the TV / Xbox / bean bags are where the photo was taken from.
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    I could not help but chuckle to myself over the irony that you managed to squeeze a whole sim into that tiny space, while I went to great pains to build a compact sim but have whole room for it, at least until the Omni arrives!

    Nice job @Archie.
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    After 3.5hours in my seat I have a square arse! Can't wait to see what happens after a lengthy session when it moving:eek:

    But yes, back to my question earlier, I will make the seat non-adjustable and have a go at making the rest of the sim adjust.
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    Oh Sh*t... Look at the time... Damn you Project CARS!!!

    Anyway, managed to get a good video from Nordschleife.. Will post tomorrow!
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    Do you not have Assetto Archie ?
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    Lol @Archie . As they say, time flies when you are having fun! Personally, I have not tried pCars but have had a few good sessions in Assetto Corsa......................Man am I looking forward to racing with motion.
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    @Nick Moxley - Yeah mate, I have AC but I get much better feedback / pitch / motion from the Nord track in pCars. I have heard a few people complain that pCars is not that good, but I love Nords on it. Maybe because Nords in AC is a community track and not a developer track.

    However, you can't go past Spa in AC either!! :)

    So many damn choices.... :D
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    I have recorded a video of a flying lap of Nords in a Formula A car in pCars.

    Space is tight, so filming me playing and having the screen in shot is a pain, so I taped an iPhone to my screen and had it filming me, and then used Fraps to capture the screen. Then I flipped the iPhone footage horizontally so that the steering direction matches. I think it worked out quite well.

    First time I tried, I found out that the iPhone records Video @ 25fps, and FRAPS @ 30 fps. Had to record again and limit fraps to 25fps.
    Video of the track looks a bit choppy in sections, but normally it's slick.

    It does not look like there is much movement, but trust me when you are flying down the straights at 237kmh the slightest movement is amplified.. It's an incredible experience (as you sim owners already know) I'm totally addicted!!!

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9UVNikjcBjCRG9EOGpqUll1RWc/view?usp=sharing

    PS - None of that fancy ABS / Traction Control / Stability Control.. Pfffft. Just me and wheel :)
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