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1344 (Cardiff) Squadron
Air Training Corps

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Simrod Blog

This is the blog for the construction and development of The 1344Sqn Big Virtual Flight Simulator (affectionately a.k.a The Simrod).

Follow its progress during the build and beyond.

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Technical Problems

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The Blog's been quiet recently, mainly due to finding the time to update it, especially as most of it has been taken up by trying to get the computer to work.

The bad news is that we couldn't get XP to run normally once we re-installed the operating system. it turned out the old motherboard blowing had done some damage to the harddrive. In the end we had to completely re-install the OS.

The good news is that it activated, ...

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It's Painting Time!

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 5:50 AM

Last week was little fiddly bits not worth tweeting about - internal cladding, though we did have to work out how to safely bend the hardboard into position to get a nice curved profile.

Also Cdt Lloyd won the logo competition, his design will be converted into a sim logo - The cadets still have the opporutnity to write a motto for!

03-07 Mar 14

The BFS is being dismantled and we'll be painting it over the next few days

A Judge of Panels

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 6:15 AM

17th -21st Feb

This week we concentrated on mounting the Nimrod Engineer's Panel. At the moment it will remain as just a display until development stage 4 (Advanced Enhancements) where we hope to integrate it into the actual systems.

The position we chose for it reflects where it was mounted in the real Nimrod.

We've also been adding the hardboard wall panels, which will be the visible face of the BFS both inside and out. We should be starting to paint them before the e...

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Camera, Action, Lights!

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

27th-31st Jan 2014

We're happy (and our Sim is too it seems)

Been busy cutting holes in the ceiling. Here's why.

You can also check out the latest photos of the build here

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The EK-OP has Landed

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

While it may appear that things haven't been moving with the BFS since before Christmas this is not the case. While we haven't been at sqn work has been going on in our workshop on designing some of the electrics responsible for running it.

However since Tuesday of this week we've been back and have spent the last couple of days sorting out the Emergency Kick-Out Panel. (Basically an escape hatch in the rear).

We also finished mounting some of the dashb...

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Door without a letter box (Thankfully)

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM


For those of you wondering why this blog has been a bit quiet over the last week or so, it's because we've been mostly concentrating on Scout Post, which takes a lot of time and effort to get done so no time to give to the blog.

That's not to say there hasn't also been work on the sim taking place at the same time.

The door was the next bit to do. Building it to run on a sliding track and accomodate a window has not been easy but the problems created were solved....

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Sim the Light

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

18th - 22nd November

We've spent this last week in high gear, trying to get the Simrod ready for the presentation evening on the 22nd. A few small set backs, including the discovery that our usual computer supplier, Novatech, no longer has a Cardiff Branch. Consiquently when we went to get a replacement motherboard for the computer we couldn't.

However this didn't put us off and we managed to complete the Sim to a level we could show it off. We've still got a lot of screwing and g...

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Inner Light

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 4:25 AM

11th-15th November

We've been working as hard as we can to get as much of it finished as we can before the unvailing at Presentation Evening on the 22nd.

This week we've been working on the internal fittings. It was a good thing we cut the windows out the rear, otherwise we'd have had very little light to see by in our 'enclosed shed' (we did also install a working light as well).

We started with the centre console frame, which is the section that sits between the two pilot ...

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The Outer Limits

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

4th-8th November 13

The Final parts of the outer construction at this stage have been completed, with the holes cut in the rear wall left for the window frame and the kickout panel (escape route), and the rear wall right for the window . All of these had baton frames around them but the windows will be mounted into a slot in section at a later date, as will the panel be.

This leaves us some nice holes to let the light in ...

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a bit roof around the top

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

29th & 30th October

Spent the two days sorting out the roof of the cabin section and it is currently gluing over Thursday (while we enjoy halloween).

We also started on the rear walls, which are designed to be removable should we wish to open the back of the sim for a better view (as well as aid disasembly in flatpack mode. They will have windows cut into them but at a later date.

Friday we ...

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Posted on October 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM

28th October we cut the door in the side wall of the cabin. We needed to do this so we can get in and out once we start putting the back walls on

Side Project Tracked #2

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM

17 September 2013

We took a moment out of the busy flight sim build to mount the ejector seat onto a plinth. CI Tatnell then provided a dummy and parachute to go in it

Roof Roof Roof

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 1:05 PM

18 Oct 2013

Apologies for long gap between posts. Mixture of website issues, time and the fact that what we've been doing is small fiddly bits that aren't worth posting about as much as the bigger end result.

This week we finished the cockpit flight deck side walls to the point where we could start on the roof, which has involved lots of angle cutting as this section slopes down towards the front.

As this sim is basically a big, slot-together kit we had to add the guides whi...

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The Two Towers

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Apologies for not posting anything recently as we've been having a few problems with our website and as you can see we've also altered it a bit.

18-20th September 2013

Construction on the towers began

24th September

Construction on the towers almost completed

27th September 2013

Tried the walls in their positioned, though not all of them as otherwise we wouldn't have been able to get out. Looks good though.

1st October 2013

Shelves for towers cu...

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Floor Down

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

17 Sep 2013

The floor is down and almost finished. It screws together nicely with the tensioning bolts, and more importantly it unscrews.

19 Sep 2013

We've started putting the centre console mounting beams in.

Flooring it

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 4:15 AM

5th-11th September 2013

We've spent the last few days and will be spending the remainder of the week constructing the floor, which consists of 3 sections of 18mm OSB raised on 44x69mm beams. The sections are designed to slot together and are held in place by tensioning bars running the entire length of the sim. These bars are then earthed to the rest of the simulator.

This photo shows the middle section (known as the Fligh...

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Autumn Presentation Evening

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 8:15 AM

We're aiming to get a working version of the sim up and running by the Autumn presentation evening which is currently scheduled for Friday 20th August, however as the CO is keen to have a working version for the night he's decided the date is likely to be pushed back into October, just to give us a bit more time. We're still aiming for mid September though :)

Templates & Towers

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Tuesday 3rd August 2013

Today we cut the hardboard for the templates to be used for driling the screw holes in the floor joists and plates. We had to use a handsaw in the end as the knife, which should have been able to cut through the hardboard, just wouldn't.

We also cut some of the hardboard for the internal floor to go on top of the OSB.

Lastly we clamped an Avionics Tower together to see if we'd have enough room to crawl through it into the avionics bay maintainance are...

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Walls & Roof cutting

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 6:10 AM

2nd September 2013

Work resumes after a brief break. We cut all the 9mm OSB to form the wall panels and roof.

Ventilation & Towers

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:55 AM

15 Aug 13

Put mesh over the ventilation holes in the base and cut the wood for the Avionics towers, which will house the computers and other electrics responsible for powering and running the sim. These are positioned behind the cockpit window monitors