After spending time working with some minor, but frustratingly time consuming 'teething problems' with the throttle quadrant, I decided it was time to do something different. Therefore, I have added a meter or so to the front of the platform. The reason for the addition was to make an area on the platform for the computers and power supplies to reside, rather than just sit on the floor of the room.
Addition From Wood - Not Aluminium
To use aluminium for the forward addition is a waste of material and resources. After all, the forward section of the platform is located behind the Main Instrument Panel (MIP) and is not readily visible. I have used wood obtained from the local recycling center - I enjoy recycling products as much as possible...
The platform I am using is modular, and it's comparitively easy to add sections to increase its overall size.
In the photograph above, a Nicolson router is being used to make the circular holes that will be used to route the cables from the throttle unit to the IMM and computer. While most of the cabling will be under the platform, several custom VGA cables coming from the throttle unit will lie above the platform and be secured in a tube surround.
Nicolson Tools (USA)
Nicolson tools are made in the USA and the company produces very heavy and beefy products; the very sharp router made short work of the wood!
The forward platform addition will fit snugly against the existing aluminium platform and blend almost seamlessly.
Other articles dealing with the floor structure can be read below.