Construction of the simulator began in 2011. It is now 2016 and I am perplexed to why the build has taken so long to complete. Of course, opting to try and use OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) parts whenever possible has added significant time to the project - especially the procurement of parts.
LEFT: Forward overhead using OEM parts (click to enlarge).
Most of the parts that make up the forward overhead have now been obtained and assembly of the components is well advanced. Very soon the wiring from the panels to the Phidgets cards will begin. This will be followed by several hours of testing to check correct functionality and to ensure perfect harmony between components and systems.
A basic frame has been constructed to enable the overhead to be easily positioned to enable the wiring to be done with a little more ease. After the forward overhead is completed, work on the aft overhead will commence. Rome, it seems, was not built in a day.
Certainly, completion of the forward overhead will be the major project over the next few months.