When I decided to make an entire cockpit I spent ages doing internet research. This included finding as many detailed photos of the real A-10C cockpit as possible, as well as following other users home builds on various forums.
Some of the places I spent far too much time:
Also- if you are committed to the Warthog I cannot recommend you purchase the book enough:
If anyone has any other good research material- let me know and ill add it to this list!
When I made the decision to go full Warthog and build an entire simulator cockpit I was looking for plans for an A-10C cockpit. I wanted something that had already been prepared and were ready to build, rather than me having to design it based on photos of the real thing while guessing dimensions.
There were not many out there at the time, but I found a set of plans that had already been designed by an ED forum member called Flim.
Flim used to have his own website dedicated to selling them, but it has since been taken down. They are now sold only via PM on the ED Forums, or via his email Flim.firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a read of this thread for more info.
His files are reasonably priced at $75 USD and have everything you need to build the outside structure of an A-10C, including the Main Instrument Panel, the Left and Right Consoles, and a replica ACES Ejection Seat. He also sells those parts individually as well if you don't want the entire thing.
I paid full price for those plans, and they are not my intellectual property to share. If you want them for yourself, please contact him on the links above!
Some of the 'pros' of the plans, and reasons why I chose to buy them:
Some of the 'cons' of the plans:
Here is a view of the FreeCad file that came with the plans. Shows the Seat and the Front Console. Left and Rights consoles are also included.
FreeCad file of the ACES-2 Ejection Seat. This one was designed from measurements of the real thing. I confirmed this, as my real seat cushions fit like a glove.
FreeCad view of the front console. I made lots of changes to the front panel, but the rest stayed the same. My edited front is available in the downloads section.
Here is a view of the edits I made to the Main Instrument Panel. The stock one is on top, the edited one below. You can see I added a cutout where the AHCP sits to get it as close as possible to the monitor, and added individual cutouts for centre mounted instruments. The parts on the right of it are designed to be cut from thicker wood, then bolted on to to give it depth.
Here is a view of one of the typlical .DXF files (intentionally low res- not mine to share). They are ready to go straight into a CNC machine, and give you all the parts you would need to put the left console together. Multiple files come for each section of the cockpit.
Here is a video I made back in 2019 about the same topic.
Remember to like and subscribe on Youtube!
There are others plans out there - free ones.
There are not many other plans out there that I could find, but if you know of any please contact me and ill add them here!
Copyright © 2022 The Warthog Project - All Rights Reserved.
Powered by Coffee and Hate. And 30mm APDS-T.