Thought I would post up the project that I have worked on over the past couple of weekends.
I built the PVC based one about 6 months ago but that was WAY too big for the lounge room and I had nowhere to store it, i had to keep bringing it out and packing it up each time I wanted to use it and it just took too long.
The basic design for the Ottoman based cockpit was to create something functional as a race sim but still looked good in the lounge room (basically keep the missus happy
Here are some photos.
Lid opened, the actual steering wheel is stored inside already on a timber base that just needs to be lifted into place on top of the box. This is then locked into position with a couple of pins.
Gotta love the ole plastic school chair....need to upgrade that I think, but for now its not too bad.
Took the pedals out of the plastic base and reverse mounted them. Put down some blue foam to rest my heels on as just on the MDF base was hard as nails.
...and a bit of Dirt 2 action on the projector
Wanted to make it fully adjustable for other people to be able to use, therefore the seat, gearstick and steering wheel all push forward and are locked down with wing nuts and pins.
The dimensions are 1500mm x 500mm x 500mm. I am 180cm so fits me pretty well. I used 18mm MDF to build it.
Only takes me a couple of minutes to set it up to use. I put some timber feet on the box and sanded them real smooth so it glides easy over the carpet. Then take the lid off, put the steering wheel into position and insert the locking pins, plug in the power and USB and away I go.
All in all I am really happy with how it has come up, yeah there would be a few things I would change if I built it again but for a first run it works a treat, plus it doesn't look too bad in the lounge room. Another plus is that there is plenty of room inside it for storage too.
Update: Here is a pic of the new seat installed, more pics on Page 5.