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Center, TQ Ped and MIP by Project45


Hey Dave,

You need to be searching for 15.6" Widescreen LCDs.

Like this used  ASUS 15.6 Widescreen on eBay HERE

But, being that I am practically in the same boat as you are and I am rebuilding my MIP with center monitor(s), I would go with the 9" screen in landscape mode.  The side distortion will drive you crazy.

Sorry Ron,

I purchased the 9" monitors for the center. I was talking about the 15" monitor for the left or right.

I didn't notice the ratio and bought a used 4:3 unit for $25. When that didn't fit, I realized that I need the 15" with a 16:9 size ratio. Can't find one that is older and used (most are 4:3). The 16:9 that are offered are new and the price is $150 or above. I may have to use a 16" that I have and such it up on the Davtron.

If anyone has a used left or right 15" spare, please let me know.




Do you have a custom monitor tower?  Ron's design uses a 4:3 15" monitor for the DUs.  Most of the rest of us are using 15" monitors for the DU.

Jason Hite FlightDeckSoft

Hey Dave,

As Jason just mentioned, the correct size for the LCD monitors behind the Display Units are 15" standard 4:3.

You might be thinking it is not the right size because maybe you do not have your Display Units installed yet or maybe you have the DUs intalled and they do not cover up the metal edges of the LCD screen.  This photo shows the raw Aluminum MIP, MIP Backer and the two 15" Standard LCD screens.


Notice that the metal edges of the LCD screens are running along the left and right edges?  And it looks like the screens are too low.  All this is okay if you are using our Display Unit building method.

If your DU bezels are the correct size and you are using what I call a "Bezel Mask" which in the case of the DUs that I make are made of construction paper, everything should fit perfectly.  Things are very tight but perfect.  The 15" standard LCD screen is the only option to make EVERYTHING fit perfectly including things like the Davtron clocks and the GPWS indicators.

As you can see from the photo below, the Display Units have all their switch hardware built into the bottom of the bezels.  This way nothing is interfering with the monitors behind the MIP.  You can also see how the Bezel Mask gives the Display Units their desired look and also perfectly hide the metal edges of the LCD screens behind the MIP.

I hope this clears things up.  If not, please post some photos of the issues you are having and maybe I can help you with what is not going right.


I saw your post on the backer paper for the DU bezel. Actually that solves my issue with the monitor.

An apology to all.  I finally unpacked ALL I packed in NC to move here to TN. I found all the bezels from Alan. The DU bezels have a clear monitor cover which includes the bezel mask.

I found RMUs, AoA and several other bezels I didn't know I had.

I also found at least 6 Arduino cards. I even have a Boeing FMC.

Thanks all for your input.


Per your advice,  I ordered 2 9 inch monitors thru Amazon. They were Chinese, $33 and hdmi input. The problem was customs. Ordered on 11/6. On 11/9 they entered Chinese customs in Shanghai.  As of today, they are still there. An advantage of Amazon. They already refunded the funds.

A few days ago, I ordered 2 more 9 inch monitors from Camacho at Amazon. They arrived in 2 days on Friday. They have 4 connections and well done. They come apart easily and fit well into the MIP Backer. As soon as I finish, I will send a photo. Painted the MIP and about to paint the backer.

Next step - add the bezels and attach to tower. On to the seat.

Hi Dave, yes, ordering from China has it's price advantages but also some major time disadvantages.  It can take months for the item(s) to arrive.  In most case with a Chinese order, the item(s) has not even left the factory in China within three days.  Sometimes five days after I order I get an email saying that the order is being processed.

I need help.

Once I built all the pieces (measure 4 times, cut once) everything fit perfectly. I did notice one problem (the thickness of my MIP Backer is 1.25"). The bottom of the MIP reached over top of the TQ panel where the test panel sits and the rear of the Yoke head was only 2" from the lower MIP.

Would someone please tell me the distance from the center of the panel portion of the MIP to the rear of the Yoke head cover. I cut the supports on the MIP tower and moved it towards the front of the Sim. Just want to be more exact than an eyeball.

Hey Dave,

I have my MIP out of my shell.  As a matter of fact, it is in California!

To try to answer your question, my best guess is about 3 inches.


These are the best photos I have that shows how close the back of the column covers are to the lower panels.  If I recall, there is about 3 inches of forward travel and about 8 inches of rear travel of the columns measured at the top of the column head.  The reason for the mismatch in numbers is a theory and who knows, probably has some truth to it:

"You do not want to push too far forward or the aircraft will go into whole number negative Gs.  Also the ground is down there!"


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