Building A Boeing 737 Yoke

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HERE s THE THREE PIECES,The Top Section Part 1 The Centre Section. The Lower Section Part 3, Here s a Basic rundown of how it all works below with a step by step description. This was the basic Idea which progressed to what you see below. Part 1 ROLL AILERON ACTION, Take a look at the above illustration It s pretty simple if you study it But. basically this is how it works Shaft B rotates in two bushes in Frame C On one. end of the shaft is bolted plate A this is what you fix your control wheel to On the. other end of the shaft is attached a toothed pulley D The pulley prevents the. shaft from being pulled forward and I have attached two locknuts inside the rear top. upright plate of frame C to stop the shaft from being pushed back. It then follows that if you rotate plate A shaft B transmits that motion to Pulley D. A second pulley is attached to the potentiometer F which is fitted to the lower. bracket on frame C The two pulleys are joined by a toothed belt which then. transmits the rotational motion of upper pulley D to lower pulley D and. consequently the pot, In my prototype I have also included an adjuster so I can get the drive belt to sit. nice on the pulleys without any tension which may damage the potentiometer. That s how the Ailerons will be driven,Here s some photo s to give you a better idea.
Part 2 Refinements, Look at the above picture See a nut is welded to the side plate and threaded rod is. run thru the nut OK it then follows that if you support a piece of threaded rod on. both ends like this then the nuts 1 act as a bearing allowing the threaded rod to. rotate and 2 act as stop collars preventing the rod from moving backwards and. forwards Because none of the rotating parts in this yoke are under any kind of. strain this was an ideal solution for the column hinge point and the control wheel. rotating shaft, So looking at the diagram in Part 1 what I did was weld two nuts on the inside of. frame B and used 8mm threaded rod to join plate A and pulley D. The Yoke is attached to the front end, Above is a picture of Roberto Soriano s yoke and below is a picture of the Boss I. made to replace plate A in Part 1, Now in order to get the yoke right upto the column the nut you see welded to the. plate will have to fit inside the yoke Look again at the picture of the Control wheel. and you will see a Grey area in the centre I used a 32mm hole cutter to remove. this piece from the front it s going to be hidden by the Engravity Chart Plate This. allowed me access to the inside of the yoke to prepare my fixings and also to fit a. locknut to secure the position of the control wheel on the shaft. The four smaller holes will allow me to use 4mm nuts and bolts to secure the boss. to the Control wheel itself The larger hole above the nut will carry the switch. leads duly wrapped in PVC cable wrap to protect them. Remembering that we are using a Fibreglass Moulded Yoke here Fibreglass is. notoriously brittle and unforgiving to shock or stress before cracking or breaking I. built up the rear face of the yoke with epoxy filler to about 6mm thick to give it extra. strength I have also placed some 2mm rubber gaskets between the glassfibre and. all metal items It s all fitted together well and I m confident that it will now work. without causing problems, Ok that s got the top of the Yoke working lets move on to the bottom The.
refinements to the bottom are further down,PART 3 THE PITCH ELEVATOR ACTION. The Down Pipe A rocks on centre shaft B Also attached to centre shaft B are. two fulcrum levers C D From fulcrum D a drive rod E is attached to. potentiometer F Attached to fulcrum C are two Gas Struts H 50 newton force. 60mm travel to give the yoke a positive feel The forward backward travel can be. limited by the adjusters G Remembering in a neutral position the Boeing Yoke is. not upright but has a slightly forward lean, I ve used 60mm travel Gas Struts rated at 50n These were obtained from. www sgs engineering com in DERBY England If I ever have to do this again I would. probably go for a higher force strut 50n is good but if you want to grunt when you. use the yoke use a higher rated strut, So remembering that at the centre position you will need the struts also in their. centre This will give you push and pull pressure as you use the yoke in Pitch. The Next Step, Given that the concept is correct and that the idea actually works I am now going. to refine the design The top part is fine all it needs is tidying up The bottom. assembly will be modified so that all the mechanism fits onto the centre block This. will allow the unit to be mated up with the CH Rudder Pedals for a more realistic. look and positioning, So off to the workshop hacksaw in hand o here s he result.
To mate up to the CH Rudders the maximum width you can use including any cover. is 90mm This is the distance between the pedals For a comfortable fit the yoke. column must fit up against the back of the Rudder Unit So it was necessary to. move all the mechanics apart from the forward Gas Strut to behind the column. Additionally given that top of the column is 80cms above floor level stability was. also a problem So I changed the original plywood base for an aluminium checker. plate panel 80 of the problem is cured When I am satisfied that the operation. and reliability is 100 the unit will be bolted to the floor. Here s a look at the New Mechanism, I ve used some multi pin connectors for the three leads per potentiometer and. ribbon cable with an IDC plug and socket for the buttons so that removal is quick. So It s Off To Test It, No two cockpits are the same setup and no two items will use the same. interface controller joystick card So you will have to calibrate and configure on your. own I m afraid, I then put the unit in my pit to find out what adjustments have to be made Not. only does it have to look right it also has to feel and control properly So let s play. with the control assignments and feel forces to get it right before making the. cover for the mechanism,Fitting a Spring to Give Feel On the Roll Axis. If you look at my original drawing you will see that my first idea was to fit a lug. behind the upper pulley and attach a spring to that lug But when I started to look. at assembling the yoke it transpired that 1 there was not enough free space to do. this and 2 I had contact with the belt, So a new approach was needed Here s how it panned out.
On the upper pulley D I welded a small arm shown in the above shots A Dome headed 6mm allen. bolt is passed thru the hole in the end and bolted in place The reason for the 5mm kink is so that. the arm bolt spring is kept clear of the drive belt This pulley is then fixed to the centre shaft B and. one end of the spring is seated on the 6mm bolt A second bolt is placed in the downleg of the. assembly and the other end of the spring is fixed there as in the shot below. Now as the roll axis is moved the spring action gives feel and brings the yoke back to centre when. at rest The added bonus is that the welded leg acts as a limiter to the range of rotation by. contacting the wall of the upright tube when rotated By filing off the red areas in the upper left. shot I have the control wheel rotating 45 degrees left and right of centre Makes calibration a. dawdle and accurate Very happy now with the result It s as good as bought one o. Part 4 Base refinements, If you look on page 1 at the picture of the original prototype and now look at the. almost complete article there s a world of difference Please remember that the. prototype was made from,scrap strip metal and was only. to prove the concept What you,see in Part 3 of this document is. purely now to explain the,mechanics of the idea From. this prototype all the dimensions,were calculated A proper box.
has been made from 5mm mild,steel plate and the mechanics. have now been enclosed All,painted up it looks very good and. professional,What about a realistic control,wheel for the top then This one. is made by Roberto Soriano from,El Salvador Despatched in 4. days and here a week later Price,Jan 2008 was US 120 35.
viro online hotmail com,it s a fibreglass moulded yoke. which is hollow and as soon as I,have fixed it all I ll fill it with. expanding foam to give it a solid feel sound, So far so good But I was looking to make a better finished product for inclusion in. the cockpit So onto Mark3, Using the concepts learnt building the previous versions it was simple to re work. the design into the FINAL version,Part 5 The Final Version.
Whilst the top of the yoke remains unchanged from the original idea I was not completely. satisfied with the appearance of the Mk2 So having borrowed an idea from a colleague I. decided to enclose the mechanism completely This meant that bearing in mind that the. rudder pedals have to be a good fit against the back of the casing for a comfortable. control position this is how it was done, I also removed the Glassfibre Yoke because it was not substantial enough and started to. crack I replaced it with one from Said in Holland much better quality and feel. Remember that the gas struts have to have an action on the column and that both struts. have to be the same distance from the centre point to achieve an equal feel. Here s the new design, Both gas struts have been placed to the rear of the unit They are fixed to an anchor point. at the back and to a fulcrum lever red fitted to the centre shaft black The distance A. from the centre shaft to the front fixing of the gas strut both up and down must be the. same to give you a balance, A second fulcrum drives the potentiometer Distance B is calculated to use as much of the. travel of the potentiometer as possible, As usual thanks for your interest and as I always say if you know a better way to. do it tell me DON T KEEP IT TO YOURSELF o,Regards Ian P Sissons.
Building A Boeing 737 Yoke I will get two prototype yokes from CiM Flightdecks by Christmas but a friend also expressed an interest in changing his CH Yokes for a more realistic alternative Always being one to take up a challenge I set about looking at possibilities I m very lucky to have quite a enquiring mind and a workshop at home So with pencil and paper in hand off I went We

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