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SIMUL8R Mark II PVC plans - bottom of pg #7, donations accepted

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While I am waiting to build my new rig I needed something for my keyboard and mouse on my current PVC rig. My landlord dropped by the other day and gave me a box full of PVC fittings he did not need, so I tried to make a keyboard & mouse holder with what I could find in that box.

Hey c0rn, still see your using the ole rig, nice. Glad to hear it's still providing that gaming pleasure. Keep in touch!

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Booyah! Hehe thanks again SIMUL8R! :) I don't have the table on that picture cause i was missing some u-bolts and hadn't receive my simpson strong ties yet when the picture was taken. And believe or not, i've been using the rig for about a month now in this condition, with NO GLUE! That's right, everything is only press fit and holding together. 2" PVC is strong as heck! I do plan on gluing it, but at the time, I wanted to test the rig first and see if it was comfortable and stable enough. I think i have my answer. :P

LOL! No glue, now that's just insane. Bet she still squeeks nonetheless when moving in it. But that's just awesome that your proving it's rigidity. Looking forward to seeing the completed rig after your done, keep us updated zallow!

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Ok, I finally finished mine with your plans. First of all, big thanks for your plans. I had an idea awhile ago, but did not had the space to do it. After watching your plans and knowing I would be moving to a bigger place, I put this on the to do list.

Materials - most like anybody else in the US it should be in the $80-$120 range (PVC, connectors, wood, screws, brackets). Funny story: I had to buy the plywood twice because the first time I left it at the cashiers while I was unloading the shopping cart and loading it back. $20 wasted that could have gone into beers while I was building this. :lol:

I got the seat from a 1994 Toyota Corolla from somebody parting it out. It only cost me $34.75 (it was $35, but found a quarter inside that car while taking it out of it).

Tools - since I moved in from Puerto Rico to St Louis a year ago, I did not had any tools with me. I took this time to get me some power tools and some other stuff that would be needed for this. I would say $250 went into this.

Construction - the reciprocating saw was the way to go as the circular saw's blade did not cut the PVC pipes in one go. With me alone doing this, holding the pipe while cutting it was a challenge. Overall the pieces came up straight, some slightly crooked ones, but no problems during the mock up installation.

Putting the plywood was easy as it was cut on Home Depot before arriving home. Then installing the mounting brackets and it was all done.

When I placed the seat on it I noticed that it was sitting too low relative to my TV. I cannot mount the TV to the wall since I live on a rented house, so the solution was to lift the seat. Bought a piece of 2x4 and cut two 24 inch section with four 6 inch section sitting on each corner. Screwed everything together and then installed the seat. One of the mounting bracket of the seat is sideways. An extra piece of the 2x4 serves as the side installation for it.

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Screwed everything together and then installed the seat. One of the mounting bracket of the seat is sideways. An extra piece of the 2x4 serves as the side installation for it.

Glad the plans provided a decent project for you, hope it offers the same satisfaction in your sims. Would you have been able to bend the bracket down and add spacers if needed. Just wondering.

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Glad the plans provided a decent project for you, hope it offers the same satisfaction in your sims. Would you have been able to bend the bracket down and add spacers if needed. Just wondering.

I taught about it first, but the bracket is bent down instead of up, so it would've been way higher and I would've had to get another bolt for that. And the brackets itself makes the seat be leveled to the floor.

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Hello fellows,

I am going to start my PVC cockpit build soon but I am wondering if someone can tell me if these PVC pipes would work? http://www.coleparmer.ca/Product/Schedule_40_PVC_piping_2_5/RK-33312-28

In terms of strength and size should I purchase them?

Can't wait to get started!

yes, this is standard pvc ("schedule 40"), but it should only cost you around $5 for 10'

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Thanks for sharing your plans SIMUL8R! :) Going out today to get the PVC pipes for building my own rig! At first I was opting for the Death Mobile made of wood... but I have zero experience, never been in a shed, never used tools, I don't even have the tools... all the PVC pipes need is a saw, some glue and thorough measurements!

I had a quick look through the other pages for any other plans you may have posted... so far page 16 seems to be the main page to focus on... I'll refer back to your thread if I need help on certain aspects of the build.

Once again, thank you very much! And many thanks to Shaun "the builder" Cole and the InsideSimRacing team for posting a video of the build from start to finish. Keep up the good work!

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last thing how long was 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 3/5 inch?

1/2" = 1.27 cm

1/4" = .635 cm

1/8" = .3175 cm

3/5" = 1.524 cm

if you need more, just go to google.com and type in "inch to centimeters conversion" and a converter should pop up. to convert inches to a decimal, just divide the top number by the bottom number. ie: 1/2" = 1 divided by 2 = .5"

Good luck

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1/2" = 1.27 cm

1/4" = .635 cm

1/8" = .3175 cm

3/5" = 1.524 cm

if you need more, just go to google.com and type in "inch to centimeters conversion" and a converter should pop up. to convert inches to a decimal, just divide the top number by the bottom number. ie: 1/2" = 1 divided by 2 = .5"

Good luck

sozai5789 can just add up all the measurements for the PVC pipes to get the total length for all the PVC pipes in inches. Convert that total length to centimeters. Then make sure to get a all PVC pipes with a length no less than the longest length in the diagram... I believe getting 2 or 3 long PVC pipes would be cheaper than getting several smaller ones... then simply cut to the appropriate sizes.

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... but I have zero experience, never been in a shed, never used tools, I don't even have the tools... all the PVC pipes need is a saw, some glue and thorough measurements!

Welcome Forde, I would add something to hammer with, preferrably a rubber mallet. Mocking up the pipes before actual glueing the pieces can get rather tight and fitted making disassembly almost impossible. Sanding the male portion of the pipe and the female portion of the fittings helps in mock up but adds more work to the process. Sanding also helps glueing things together making both pieces fitted and easier to flush pipes and fittings, especially if using the faster curing PVC glue. Otherwise use the slow cure type as Shaun used in the video to allow for more reassembling time.

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Welcome Forde, I would add something to hammer with, preferrably a rubber mallet. Mocking up the pipes before actual glueing the pieces can get rather tight and fitted making disassembly almost impossible. Sanding the male portion of the pipe and the female portion of the fittings helps in mock up but adds more work to the process. Sanding also helps glueing things together making both pieces fitted and easier to flush pipes and fittings, especially if using the faster curing PVC glue. Otherwise use the slow cure type as Shaun used in the video to allow for more reassembling time.

Thanks for the tips SIMUl8TR. I plan to put the pipes together without glueing at first, to make sure the set up is right... is that what you're suggesting, as in making a "mock up build"? Fortunately for me, the guys at the store agreed to cut the PVC pipes to my desired lengths. As for the rubber mallet, yeah thanks for reminding me! I forgot that Shaun used that to make sure the pipes were connected nice and tight. The whole thing, pipes and connectors, will not cost more than $100! Don't know why its at a set price tag of roughly $200, probably prices differ here in Saudi.

I went today to see what's available, found PVC pipes with the exact same diameter and wall thickness as you used! However, these ones were grey... each of the pipes are sold at a length of 6.5 metres each, I was surprised to notice they had a bit of flex to them... is that normal considering the length? And once cut to proper size it would be stiff enough? Also, I just noticed the phrase Schedule#40... what does that mean? And does the PVC pipe have to be Schedule#40?

Once again, thanks for your help! :D

EDIT: Oh haha also remembered, I'm going to take my time experimenting with the length of the rig. I'm a small guy, 5 ft 4"... a Playseat is too big for me, even when adjusted to the shortest length, I can't reach the pedals! :lol:

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one of my family member has a hardware shop so it cheap to buy from him and he can cut for me so i need the mesurement anyway i got all my stuff today and i will try to build it as fast as i can

Got all my PVC pipes, as well as all the PVC joints and the wooden boards, all cut to the sizes posted by SIMUL8R, just over $100! All that's left is the seat, probably get it from some car scrapyard.

I'm thinking maybe no need to use any glue at all... or probably on some sections only, I'd like the rig to be collapsible. Plus, by simply sliding the pipe into the joint, it takes a good amount of force, twisting and turning, and some cussing, till the 2 finally separate.

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Another BIG BIG problem

how many pieces of pipe for this

i got all the mesurement but i dont know how many do i need

can anyone help?

[inch]

4 1/2=?

19 =?

37 1/4=?

8 1/8?

6 = ?

6 1/2=?

10 1/2=?

8 1/2=?

19 1/2=?

3 = ?

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