Here in Brunei, it's very quiet and safe. We have been receiving photos and emails from people all around the world, showing there builds. These are amazing and have decided to share them with the rest of the sim community. They offer insights on how people have decided to go about there builds, and how they overcome the obstacles they met along the way. Bill Nelson is certainly one person who shows such ingenuity.
"This week I put the glass on the sim. I went with polycarbonate here in the US, 1/8". I was planning glass, but this is so much more durable.
I did make a few small changes to your plans. One was I am using a 42" touch screen monitor for the overhead. I bought the IR frame on Amazon and used a 42" Samsung monitor - total cost about $500. I created an aluminium frame edge for it, put it on a piano hinge with a steel cable safety so it cannot fall down onto the centre console.
Another thing I did was to use 2 - 19" touch screens on the MIP on the Captain's side and the centre position (which extends down into the CDU's console). Between those monitors and the overhead, I run AirManager and Zibo mod with ZHSI.
I also built a Knobster and installed it to the right of the Captain's ND. This controls whatever rotary knobs I want to touch on the overhead and MIP.
Additionally, I built 2 faces for the Captain's MIP. This allows my 737 to serve double duty as a Cessna 172. You can see the throttle and mixture knobs beneath the captain's ND. I built them to be mechanical as well. Where the lower ECAS goes, I have the Garmin GPS and Cessna electrical panel instead. I also added a Cessna trim wheel below the CDU alongside the trim wheel.
I also inset metal track to make the windows look like they slide and added some jacks and coiled cable to the window/wall area.
You'll notice the captain's displays sit just a little higher, this is because I bought the Yoko + yoke and slid it into the MIP. This is amazing when flying it as a Cessna!"
Merry Christmas and special thanks to Bill Nelson for sharing his build.