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I've been working on building a fully enclosed, lights out, full Immersion fight simulator that resembles an A10-C WartHog.
This instructable will not include the forward cockpit panel nor the simulation software.
This is a rather big project and will require construction equipment such as a forklift or possibly a crane.
One of the main components is an enclosure that once closed allows no light to enter. I would like to point out that wile no light should enter oxygen should, please don't make your simulator air tight. Oxygen deprivation is not a component that should be included in any flight simulator in this manner. If one wishes to simulate high G black outs one should look to the usage of a flight presser suit and an air compressor.
Step 1: Find your self a good box
My choice for the enclosure is a US Army Ramim's S-250/G shelter.
I spent a lot time in one of these boxes wile I was in the Signal Core, sometimes days at a time, you could always get out and stretch and stuff but It was always somewhat of an odd sensation hour after hour. I use to think to myself, man if I could pull all this crap out I could really do something cool with one of these boxes.
years latter I was getting back into flight simulators or SimPits as there sometimes called and the two projects fit perfectly together.
There are a few other options but I've always have a fondness for my little S250 shelter.
Ramim's S-250/G shelter, is a lightweight, high strength, insulated, all weather, general purpose, mobile shelter for housing various communications and other types of equipment. Ramim's S-250/G Shelters meets the requirement of specification ASTM E 1974 (MIL-S-55541-H).
There are a lot of perks to using a full enclosure that is located out side of your house. This approach is much more appealing to my wife who eventually got tired of GUB-97 Cluster Bombs going off at insanely loud levels, and me continues screaming "MayDay, MayDay, Im going down" really warmed her up to my purchase of the S250 shelter for my flight simulator and the use of a small patch of our back yard.