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    Button/axis/switch box - need a parts list?

    Hi all

    Been a long while, but I'm considering getting back into flight simming. When I am flight simming I usually play IL2 1946, CloD and DCS.

    A long while ago, about 7 to 10 years ago I made myself a rudimentary trim box, it consists of a black ABS project box, Leo Bodnar BU0836A board, 3 bourns 10 turn pots and some reasonable looking knobs attached to the pots.

    I wanted to make something a bit more elaborate, with toggle switches and buttons, but I didn't get that far.

    So, I'm looking at it again, but like before I'm lost as to what parts to buy.

    I'd like small toggle switches that can be pushed up for a function and down for a function (like selecting engines), and automatically returned to centre with no input when centred (i.e. a neutral position).

    I'd like small buttons that are pressed for on and are off when not pressed.

    I'd like larger button for an engine start function, something about 25mm in diameter.

    I'd also like to attach an LED to the Bodnar board to show that it's on when plugged in.

    I'd also like something to use for things like flaps, not just for up or down, but with various degrees in between, but I don't want a big lever, just something small - I'm thinking rotary encoder with a dial already on it, but again I don't know what I'm looking for.

    Would anyone here be able to help me out with a parts list and some links to the items and some instructions if possible of how to do the LED?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Button/axis/switch box - need a parts list?

    I’m sure you get real satisfaction from making your own equipment, but you should be aware that Gear Falcon makes a very nice trim box with actuators. He advertises in the hardware section of these forums, on Etsy and his own website. If you still prefer to make your own, he might be a source of advice as I’ve seen images of units under construction. Paul
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    Re: Button/axis/switch box - need a parts list?

    Hi Raven,
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