I have made some more progress
on this SIM. As you can see by the pictures below I have it
in it's full colors. I painted it a bright Ferrari F1 red.
It is a more orange color than the color of the road cars.
Since I didn't have a real F1 car to compare it to I just
matched the color to one of my F2002 models to get as close
as I could. It turns out that Sherwin Williams has a color
called "fireworks" that is almost perfect.
the proper color I decided to add some carbon fiber accents
to the outside and the inside as well. Also the inside of
the foot well and the seating area where carpeted with a
speaker box carpet that is stretchy and attaches very easily
with spray adhesive. I bought the carpet from
as well as some other supplies for the bass shakers that we
will see later on. In the photos below you can see the SIM
is a two piece design for easy moving and storage. Also it
assembles easily by just sliding it together.
installed the Controls plus the PC and Monitor. Also you
will note the two smaller control boxes on either side. the
one on the right contains the master power switch and the
start button for the PC. The control on the left has two
amplifiers I built. One is to drive my headphones to allow
on the fly volume control. The second drives the input of the
shaker amplifier, again so I can control the effects level
during the game.
The livery is
installed and it is ready to race. It is wearing the F2002
livery since that is the car that gave me the inspiration.
Well there isn't much more to say so here are the pictures!
I found a
Belkin Nostromo N50
I took the time over the holiday to rip it apart and
build a few button boxes with it. It went very smooth
except for a little bit of cross talk with the long
cables. I was able to isolate it and currently it is
running with no problems. It really adds to the realism!
I took the
unit apart so I could get to the PCB and attach some new
wires and the two new button boxes. I now have the most
common controls at my finger tips that were once trapped
on the keyboard. The addition of a handy launch control
and brake bias is the best.