Landing Gear Panel

The Landing Gear Panel was great to build with lots of learnings because it was so varied in terms of the parts within it. It contained: a magnetically held toggle for Anti-skid, 3D designed and printed toggle cap for the Landing Lights, a series of LEDs suspended within a 3D printed enclosure with raised bezel for Landing Gear lights, a servo for Flaps position and a real Landing Gear Lever from a Tornado.

Landing Gear Panel CAD / CAM Design – Vectors
GIF: Test Fit Components

I took my CAD / CAM design and test fit components (See above). I then CNC machined the panel and painted all inner and outer edges (See below)

With the fascia produced (above), I turned my attention to each component that will be housed behind it.

I sourced two Landing Gear Levers from Tornados. One was damaged and I used that to take parts and incorporate into the other. For this item I wanted to use the original lamps (bulbs) if possible and between them had enough working bulbs.

I have to say that whilst using original aircraft parts can have its challenges – the feeling of actuation in using this Landing Gear Lever is truly immense.

I spent time to map out and test all the connection pins on the magnetically held toggle (See below) for Anti-skid. I also ran a number of tests using various voltages to see which would work best – that being the holding force whilst in the (on) position.

I lay out a number of key parts ready for assembly (see below)

The Landing Gear Position Lights went through a number of revisions to arrive at the below.

When compared to the Emergency Flight Control Panel (Trim Panel) I built for the Left Console, it was worth the extra time to create a holder with a bezel.

The below GIF shows one of a number of tests I undertook when incorporating the Landing Gear lights into the panel. You can see the lights activated within the sim (on laptop screen) and also on the physically build panel.

GIF – Landing Gear Lights – Test

I designed and 3D printed a bracket to hold the servo (for Flap control) in position. It follows the footprint of the bezel on the fascia front but with a mounting plate through the centre. This therefore allows the transmission of light for backlighting.

We can see an image (below left) of a Landing Lights toggle. We can also see a 3D test print of the toggle caps I did to replicate it along with my final version to install (bottom right). I made several, so would have a number to choose from, and used two different paints (a military grey and a metallic silver) to see which would look best. The metallic silver worked for me.

Below we can see the completed panel from a side and rear view – and then installed into the Front Dash frame.

Landing Gear Panel (Side View)
Landing Gear Panel (Rear View)
Landing Gear Panel (Installed into Front Dash frame)

For more detail around the design and construction of this panel – see the below YouTube Video – Front Dash Part 14: Landing Gear Panel