I'm building my own cockpit (pic is something similar, not the actual one I'm builidng).
I'm getting to the stage where I'm thinking about making it look the part. Any recommendations on best ways of painting/vinyl wrap/finishing?
been in a cockpit a few times
biggest complaint is that you really need to think about if you're gonna put the stick in the center or to the side.
Extending your arm to the side all the time is pretty stressful.
If it's anything like your pic related, you don't have enough room for a stick and a rudder pedal setup.
Which is to say, wasteful.
>looking the part
As for that, here's pic related. 50's vintage.
The vast majority of the outer trim is simply riveted aluminum sheet while the upper trim is made out of thick wood painted black, about a half inch thick on average.
I heavily modded my Extreme 3d pro joystick.. and made it a super joystick. [and a PS3 controller] it sits on the floor and its got all the bells and whistles of the real thing, expect any force feed back, that kinda sucks, but I wasn't learning /diy/ hydraulics and software programming to push it further.
The joystick itself I modeled based off the P38s joystick.. works for me. I did however add some buttons onto the joystick so it wasn't a direct model.. some games that have missles and shit you need those extra buttons.
Oh and I only used one largish screen. was gonna get a smaller one for gadgets and shit. but then I got tired of viyda games.... and paying so much money to upgrade shit and I just gave up, maybe one day ill dust it all off and do it all over again.
As I said in my previous post, real cockpits are literally just painted. That's painted plywood and painted aluminum sheet right there.
As to whether or not paint will look like rubbish on MDF, I have no idea. I don't paint things.
However, I can say with a good level of confidence that the wood used in the pictured cockpit is plywood.