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In this issue we'll finish looking at labeling your switch panels. we've found an inexpensive solution that should work with just about any panel.

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It looks like we're well into the new year and the flight sim world continues to motivate with new ideas and companies springing up to fill these niches. FSX has be reborn through Steam. We have tons of Apps for iOS and Android devices for navigation, moving maps and flight planning. There are  even pre manufactured levers to attach to your Saitek or CH throttle quadrant for airliner and turbine type commuter aircraft operation. Yes, life is good for the sim enthusiast  and by the looks of it getting better every year. So without further delay please enjoy our Newsletter.


Panel Labeling

In our last issue of our Newsletter I went through the basic steps of creating switch panels using inexpensive hard board. We got them painted  up and they look pretty good as an inexpensive alternative to plexiglas, metal or plastic.


The next step was to find and inexpensive and simple way to add labeling to our panels. Taking on this task it was quickly realized that there are not  many alternatives out there providing a simple solution. Things that were tried included press on lettering, rubber stamping and stenciling with none of these giving satisfactory results.

Keep in mind I'm not attempting laser lettering or commercial solutions which tend to be expensive but look fantastic. I'm just looking for something that is easy for anyone to do at home that doesn't ruin a panel if you make a mistake.

The best solution I found that produced pretty decent looking  results was the use of a label maker. The label maker I used for this task was the DYMO 160 LabelManager.

  Image for Märkmaskin Dymo LabelManager 160

Here's a video link to it to see how this model works:

This is one of  the label makers that can use clear labels with white marking. There are a bunch of  label makers out there but if you're going to use this approach be sure and get one that has white on clear label cartridges available.

I found one in the local Walmart for about $29.00  and then checked Ebay and got it for $16.00 new. The cartridge which contains 23 feet of tape was $12.00.So this is a pretty good deal and gives you plenty of labeling tape to experiment with.

The label maker has quite a few options for lettering size, font and other options. This made it easy to change the size of the lettering to get a reasonable look for the panel. I used the 20 size bold font.

The labeling worked out pretty well for a cheap solution and should work on about any smooth surface. I did cut off as much access labeling material near the letters as possible. In certain lighting you can see the faint reflection of the clear tape though but it's not bad.

I think this is a great and inexpensive solution for labeling your controls. Give it a try.





Switch panel marking on HomeFlite cockpit. This inexpensive solution should work on any panel where you need custom lettering.

Next time we'll look at building a HomeFlite cockpit from the plans. Until then Enjoy!



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