# DIY gauges??

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#### phiatt

##### Member
Hello Guys,

My name is Philip Hiatt, it's been a while(I think?), since I posted on this forum, if ever. I ran across this thread in the past and once again this morning. I revisited an old project I started about 8-10 years ago when I started building my first home built, VP-2. Like most of us I didn't have a lot of money to throw into gauges and flight instruments, So I started designing my own. Being a long time Electronics Hobbyist and doing it for a living I had many resources to pull from. After several moves and having to relocate, I wasn't able to commit any time to it. But here recently, in between jobs I have nothing but time. All in all, the plan is to make something affordable( less cost than a panel of steam gauges), simple and portable(used on different aircraft), and reliable.

#### choppergirl

##### Banned
A bunch of steam gauges, even rusty old things bought off of ebay from WW2, would end up costing me more than my entire airplane build and weight a ton. I'm leaning more to a Nexus 7 2013 tablet with a hood from the sun, running some android pilot software, connected via bluetooth to a sensor package (for airspeed mainly). Poor man's 3G/GPS/acelerometer/attitude equipped glass panel, with maps, in an ultralight ;-)

But... not sold on the idea. While I'm flying I don't want to be fiddling with a touchscreen or complex screen that just auto-rotated on me... or rebooting a tablet.... I'd rather have the analog gauges tho... they are all just so darn expensive... new... or even used.

If I could, I'd have all my gauges read out in 7 segment LEDs. No dials, no bar graphs, no needles.. against an analog circular dial where you are squinting and your brain is trying to calculate what exact number that line between two numbers exactly is... just different large color numbers showing different critical information at a glance in big number LEDs. Different colors for different gauge....

Its just so... straight forward... brain associates color with the gauge, so in a pinch you just look for whatever colored number is air speed, altitude, cht, altimiter, tach, or fuel, or compass... and if any get in a danger range, have them... flash... it makes so much sense to me, I don't know why no one hasn't done it before..

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#### VAPORTRAIL

##### Well-Known Member
Choppergirl,

Welcome Back!

Just One concern, How do you plan on getting this thing up to 88MPH?

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