Woooow! This is sooooo cool! Ok, I feel better now. I was scanning Neat-o-ramma tonight and saw this. This is the best DIY flight sim I have ever seen, even has multi axis movement simulation.
Australian amateur pilot and flight sim enthusiast Matthew Sheil spent 10 years and $230,000 to create a homemade flight simulator that precisely mimics the 747 cockpit down to the last dial, knob, and switch!
Link | Matthew’s website (tons more photos, but I can only see ‘em in IE, not Firefox)
Matthew Sheil’s 747 Simulator
Over on Cool Hunting there’s a lovely list of do it yourself Valentines Day projects.
Often considered a marketing invention to help boost sales in an otherwise slow economic period for retailers, Valentine’s Day needn’t be another excuse to express love through our capalitistic, consumeristic ways. There are plenty of options to give without hitting the mall, so this year CH decided to put together a list of homemade Valentines gifts (and kits).
I’m partial to the naughty ice cream sandwich myself but the sun jar would be cool to give as a gift.
Cool Hunting: DIY Valentines
I found this beautiful paper model of the spaceship from the science fiction TV series ‘Firefly‘. I just started watching the DVDs yesterday so I naturally was looking around the ‘Net for more info on the show. It’s pretty good, pity that it was axed so quickly by Fox, but I guess everyone says that.
The ship looks like a pretty complex build, it has more detail that you would expect, it even has the ambassadors shuttle craft.
The Wikipedia say on the subject of ‘Maneke Neko’ that:
The Maneki Neko (???, literally "Beckoning Cat"; also known as Welcoming Cat, Lucky Cat, Money cat or Fortune Cat) is a common Japanese sculpture, often made of porcelain or ceramic, which is believed to give good luck to the owner.
Thats all well and good but they forgot to mention that they can be made of LEGO blocks. Neat!
[Thanks for agent Eugene for this one]
Bill Ward – All – LEGO – Models – Sculpture
This is something nice, German artist Thomas Raschke creates metal real world representations of things that exist in the world of computer graphics, except without texture or even surfaces.
Thomas Raschke – wire frames
A full standard deck (78 cards) of Rider-Waite style tarot cards that feature the Asian icon Hello Kitty. If you use these will all of your fortunes be happy and saccharine?
Hello Kitty Tarot