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Question Looking for some expert advise on simulator project


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Hi all

I m building a helicopter simulator and am looking at the exterior visuals for the project and due to space will be using rear projection.
Currently I am using a SANYO PLC-XE40 (I have 2) which for the time being will do just fine budget wise until I can get a better projector.

looking at a screen size of 2 meter square since the cockpit is only 1300 mm wide.
I thought of covering the front part of the cockpit in some sort of opaque e.g shower curtain material
and projecting directly onto the cockpit but the image would be distorted so I m assuming will have to go with a flat screen hard up against the cockpit nose. In the long run would like to have curved screen with a 120 degree view.

I am looking for some advise that anyone could give me on types of material any software etc..
that could help me with the exterior views

here is a pic of the project



Slightly off topic, but have you thought of a VR headset like the Rift or Vive?

There is nothing better than a flight sim (or driving sim) in VR.


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It's been a while since any of my customers used projectors for flight simulation, however the usual way that people have done it in the past is use three identical projectors which are bright, three screen which allow light to pass through them so they are projecting from the opposite side of where the people will be sat.

There are a number of screens out there "rear projection screen" however these do have an impact on brightness hence using bright projectors.

Have a look at the

Either the Optoma GT5500 if you don't have much room Optoma GT5500 Ultra Short Throw Projector - Optoma - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists or the Optoma HD50 Optoma HD50 DLP 1080p Full 3D/HD White Home Cinema Projector - Home Cinema - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists

Both projectors are brighter than the standard home cinema once hence mentioning them however they are not as bright as you may require if your room is going to be will lit. From here you may need to look at data projection.

Also take a look at the software you are using to as the outputting program maybe resolution specific.

Regards, Shane.


Novice Member
Thanks for the reply's Vr heads sets are great but not practical for my set up.
The projectors look great but still a little expensive but thank you both for your reply


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