The ‘sidewalls’ (sides) of the cockpit are equipped with various components that are mounted in the ‘sidewalls’.

In our sim cockpit are the most sidewallonderdelen dummies. They serve only for the show and for the filling of the ‘sidewalls’ and this preferably in accordance with the ‘real’ versions :-). What parts can we distinguish :

  • Steering Tiller;
  • Cover Steering Tiller with sticker (Left, Center, Right);
  • Chart/Map light panels;
  • Oxygen panels;
  • Console document pockets;
  • Cup Holders;
  • Chart Holder Clips;
  • Grimes Lights;
  • Ash-trays;
  • Hand Mics;
  • Audio Ports;
  • Krulkabels side windows;
  • Louvers;
  • Circuit Breaker Light + stickers.



In the real plane one can find 2 versions, an old and a new version. Until now, I find at the various suppliers, only the old version. The ‘oxygen panel or O2 panel can be with various hardware manufacturers to purchase. One more beautiful finish than the other and also the one more expensive than the other.

I have the ‘Oxygen panels (O2)’ purchased at Flybycockpits. As all the hardware of Flybycockpits these ‘Oxygen panels very nice and well made with lots of attention to detail.

The delivery is very quickly done. Picked up by the parcel delivery service TNT in Portugal and the following day in the afternoon delivered to your home ...
The ‘O2 panels were also packed very well for shipping.

This ‘O2 panels’ are built into the tables of the sidewalls. They only serve as "static" and have no further function. It may be possible in the future a switch to build with led. The test stimulus can then be configured with Prosim737.

(Download OxygenTestgeluid)




The ‘DV window handles’ are the handles for closing and opening of the windows voorlinks (Capt) and voorrechts (F/O) (Direct view windows). In the sim-cockpits windows can not be gained. The handles (‘Window Armrest/Chart holder’) must only be for decorative purposes only.

The 2 handles are different in performance depending on the to the left or to the right side. These grips are on a mounting plate (DV handle mounting plate) is mounted such as to be found in the real aircraft. This ensures that the mounted handle a more realistic view.

This ‘DV window handles’ are bought at FlybyCockpits (Portugal). The handles are provided with the necessary details and also of the metal mounting plate. Very nice workmanship by the way!

The handle and mounting plate to be later in the block of the ‘Window Armrest/Chart holder is mounted.




The ventilation grilles’ or ‘air vents’ are the vents located in the middle of the ‘sidewalls’.

I have this schoepenroosters met in a local do-it-yourself store and are made from plastic.

The dimensions are 150 mm x 220 mm. This (dummy) grids must have the correct white color and are attached with 4 bolts.

Maybe in a later stage, they can be connected to a custom designed ventilation system.




The sidewalls in a B737 are also equipped with built-in ash trays (ash-trays). Things that are no longer used, but they are still there.

The ashtrays that I use in my ‘sidewalls to see on the front almost like the typical ‘B737 ash-trays’ but the are no ashtrays. The are small boxes in which normal business cards are stored.

They are in the inside with a few screws attached to the ‘sidewalls’. These ‘ashtrays’, I have met with Vistaprint. When ordering business cards I got one box for free. The idea of the ‘ash-trays’ came afterwards ...




Behind the Steering Tiller on the Capt side is a round plate with in the middle a round opening through which a Steering Tiller.

On the right-hand side of this picture there is a decal (sticker) attached with the headings LEFT – CENTER – RIGHT.

The F/O side, there is also a provision for a Steering Tiller, but this is usually sealed with a full around picture. The round plate with and without opening, I have to be cut from a plastic plate 1.5 mm thickness. The pictures I have in the same color painted as the’ sidewalls’.

The decal or sticker with the drawing and lettering, I have met with Fabio Ippoliti (IT).

The fastening of the plates against the sidewalls takes place with a few bolts.




To the thirsty, to thirst is to be found in the ‘sidewall tables’ is also a ‘drink cup holder’ in which a cup, can or bottle.Very useful indeed during a flight.

This ‘drink cup holder’ is composed of a holder (jar) that something can, and a metal mounting plate with circular opening in which the holder sits.

This "drink cup holders" have I made out of a plastic cup that you can find in the chain ‘Blocker‘. The lid can be removed to rotate, and the upper protruding portion of the lid have weggezaagd. Of the cup itself, I half weggezaagd then I the upper part of the bottom closed with a mdf-plate and Tec7.

The inside of the jar, and board, I have levelled out with shipping to most european countries and sanded. Then follow the schilderbeurten with Primer and lacquer (Boeing gray).

The ‘drink cup holder’ is in an opening of a metal plate, whereby the collar of the holder (cup) is resting on the metal mounting plate. The round opening in the plate I make with a lathe. You can the opening around drilling with a small drill bit and then finishing with a round or curved metaalvijl. It will not be as accurate as with a lathe, but the board of the holder hides a lot of...

The whole is then with the metal mounting plate and 4 bolts (Dzus) is screwed onto the sidewall table’.




A B737-cockpit is equipped with 3 handheld microphones :

  • One is located on the rear of the pedestal (Aft electronic panel), and this is for the ‘Public Address System’.
  • Two ‘hand mics’ are found in the ‘sidewalls’, one for the Capt and one for the F/O. These ‘hand mics’ are used instead of the headset.

The two ‘hand mics’ for the sidewalls, I have met in a electronicawinkel where CB radios are selling. The depreciated stuff in the rommelbak layers, ready for the recyclagepark. So free.

In our cockpit have these handheld microphones no function, and they serve only as decoration. It gives a realistic touch to the cockpitinterieur ...




The Audio Ports are the niches in the two sidewalls to which a plug (connector) for connecting the microphone. A own make of this dummie ’Audio Port’ is composed of :

  • Wooden frame with wooden plate;
  • Metal plate with 2 screws;
  • Plug handmic;
  • Plastic framework.

The dimensions of the ‘Audio Port’ are set with a ‘wet finger’ and is done ‘on sight’ and to estimate. These dimensions may therefore vary with the real version. The dimensions are found on the images.

I have first a frame made of wood where I have a wooden plate in inclined position have been glued. The inner corners I rounded with filler. In the middle I have an opening made, so the plug should come out. After the necessary schilderbeurten with primer and paint comes in the middle of an aluminum plate. This picture and the opening is attached with 2 screws or bolts (first pre-drilling !).

Here are the 6-pin plug to be fitted. This plug can also be a " female jack. This depends on what handmic be used.

For the assembly, first in the sidewall, an opening is created. This opening must correspond with the opening of the ‘Audio Port’-block. Then the whole through the wooden framework at the back of the sidewall are glued and in accordance with the opening that is made in the sidewall.

By the thickness of the wooden panel to which the sidewall is made of the niches still some deeper. The gap between the sidewall and the block of the ‘Audio Port’, one can eliminate with some filler.

Then on the front the kunststofkader to the opening nicely. For those that have a router have can the frame be made from wood.

Own choice one can possibly the assembly of the ‘Audio Port’ to run after the sidewalls a layer of primer. One can then, everything will be completely finished (including the "Audio Port" -without metal plate and plug).




The tables of the ‘sidewalls’ are on both sides equipped with a compartment (console, document pocket for storing all kinds of documents, such as vliegkaartjes, flightplans, or checklists. One can also be a mobile phone or wallet in it. It seems like an insignificant part but very helpful, by the way ...

This ‘console document pockets " I purchased at ‘Flybycockpits‘. They are made of plastic (polyester) and are nicely finished.




On the front side windows (DV windows) on the armrest liner is on both sides and a clipboard (clipboard) which documents all kinds can be fixed (OFP, vliegkaartjes, etc.).

This ‘clipboards’ I composed of an aluminum plate of 2 mm thick and a clamp. The dimensions are taken into account in approach.

The clip I extracted from a plastic clipboard which you can find in shops where you bureelmateriaal sells.

The aluplaatje I Boeinggrijs painted and the clamp in satijnzwart.

The clamp is on the Armrest liner’ screwed with underneath the aluminium plate.




At the front on both sides of the sidewall tables are located in the ‘ Chart/Map Light Panels. On these panels are the buttons to the ad (Map Light) in addition to the FWD overhead to adjust and the light (Chart light) located above the front side window.

The button of the "Chart Light", I go to connect with the ad (Grimes light) that is against the sidewall is attached instead of the Chart Light above the side window. The light that I'm going to use as a Chart Light has a built-in control button and thus has no external adjustment is required.

The 2 panels come from FlyEngravity. The buttons, I partially made myself.

First I have a default button used when I made a round plate have been glued. Then painted and then equipped with the necessary sticker.

The fixing of the panels on the sidewalls, the buttons on the both bottom sides connected to each dimmer. One for the ‘Map Light’ and one for ‘Grimes’Light.

I use opbouwdimmers that I strip, which I have only the pcb and the potentiometer(pcb) use.

For the backlighting, I can place at the bottom an led strip that I continue to connect with the common backlight controller of the cockpit (the parts that no individual backlight interfacing).




The Grimes Lights are the small black spots with a red ‘butt’ in the middle of the sidewalls. There is one in the left-hand sidewall and one in the right sidewall.

They serve as auxiliary to, here and there to lights. This ‘Grimes Lights are also detachable. The small red cone to the lamp on or off; and the button you need to hold the lamp to shine. Letting go means that the lamp turns off.

The red disk (from which the button protrudes) is a hub and is in fact a dimmer. From 0 to 100%.

The front of the lamp also has a twist mechanism. Thus, you can bring up a transparent red van into position (in the reflector of the lamp) which causes the lamp to a red light starts spreading. Useful in a darkened cockpit.

The name ‘Grimes’ comes from the American Warren G. Grimes. The father of the Aircraft Lighting Industry". Here we are thinking of the well-known red, green and white navigation lights found on the wing tips and the tail ... To name but a few.

I have this ‘Grimes Lights’ built on the principle of my "Map Lights" that are found left and right of the ‘Forward Overhead. This ‘Grimes Lights’ are therefore not equipped with all the bells and whistles as the real version. They work as normal lights and are controllable via one of the buttons on the ‘Map Panel Light’ that is found at the front on the sidewall table.

The Grimes Lights are controlled with a dimmer (see Grimes Lights).

The fully bouwscenario is to be found at the following link :






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