I thought about using a label machine, like the Brother P-Touch, and then spraying clear flat lacquer over the top. I imaging that a few thin coats should make them permanent.
Len, Brother makes 1/2" P-Touch tape in white letters on black tape. The stock number is BRTTZE335 (the benefits to managing an office supply store...) I'll be at a trade show in July and you can bet that I'll be keeping my eyes out for anything I can use for panels
Mark, I see that the Bodnar boards allow you to incorporate 5v LEDs as button/switch indicators. Have you played with that? Now I'm thinking about adding LED lamps to turn on when I throw the GPS power switch to light my buttons and encoders. I suppose it would be possible to remove the 14/28v bulb in a post lamp and substitute it for a 5v LED.
Matt, the pulsarprofx is an interesting prospect. I have considered silkscreening, but have no experience and am not sure it is worth the trouble. The pulsar looks to be a good alternative, though cost may be too much for what I need. My desire is to build something close to the PFC console, with modifications for different yoke, throttles etc. Too bad the PFC is so costly, as it is a very nice setup.
One thing I like about Mark's Otter build, is the versatility and flexibility of building modules. That way if changes are made (as Mark is doing now), one doesn't have to rebuild the whole panel.
That looks really cool. Using this method you could built with a single sheet of coloured acrylic rather than a sandwich with graphics in between. It doesn't seem that expensive if you already have a laminator and laser printer, although I guess it depends on how quickly you use up the consumables.
Hi Matt, As an experienced modeller how about using clear water-slide decal paper, rub your letraset onto it and seal with acrylic varnish then you cut the size of strip required to fit your wording and apply to your panel. Secondly you can buy white decal paper and print any colour letters needed or print the background colour leaving white lettering. Cheap as chips and easy to do you can even do panel lining. Thanks Colin