View Full Version : DIY Motion Simulator...?

Jason Miller
02-03-2013, 12:45 PM
Does anyone have any experience or ideas on how to construct a Motion Platform similar to this?



02-03-2013, 03:12 PM
It is lifted with airbags. Everything you need to build this is available from Frightprops. They even have tutorials on their website. You will need to be able to weld to make it safe. I think I have about $3k into my elevator. But about $1k of that is the gilder fluke controller that runs it. Mine is pretty elaborate with lots of lights and audio. Start at Fright Props website and go through all the tutorials. You tube and pics.Mine will lift 6 people no problem with only 2 airbags.


02-03-2013, 05:02 PM
Fright Props price is not bad for these when you figure out the cost and time it is almost not worth making it yourself. I know you may want to save money but the cost just does not make it that much of a savings. Fright Props does kits too so you should give them a call to see what their kit comes with and what they can offer as far as help. Good luck and make sure you post photos when done please.


02-03-2013, 06:39 PM
Hey, that's me in that video!

We have kits and complete motion platforms:


Jason Miller
02-04-2013, 03:18 PM
Thank you!! I will check them out. The idea is to make a flight simulator, something similar, though much simpler to Star Tours at Disneyland.

02-04-2013, 03:44 PM
Hey, that's me in that video!

We have kits and complete motion platforms:


Love the red & white socks you are wearing Doug! Seriously though....I built one of these kits from Doug. Get a kit.

Wicked Farmer

02-08-2013, 11:45 AM
They have it all.. Go with them.. If your going to transworld talk to them about the project...

If you talk to ride manufacturers the costs will blow you away.

Best of luck.


02-09-2013, 08:14 AM
I built ours back in 1994 and we used the airbags and had a operator that controlled everything with ball valves. When I was introduced to Frightprops I changed it to be ran with the booBox8+ and it runs lights air sound and all with one push of a button.

02-10-2013, 09:47 AM
I built my own motion platform for an elevator simulator ride. If you go DIY I can give you some advice.
This design uses 4 airbags controlled by a DTMF relay board.


Here it is in action(click on the pic for video):
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/captpete1/Elevator%202012/th_MOV02901-1.jpg (http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a388/captpete1/Elevator%202012/MOV02901-1.mp4)


02-23-2013, 07:22 PM
A flight simulator requires a Stewart platform. That is what everyone uses. Just google search it. You'll need a real servo loop controller to run it. And either alot of patience or a multi axis controller to program it. None of this stuff is cheap. It's unfortunate but you've fallen off the cliff on this one. 3 big pneumatic cylinders in a triangle configuration would give you 2ish degrees of freedom. Add some well tuned flow controls and you could run it digitally. But it's not going to approach the effect you're wanting.