View Full Version : Best way to map keyboard for complex engine?

03-20-2007, 01:16 PM
After all this time I imagine there's been an evolution towards the most effective way; anyone?

03-20-2007, 01:34 PM
I still think its personal pref.

All my complex ENGINE controls are mapped to my Pro throttle, but the keys are all set up with the CTRL key combo's

Things or features I use rarely are all set up with ATL key combo's

Things or feature I use alot(that are not engine controls) are regular keys and SHIFT key combo's.

Hope that helps you out some.

03-20-2007, 01:47 PM
I have a thrustmaster with throttle, but I don't have enough experiance to remap for what's infrequently used.

03-20-2007, 01:51 PM
I've been piddling around with questions like this for a while.

I made a printable IL-2 Control list in PDF form that I feel (and several other have emailed me agreeing) is is a good setup for overall control of the aircraft. It was especially set up for ease of level bombing, but I'm trying to make it as user-friendly as possible.

You can download it from my website here:
http://www.msu.edu/~brownd52/flightsim/downloads/IL-2_Control.pdf (http://www.msu.edu/%7Ebrownd52/flightsim/downloads/IL-2_Control.pdf)

You can also get it at the utilities page of flying legends.

This mapping was designed for people with a standard control setup (joystick with throttle and rudder control + keyboard).

<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Any suggestions are welcome.</span>

It would be very nice to have a good, standardized control mapping that is more comprehensive and intuitive than the default.

03-20-2007, 02:49 PM
I recently built a stand for my monitor (ply and 1x3) and incorporated some additional switches using the USB interface from desktop aviator (http://www.desktopaviator.com/Products/USB_Interface/Model_805/USB.htm) Its pretty brainless, no software to mess with - just solder all your neg leads to the indicated common pin and your pos leads to the remaining pins and plug in the USB cable. XP loads in the basic driver and you map the switches like any other. I set mine up for engine select, engine toggle, all engine, boost, radiator position, drop tank, arresting hook, nav lights, gear, and gun pods. You could easily build a little switch box and map all the engine commands to it though http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

03-20-2007, 03:57 PM
The printable thing was just what I was looking for. Many thanks