View Full Version : Realistic Throttle?

12-15-2005, 11:49 AM
Risking getting flamed, but...

Any 'realistic' WW2 looking/feeling throttles being used out there? Ive got a CH Fighterstick (couldn't find a good, 'realistic' looking/feeling WW2 stick, so I bought one with a good reputation) and Pro Pedals, but I really think a seperate throttle will add much to the immersion factor. The problem is, none of the throttles I have come across look or feel anything like the ones in the WW2 cockpits I have seen. I dont mean 'exact' duplicates of the originals, just not the 'modern' looking, 'T' bar, jet fighter, button laden jobbers I've seen so far. Dont get me wrong, it's not that those previously mentioned throttles dont work great for what they are intended for, I just want more of a WW2 throttle 'feel' than a modern jet feel.

I've modified my previous joysticks to get more of a 'cockpit control stick' rather than 'wrist action joystick' feel to them, just by extending the shaft a few inches, now I want a 'throttle' not a 'thumb wheel'.

Those with seperate throttles, what do you think? Are they too modern, jet feeling to you? Or would more of a nob verses a button laden t-bar feel more WW2 authentic?

12-15-2005, 12:26 PM
Good luck in your search. I think you'll find that the stick manufacturers are designing their products after modern aircraft.

Personally, I use a Saitek X-45 sitck & throttle which I have been completely satisfied with. (I would love to have TM Cougar, but can't see paying that much for a stick& throttle.)

The sticks & throttle combinations that are out there may not give you the feeling that you're flying a WWII aircraft, but the HOTAS models sure are a big plus.

12-15-2005, 12:27 PM
Look at Fw-190's throttle and come back and see Pro Throttle then you'll find good similarity in both..
Besides, it's sturdy, ergonomic and got so many buttons with it.

12-15-2005, 12:54 PM
Or - if you must go down the Spartan route - you could just remove the throttle potentiometer out of your CH stick and knock up a slngle quadrant out of scrap materials and nail it to the arm of your chair. Or maybe take a CH four engine quad and convert it by making your single (or maybe twin) throttle posts longer than the other, which could be used for prop-pitch (perhaps) and flaps (why not?) with a few other handy buttons for supercharger, mixture and so on.

The lads at CH may not like me saying it - but CH gear is well-constructed (they'll like that) and can stand any amount of well-thought-out surgery (oops, there goes the warranty http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif )

Here's the stick I converted for left-handed use. I have no right arm so it was a necessary conversion. Anyway, I bludgeoned & gouged my Fighterstick into this - and I've only had to replace the non-CH throttle pot once in 2 & 1/s years.


12-15-2005, 01:37 PM
What Brando said.

You can do lots with them pots ...

Have Fun!

12-15-2005, 06:00 PM
what wrong with the Ch quarant? it seem to me to be quite right for WWII planes you have throttle ,pitch and mixture.looks the same as i've seen in the planes out here siting at March air field.

12-16-2005, 02:15 AM

If you don't mind dropping a fair amount of cash, these guys are probably the best around at producing simulator controls that look and feel like the real thing: http://www.simcontrol.co.uk/menuepage.htm

I sat at their new spitfire cockpit controls at a flight sim show earlier this year and the authenticity was astounding (well, it looked just like the PF cockpit, anyway... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif)



12-16-2005, 10:13 PM
I don't know about commercial products, but over the years I've seen a few examples of home made replicas. Some were posted here, some @ SimHQ and some at Frugal's World forums.

12-17-2005, 09:27 AM

12-18-2005, 09:46 PM

You'll need to figure out how to hook them up. But as these things go, not too expensive and plenty authentic.

12-21-2005, 05:18 AM
Originally posted by Freelancer-1:

You'll need to figure out how to hook them up. But as these things go, not too expensive and plenty authentic.

While you´r at it..get these pedals too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gifhttp://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/lgpages/azusapedal.php