View Full Version : Trim: Controller Options

06-17-2005, 08:56 PM
Purchased a CH Pro throttle in the hopes that it would be more immersing and it would free up the slider on my MSFFB2 for trim.

Well, it does.. But it also is a pain in the butt to get used to... Too much to be worth it for me. I guess I've decided that what I really want is just a couple or three knobs that I can use for elevator, aileron and rudder trim adjustments.

These (http://www.ramelectronics.net/html/powermate.htm) look interesting, but thats a lot of cash just for one knob, and Im not entirely certain they'd work..

Anyone have any suggestions?

Oh, anyone interested in trading their rudder pedals for a ch pro throttle? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

06-18-2005, 12:50 AM
Just buy a cheap joystick and take it apart. Remount the pots anywhere you want and stick a 75 cent knob from Radio Shack on them.


06-18-2005, 02:36 AM
This is what I use for trimming, works well.
"GoFlight (GF-RP48) Pushbutton and Rotary Switch Module"
You can find it on this page: http://www.pcaviator.com/shop/viewCategory.php?s=0&c=5

The rotarty are switches as not pots, so with the GFkeys software that can be downloaded from Goflight, you can set it up so that each "notch" that you turn on the rotary is the same as a key press, allowing for arrcurate trimming.

4 Rotarys means that I have all trims + prop pitch on the rotaries.

This module could also be set up to do all your level bombing setups or for manual gear on the early american carrier aircraft.

Basically any operation that requires multiple key presses that you want done fast can be achieved with this module.

They also have others modules that are prob less useful for IL2/PF, except for prob the landing gear/flaps/elevator trim module.

06-18-2005, 07:55 AM
I use a MSFFB2/X-45/CH pedal combo that works great. My rudder trim is on the throttle of the MSFFB.. my aileron & elevator trims are on the two knobs of the X-45, flaps are on the rudder rocker of the X-45, prop pitch and trim are assinged to a hat switch on the throttle.

06-18-2005, 03:03 PM
I use a MS sidewinder 2 for flying, flaps ,gear etc. but I have an old sidewinder2 ( same model), took it apart and want to know if I can use the stick-pots(3) for trimtabs, and above all how to install them,(Hot -as?)without messing up my old settings.

06-20-2005, 08:10 AM

I've just disassembled my old Sidewinder Pro and pulled out the four pots and circuitry to make a set of rotary trim controls.

Basically, it's a wooden box with the spindles of the pots sticking out at the front to which I am aiming to attach some suitable knobs. I amde the box so that it would sit comfortably beneath my CH Throttle unit.

I can twist the spindles themselves at the moment, but it makes fine control adjustments almost impossible as the pots are extremely sensitive. Maybe larger knobs would allow for more precise input.

I haven't experimented with toning things down via the in-game axis settings yet, but will try that this evening.

Failing that, I've picked up some plastic gear wheels from a local electronics model shop and will experiment with a gearing system to give finer control.

Making the box and mounting the pots took me an interesting afternoon of fiddling around (and cursing my lack of manual skills!http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif). Give it a try.



06-20-2005, 07:07 PM
Yup, in game axis settings adjusted via the conf.ini file really helped.

I may experiment with the gearing system anyway for the fun of it (should I get out more?), but I can recommend this approach to sourcing a cheap set of rotary controls - the GoFlight module mentioned above is pretty dear in the UK (139 + postage from http://www.rcsimulations.com/switch.htm - an excellent store by the way).