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Noxx0s
12-25-2009, 02:33 AM
I'm looking at buying this joystick for IL2 1946:

http://www.amazon.com/T-flight...id=1261732492&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/T-flight-Hotas-Stick-PS3-Playstation-3/dp/B001CXYMFS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1261732492&sr=8-1)

Will it work? It's got great reviews and a throttle and is about 3 times cheaper than the fancy Saitek (really can't afford to break the bank atm).

Also... are there some threads to help total newbie pilots learn everything they need to fly properly and combat tactics and all? I want to get to the level where I can handle multiplayer asap (I've heard there's still a thriving community) but obviously I need to work up to that first.

DD_crash
12-25-2009, 03:01 AM
Seasons greetings! YES it will work http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Sillius_Sodus
12-25-2009, 12:24 PM
That stick should be fine. The 'Nuggets Guide' at the top of this forum (sticky) has a lot of information which will help you get up to speed.

deskpilot
12-25-2009, 12:51 PM
I have this stick and I think it's terrific value for money. A year on and it works fine, and has a huge amount of functionality at a low price. I'd recommend it.

Chivas
12-25-2009, 02:44 PM
Yes go for it. There arn't any good Hotas systems being made at the present time and I've had them all. So save your money.

Noxx0s
12-26-2009, 08:58 AM
Cool thanks guys, just bought it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. Can't wait to start playing.

Also... does anyone have any good suggestions for mapping "free look" or whatever it's called?

I seem to remember this being very irritating problem when I played Il-2 a long time ago on a friend's computer. You had to use the mouse to look around, which was really impractical (difficult to manage joystick+mouse at the same time).

I remember trying to map the "lock look" or whatever it's called to the hat (where you look all the way in one direction in the cockpit) but that's not great either because then you can't see all the stuff in between the "extremes".

Any suggestions other than buying TrackIR? (not an option!!)

Sokol__1
12-26-2009, 03:40 PM
I suggest you try "NewView" that emulate TrackIR with POV HAT.

http://newview.hruks.com/NewView_37m.zip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xX6dAKFKA8&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpMQ5OIC708

Sokol1

Fogmaster_
12-26-2009, 04:53 PM
I would take chivas' comment with a grain of salt... There are great hotas's being made, like the CH Products HOTAS.

Take what people say on this forum lightly, some of them are just angry that it didnt live up to their expectations.

If this is your stick you are looking to buy, you would probably do well with something better as well.

Id stay away from the cougar though, ive heard numorous reports about their pots going out and that is something you cant really afford in a dogfight.

Chivas
12-26-2009, 06:51 PM
Originally posted by Fogmaster_:
I would take chivas' comment with a grain of salt... There are great hotas's being made, like the CH Products HOTAS.

Take what people say on this forum lightly, some of them are just angry that it didnt live up to their expectations.

If this is your stick you are looking to buy, you would probably do well with something better as well.

Id stay away from the cougar though, ive heard numorous reports about their pots going out and that is something you cant really afford in a dogfight.

My Ch Fighterstick is OK, hardly great, its well made and should last a long time, (especically when its sitting in a box in the basement), it could be better in many ways. It really needs a smoother gimbal setup. I've never owned the throttle and pedals, but its obvious the throttle needs some rotaries.

My Cougar Hotas has the best throttle of any of the Hotas setups,but the joystick needs a very expensive upgrade to fix the crude gimbal system.

My G940 is OK, but the sloppy center force tension needs work and the force changes travelling thru the X and Y axis with Forcefeedback enabled is crude at best. I'm hoping a driver upgrade will improve this, but I'm not holding my breath.

I haven't got much good to say about my Saitek X52, but maybe the X52 Pro is better. The Saitek Pro Pedals are worth their money.

I'm still trying to replace my very precise MSFF2 joystick, because its old, and Microsoft hasn't supported its software for years. Windows 7 won't even let me load it, but luckily it still works with basic control software. The stick can be fragile but its quite fixable.

Logitech is coming out with a Hotas system that could be very good for jet sims, but I doubt the pressure joystick will be suitable for simulating WW2 combat...if your into that.

The Last hope is the new Thrustmaster Warthog(?) that may come out next year.

SsSsSsSsSnake
12-27-2009, 04:01 AM
i love my saitaek x52pro but cant compare it to others as ive not tried them.

DD_crash
12-27-2009, 04:36 AM
Originally posted by IcyScythe:
Also... does anyone have any good suggestions for mapping "free look" or whatever it's called?

I seem to remember this being very irritating problem when I played Il-2 a long time ago on a friend's computer. You had to use the mouse to look around, which was really impractical (difficult to manage joystick+mouse at the same time).

I remember trying to map the "lock look" or whatever it's called to the hat (where you look all the way in one direction in the cockpit) but that's not great either because then you can't see all the stuff in between the "extremes".

Any suggestions other than buying TrackIR? (not an option!!)
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