View Full Version : Where do you put your joystick?

05-27-2005, 12:53 AM
Where do you put you joystick when your playing?

In your lap?

on the table?

Where do you put your throttle?

Anyone have a good ingame IL2 calibration Profile for the X45?

05-27-2005, 01:06 AM
He he he!

05-27-2005, 01:19 AM
I'm having to use my keyboard because my dog has eaten my flight yoke

05-27-2005, 01:23 AM
Oh man is that ever a loaded question http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

05-27-2005, 02:19 AM
I'll never tell http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

05-27-2005, 04:29 AM
Sorry, can't say. I'd be banned since this forum is not 18+ rated.

05-27-2005, 05:02 AM
A little below the ###censored### http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

05-27-2005, 05:08 AM
I usually keep mine in my pants. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Oh, you mean the game controller? Oh, usually on my lap, but if I had one more functioning brain cell I would figure out some sort of mounting system for my desk or chair.

05-27-2005, 10:04 AM
My joystick dosen't fit in my pants http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

05-27-2005, 10:20 AM
If I were able to put my "joystick" anywhere I wanted I wouldn't be wasting so much time playing this d*** game...

05-27-2005, 10:45 AM
I have a desk with a keyboard tray, and the desk itself is deep enough that I can put my keyboard on the desk in front of my monitor and put my joystick, mouseball and throttle on the extended keyboard tray.

At first, there was a tendency for the tray to slide in and out, and the joystick and throttle to slide around on the tray as I worked them. This had a negative effect on my aim (and my emotional well-being).

I came up with a 'tray stabilizer', a half inch (12.7mm) thick plywood board with holes cut out to fit my Combatstick and Pro Throttle and hold them in their preferred positions. Since the tray is 24 inches wide and 12 inches deep, the board was cut into a fat capital 'T' shape, with the top of the 'T' (where the controllers' holes are set) about 28 inches wide by 12 inches, with a lip (forming the bottom of the T) about 3 inches deep by 24 inches wide.

The lip faces away from me and fits between the supports for the tray, holding it and my controllers steady at a nearly ideal position, at exactly the same spot every time I 'take flight.'

My marksmanship has improved steadily since I came up with this concept. $10 US for the wood (high quality smooth finish ply), and 45 minutes cutting and sanding is all it takes. I consider it one of my better investments for my gaming enjoyment.



05-27-2005, 11:20 AM
i have everyhing in front of me.. the desk is big enough..

My Joystick is placed to the right of me, so i can hold it with my right hand.. Just like a F16 Stick, allthough i don't have a separate thrust controller and rudder pedals

05-27-2005, 12:00 PM
I have a CHPro yoke, and I put it in front of the monitor. The keyboard goes to the right of the yoke, the mouse goes behind the keyboard. I fly with two hands on the yoke, and use my right hand for the keyboard and throttles (which are on the right side of the yoke).

I might invest in a CHPro throttle quadrant if Oleg adds support for individual engine controls! That would go to the left of the yoke. (perhaps. They just clamp onto the desk edge, so it could go anywhere.

05-27-2005, 06:09 PM
Originally posted by spitzfiya:
My joystick dosen't fit in my pants http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
BRAGGER http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

05-27-2005, 07:09 PM
Originally posted by spitzfiya:
My joystick dosen't fit in my pants


Bragger or dreamer? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

05-27-2005, 08:34 PM
OK ... so this explains the hair on the palm of my hand! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

05-28-2005, 01:05 AM
But it doesn't explain how you can still see the monitor...



05-28-2005, 09:43 PM
Tween Me Legs of course! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

05-29-2005, 12:59 AM
I don't put it anywhere. It's right where God and Uncle Sugar placed it for its intended purpose. If yours is anywhere else, you better check how well you can perform your duties.

05-29-2005, 01:05 AM
Or...to put it another way:

It gets put where it'll do the most good.

05-29-2005, 02:43 AM
I put it on me when I'm playing, and under me the rest of the time. That's why I look so stressed -and my stick stinks so bad.

05-30-2005, 04:09 AM
My X-45 goes on my desk. For my settings, click the "Joysticks..." link under my sig, scroll down to the "Setting sensitivity" secction and see "The Author's" settings.

05-30-2005, 06:44 AM
Hey spitzfiya,

I had the same dilema when I decided I wanted HOTAS. Where the heck do you put these things? I used to put my MSFFB joystick on my lap, which felt comfortable, but not possible when you have stick AND throttle. Simply on the desk is no good either. That wouldn't feel realistic. Then I thought about a couple of speaker stands I got from Ikea a while back. A few bungee chords later and I'm practically sitting in a cockpit. Brilliant! The stands fit the controllers perfectly and it allows me to have the stick come up between my knees while the throttle sits comfortably on my left side. The stands are thin enough that I can still work the rudder pedals comfortably. Seems like a little thing, but the IMMERSION is AWESOME with controllers placed in this configuration. Check out the pics.

Let's have some more serious ideas on this topic! Good controller placement and TIR and you're REALLY in the zone!!



05-30-2005, 10:08 AM
Originally posted by spitzfiya:
Where do you put you joystick when your playing?

In a darkened room. I stick it where the sun don't shine. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-30-2005, 12:16 PM
I think there ought to be a vote like this:
Who of you use your joysticks for flightsims?
And of those who don't, how many have tried to move it? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

05-30-2005, 05:19 PM
I have my MSFFB2 on my right and the X-45... both parts on my left with the throttle being closest to me. Since I only use the X-45 stick as a button bay I dont need it on the right side.

05-30-2005, 09:15 PM

I put my stick and throttle right in herehttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif With my speakers right next to my cockpit it gets loud as all get out, and the stick is right between my legs and the throttle off to my left. Now to get some more padding for my butt.....

05-31-2005, 09:04 AM
Wow!! _VR_C_Berndt, now that's the spirit! Looks real snug, like a cockpit. But what do you use to hold the controllers in place? The missus hates the green bungee chords I'm using!

05-31-2005, 09:12 AM
Originally posted by mean_mango:
The missus hates the green bungee chords I'm using!

Be thankful the missus doesn't hate the whole lot. They usually do... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

05-31-2005, 09:18 AM
OMG Berndt, that is a sweet right. I think we're the only two in our squad with custom made cockpits http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

05-31-2005, 11:08 AM

The stick is mounted onto a sheet of thin ply which is bolted to the base of the stick using short bolts. I set 'captive' nuts inside the bottom of the stick's base using Epoxy resin - the bolts pass through the ply, through the base and tighten into these nuts...

Once you have a wooden base then you can do what you want. I use a 'joist-hanger' from the building industry. The ply is screwed to the joist-hanger - then the stick gets bolted to the ply - reducing the danger of damage to the stick.

I've changed my pit a little since this photo. I raised the monitor slightly and the flat strips of the joist hanger just jam under the thicker ply that the monitor is packed up with. The metal flexes a bit and the whole issue just brushes the tops of my thighs when I'm settled in the pit.

Engine power is the silver knob on the side of the much-adapted Fighterstick - I have no right arm, so a separate throttle wouldn't be much use - and I have an old QS panel that offers me a few extra buttons to dab at, mainly ground-based stuff.

It's all really comfortable....and looks best at night http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


05-31-2005, 12:25 PM
My mother always told me not to play with my joystick.


05-31-2005, 12:47 PM
my desk is right next to my bed, i have a knee-height stool with a hardback book on top where i place the x52 stick, the throttle goes on another hardback on my bed, keyboard infront, arms placed perfectly for hotas operation http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif