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Trinity_Jay
12-17-2009, 11:45 AM
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I was wondering if my fellow pilots can be of assistance. As I am getting more and more flight sim gear such as Saitek's Pro Flight panels, I thought I might as well as think about getting some kind of racking or Mecano-style build for a cockpit around my monitor. Do you guys have any ideas as to what would work?

Much appreciated, amigos.

Jay
CPS_Bulldog

Trinity_Jay
12-17-2009, 11:45 AM
S!

I was wondering if my fellow pilots can be of assistance. As I am getting more and more flight sim gear such as Saitek's Pro Flight panels, I thought I might as well as think about getting some kind of racking or Mecano-style build for a cockpit around my monitor. Do you guys have any ideas as to what would work?

Much appreciated, amigos.

Jay
CPS_Bulldog

Tuphlandng
12-17-2009, 02:31 PM
I found this interesting although I think that there is another flouting around some where. I have a few more sites on Sim Pit building if your interested. Just PM me


http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...9310655/m/5271012437 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/49310655/m/5271012437)

Wildnoob
12-17-2009, 05:22 PM
I'm looking for a trim wheel, can someone indicate me a place where I can buy it?

horseback
12-18-2009, 11:14 AM
Best thing I did for my flight simming setup was cutting a 1/2" sheet of plywood to 1) keep the keyboard tray I put my controllers on from sliding in & out, 2) cutting holes in that piece of plywood to hold my throttle and joystick steady so they were always in exactly the same place every time, and 3) anchoring my rudder pedals so that they didn't slide around either.

Those three things made a world of difference for me.

cheers

horseback

WholeHawg
12-18-2009, 11:39 AM
Ahh the Joys of home cockpit building....Be careful or it can grow beyond your control. There are a lot of good sites devoted to this sort of thing depending on how far you want to go with it. If you just looking for tabletop rack solution for you Saitek stuff, your best bet is probably going to be something self built that accommodates your particular gear.

Are you looking for plans to create something or an off the shelf kinda thing?

This may be more than your looking to do but here are some sites that could provide you with some ideas
Here are some links to cockpit building sites;

http://www.mycockpit.org/forum...rumdisplay.php?f=146 (http://www.mycockpit.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=146)

http://www.viperpits.org/smf/index.php

Heres a link to my project;

http://www.airgroup51.com/foru....php?tid=2407&page=6 (http://www.airgroup51.com/forums/viewthread.php?tid=2407&page=6)

Trinity_Jay
12-18-2009, 01:31 PM
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Chaps, I really DO appreciate all this and thank you. It's one of the very best and appreciated qualities that makes IL-2 aqd flight simming an enjoyable experience. It's an ever-growing community that attracts ace and noob, young and old!

And this is what I plan to use in my cockpit along with my trusty MSFS2, X45 throttle, CH pedals and Track IR4.

Should do the trick.

Jay aka CPS_Bulldoghttp://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90/Jayslater/CIMG1282.jpg

WholeHawg
12-18-2009, 02:05 PM
Wow thats some nice Swag. It about the same kit I have with the exception of the Cougar MFD, The switch panel and the Saitek instrument panel. I am planning on getting the MFD but I think I am going to have to wait until they release it here in the states. I cant find anyone that will ship it here for less than 2 major appendages.

So your going to use both the yoke and the joystick? And why the X45 throttle if you have the CH?

With all that cool gear your just going to have to break out the saw and start cutting. I don't think your likely to find any thing "off shelf" that will ergonomically fit all that together.

I would hook it all up and play with it for a while. Try to find out what works where. If your using a joystick in your right hand you will want most of your important switches on your left and so on. From there you can start to create a sort of layout for everything and then build a desk/rack/cockpit to suit your needs.

Trinity_Jay
12-18-2009, 02:57 PM
Many thanks for the kind words. The reason that there is so much is that I conduct the review sections of flight sims and their equipment for two leading aviation magazines. (I am not allowed to mention their titles here, although equipment manufacturers are.) I am very happy with the MSFS2 and X45 set-up for Rise of Flight, OFF and IL-2. However, I also test a lot of FSX add-ons and the quadrant is perfect for the new Lancaster and Constellation from Just Flight. Bit of a complex beast, though.

I am expecting the new Saitek force feedback joystick in January and this may be the perfect set-up indeed.

Am very impressed with the Cougar X2. Very smart and compact. The CH MFP is very expensive but a great tool for us simmers as well as FPS shooters.

It will be interesting if Oleg plans to use the Pro Flight panels for Sow. I certainly hope so.

And now to make a cockpit!

Jay

Sokol__1
12-18-2009, 03:30 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">new Saitek force feedback joystick in January and this may be the perfect set-up indeed.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Saitek change plans? They announced X-65F as Force Sensor, not Force feedback...

Sokol1

Urufu_Shinjiro
12-18-2009, 03:58 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Sokol__1:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">new Saitek force feedback joystick in January and this may be the perfect set-up indeed.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Saitek change plans? They announced X-65F as Force Sensor, not Force feedback...

Sokol1 </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes please, if you know something we don't, do tell!

Trinity_Jay
12-18-2009, 04:03 PM
Gentlemen,

I was under the impression that it was FF. Anyway, when this lovely bit of kit arrives for me to review, I shall inform you all. But it does look drop dead gorgeous.

Beast wishes,

Jay aka CPS_Bulldog

Fogmaster_
12-23-2009, 04:02 PM
dunno if its been mentioned yet but check out the akers barnes cockpits. pretty cool