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    UPDATE 02•19: Quick update about the setup, ready for DCS F/A-18 with the 3rd MFD and the 7" LCD. I still hope that SC will support exporting data to a secondary screen. https://karonshome.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/img_20190108_162833010.jpg ORG POST I'm a tenant and I live in a small flat so I don't have much space available: no way to build a proper simpit. I decided therefore to build a modular set of control boxes, each based on an independent Arduino board. My first control box was based on a video I found online (I worked with 8-16 bits PICs before, never with Arduino so that video has opened a new world to me). The following control boxes have little to nothing in common with the first (which is great considering that the first example controls up to ~25 buttons, my latest more than 80). I have recently added a 7" 800x600 MFD and I plan to add a similar one later. The problem is.. that this stuff is totally useless in SC. Besides the fact that the firmwares I wrote are always on/on and I have no idea how they react with SC (I can always change them); the fact is that SC is very arcade and a hotas satisfies its need of controls, killing the need of a simpit right away. Moreover SC has no decent controls management, not to mention the possibility to export avionics status. I remember an old goal about these features, hopefully that will be implemented sooner or later. That being said, this is an old pic of my setup. I had changed many things but I haven't taken any pic yet. This is the 7" LCD I use to export MFDs or other avionics. Hopefully sooner or later they'll work with SC. The little screen on the top is a small TFT. It gets data from DCS and I wrote the firmware that displays different values and icons depending of the values it receives. In this case, it shows info about the Ka-50. One of these boxes can be built with 30€-40€ depending on where you buy (china is cheaper but takes ages, I usually buy from Amazon UK – one day delivery at the lockers!) and if you have the basica material already (wires, soldering iron, etc). You write your own firmware so you can do almost whatever you want and you can change anything anytime. These are a couple pics of what is inside the boxes. The F/A-18 UFC/ Ka-50 PRTz/PVI-800 is the latest I built and is a bit more complex than the others. It doesn't take longer that 4-5 hours to build one.
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    I have a T-50 since late 2018, then bought a throttle on the day-one, you can see a couple pics in the thread I opened about my setup here (I will update it soon with some RIO stuff I built for DCS F-14). There are some recordings of DCS in my youtube channel as well. Virpil is great. Yet sometimes bloody garbage QA-wise. Don't get me wrong, I love them but being an old customer I had to live with some serious issues. I don't want to write a poem so, short version, the throttle was delivered with every bloody internal screw very loose (or totally unscrewed). I had to open it and put them back together. I don't use the detents because I fly primarily rotary-wings but other folks are having issues with them. That being said, the throttle is quite nice, has some really smart touches such has the Master Arm switch and lots of keys. Its software allows to bind different functions to the 2-way latched switches that comes assigned to a single button by default so I'm happy about the flexibility. Btw, it's based on the ATmega32u4, as the Arduino Leonardo/Genuino I use for my HID Control Panels (DCS-BIOS works via serial instead) so I am aware of its potential. It comes with a tons of different controls but I don't use it much because I'd rather build a dedicated control box depending on what I'm playing with. Nevertheless, if you are short on buttons, the throttle is quite good, the three most important axis use hall sensors instead of pots (they should have made the antenna elev that way as well though). For arcades such as Star Citizen though, something such as the TWCS might be a bit better: lower cost, acceptable amount of buttons and a very useful rudder axis in case you don't have pedals (Pro tip: buy pedals). The T-50 is another story. Mine was one of the first batches so it came with the dreaded threadlocker that has caused so many damages when trying to swap cams. Guess what, my cams had some quality issues and were causing some sort of friction and vibrations and I spanned a screw while trying to get them off (despite the soldering iron at 400 deg). I sent it back and it got "lost" for two months in the Minsk customs. Actually, initially they said they received it, later on they realized they simply messed up. I had to contact Amazon to finally have an answer though. That being said, the centred stick is another planet. I had a CH Fighterstick for 15 years and they cannot be compared. I thought CH was amazing but Virpil, damn, it's simply so good. The precision you have when manoeuvring is incredible: AAR is much easier, same as pinpointing targets or aligning for a salvo of S-8. Quick note: for the love of god, avoid the TM Warthog. I tried it a few times and it's a very good stick for DCS but its gimbals are a massive nope. I expected much more for its cost. A good solution though is a used Tog stick + a T-50 base. At the end of the day, Virpil is still a fairly new company. They might have overstepped a bit and rushed some parts but they are finally recovering by slowing down deliveries and improving many aspects such as the software. I definitely reccommend them if you are someone that is not afraid of using a screwdriver: Virpil is meant to be opened and adjusted (screws, cams, etc) to deliver the best experience. Feel free to ask anything you need (I'm way more active on Discord though).
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    Star Citizen: MISC - Reliant

    Ive struggled with these. I love the design, but from a practical standpoint, the ships are fairly meh.


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