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    Flying IRL (Mostly Cessnas and such)

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  1. I think this is a fantastic idea guys! I will add that it may actually be more worthwhile to have the game export either % power or RPM of the engine rather than the airspeed of the craft itself. I've done a bit of open-cockpit flying IRL, and I can say from experience that in most phases of flight, the speed of air impacting your face is FAR more dependent on the engine/propeller speed than it is on airspeed. Regardless of how fast your plane is moving through the air, the propwash is almost always going to be faster (except of course for when the enemy flames your engine and you glide in for a forced landing!).
  2. Hey Beaknocker, I still use my trusty ole msffb2! I certainly wouldn't mind having an extra around for when mine eventually breaks down. How much do you want for one? Feel free to PM me. Thanks!
  3. Greetings All! I'm moving the instructions for ordering the SopGrip MK1 here, as the older threads have become a bit cluttered with Q&A and technical discussions. I have also updated the ordering details slightly. If you have questions about the design, construction, features, or anything else about the SopGrip, please see the announcement/Q&A thread linked below, and feel free to post any further questions you have! Ordering Instructions: *All orders will be completed through PayPal for your security and convenience. You must have a valid PayPal account to place an order* 1. Send an email to vrsimpits@gmail.com with “Sopwith Grip” in the subject line 2. In your email, please specify: Your name Contact email address Shipping address PayPal username or associated email Desired joystick base adapter (TM Warthog/Virpil or Microsoft FFB2, VKB Gunfighter coming soon) Purchase price of $100.00 USD includes one joystick adapter of your choice. Additional joystick adapters may be purchased for $10.00 each If you have a different joystick from those currently supported and wish to have a custom adapter made, please contact me to discuss a custom design. Desired Overall Joystick Length: (See the sizing chart below for more details, including length equivalencies with Thrustmaster Warthog extensions) MK1a: 31cm (This is the minimum length available, due to the internal space required for electronics) MK1b: 36cm MK1c: 41cm MK1d: 46cm Custom lengths can be fabricated for an additional charge of $5.00 USD. If this option is chosen, please specify desired length 3. Once your email is received, an invoice will be sent to you via PayPal for an initial deposit of $15.00 USD. This fee reserves your place in the order list. Once your order is ready to ship, you will be billed for the remaining amount owed. You will not be charged until your product is ready to ship. My products are hand-made in small batches, so it may take a 3-4 weeks for your order to be completed and shipped. You will be notified of the expected ship date upon initial placement of your order. Thank you for your understanding! Interested to hear about the development of future products in this series? Check out the Development Log linked below!
  4. First off, BEAUTIFUL CAD work! Well done. Secondly, YES! I would be very interested in CAD files or plans when they are complete. Looking forward to seeing how this goes!
  5. I can neither confirm nor deny that I am currently working to develop a product along these lines...
  6. Thanks for making such a great tool available to the community! I'll definitely try it out soon. Cheers!
  7. Hey All, Just wanted to give you a brief update: The first batch of SopGrips are in production now, and will be shipped to their future owners shortly! With the gracious assistance of one of our community members, I am in the process of developing an adapter for VKB Gunfighter bases. So if you own a GF base and are interested in the SopGrip, stay tuned!
  8. Hi Rumey, Your SopGrip is under construction as we speak! I hope to have it ready to ship to you this weekend. As for the Sopwith throttle (aka Tampier Quadrant), I do not have an exact price calculated yet, but suspect it will be a little bit more than the SopGrip, as there are more components (especially electronics), and requires more work to assemble. I don't want to throw out any exact price yet, as development is still in the early stages. You are not the only person who has requested that I do an Albatros grip! It seems to be a community favorite. Once I complete the full suite of Sopwith controls (grip, throttle, rudder bar, etc.), the Alby will likely be my next project And you are correct about the motors of the msffb2, any significant addition of weight or stick length will greatly reduce the felt force from the motors. There is a relatively easy modification that will double the motor output, but requires a bit of soldering. Here's a link the the modification: https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=125281
  9. Wow, excellent work Magners! I can't wait to give this a try. Out of curiosity, do you plan to charge a license fee of some sort for commercial use? I have several upcoming projects in which your program could be very useful; some of them for my own personal use, and some that I may sell to others in the sim community.
  10. Thanks @ZachariasX! Still some work to be done on it, need to make the knob for the mixture handle with "Rene' Tampier" embossed into surface. Electronics will be housed in a separate enclosure, connected to Tampier unit by a bearing & pushrod linkage, just like the real thing.
  11. Community response on the newly-released SopGrip has been fantastic! It really is a pleasure to be part of this awesome community. Meanwhile, back at the lab, R&D on upcoming products continues...
  12. Vonrickenbecker + BoN Thanks for your generosity, well done sir!
  13. Yeah, that's what I had in mind when designing it. I knew from day 1 that I wouldn't be able to add enough buttons to compete with the button count of a Virpil or VKB type grip without ruining the look of the grip, so I just tried to add as much functionality as I could without spoiling the historical asthetics!
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