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Aurelius

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    Aurelius
  • Birthday 03/09/1981

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  • Flight Simulators
    DCS World (whatever the beta is up to), IL2 1946, IL2 GB, ROF and X-Plane 11
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    Mountain View, CA - USA
  • Interests
    Spending time with my son, surfing, scuba diving, flying, and mathematics
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    Surf bum with a penchant for weird mathematics
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    https://jaytheskepticalengineer.com

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  1. Thanks for your info and pics Don! Several folks have sent me emails asking if I will review the MCG Ultimate. I will try to do so later this month, ... once I put 100 hours or more on the grip. My early initial impression is that this grip fixes none of the minor gripes I had about the original MCG grip. I will be comparing this Ultimate grip to the MCG original, the VKB Kosmosima, the Virpil Constellation ALPHA and the RealSimulator professional grips. The review will likely be posted to the new upcoming flightsimming.arXiv.org site we are working on to cut out all the trolls fro
  2. Uhh, ... no. The team understands how .org domains work. Fortunately though, I am now only 1/6th of the team (we added one gent from Wales) and about 10% of the effort. It is largely in the hands of others (which frees me up to address more pressing issues). And cheerfully, whether it materializes or no, ... there won't be a place there for you to respond
  3. Aviators, we are working on getting some stuff for the community setup but there are five of us on three continents It is also the holidays, so I hope to have updates sometime in January. Happy New Year!
  4. No worries Don, .. I knew what you meant but typed a bit more so others would know the reason.
  5. It is not for "whatever reason". There are several trolls who lurk around the threads denigrating tech reviews or informative articles they disagree with. They proclaim that they are "protecting" the community from frauds and imposters even when hard evidence is shown that nullifies those claims. When said trolls are investigated more deeply: 1) - It turns out, none of them have themselves written any reviews, hardware lists or other addendums which might offer valuable information to the community. ... Nada. ... Nothing. .... Unlike you Don, and your Gunfighter review, along with
  6. Interesting Don. Can you elaborate a bit more on what you feel the strengths are? Also, how long (on average) would you say it takes you to set up a realistic plane like the Hornet? (Over the past year, I have probably spent more than 10 hours of my life setting up and adjusting the Hornet. I am not trying to be disrespectful to ED, but that is time I can spend with my son to ride mountain bikes, surf or teach him to program, etc ....)
  7. DCS = Excellent 9.5 out of 10 combat flight simming experience DCS Controller Input System = 1.5 out of 10 (and that is being generous) - Setting up just one plane takes far too long. Having to reset a dozen planes. .... Time to fly in some other sim, ... life is too short. The default for all planes should be a simple system that assigns the 50 most common functions (roll, pitch, yaw, wheel brakes, right engine start, left engine start and so on .....) (think IL2 1946 but better). And the right engine start in the Hornet should be the right engine start in the Flanker and so forth
  8. Hawkeye, I only fly the Huey a bit in DCS so I am not the best guy for helo stuff. That said, I have conversed with some sim pilots who utilize top notch helo pits. One of the best joysticks may be the VKB Gunfighter MCG Pro with Mark III base. With the base, you can use an Allen (hex) key to dial in pre-load on both the X and Y axes. If you dial in enough, you can move your stick to a certain point, remove your hand and the stick will hold there. As of Dec, 2020, there is no better joystick base than the Mark III imho. Of course you will then need a high grade cyclic (and I am not the best pe
  9. Going back and forth between VKB and Virpil many times VpR81, I would say that VKB is a little better built with tighter tolerances and higher manufacturing levels. Don't get me wrong, ... Virpil is good stuff, .... but VKB is a touch better.
  10. Yeah, I responded to your other post Mistral in the general input/output sub-forum. I've dealt with VKB many times (and so have hundreds of others in these forums) with damn near zero complaints about manufacturing. If you really have a slightly faulty unit, you can repair it yourself in 20 min if you have reached the LEGO Technic level of assembly ability. If not, you can contact AeroGator who often watches the VKB sub-forum, and he will help you in short order.
  11. Mistral, I have dealt with VKB many times. While true their components are made in China, the quality of everything is very high. If you have any technical experience (model kits, RC cars, small robotics, electronics, ...) you should be able to disassemble the stick and adjust the hat in less than 20 min. It is an easy fix. If not, contact AeroGator (his username on these forums) and he will set you right in short order.
  12. This review is being moved to a new arXiv like format (arXiv.org is the e-print repository for research conducted by many physical scientists). Apologies while the review is moved.
  13. This review will be unavailable for a few weeks to a few months as I am moving information and reviews over to a new website. This new site may have a name similar to FlightSimming.arXiv.com (the appropriate title is being discussed now). This new website will operate somewhat similar to arXiv.org, which is the main e-print repository for physical scientists (physicists, engineers, computer scientists, computational biologists, mathematicians, etc...). Basically, it is a very simple concept, flight simmers who write up reviews of hardware items or those that have continuing articl
  14. The Hardware List will be unavailable for a few weeks to a few months as I am moving information and reviews over to a new website. This new site may have a name similar to FlightSimming.arXiv.com (the appropriate title is being discussed now). This new website will operate somewhat similar to arXiv.org, which is the main e-print repository for physical scientists (physicists, engineers, computer scientists, computational biologists, mathematicians, etc...). Basically, it is a very simple concept, flight simmers who write up reviews of hardware items or those that have continuing
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