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Old 01-20-2011, 08:46 AM   #1
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Hi there,
This thread was started quite some time ago. It was designed to share with you my experience in building a toggle switch panel from scratch with little to no electronics experience (but I picked things up and did a lot of research on it).

There is still a lot of useful information in this thread but this original post has been moved to the recently announced Warthog Pit Wiki I created for the express purpose of capturing all the knowledge throughout these forums.

You can find the entire tutorial at this link:


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Old 01-20-2011, 10:31 AM   #2
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:52 AM   #3
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Thanks Nightmare.

Obviously it still needs a little work. For the moment there is just a piece of paper providing the labeling of buttons and I need to work on the drawing around the L/G Horn Silence button. But things will progress :-)
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Good Job Tiger .....
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Tigershark, can you please provide any details on the hardware you have so far?
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Sure Warrior. I am still planning this all in a detailed video and such but here goes.

The toggle switches are DTDP (Double Throw Double Pole) switches. The could also be single pole but I plan to find a use for the second pole later.

The USB interface is from GroovyGameGear.com. It allows up to 32 buttons and is a plug and play gamepad type interface.

The enclosures I bought from an electronics store in Australia but naturally any enclosure you can find will work.

The key challenge here is how to hook up a toggle switch with a USB controller so that it sends only a "pulse" like a button press and not keep the connection open. At the moment the interface thinks that you are continuosly holding down a button when throw the switch.

A-10 doesn't mind this so much but I am trying to make this as generic as possible so I will be posting my solution for making a toggle switch send a pulse using a very simple and cheap IC.

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No Sir! Thanks so much for the info...looking forward to the video's.
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Moved videos to first post.

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Like I said in the you tube comments, thanks for taking the time to make these videos Tigershark. They really help me to see exactly whats involved in creating this panel, and that it is doable for a novice in electronics.
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