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Old 02-11-2020, 01:49 AM   #1
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Hello,

I'd like to share a project I'm working on that is fully detailed on Github.
Compact input controller with 19 switches and 4 rotary encoders.
Functions as a joystick in DCS, so it's easy to map controls.
Supports DCS-BIOS for more advanced control mapping.
Overall, it provides up to 120 control inputs via a 3-way mode switch.

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I find it to be a great addition in VR.
After developing some muscle memory, it feels relatively natural to locate controls for startup, navigation and weapons.

The project includes 3D models, schematics and arduino source code.

If you'd like to help with the development of this, such as adding DCS-BIOS scripted controls or some other idea for VR input, I'd love to hear from you.
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:42 PM   #2
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awesome. thanks. I am still a year or more away from VR, but have been considering doing a box. Great to see someone that has made the box as well and shared the 3d print.

What sort of cost did it come to?

EDIT: looks like about $60usd from Amazon links? Not too bad
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:55 PM   #3
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What sort of cost did it come to?
Close to around $45. Probably could do better if I searched more for parts.
Would love to see someone else build it.
Maybe talk about some ideas for a version 2 and build up some DCS-BIOS scripts.
I'm up for it. Wanted to start with something and make some improvements to it.
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Old 02-12-2020, 02:23 AM   #4
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Close to around $45. Probably could do better if I searched more for parts.
Would love to see someone else build it.
Maybe talk about some ideas for a version 2 and build up some DCS-BIOS scripts.
I'm up for it. Wanted to start with something and make some improvements to it.
sounds good. I doubt I'll make one in near future, but may do.

Do you have a list of what you assigned buttons/switches/rotary to? I am trying to work out if there is value in me doing prior to VR.

As I use mouse to click cockpit, Only keyboard I use regularly are:
- Throttle left/right while doing startup (I dont have a split throttle)
- gear
- flaps
thats pretty much it from a regular use perspective. If I am doing carrier, then I'll also do
- hook
- antiskid
- wingfold
- launch bar
- auto attach to cat

I suppose if I move to night flying, light knobs may be handy.
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