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Old 11-25-2018, 02:40 AM   #61
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At last I have finished the CH Throttle Slew sensor. The gameport CH Pro Throttle does not have an analog stick, so I made a nice slew stick in place of the index finger hat. However, theoretically that slew fits in all hat slots. I am really looking forward to this one. This is gonna be one big fat overhaul of my CH Pro Throttle.

Big shoutout to Deltaalphalima1 who send me the STEP file of the ALPS analog stick, without which I couldnt have modeled this.

By any chance would this fit a Cougar Throttle? My thumbstick Y axis is becoming unusable - 2 months after bringing the throttle back to life with a Leo Bodnar conversion.
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Old 11-25-2018, 07:27 PM   #62
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By any chance would this fit a Cougar Throttle? My thumbstick Y axis is becoming unusable - 2 months after bringing the throttle back to life with a Leo Bodnar conversion.

I am pretty sure you can replace the thumbstick with an ALPS RKJXV1220/RKJXV1224 or any clone from ebay. You would have to desolder the pins of the old one and solder the new one in place. If you are not confident doing it yourself you could also send the part to me and I swap it out for you. But give it a try first, you already did the Bodnar conversion.
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Old 11-25-2018, 07:46 PM   #63
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By any chance would this fit a Cougar Throttle? My thumbstick Y axis is becoming unusable - 2 months after bringing the throttle back to life with a Leo Bodnar conversion.

Hello,


I replaced my Microstick last August, with a spare part purchased directly with Guillemot support, the install went like this:


https://forums.eagle.ru/showpost.php...3&postcount=71


The cost was 29 Euro including shipping.
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Old 12-05-2018, 07:23 PM   #64
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I havent posted in a while because I went down the 3D printing rabbit hole and boy is that a complex one... Initially my Ender 3 hotend was broken (the heat break was severely bent) and I was looking for a good replacement. Then I checked out all sort of mods for the Ender 3 and now I am basically at a point where I ordered a bunch of high quality parts and could have build me a 3D printer from scratch. Anyway, I still havent printed the prototype of my Crosswind pedals yet, but I will as soon as my new v6 hotend and Bondtech extruder have arrived.

But I havent been lazy in terms of mods at that. Here is my Cougar standalone USB adapter implemented in the Thrustmaster TARGET Software. It should now be fully TARGET compatible except for the Cougar specific virtual mouse stuff. (But I am working on that as well, even though noone uses it anyway...)




Also, I have the 3D printed housings of the next batch of Cougar joystick sensors ready. These will feature several small improvements, such as 0.5 mm longer axle, slightly decreased chamfer on the axle, adjusted the housing back by 0.1 mm, new cables and optimization of the manufacturing process.

These changes are based on the feedback from the first batches and should resolve the (small) troubles some people ran into. The one that Rudel_chw described in his review of my sensors was the most common, eg that a piece of tape was needed to get a snug fit of the axle on the Y axis. That problem was caused because I obviously designed the sensors around my personal Cougar and the tolerances of the Thrustmaster Cougar Zamak gimbal are just not very good. It should now be resolved however.




The Cougar Throttle analog hall sensors (the one without the USB standalone adapter) are also done and will be available shortly. I have sourced the correct N52 magnets and improved the axle mechanism of the first prototype.

The Saitek sensors (Pro Flight/Combat Rudder Pedals) are also up and running and I will do a little mainboard conversion kit to bumb up the resolution from 8 to 10/12 Bits as well. The sensors are really hard to produce though so I will probably not make many of them...

The CH hats and CH slew sensor are also done and work great. Now I just need the new PCB for the Combatstick and paint the hats/slew.

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Old 12-07-2018, 07:27 AM   #65
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There are still some HALL sensors left for the cougar?
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:46 PM   #66
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I am currently in the process of making another batch. The 3D printed cases and all electronics are here, I am just waiting for the new cables. Should come in next week.

Are you looking for the joystick ones or for the throttle?
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Old 12-12-2018, 08:34 PM   #67
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Just made a little adapter board that allows the use of a hall sensors even in the 3,8V version of the Cougar Throttle.



I now have the analog hall sensors (the ones without my USB standalone mod) in stock, but at the moment only for the 5V versions of the Throttle. Later, with the adapter board the hall sensor mod will also work normally on the 3.8V version, cost will be ~3€ extra I guess. Everything remains plug and play, no soldering, no worries!


The 5V and 3.8V versions differ in a resistor on the VCC line. Here you can check which version of the Throttle mainboard you have: https://forums.eagle.ru/showpost.php...&postcount=130
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:03 AM   #68
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After the holiday season I had a huge list of backorders in Germany, now these are pretty much all shipped I am back to the DCS forums. I am seeing increased interest in the Cougar lately, maybe because of the upcoming DCS F-16. Last week I finished another big batch of sensors and USB adapters.

The latest batch of Cougar Joystick sensors finally has the original cables and is now a breeze to install. Ive had nothing but positive feedback from my German buyers last week, which made me really happy.

The finalized Cougar Throttle hall sensors are also in production now, just the above shown adapter PCB for the 3,8V mainboards hasnt been delivered yet. An easy workaround for those that can solder is simply bridging that resistor and the hall sensor will work perfectly even with the 3,8V mainboard.

In case you are interested in the Cougar Throttle USB standalone adapter + 14Bit sensor the mainboard type does not matter. It will work with both mainboard types perfectly!




The Saitek sensors are still in prototype state and I need to revise them for easier production, but they do work fine already. The next logical step is a 12 Bit (4096) capable mainboard for the rudder pedals, which is already in production. The original board only has 8 Bit axis resolution, so 256 steps. With the combination of new mainboard and magnetoresistive sensor, the Saitek pedals will be pretty much top of the line resolution wise. (Even the much praised Warthog does not have 16 Bit but only 13 Bit! Dont fall for marketing BS!)

The next batch CH sensors will be produced this week, I already made the housings. But I am afraid these could be already sold out again. My 3D printer is almost perfectly calibrated and I will print the new Crosswind pedal prototypes starting next week.


PS: Next month I will try to get a simple online shop up and running, to have a well structured layout of the product line. I do realize that it is pretty chaotic as is currently.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:15 AM   #69
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... PS: Next month I will try to get a simple online shop up and running, to have a well structured layout of the product line. I do realize that it is pretty chaotic as is currently.
Hi, Wish you the best with your cottage business and hope it will grow steadily.
My Cougar sensors are still working perfectly, thank you

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Hi, Wish you the best with your cottage business and hope it will grow steadily.
My Cougar sensors are still working perfectly, thank you

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Thank you, Eduardo! Makes me happy to hear that!
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