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Old 03-12-2019, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default F18C warthog HOTAS fingerlift MOD

PROJECT is FINISHED
check below

[Hi trying to do a F18 fingerlift MOD ,3d printed, for the WARTHOG HOTAS now, used to prevent me from activating the AB unintended (i know that this Fingerlifts are used for IDLE-CUTOFF,AB and AB can be done with pushthrough as well).

this is the progress thread for it, i expect this to be finished till end of march]

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Old 03-12-2019, 05:57 PM   #2
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files and instructions

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9wz0cizsj...sw8COXuwa?dl=0
added the Gcode as well but be aware Gcode is always very printer specific i would not recommend to use mine, STL files are included of course

DISCLAIMER: appplying this MOD will definately VOID your WARRANTY, be aware!

all parts are again divided into "EVERYONE can print that" parts, so u should have no troubles printing them,
NO ELECTRONICS NEEDED
most parts do need supports !!! and .. align them intelligent when slicing, i used PLA.
I own a GEEETECH A10 which is quite good for its price.
If you use a printing service u will get a nicer surface and better movement. Ideally the rail parts should be made of metal, the fingerlifts of plastics.


for the springs i used a rollerpen s , u will need some screws, which i got from an old harddrive and other parts i am sure u will find some applicable.

look at the photos carefully, for the drilling u SHALL disassemble the levers (see the pictures, just the inner panels, no need to open the HOTAS itself) because of the wiring behind the levers fronts. BE CAREFULLY when applying these holes (template is included to meet the perfect distance as this is essential for a smooth movement).
i am not a professional constructor , this was my second more complicated project, i used FUSION360.
u might have to cut some parts for better fitting, mine fitted quite well

video showing functionality
https://youtu.be/rw_kfFazlTY

with better lighting, when i am not speaking the autogain goes insane, sorry for that

https://youtu.be/nyepydQpKUY


in DCS u have to apply a custom curve under "axis settings" to meet the exact detent positions.

( Do not calibrate your hotas after applying this mod, use the custom curves setting under dcs. If you calibrate it under windows the button 29/30 wont work till u calibrate again without the mod mounted.
If you don t mind a correct idle/off behaviour u may calibrate it under windows, then no custom curves will be needed. )

Assign buttons 29 and 30 to to the corresponding engine START/STOP (idle/off) to get a realistic behaviour as in the video. Because of the newly designed detent, both hotas levers remain lifted for their whole travel way and when raising the fingerlifts and moving the levers to the off position button29/30 get recognized. there is no need to lift the levers itself anymore, just the fingerlifts.


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Old 03-12-2019, 07:30 PM   #3
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Good luck with a most interesting project ! This doubtless could be a major enhancement to the WH .
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:04 AM   #4
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:55 AM   #5
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Do you not find that the inbuilt AB detent works?

I don't think I've ever engaged AB unintentionally since I did the mod to sand the edge of the gate down a bit so I can push through it.
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Do you not find that the inbuilt AB detent works?

I don't think I've ever engaged AB unintentionally since I did the mod to sand the edge of the gate down a bit so I can push through it.
but its not as cool!
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Old 03-13-2019, 01:13 PM   #7
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checking the measurements
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:09 AM   #8
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testing and refining the return mechanism, using again a rollerpen s spring, looks okay so far
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:35 AM   #9
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Awesome. Maybe I didnt need my new printed push-through detent after all...

Then we are just missing a radar elevation wheel... Looks like there might be some space between the trottles...
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Awesome. Maybe I didnt need my new printed push-through detent after all...

Then we are just missing a radar elevation wheel... Looks like there might be some space between the trottles...
yah already thought about adding something there, but i don t want to have to use an additional usb board just for one single function, and i am still a bit unsure wether this acts as a scroll wheel or more like a 3pos switch
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