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Just got mine yesterday.  Have a couple of hours in DCS with it and it is much better than my 15 year old TM Cougar.  Smooth and for the most part works out of the box.  There are some switches that I can't figure out how to configure in DCS (hdg and crs buttons, and the parking brake..) but my only real beef is the SimAppPro is not really intuitive.  I want to assign some keyboard commands to some buttons, which I think is the Virtual Device Mapping section and I just can't figure out what the program is asking me, and there is zero documentation included with it or online that I can find.

 

The stick and throttle themselves seem to be pretty well built; all metal.  I do have one issue with the throttle sync lock - it seems one of the holes is slightly off from where it should be and my throttle halves do not quite match up.  They're offset front to back by about 1/8 of an inch.  Doesn't really affect anything, but you can feel it in your hand.

 

Overall, I'm pretty happy with it and would recommend it for the price.  FedEx from China to the US was $82, so be aware, but mine got here 6 days after I ordered it, so at least I wasn't waiting for 2 months like I did for my SSD a year ago...

 

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4 hours ago, Chris P said:

Just got mine yesterday.  Have a couple of hours in DCS with it and it is much better than my 15 year old TM Cougar.  Smooth and for the most part works out of the box.  There are some switches that I can't figure out how to configure in DCS (hdg and crs buttons, and the parking brake..) but my only real beef is the SimAppPro is not really intuitive.  I want to assign some keyboard commands to some buttons, which I think is the Virtual Device Mapping section and I just can't figure out what the program is asking me, and there is zero documentation included with it or online that I can find.

 

The stick and throttle themselves seem to be pretty well built; all metal.  I do have one issue with the throttle sync lock - it seems one of the holes is slightly off from where it should be and my throttle halves do not quite match up.  They're offset front to back by about 1/8 of an inch.  Doesn't really affect anything, but you can feel it in your hand.

 

Overall, I'm pretty happy with it and would recommend it for the price.  FedEx from China to the US was $82, so be aware, but mine got here 6 days after I ordered it, so at least I wasn't waiting for 2 months like I did for my SSD a year ago...

 

Chris, I had a similar problem with my throttles not lining up properly and went through an email tango with Winwing trying to resolve the issue. My lock wouldn't seat all the way and so my throttles were never truly locked and would easily split. Is this the same issue you have? 

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Not really. They lock together fine, but one of the holes is offset so that the right side is slightly behind the left.  If you look at them from above, the backs of each should line up, but they are slightly off.  i may take it apart one more time tomorrow to see if I had something screwed in the wrong place, but I did a quick check when I noticed it the first time and it looked like it was assembled correctly.

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9 hours ago, WishfulThinking said:

Chris, I had a similar problem with my throttles not lining up properly and went through an email tango with Winwing trying to resolve the issue. My lock wouldn't seat all the way and so my throttles were never truly locked and would easily split. Is this the same issue you have? 

I had that -- seemed like the hole was slightly too small for the pin?  I'm still not sure exactly what I did to fix it, but I was messing around with things, contemplating taking things apart and sanding the pin or drilling the hole and suddenly it started sliding in no problem 🤔.  I almost wonder if there was some sort of coating that once I got it in once rubbed off.  It was while playing with it taken apart and trying to see why it wouldn't go in that it suddenly seems OK all the sudden.

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Thanks for posting this guys! So it sounds like shipping isn’t really an issue. That was one of my main concerns seeing as it comes from China. I understand they have a US distributor but I don’t think they stock anything??

 

In any case as stated above, trying to find some thing that is worth the price tag… and in stock… and has a reliable group of people who enjoy it, is a hard match to make, right now and at least for the last year.  I think I’m going to pull the trigger. With news of interchangeable grips and knowing I don’t have to wait months for it to “hopefully” arrive, don’t think I can pass it up. Thanks again and fly safe.

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I have been using mine now for about 10 days or so, and love it, takes a while getting used to all the switches etc again, but the overall feel is that it's super smooth, and unbelievably light!
So much lighter than the TM Warthog, that I'm going to take this back to Iraq with me next week.
Only small issue I have right now is that when I throttle back, it's conflicting with one of the zooms, so I'm trying to figure out the issue.

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