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Thinking about building a full 737 cockpit, have a dilemma

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I'm tired of flying the PMDG 737 with only a joystick, so I've decided to splurge and build a whole cockpit.  My budget isn't bad, but it isn't great either (let's say maybe... a few thousand dollars over the course of one year).


Anyways, I want to begin my project by making the throttle quadrant first.  There are two ways I can go about this (that I know of):

  • Buy two saitek throttle quadrants and merge them together, which would give me six slots - 2 Throttle, 2 Reversers, 1 Spoiler and 1 Flap, plus six switches that I have yet to decide a purpose for

      < OR >

  • Buy an Arduino chipset and Make my own throttle box, which might give me more room to customize, but I need to know: can Arduino chipsets support incremental controls like throttles, or do they only support simple on/off states?

Do fellow simmers here have a preference over these two options for custom cockpits?  Are there any other recommendations?



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If you want to go the Arduino route, incremental inputs are simply potmeters they create a variable resistance for an analog input in the microcontroller. I've used this to build for instance a Lego flap lever connected to an Arduino and interfaced via FSUIPC to P3D.


You could easily build a throttle using this, but with my skill set I would be more worried about getting the mechanics right than dealing with the inputs which is relatively easy ;-)

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