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  1. Helicopter Collective made using a Slide-Pot spliced into a Joystick, for home flight simulators. Works pretty good. Thanks for reading and viewing Please subscribe JD Digi-Key PartNo: PTF01-152A-104B2-ND Descr: POT SLIDE 100K OHM .5W 100MM Collective BuildLog 3B2 - on YouTube
  2. Can not update link in last nights post, here is the new link. Collective Using PVC Conduit Please see on YouTube the video of my latest invention Thanks JD P.S. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel Adding parts list below HelicopterCollective-4A This 1-inch version features the following parts: ***** From www.zoro.com ***** A - Conduit Outlet Body, PVC, E | CANTEX| Zoro #: G2674393| Mfr #: 5133153 | ($6.75) https://www.zoro.com/cantex-conduit-...53/i/G2674393/ B - Weatherproof Box, 1Gang, 1 in Hub, PVC | CANTEX| Zoro #: G2159762| Mfr #: 5133365 | ($11.96) https://www.zoro.com/cantex-weatherp...65/i/G2159762/ C - Weatherproof Cover, Horizontal, PVC | CANTEX| Zoro #: G2801775| Mfr #: 5133362 | ($3.62) https://www.zoro.com/cantex-weatherp...62/i/G2801775/ ~23$ ***** From HomeDepot ***** About 2 feet of 1-inch Gray PVC Conduit from HomeDepot(Cantex) HomeDepotPartNo 1 in. x 10 ft. PVC Schedule 40 Conduit Model # 67462 Internet #202295893 Store SKU #162973 Store SO SKU #184040 ***** From www.digikey.com ***** Arduino Leonardo or Arduino Micro ~20$ Digi-Key Part Number 1050-1121-ND Description ARDUINO LEONARDO WITHOUT HEADERS Mfg Arduino MfgPartNo A000052 It needs to become a USB Human Interface Device Joystick need to include library for "joystick" and easy configuration Description POT SLIDE 10K OHM .5W 100MM DigikeyPartNo PTB0143-2010BPB103-ND ~5$ 10K Slide Potentiometer Mfg Bourns Inc. MfgPartNo PTB0143-2010BPB103 Description POT 10K OHM 1/5W PLASTIC LINEAR DigikeyPartNo 987-1661-ND ~1 10K Rotary Pot for Throttle Mfg TT Electronics/BI MfgPartNo P160KNP-0QC20B10K Description SWITCH PUSH SPST-NO 15A 125V DigikeyPartNo 451-1199-ND ~6$ Pushbutton for starter switch Mfg Electroswitch MfgPartNo 7074C Description KNOB CLR MATTE.50"DIA 6MM SHAFT DigikeyPartNo 226-3013-ND ~8$ Knob for throttle pot Mfg Kilo International MfgPartNo JD-50-3-7 Description SWITCH TOGGLE SPDT 5A 120V DigikeyPartNo CKN1467-ND ~8$ Toggle switch for governor Mfg C&K MfgPartNo 7105TCWZQE *The SPDT-Mom-Off-Mom toggle switch for the governor might go with the deluxe kit 5C ***** Additional Material ***** 22 or 24 gauge wire (not available at Home Depot) Insulation for splices, tape or heatshrink Terminal block was nice to have Plywood Chair Bolt for pivot and fender-washer and wingnut and gasket material ***** Tools ***** Soldering Iron with solder of course JigSaw/SabreSaw to cut plywood Drill for drilling pivot hole common drill bits plus countersink for 1/4-20 screws stepped drill for odd sized electronic shafts (like 15/32") Good Luck And Enjoy JD
  3. JD-Slow-Thumbs

    BuildLog Helicopter Collective 4A

    HelicopterCollective-4A This 1-inch version features the following parts: ***** From www.zoro.com ***** A - Conduit Outlet Body, PVC, E | CANTEX| Zoro #: G2674393| Mfr #: 5133153 | ($6.75) https://www.zoro.com/cantex-conduit-...53/i/G2674393/ B - Weatherproof Box, 1Gang, 1 in Hub, PVC | CANTEX| Zoro #: G2159762| Mfr #: 5133365 | ($11.96) https://www.zoro.com/cantex-weatherp...65/i/G2159762/ C - Weatherproof Cover, Horizontal, PVC | CANTEX| Zoro #: G2801775| Mfr #: 5133362 | ($3.62) https://www.zoro.com/cantex-weatherp...62/i/G2801775/ ~23$ ***** From HomeDepot ***** About 2 feet of 1-inch Gray PVC Conduit from HomeDepot(Cantex) HomeDepotPartNo 1 in. x 10 ft. PVC Schedule 40 Conduit Model # 67462 Internet #202295893 Store SKU #162973 Store SO SKU #184040 ***** From www.digikey.com ***** Arduino Leonardo or Arduino Micro ~20$ Digi-Key Part Number 1050-1121-ND Description ARDUINO LEONARDO WITHOUT HEADERS Mfg Arduino MfgPartNo A000052 It needs to become a USB Human Interface Device Joystick need to include library for "joystick" and easy configuration Description POT SLIDE 10K OHM .5W 100MM DigikeyPartNo PTB0143-2010BPB103-ND ~5$ 10K Slide Potentiometer Mfg Bourns Inc. MfgPartNo PTB0143-2010BPB103 Description POT 10K OHM 1/5W PLASTIC LINEAR DigikeyPartNo 987-1661-ND ~1 10K Rotary Pot for Throttle Mfg TT Electronics/BI MfgPartNo P160KNP-0QC20B10K Description SWITCH PUSH SPST-NO 15A 125V DigikeyPartNo 451-1199-ND ~6$ Pushbutton for starter switch Mfg Electroswitch MfgPartNo 7074C Description KNOB CLR MATTE.50"DIA 6MM SHAFT DigikeyPartNo 226-3013-ND ~8$ Knob for throttle pot Mfg Kilo International MfgPartNo JD-50-3-7 Description SWITCH TOGGLE SPDT 5A 120V DigikeyPartNo CKN1467-ND ~8$ Toggle switch for governor Mfg C&K MfgPartNo 7105TCWZQE *The SPDT-Mom-Off-Mom toggle switch for the governor might go with the deluxe kit 5C ***** Additional Material ***** 22 or 24 gauge wire (not available at Home Depot) Insulation for splices, tape or heatshrink Terminal block was nice to have Plywood Chair Bolt for pivot and fender-washer and wingnut and gasket material ***** Tools ***** Soldering Iron with solder of course JigSaw/SabreSaw to cut plywood Drill for drilling pivot hole common drill bits plus countersink for 1/4-20 screws stepped drill for odd sized electronic shafts (like 15/32") Good Luck And Enjoy JD
  4. Please see on YouTube the video of my latest invention https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJm8bIU6mWA Thanks JD P.S. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel OOPS Not at Club Jameco, apparently the parent company “Jameco Electronics” has discontinued “Club Jameco” with their hobbyist kits. Sorry to see them go. JD Adding parts list below
  5. JD-Slow-Thumbs, BuildLog For Helicopter Collective On YouTube I made a simplified Helicopter Collective for use with flight simulators like MS-FSX. I made it by splicing into a joystick. Works pretty good. I am negotiating to Distribute Kits of the key coponents (for more advanced versions of course). Thanks for reading, JD Collective BuildLog 3B – on YouTube https://youtu.be/XExP-xBc5sg
  6. I am considering the following: . A set of Saitek, Radio-Panel-PZ69 and Multi-Panel-PZ70 for $304, OR VRInsight GPS-5 for $400, or EmuTeq GarSim GNS-530 for £465 . Is there enough overlap in features / functionality that I can get just a GNS-5xx or would I still need to get a radio and autopilot? . I anticipate using them for hopping to the next VOR beacon and to the next airport, and autopilot to hold bearing and altitude while I look around and figure out where to go next. . Would I promptly outgrow just a GNS-5xx and want a radio to talk to people (like VATSIM)? . Thanks in advance, JD
  7. JD-Slow-Thumbs

    Seeking To Improve Sky/Weather FPS Friendly

    Thanks for the clarification on "REX4 Texture Direct". While looking around on the PC Aviator store I noticed ASN was having a 30% off sale so I bought it to give it a try. I only had time to fly with it for about two minutes, at first I thought that my frame-rate was stuttering, but after checking the fps number in the corner and noticing the airspeed indicator fluctuating, I now think that the plane was getting tossed around in some gusty winds.
  8. JD-Slow-Thumbs

    Seeking To Improve Sky/Weather FPS Friendly

    Thanks for the feedback, so far it sounds like 3 votes for ASN (Active Sky Next), 2 votes for FSXWX, 1 vote for Rex4 Texture Direct. based on the above, I think that I will; try out FSXWX for a couple weeks before trying out ASN. Thanks for the help JD
  9. Hello All, I finally have a nice game-machine, but it is still far from great. And I am looking to improve the Sky/Weather, without excessive impact to my frame-rate. Are there “choices of technologies” / categories of technologies that apply to this question? Should I spend more time fiddling with the built in ms-fsx? Is there a payware that makes this easy? Keeping my frame-rate high is more important than eye-candy, but I want to improve the eye-candy if I can. Thanks in advance. JD ***** system specs ***** Making compromises of course but I am getting approximately 48fps using ... Intel Core i3-4130 CPU @ 3.40GHz (only dual-core) (PassMark - CPU Mark Single Thread Performance = 1,978 ) GeForce GTX 750 Ti with 2GB GDDR5 / HDTV @ 1920x1080p (32 inch) (PassMark - Average G3D Mark = 3687)
  10. IMHO a Game-Controller should be able to meet the needs of a beginner flying with old-school stick and rudder, single engine, look out the front windshield to see where you are going VFR (visual flight rules), and combat flight sims. Yes, you are right, a game-controller is not meant for flying an airliner. When they graduate to; navigation to VOR's, navigation by GPS, auto-pilot to heading and altitude, and multi-engine, and propeller pitch adjustments, (and don't forget to prime the engine and adjust the mixture, things that are not even allowed in modern passenger cars). Yeah, when they graduate, then they will need to buy into a more serious system. Sorry, I had an opinion that just had to get out JD
  11. ***** Quote - n4gix (Moderator) - Post #15 - Posted 20 February 2015 - 09:33 AM First of all, it's all fine and dandy to suggest "searching" as a first step in anyone's quest for answers. However, that presupposes two conditions, (1) that one knows how to frame their question(s) precisely, and (2) that they know how to generate the "keywords" required to even begin their "search." ***** CloseQuote This bit about just asking a question in a way that can be answered, it is very important, and not to be taken for granted in a world that has gone from books, to magazine articles, to facebook entries, to tweets, to text messages. A while ago I asked a question "Noob Seeking Fast Single", and received several good answers (many suggesting the RealAir Lancair Legacy), but I knew that "fast" and "single" would be worthless as keywords to a search engine Also, when somebody asks what is the hotest plane for VFR / IFR / ATC / CrossCountry / etc... This years answer might be different from the "answer" from ten years ago. On the flipside of this discussion... If somebody describes a "Crash To Desktop" maybe they should spend ten minutes looking around the site to see if it is a major topic of discussion. Mea Culpa, yes, even I have asked a dumb question "Cliffnotes for G-1000" and got told that it came packaged with FSX in the learning topics, oops Just a small and late contribution JD
  12. JD-Slow-Thumbs

    Thrustmaster MFD Bezels, How Usefull ?

    If they are only good for buttons, then I already have enough buttons, and will save some money by not buying these. Thanks, JD
  13. I have seen the "Thrustmaster MFD Cougar Pack", and keep wondering if they are big enough to simulate a pair of Garmin? They are a pair of square bezels with five buttons on each side and a rocker switch in each corner making for twenty buttons and four switches per bezel. Sounds good so far, but, they are only 5.5in x 5.5in (141mm) square on the outside and only 4.25 x 4.25in (108mm) square on the inside. I do not see how they can be big enough to simulate a Garmin. What do you guys use them for? (and are any windows-pop-ups or android-apps already published?) Thanks in advance. JD P.S. I already did a search and found very little buzz about them. http://www.thrustmaster.com/products/mfd-cougar-pack
  14. JD-Slow-Thumbs

    Garmin G1000 Introductory Simplified Please

    Thanks folks, your right, it was right there in Learning-Center > Key-Topics > Garmin-G1000. I guess that I have learned to ignore the learning-center after I blew past the bit about “this is a rudder”, obviously there is more for me to learn. And the other resources will come in handy also. Thanks for the replies JD