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I am trying to convert an actual C-130 yoke to be used for flight controls on our flight simulator. I have no prior experience with this type of project and was wondering if I could obtain some advice on hardware and control setup. And/or, are there detailed guides available to conduct this type of modification? An example is the use of potentiometers to create the roll, and pitch inputs by movement of the flight yoke and stick. It is a flight control that pivots at a single point near the floor having a throttle arc, while the yoke rotates on a perpendicular axis to the pilot torso at the top of the control stick. I have read some sites recommend using 100k ohm rotary potentiometers with a "linear taper". Does this sound reasonable? Also, how would I ultimately translate the mechanical input into a digital single that can be read using a USB plugin? Any help and guidance on this is much appreciated. Please feel free to ask any questions.
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
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
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