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VF-3Thunderboy
03-07-2005, 11:59 AM
I wish some company would try making a WW2 style throttle with Throttle,Mixture,Prop, blower and some nice extra buttons on the thing. Im making my own, but it is a big pain http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif. It would be nice to have a cool looking, even historical looking Throttle Quad on the market.

Question: Would you buy one for say $45.00? and do you want one now?

Just a rant...

BlitzPig_Frat
03-07-2005, 02:55 PM
I would buy it if it were out there. But, this is a niche market that will most likely never see something as specialized as that. Sad but true.

Next but, I know of a place that has original 109, 190, p-51, and p-47 throttles for sale, average about $400.00 US. A spendy proposition, but the P-47 quadrants are bad azz...

P.M. me if you are interested and I'll hook you up with a link.....

Troll2k
03-07-2005, 03:02 PM
I believe CH products has throttle quadrants for sale.

Try here:

http://www.chproducts.com/retail_flash/index.html

However I think they use smoke and mirrors to get around il2's lack on individual engine control.(have to select engine first to adjust it)

horseback
03-07-2005, 03:39 PM
It would be nice if they had an add-on prop pitch controller to go with the Pro Throttle-I use up-down switches on the 4-way below the POV hat for Prop pitch, and it's nowhere near fast enough. I'm really thinking about using the Throttle axis for prop pitch and switching the throttle setting + and - to the current prop pitch setting switches.

cheers

horseback

Chuck_Older
03-07-2005, 03:59 PM
The rotaries on the X-45 throttle work great for things like prop pitch. When I break down and get foot pedals, I'm going to map the fuel misture to the other rotary, I think, and use the rocker switch for rudder trim. The small mouse 'joystick' is great for elevator trim IMO, but perversely I find it difficult to use for aileron trim

having a throttle and then push-pull levers, too, would simplify things like pitch, hmmm...

Oilburner_TAW
03-07-2005, 04:55 PM
OT..

Chuck, glad to see JC's pic in your sig again, I always enjoyed seeing it when you posted http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

VF-3Thunderboy
03-07-2005, 06:26 PM
Ive looked into using a real throttle. You can get a good TBM type for around 160.00 new on e-bay.But you still have to hook them up to the pots, which is the main problem Im having now.
http://img28.exs.cx/img28/5207/throttle2xb.jpg

Anyone who flys mainly single engine would like one of these I bet. Its just a matter of marketing. There are some tuts on doing this with gears, but you have to reinforce them with washers, drill perfect center holes, etc. its a pain. Heck even a kit would be nice, save the labor cost.- Hmmmm...

http://www.simviation.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=homebuild;action=display;num=110461 4382

VF-3Thunderboy
03-07-2005, 06:40 PM
This guy got it right ! It still has the dang gears, but if you can do that , its the way to go!-NICE!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

http://www.simviation.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=homebuild;action=display;num=108452 8805

Ijnpilot
03-07-2005, 08:35 PM
if you ever decide to make more of those throttles to sell(when the kinks have been worked out) I'll easily pay fifty bucks.

BaldieJr
03-07-2005, 08:41 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ijnpilot:
if you ever decide to make more of those throttles to sell(when the kinks have been worked out) I'll easily pay fifty bucks. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thats why you'll never be able to buy one.

If you were willing to pay $250, someone might eat the development costs and try to market it.

50 wont even cover the materials.

Ijnpilot
03-07-2005, 09:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BaldieJr:
Thats why you'll never be able to buy one.

If you were willing to pay $250, someone might eat the development costs and try to market it.

50 wont even cover the materials. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I know, you're right. I'll probably be better off making one myself. But if......

horseback
03-07-2005, 09:15 PM
About the gearing; my kids have a vast collection of Legos. A number of kits come with gears of many different sizes with centerholes that can be widened to fit your standard potentiometer shaft.

There must be something I could do with that...

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

cheers

horseback

BaldieJr
03-07-2005, 09:15 PM
It'd be cool if some company would make 'em. Even cooler would be a nice loooong stick that sits on the floor instead of the desktop.

VF-3Thunderboy
03-08-2005, 01:02 AM
For a basic set up, 3 axis throttle quad, materials would be about $ 50.00, maybe less wholesale if you can get the parts, (which means bulk).

On a production level the metal drilling bending, wood cutting could be done in an hour and a half, or less, so $75.00 (kit form) is not too unreasanable. It should be expandable, so you could add blower, cowlflaps, and eventually trim, radio etc..

But the basic set up could be done for about $75.00 in kit form (parts only etc)...

The question is is there a market for a single throttle type ww2 kit ? The internet community is really small, even with all the flight sims included...

Gears are used in throttle quads,- but its a pain to drill them, as they need reinforsment washers glued on, then you have to hit it perfect, and you only get one shot...

Basicly the keyboard sucks. Just testing this thing out was very cool. You have the mixture, prop, throttle right there, just like it was...

I had planed to add bomb salvo levers,drop tank levers etc.. It really adds immersion.

Viking-S
03-08-2005, 02:59 AM
So what is wrong with this?
An off the shelf CH TQ does the job.
Left to right it is:
Gear auto and manual
Flaps
Cowl flaps
Supercharger
Mixture
Prop pitch



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