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BaldieJr
11-03-2005, 06:38 PM
Some of you may remember the working VSI I built. It was neat and all, but who cares about external guages? Its not like they make the game any more fun.

My mind keeps going back to that project though. Something about the tech screams "use me you fool!".

Then it hit me: Speed feedback (speedback?). I'm gonna hack my output so it drives a fan, and control the fans speed with device link. It should be easy as pie, I just gotta get a speed controller that'll talk to my servo board. Add some buggy code and its a done deal.

Beyond that, I'm out of ideas. Anyone else gotta cool idea?

Low_Flyer_MkII
11-03-2005, 06:40 PM
WTF is a VSI?

Waldo.Pepper
11-03-2005, 06:49 PM
I'm gonna hack my output so it drives a fan


FB in SENSUROUND!!!!!!

I think its cool, if you manage it I shall so it as well. Great! Nerdy but great.

x6BL_Brando
11-03-2005, 06:52 PM
Virtual Swimming Instructor?

Violent Squirrels' Institution?

or am I just suffering from a Very Small Imagination?

hobnail
11-03-2005, 08:21 PM
If you're simulating flying Spitfires, wire it to the throttle lever of a petrol lawn mower to give it that real in-game "merlin" sound.

BaldieJr
11-03-2005, 08:41 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkII:
WTF is a VSI?

http://www.navfltsm.addr.com/gs.htm

DmdSeeker
11-04-2005, 01:19 AM
Well..

You could refigerate the cockpit to simulate high alt (I once read a Pony pilot's account of his wingman yelling "break!!" just as he was using the relief tube; and how he had to descend to 5K to melt the effects off the inside of the cockpit; and how he tried to avoid all the drips... and what he did to his wingman on landing..)

Or you could plumb to your heating system and get a jet of steam up the trouser leg every time you suffer a rad hit...

Or you could inject an aerosol of WD-40 into your fan so you get an oily face every time you get an engine hit..

or..

msalama
11-04-2005, 01:40 AM
WTF is a VSI?

VSI = vertical speed indicator. HTH http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Grue_
11-04-2005, 01:56 AM
When the Tempest arrives, you can run a hose pipe from your car into the cockpit for that realistic Sabre experience.

Top safety tip: Remember to check your oxygen supply is working properly.

x6BL_Brando
11-04-2005, 02:15 AM
Small bags of chicken feathers and blood capsules, set to drop into the fan blades to simulate bird-strikes.

BaldieJr
11-04-2005, 06:20 AM
You people are incouragable.

I'm gona get a speed controler today so i can work on this idea over the weekend.

Saunders1953
11-04-2005, 07:18 AM
I always thought cordite-smelling incense would be kind of cool.

BaldieJr
11-04-2005, 10:37 AM
woot

i scored a programable electronic speed controller.

So now i need to figure out min/max speeds and match that to min/max fan voltages.

I think i'm going to stop the fan completely below 150km/h. That should make an awesome pre-stall indicator http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

jds1978
11-04-2005, 10:43 AM
I always thought cordite-smelling incense would be kind of cool.

Saunders: If you don't mind, i'm going to include that in my sig

Troll2k
11-04-2005, 12:06 PM
I was trying to think of a way to get a hand crank to count up and down to use for manual gear up/down instead of key strokes.

Maybe a slotted interrupter to count but not sure about direction.

Freelancer-1
11-04-2005, 12:22 PM
How about a 5000 btu heater under your desk.

An Ac unit above the desk.

A Super Soaker full of oil aimed at your face.

And finaly, a loaded shotgun pointed in your general direction just to make it feel more real when you get PKed.

Freelancer-1
11-04-2005, 12:28 PM
And don't forget to have a friend stand behind you and smack you in the head every time your plane takes a hit.

BaldieJr
11-04-2005, 01:45 PM
Originally posted by Troll2k:
I was trying to think of a way to get a hand crank to count up and down to use for manual gear up/down instead of key strokes.

Maybe a slotted interrupter to count but not sure about direction.

I haven't worked this one out either. I was thinking about some sort of cam-lobe system or something.

Dew-Claw
11-04-2005, 10:10 PM
I've got all of that and more.
I just have friends stand around while I play and they shake my chair when I stall, throw water in my face when I ditch, hit me with the leafblower if I open a canopy or bail.
But the worst is the headshot where everything goes black....
they hit me over the head with a baseball bat.

TAGERT.
11-05-2005, 10:13 AM
Originally posted by BaldieJr:
Some of you may remember the working VSI I built. It was neat and all, but who cares about external guages? Its not like they make the game any more fun.

My mind keeps going back to that project though. Something about the tech screams "use me you fool!".

Then it hit me: Speed feedback (speedback?). I'm gonna hack my output so it drives a fan, and control the fans speed with device link. It should be easy as pie, I just gotta get a speed controller that'll talk to my servo board. Add some buggy code and its a done deal.

Beyond that, I'm out of ideas. Anyone else gotta cool idea? Make sure the scarf is made of silk, or you might get a rash.

Pirschjaeger
11-05-2005, 12:30 PM
Originally posted by BaldieJr:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Troll2k:
I was trying to think of a way to get a hand crank to count up and down to use for manual gear up/down instead of key strokes.

Maybe a slotted interrupter to count but not sure about direction.

I haven't worked this one out either. I was thinking about some sort of cam-lobe system or something. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Try incorporating two ratchets. The sound effect might be cool. You could also use one cam lobe on a shaft and make the shaft able to slide in or out 10cm. Another possibility would be to use two rockers, one on each side of the shaft. On the crank shaft you'd have two flexible tabs.

I thought about making a cockpit before similar to a real one. I soon realized it's not very logical with all things considered so I thought of what would simply make game play easier. I considered using a swivel chair with a pot switch to control my z-axis. Not exactly authentic but imagine the control you'd have aiming.

I also considered spliting up a keyboard and rather than depend on letters for control recognition I would paint the keys contrasting colors. This wouldn't divert so much of my attention from the monitor.

Another idea is the lengthen the joystick and connect it to a mount on my chair between my knees. The extra length would give a much higher degree of control.

I think a real cockpit belongs in a real plane. A model of a cockpit would be much less user-friendly than a simple X45. Don't rob your imagination. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Fritz

BaldieJr
11-06-2005, 08:01 AM
Thats the right idea. Replicas aren't suited to video games.

My project focuses on comfort, function, and immersion. Making it look airplanish comes last http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Troll2k
11-06-2005, 05:10 PM
Maybe 3 slotted interupters on a disk mounted to the crank handle.One for up,one for down and the actual counter in the middle.So no matter which way you turn the crank what ever is collecting the data will see a direction before it sees a count.

WWSensei
11-06-2005, 05:26 PM
Baldie, make sure you trigger it to increase speed, say 30%, if you open the cockpit... ;-)

BaldieJr
11-07-2005, 06:53 PM
I gotta get a new speed controller. The R/C controllers are cruddy little things with no dynamic range.

Oh well. I can put this project back in its box for another month. My bank says I can come sign for my house on nov 23. This is my first time to buy.

THe speed controller was a bit of a let down, but hearing about the house kinda makes up for it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Pirschjaeger
11-07-2005, 09:48 PM
Originally posted by BaldieJr:
My bank says I can come sign for my house on nov 23. This is my first time to buy.


Baldie, buying your first house is a momentuous occasion. You'll always remember your first. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Congrats dude. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I don't want to scare you or make you change your mind, but buying a house is no little thing. Something very serious you need to consider, and as a community we are all here to support you. When's the party? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Remember our IL-2 meet thread? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Fritz