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ZappaTime
02-20-2008, 04:14 PM
My son and I made a switch box, mainly for IL2 but also laid out for race sims too. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Including the shift function there's 62 button functions at my disposal (just hard choosing which to have from the many IL2 can use!) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v212/ZappaTime/switchbox1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v212/ZappaTime/IMG_0541.jpg

ZappaTime
02-20-2008, 04:14 PM
My son and I made a switch box, mainly for IL2 but also laid out for race sims too. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Including the shift function there's 62 button functions at my disposal (just hard choosing which to have from the many IL2 can use!) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v212/ZappaTime/switchbox1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v212/ZappaTime/IMG_0541.jpg

Urufu_Shinjiro
02-20-2008, 04:20 PM
Nice. Look real pro.

Stiletto-
02-20-2008, 05:39 PM
+1

Wouldn't mind having that in my Lister Storm as well as my Prop.

BrotherVoodoo
02-20-2008, 06:11 PM
Excellent work sir!

Taylortony
02-20-2008, 07:08 PM
Sweet http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Zeus-cat
02-20-2008, 09:26 PM
Cool. I'm making one out of oak and just finished gluing up all the wood. Hope to sand and stain it tomorrow and have it functional by the weekend.

I got the circuit card from Desktop Aviator and it was real simple to hook up the switches.

bolox00
02-20-2008, 10:13 PM
very nice.
what usb controller/software are you using?

please consider posting this in this thread also
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/49310655/m/3821084134/p/17

again a big http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif to you and your son

woofiedog
02-21-2008, 02:10 AM
Extremely Mint work on this switch box. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

ZappaTime
02-21-2008, 11:31 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by bolox00:
very nice.
what usb controller/software are you using?

please consider posting this in this thread also
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/49310655/m/3821084134/p/17

again a big http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif to you and your son </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
OK I will post pics of the inside and the interface on that thread, later.

I used the A-Pac interface by Ultimarc:

http://www.ultimarc.com/a-pac.html.

It mimics dual gamepad inputs each with 16 buttons, including the 4 axes buttons, however on each, one of the button inputs also acts as a shift button, giving a total of about 62 buttons altogether. I don't use any software, windows just sees the interface as 2 separate controllers, however as far as I can tell, only one shift button - on controller #1 acts for both sets of controller inputs if you get my meaning. The 4 axes buttons are not directly recognized as 'button' inputs by IL2 and probably some other games, but if they're 'shifted' then IL2 sees them just fine.

On my box, the 4 red buttons on the bottom row are axis buttons - hence the (red) label for a control is only through a shifted input. The four axes buttons for the other half of the interface are the 4 blue buttons in a cross arrangement. I think in GTR2 and other Simbin racing sims the axes buttons can be used directly, but I have not tried it yet. My son uses a small version derived fronm a cheap 6 gamepad's innards, its shown on the RaceSim Central forums - but they're down for a while, so I can't link to that to view his pics.

bolox00
02-21-2008, 12:07 PM
some interesting stuff there http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
more car/flight sim crossover interfaces here
http://www.betainnovations.com/

SeaFireLIV
02-21-2008, 12:08 PM
Very nice indeed. Why don`t they make something like this for the average consumer who needs an extra set of switches? i`m having to carve up a second koystick to get this.

foxfire1941
02-21-2008, 01:29 PM
I wish one of my sons could build me one of those, but they don't have any interest in electronics. LOL. So, I may have to settle for one of theese. It has 58 programable keys.

http://www.piengineering.com/xkeys/xkpro.php

The price is kinda steep (Ouch!),-that's what is holding me back.

ZappaTime
02-21-2008, 01:38 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by foxfire1941:
I wish one of my sons could build me one of those. LOL. So, I may have to settle for one of theese. It has 58 programable keys.

http://www.piengineering.com/xkeys/xkpro.php

The price is kinda steep (Ouch!),-that's what is holding me back. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well $169 doesn't seem that bad, my box cost about 39 ($75) for the interface, delivered; about 30 ($55) for the switches, wire, etc - I struggled finding a source of on-off-(on) and (on)-off-(on) toggle switches as most were out of stock, even Maplin's shop, though the warehouse had 600!; and the enclosure was a free sample (http://www.okw.co.uk/products/okw/comtec.htm), but would have cost about 27 (say $45) - that's a total of 96, or $175 so its actually a good buy! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

ZappaTime
02-21-2008, 03:36 PM
More shots on Sim Pit Builders' thread:
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/49310655/m/3821084134/p/17

ZappaTime
02-24-2008, 07:25 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by foxfire1941:
I wish one of my sons could build me one of those, but they don't have any interest in electronics. LOL. So, I may have to settle for one of theese. It has 58 programable keys.

http://www.piengineering.com/xkeys/xkpro.php

The price is kinda steep (Ouch!),-that's what is holding me back. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Actually their interface board looks very interesting for the money - the guts of the keypad that you want: offering 128 switches - that might cover tthe whole of IL2's requirements http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
http://www.piengineering.com/custom/xkmatrix.php