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zetareticulan
08-28-2004, 08:36 AM
The Saitek x 45 has a lot going for it. It's also got some flaws, especially for those with small hands (like me).

Here's one possible solution for the stick.

http://img32.exs.cx/img32/3591/MOD002.jpg

It's an expanded polystyrene core with a cloth covering courtesy of She who must be obeyed.

So, it's not going to win any design awards, but hey...

http://img34.exs.cx/img34/4554/MOD004.jpg

it works.

zetareticulan
08-28-2004, 08:36 AM
The Saitek x 45 has a lot going for it. It's also got some flaws, especially for those with small hands (like me).

Here's one possible solution for the stick.

http://img32.exs.cx/img32/3591/MOD002.jpg

It's an expanded polystyrene core with a cloth covering courtesy of She who must be obeyed.

So, it's not going to win any design awards, but hey...

http://img34.exs.cx/img34/4554/MOD004.jpg

it works.

-HH- Beebop
08-28-2004, 09:24 AM
Having been blessed with X-45 sized hands, although I was understanding of the difficulty a person with small hands may have, your pictures show exactly what the problem is. Your solution is brilliant.

And, although you refer to her as "she who must be obeyed" it appears she is a wonderful person to make you this item.
You are a lucky man.

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horseback
08-28-2004, 09:35 AM
She Who Must be Obeyed...that's from one of those PBS/BBC mystery series about a Barrister back in the thirties, wasn't it?

By the way, I used to refer to my ex as She Who Awakens and Complains....I really should have seen where that relationship was headed.

cheers

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IAFS_Painter
08-28-2004, 09:58 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by horseback:
She Who Must be Obeyed...that's from one of those PBS/BBC mystery series about a Barrister back in the thirties, wasn't it?
{snip}<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You are refering to the Rumpole series, by John Mortimer. Much more recent than the 1930's - more like 1990's, or even early 2000's.
British legal dress has changed little since the late 18th C.

Rumploe was quoting earlier writing - "She" by H Rider-Haggard - or maybe the sequal "Ayesha"?

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Obi_Kwiet
08-28-2004, 10:19 AM
I like Rumpole. Recognized the quote instantly.

tonywizzz
08-28-2004, 10:22 AM
Cool I'll have to ask "Her Indoors" http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/784.gif to make me one http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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zetareticulan
08-28-2004, 10:25 AM
don't quote me on this, but i could have sworn it was dennis thatcher refering to mrs.t in a private eye column.

notice thatcher jr. has been implicated in selling attack helicopters to an attempted coup in where? Guinea? tut tut.

how do you know i wasn't refering to my mum b.t.w? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

nah, seriously. it's my trouble'n'strife. (wife)

should'nt joke - she really is a sweetie.

wip i'm going to fix a thin nylon strap over the lh rudder rocker. it'll

zetareticulan
08-28-2004, 10:34 AM
errrm yeah, where was i?

rumpole!

the strap'll turn into an extension, if properly applied.

i'm going to use tiny brass bolts.

wonder what's under the casing?

whatever, bet it's going to void the warranty

p.s. it's a million times true what they say about guys with small hands. only it's getting to be a bit of a strain, touching my hairline with the tip of my tongue, now that it's receded so alarmingly.

adlabs6
08-28-2004, 10:33 PM
Nice solution, looks like it works great.

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altstiff
08-28-2004, 11:51 PM
Great idea.

See you in the fence....

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Marek_Steele
08-29-2004, 08:22 AM
But there's still no pinky extension to operate rudder while stretching the thumb to the mouse pov http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

FI.Spitsfire
08-29-2004, 10:52 AM
So you like the stick?
I'm thinking of getting one http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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tfu_iain1
08-29-2004, 12:18 PM
i was thinking of getting one for the throttle to go with my ffb2 (i cant imagine using another stick)... best throttle i can find for the price, tho a ch pro throttle would be nice... but so expensive...

tfu_iain1
08-29-2004, 12:24 PM
oh, and does anyone know about the x52?

all i know is it supposedly has more features and looks hideously vulgar

http://www.dabs.com/uk/channels/hardware/keyboardsmicejoystickswheelsandtablets/productView.htm?quicklinx=362Q&familyid=173

FI.Spitsfire
08-29-2004, 02:33 PM
here you are...
its not out yet...
http://www.saitekusa.com/usa/prod/x52.htm

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zetareticulan
08-29-2004, 10:42 PM
Marek Steel

yes, the pinky extension insert. that was lost when the store owner insisted i open the box in the shop to check everything. Boo Hoo. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/1072.gif

F1 Spitsfire

I'm very happy with the set up. Very happy indeed. having a selection of hats etc for trim 'n' views 'n' engine management is a real pleasure.

prop pitch on a rotary = sweet!

flaps on a rotary? well, the AI does it so why not?

programing is a little daunting at first, but follow the advice of those who went before (loads of useful threads/replies/profiles in this forum) and there should be no problems.

the rudder rocker on the throttle is designed with LH middle finger operating right rudder. the ring finger rests in the middle of the rocker. the LH pinkie operates the left rudder.

now, the pinkie isn't a digit renowned for its thews and sinews and the rocker switch is positively springey. Feel the burn, no pain, no gain etc. What is this Repetitive Stress Injury stuff anyway? and if the rudder switch just doesn't feel right, well, there are generally a couple of free buttons/hats knocking around you might assign the rudder to.

Lastly, with the X52 on the horizon, you might be able to pick up a real bargain somewhere.

altstiff
08-30-2004, 12:45 AM
Zetar, just wondering. WHY in the heck did you go with that colour fabric! Looks like it came from Grandma's apron.

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See you in the fence....

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Asus P4P800-SE Intel 3.0GHZ
DDR 400 D/C 2x512MB
GeForce FX 5700 256MB (56.72)
SB Audigy
MSFF2 & X45 throttle

zetareticulan
08-30-2004, 01:14 AM
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Grandma's apron? Naaaaaah!

that was the case from a pillow my youngest likes to lugg around and maul during moments of stress. hence the teddybears, which fortunately can't be seen in the photos.

like i say, no design awards for me, but my Missus thinks you're all a lovely bunch of lads.

cheers y'all http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

tfu_iain1
08-30-2004, 05:54 AM
i can't believe the x52 looks so ugly... its just horrible. i know it shouldnt matter but it just doesnt look remotely flight-simmish at all, and tacky and cheap to boot.

FI.Spitsfire
08-30-2004, 06:18 AM
zetareticulan: Thanks for the input much appreciated http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
I seem to find the rocker easier than the stwist stick on my Afterburner 2 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif
Oh well..
Thanks again http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

S!

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Marek_Steele
08-31-2004, 03:33 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by zetareticulan:
Marek Steel

yes, the pinky extension insert. that was lost when the store owner insisted i open the box in the shop to check everything. Boo Hoo. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/1072.gif

<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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I'm a little lost, I was just refering that using the pinkie (sorry for pinky error) for rudder is very hard for people with small hands, since one of the problems as you pointed is the hard spring and sum that will a relatively big action range.
I was talking about a "pinkie extension" (kind of a strange idea for further improvement for this joystick, unlike your very well done wrist rest) since when my thumb is used for controls around the mouse hat, I have a natural tendency to slip the hand backwards making it easier to reach those buttons. By doing this, the pinkie gets misplaced and it's almost impossible to operate the rudder at the same time as keeping the thumb ready to press the aformentioned buttons.

BlackShrike
08-31-2004, 03:59 PM
that X52 looks AWESOME. best sticks ive seen yet. especially the throttle control. and its lighted which helps