Show your Cockpit

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Georg Ortner, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. Ablaze

    Ablaze Well-Known Member

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    continuation from previous page

    Keyboard replacer

    Because I don't have much space left to mount a keyboard somewhere on my rig I decided to build a little workaround and use the 10 buttons I can connect to the Heusinkveld controller. The keyboard is needed for games like Dirt Rally or F1 from Codies where some menus won't work with a mouse or rFactor 1/Automobilista where you need the ESC key to exit a session. I took a cheap plastic box from ebay and drilled some holes for the buttons. And while I was at it I fitted an oldschool display into the box cover.

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    I use the buttons for up, down, left, right, F1, F2, F3, space bar, ESC and Enter. The other 2 controlls what page is displayed on the little screen. This way I can navigate through the pit menu when using a steering wheel without button box.


    And that's it. :) Sorry for the wall of text. :confused:

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  2. FormelLMS

    FormelLMS Well-Known Member

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    Oh Wow! Too many fantastic stuff. I think I will copy some of it to my rig in the next months.
    Thanks for spending my money :)
     
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  3. -nOiSe-

    -nOiSe- Well-Known Member Beta tester

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    Oh my gosh.... :fearscream:
     
  4. pierredietze

    pierredietze Active Member

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    Small update. Finished my Thrustmaster F1 addon wheel with BMW Williams F1 mod.

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  6. Ablaze

    Ablaze Well-Known Member

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    Oh boy I wish I had such amazing skills!

    @pierredietze could you tell us a bit about the materials you've used? Buttons, encoders, display etc. Is that carbon fibre?
     
  7. Yevgeny Lazorenko

    Yevgeny Lazorenko Well-Known Member

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    My simracing experience keeps evolving :)
    You can find out my early gaming place here at the first pages of this Topic for comparing the progress.
    What else can I say, RaceRoom very addictive thing!
    But I am so happy that is happened to me :)
    Thank you, Sector 3!

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  8. Fairman

    Fairman Well-Known Member

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    Nice work, Yev ;), I also got me a rig since a few months, but lazy as I am I simply bought one :D
    Sooo comfortable......
     
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  9. pierredietze

    pierredietze Active Member

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    The wheel is based on a broken (literally speaking) Thrustmaster F1 addon wheel, which i purchased on ebay for a bargin. Display is a SIMR-F1 with enclosure, buttons are fake APEM from China, rotary encoders CTS288. Handles are covered in blue alcantara, carbon optic is made in watertranfer and 2K clearcoat by a friend. Williams F1 stickers came from a simracing friend, the button stickers are custom made by Paul of simstickers.co.uk. The wheel has it's Thrustmaster motherboard still inside, so it's still PS4 compatible. The SIMR-F1 is only functíonal on PC. Magnetic shifters are made by 3DRAP.it, paddles cut out of 3mm carbon fiber. The USB cabel on the backside is attached with a GX16 aviation plug and is needed for PC use and removable for PS4 use.
    The hardware cost in total about 600€. All done by myself except for the watertransfer.

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  10. ravey1981

    ravey1981 Well-Known Member Beta tester

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    Love this. I already have a button box but I think there's room on my rig for something like this. What screen are you using there?
     
  11. Ablaze

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    This one: SimScreen SS-01
    It's nothing special, just a black/white 128x64 LCD. I bought it many years ago when colored displays were sorcery from the future. But it get's the job done. Position, laps, session time left, fuel, tire and brake temps, lap time, gap to leader, personal best, etc. can be displayed.

    Lately I stumbled upon SimHub and noticed it supports a USBD480 screen and it works flawlessly. :)
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    If you look for a small display, I would recommend this. When used with SimHub it's plug and play with endless premade screens to choose from.

    My plan is to build a new case for this display, my gear indicator, an LED controller with some warning LEDs and a bunch of buttons to control the display and emulate a keyboard. Yeah, it got boring when I finished my rig so I'm happy to found something new to tinker with. :D
     

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  12. ravey1981

    ravey1981 Well-Known Member Beta tester

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    Where did you get the usbd480? I havent been able to find one... I have another type of screen that simhub uses but it's not plug and play and needs an adapter...
     
  13. Ablaze

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    The USBD480 was part of the GeForce display. It was a waste of money because the software support is really slow and you get only 5 or 6 different screens and can't edit them. Fortunately the display works with SimHub. Maybe you can get one if you get in contact with the manufacturer. Here's the link to their product page.
     
  14. ravey1981

    ravey1981 Well-Known Member Beta tester

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    I will have a look thanks. I love simhub it powers my dash and shakers. I've modified one of the default dash templates to suit my needs but haven't yet had the time to create a bespoke layout. Loads of options as you say though
     
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  16. Bull Shark

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    How do you like the Rift S? I read about tracking problems and less smooth compared to the Rift.
     
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  17. heppsan

    heppsan Well-Known Member Beta tester

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    I haven't had a great deal of time in it yet, been super busy.. . But so far I would say tracking is far superior than my CV1 setup.
    I had huge tracking issues with my CV1, much do to the one sensor in closet, and two in hallway, always conflicting when I wasn't seen in all three..
    But even when working, the Rift S tracking is better in room scale as well, comparing to my 2 sensor setup.

    There is a noticeable diffarance in clearity, god rays and screen door.
    Black levels in really dark games is a bit grey foggy looking though. And the sound isn't great, need to do a headset solution, expecially for racing!!

    Will try to get some more time in and do a comparison video.
     
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  18. Bull Shark

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    Thanks... will keep an eye on this thread.
     
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  19. RLM Simon

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    Old Setup
    • Triple 27" Monitors
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    New Setup

    • 49" Acer 4K HDR Monitor
    • Oculus Rift S
    • Custom Made Button Box
    • My Custom Design Aluminium Rig with a pull out keyboard tray.
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    Honest Review of The Oculus Rift S With Though The Lenses Pics From Various Sims

    https://forums.bit-tech.net/index.php?threads/oculus-rift-s-through-the-lenses.361796/
     
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  20. Ablaze

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