Do you know the feeling when the days get short, dark and wet? I have seen some of you getting it too. When the heating goes on again for the first time in months, and preparations for the holidays start to appear…
I mean the feeling of wanting to spend an ungodly amount of money to improve the flight sim setup of course!
I am thinking of one of the three products mentioned in the title:
MFG Crosswind pedals with damper ~ €350
Virpil T-50CM3 throttle ~ €350
PointCTRL ~ €200
I currently use a center-mounted Virpil T-50 stick on an extension, a Thrustmaster T.16000m TWCS throttle and the old T16k stick as radar control stick and extra buttons.
Saitek Rudder Pedals.
HP Reverb G2.
At the moment I am mainly flying jet fighters but I go back and forth and fly helicopters about half the time. And then once a year I will fly a bit of Elite Dangerous for a few weeks.
My Saitek pedals are OK really. The spring deadzone is bigger than the sensors’, which can be annoying and of course it is not very smooth. When I flew almost exclusively helicopters, this would have made a lot of sense but now that I fly mainly the MiG-15, Mirage F1, 2000C and F-14, the Saiteks are good enough really.
- smoother and more precise rudder
- Damper & removable spring nice for helicopters
- con: probably require some woodwork
The T16k is reasonably well equipped with various buttons on the throttle (3 momentary, 3x 4-way, 1x 2-way and a slider and a mini-stick with push), but it is still a single throttle, not split, and there are no buttons on the base. Some rotary encoders for the radio channels and some toggle switches would sure be nice! It is also still a bit sticky, despite adding felt to the rails contact points and setting it to the lowest resistance.
I am also happily surprised that when Virpil recently announced a pricing change, they lowered prices instead of raising them.
- Smoother sliding
- Rotary encoders and nice buttons on base
- Split throttles
- Free up T16k HOTAS to pass along
- pro/con: adjustable detents good for jets, annoying for helicopters?
I currently use a mouse on my desk to click on switches in cockpits but it is annoying and actually very hard when I have to click on something to my lower right: the arm gets in the way of the headset.
Thus PointCTRL would be really nice. The question is, how much does it complicate setting up my pc for flight sims? Wires etc.
- No more neck-breaking
- con: Additional setup?
Initially it seemed like PointCTRL was the obvious choice and the throttle too expensive but as I’m listing all the small advantages for the throttle, they start to add up.
Btw not planning to buy right now but maybe around Black Friday or later