So two years ago when i got my thrustmaster warthog stick and throttle i started to fly flightsims again. Xplane then il2 and i was planning on starting with dcs ever since i got the warthog stick but other games and simulators got in the way to be honest so i kind of put dcs on the waiting list haha… So after deciding during the halloween sale i was going to buy all the modules i could ever want and saving a god bit if many with the bulk purchase that compared to il2 and even most civil flightsims (becuse i mostly have flown GA airplanes there haha) there is a hole lot of more buttons and switches to interact with and you are also meant to do this during combat. In my now 20 hours of dcs flying time most have been spent trying to learn the handling of the f5 in non combat missions before i move on to other modules but i feel that using the mouse although doable is so much harder (and less immersive) than to physically have the buttons and switches on a nice box beside me on a lapstop flor stand i bought.
So 1.5 months ago i received my leobodnar BBi 32 bit button box interface with the pin connectors. I had planned to get started this month and build an easy universal box with interchangeable lables that i was thinking could contain all the different modules weapon and startup switches along with critical rotaries. The thing is i dont really know how to start. I have read ALOT of threads of suggestions and general guides but i dont feel there is an guide for total beginners like myself.
What i want to know is where i can find info or guides wich switch types i can use and what buttons and rotary encoders that works with this leo bodnar card i have bought. I have seen some custom made one from various shops that cater to the flightsim diy building community but what i am intrested in really is what switches and button types that work and are the easiest to solder. I keep seeing switches and phrases like spdt and searching through other button box build threads many mentions that in order to have a switch work as an on off switch for something in dcs you should always use an on-off-on switch so you can bind both on positions on the actual switch to a keybind in dcs. I havent fiddled that much with dcs key bindings becuse i am just trying my way around the f5 and viggen cockpit. But For an example a switch in the cockpit that have a on position and a off position in the keybindings would have to bee used with an on-off-on toggle switch so that i can bind one off the on positions to the off in keybindings right ? Sorry for that confusing question but just want to make sure so i dont buy the wrong kind of switch. Becuse it seems logical becuse what little i know is that a toggle switch can send a signal to the card only when it is in the on position so that i can bind it in dcs. Is this correct to assume
What are the push buttons that when you push them in
What type of wires should i use for the rotaries and the switches, One diy guide said awg 20 and another one said 24ga teflon coated.
How to solder without damaging the cables and the switches and what thickness should the tip of the soldering pen be, What kind of soldering wire should one use ?
is there a pre made guide that i can use as help on the way when i assamble this ?
Also what kind of plastic or metal boxes can i buy two use as the “box” for everything. I live in sweden but i dont really know where to find or what these plastic/metal boxes that i have seen people use for button boxes are called in english, nevertheless in swedish haha.
If all this goes well and i manage to make my first universal button box i hope that i will start making more advanced one, maybe the viggen daya panel or one with a 7 digit segment display. Although this is way into the future of my button box building process if anyone can link a thread or guide for it i would appreciate it so atleast have something to go on when the time comes for more advanced stuff
Ps: found these switches in the image on a danish site that sells pre made button boxes. It says it have screw terminals. Does that mean no soldering is required ?