Thrustmaster MFD Chat Preservation

For those interested in pimping your MFDs.

https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=53886

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Touchbuddy, by the looks of things is no longer being worked on and the webpage is down.

Helios looks like the other alternative. Its has gone to donateware, found below.

http://www.gadrocsworkshop.com/helios

Some videos

The Thrustmaster MFDs are pretty cool, but kind of specific.

They’re easy to set up and intuitive to use in aircraft that have similar MFDs, like A-10C or F-16. They can be adapted to work in other aircraft, like as an ABRIS interface to the Ka-50, but otherwise you need to make up custom panels that describe what buttons you have mapped. @WreckingCrew has some really good examples of this that I hope he can share.

Secondly, the devices are frames with buttons only, no screens. If you want to add a screen, you need to take another display device (like an 8" monitor or a tablet) and then tweak the device and your simulation program to get the display working the way you want it to. This is not plug-and-play. And it is most definitely not cheap.

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It sure is nice when it works though. This is a crappy iphone video I did just flipping through a few menus of the A-10 after I just got the MFDs:

https://youtu.be/KO0Kq_IvgNA

(Yes, I filmed vertically. Shame on me.)

Has anyone tried hooking up a tablet as a display for this? That would eliminate the cost of the screen estate for me. I tried using a program called Xdisplay Wired but the the latency was just to slow to be useful (4000ms) I heard a lot of people recommend iDisplay, but they don’t seem to have a test version and it costs €10.

@fearlessfrog, how do we add “vertical video” to our censorship filter?

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@near_blind did you manage to get the dimensions for me?

I haven’t even made it home yet, lol.

Here you go

:wink:

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Inner diameter appears to be 109x109mm. Outer is 138x138mm. As best I can tell with the ruler that props up my keyboard.

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thanks a lot!

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this thread may also be of some use to people:

after a getting a proper flight seat made this is my next project.

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Some other monitor options: