Sooooo Thrustmaster, I guess WinWing got under your skin. I waited years for a TQS replacement for my Cougar. WinWing answered my call. Now you guys have finally designed a new TQS. Seriously??? What took you so long? As a long-time TM fan, I feel a little letdown.
This is my attempt at a fanboy rant. I’ll be keeping an eye on this hardware but will likely not get one as long as my WinWing throttle holds up. Admittedly, your new TQS looks like a hella nice design.
While I’m here, I wouldn’t complain if you decide to develop an F-15E HOTAS. My Suncom F-15 set has been boxed up in my museum for many, many years.
It really looks nice and I thought I noticed some throttle differences, from the WinWing, in the transit from idle to AB. With my WinWing unit, the throttle grip is fixed to the arm so it rotates as you move it through the arc. As a result you have to rotate your wrist with it. For me changes the feel, especially since I fly in VR. The TM grip seems to rotate along the throttle arm, keeping it in a relatively fixed neutral position. I have no clue which is realistic and it was hard to get a true sense because the throttle operation was demoed in a cinematic trailer, with flashes to the real unit. Anyway, I guess people will be able to get a real sense if they get to play around with it in the TM booth. I’m really curious.
Please share your impressions if you get to use it.
The knob on the wall is actually a button in the real aircraft, for countermeasures (CMS) program 5. Reflected did a YT video where he quoted Dan Hampton in Viper Pilot where he has that setup as flares only. So CMS fwd is chaff only and hitting the wall button with the back or side of your fist is flares. Easy to remember in the heat of battle.
Looks fantastic! Dream for me as a BMS pilot. I would buy it but the price is too high. RTX 4070 or new F-16 TQS. Hard choice. Probably I will choose this product WINWING because it costs only 300 EUR here in Europe.