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5 DOF Flight Sim

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Projects' started by hugso, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. hugso

    hugso Active Member Gold Contributor

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    My Motion Simulator:
    Arduino, Motion platform, 4DOF
    I have been developing a pneumatic flight sim on and off for over ten years. It uses an Arduino which drives servo motors which operate air valves. The sim is carried on three pneumatic rams which provide Pitch, Roll and Heave. These are all mounted on two sets of heavy duty drawer runners which give Sway and Surge motions. These are moved directly by two powerful servos.

    I have used SimTools since it was first released. I am still using V 0.1.2.0 and things continue to work well, but I guess I should move on to V2.0. Slightly nervous about this as, while I am an electronic/engineering type, I am not an IT guy. I hope I just insert my present Interface Settings and Axis Assignment and away we go?

    Thanks for all you guys who have done the clever stuff with your plugins etc.



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    man you should document further your sim, there are no or a little information here about pneumatic sims :D

    yours looks just amazing

    how is it? is it fast? is it slow? is it damed powerfull? you use a super big air compresor or a small one? :D:D:D nice sim...

    not an answer but... if you are super nervious about braking something and if your simultor is that important, (i think it is, considering the time you invested making it) you should :

    - open your pc
    - install a new hard drive (an slow, small and cheap one)
    - install windows, your game and the new simtools 2.0
    ** if it gets broken, get back to the old simtools by changing the hard drive
    *** if not brocken, go back to the old hard drive and change to the new sim tools.

    (sily but efective)

    fer
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    ferslash Active Member

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    (at work i have a pc that runs a hily important application, in order to fully back it up, what i did was, booth the pc from a live cd of linux, then full copy all the c: drive to a external location, just in case.... and the case happened, windows got broken some how, so i cleaned the harddrive, re-installed windows, and then, again from linux, i copy back all the files from external to c:, and it worked, i save may ass by being suspicios)

    best regards

    fer
  5. hugso

    hugso Active Member Gold Contributor

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    My Motion Simulator:
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    Thanks for your reply.

    The rams have a motion of about 8 inches up and down. This is plenty to give a good effect. Pneumatics not fast enough for cars, but in flight gives a good feeling of zooming up, diving down and rolling side to side. I use a silent compressor and about 2cu ft per minute required if doing fairly violent motions. Just this week I have starting using a JetSeat with my rig which vibrates with bumps and when you are approaching a stall etc. It gives nice vibrations with guns and clumps when lowering undercarriage etc. It is very good considering it is just a few motors in a mat which you sit on. In DCS World you can tweak all the various effects. In other sims it uses FFB info.
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