This is the first working prototype.
I like to develop things by actually using them and then homing in on additions, changes etc to consider whether I am on the right track and if it is a viable things.
This obviously is not always doable and definitely involves time and focussed attention.
One thing I do like is the inevitable undoing some work because it was a bad and replacing it with the better idea. This is a aspect that is lost on some designers.
Essentially ergonomics is of the most importance and then proximity based on highest and most important use.
For instance, in flight I decide what I need to use the most and create a list of importance.
( Left stick Yaw/Throttle Right stick Roll/Pitch)
No1 is fire button, right finger.
No1 is snap to gunsight. left finger.
No3 is recharge
No4 is level auto pilot. ( for sidechatting )
With the RCTX layout you have to take your thumb off the stick to thumb most buttons.
So that is a down side, but there is ample room to put buttons near your eight fingers.
Letting go of the stick is not so disastrous with the great centring. : - )
One thing I have to do is create a new board with the diodes to facilitate individual button leads.
This is bit of an ask for my tiny brain but I have done it once before. So nose to the grind stone.
If this is done properly I will have 12 freely positionable buttons. And it will look more technically messy. Yey.
The Logitech 3d pro is the cheapest development kit for flight control systems ( if you buy them second hand ) on the planet in my humble opinion. It's not the *best* but it is pretty good and quite unflappable. ( I have shorted out a few inputs and nothing bad happened...)
more pics !
As you can see it's not very tidy and/or super polished etc. Frankly I am not a big fan of the executive class sleek and totally spiffing finish. I prefer active development and total engagement with a project. It should look like what it is: a work in progress. Emphasis on work and progress. A brand spanking new and shiny thing although looking nice might have rather serious character flaws lurking. A thing covered with wires and hand soldered together may just the inspired design that takes a wild idea to the next level. Or at least there might be some knock on technological advance. Never judge a book by it's cover.
Hey Zaphod, come and have a look at some of these neat star trolleys! Look at this baby, Zaphod. The tangerine star buggy with black sunbusters…
Hey get this number! Multi-cluster quark drive, perspulex running-boards. This has got to be a Lazlar LyriKon Kustom job. Look! The infra-pink lizard emblem on the neutrino cowling.
Oh yes! And I was passed by one of these mothers once out near the Axel Nebula. I was going flat out and this thing just strolled past me, star drive hardly ticking over, just incredible!
Ten seconds later it smashed straight into the third moon of Jaglan Beta.
Yeah! But a great looking ship though. Looks like a fish, moves like a fish, steers like a cow.
- HGTTG Radio script. by our lord D.A. S!
Planky. ( Shelling has finished for the morning, time to fill in the holes in the badminton court... again.)