In 2017 I started to build my own simulator after playing around once a Year (costs) in the Lufthansa Full Flight Simulators for 25 years.
As Simulator-Software, I use XPlane and the ZIBO B373X running and everything is programmed and set up for it.
My goal is to get as close as possible to the Functions of the real Aircraft.
If that doesn't exist, you have to think about it and do it yourself.
here's a report on Karl's designs and my Mod's.
First of all, I would like to thank Karl for his excellent work!
I don't know anything that is that good.
Everything I write here should by no means be viewed as criticism, but as my personal experience and suggestion.
I installed the Yokes, the Tiller and the Control Column Base Unit from Karl in my Sim with changes to my Needs.
I have designed and built a motorized TQ myself twice, but I was not satisfied with the feel of both of them.
So I started designing a new one.
Then Karl's TQ V5 came out , I looked at it and immediately decided that i don't have to reinvent the wheel.
Now I have built the Karls TQ V5 from the Patron Page.
I had to make a few changes to:
1. adapt the TQ to XPlane 11
2. to adapt it to my needs.
All Electronics and Programming are made by myself.
Everything Karl delivers fits immediately and works as he intended!
His building instructions are absolutely professional and some companies should take an example here!!!
Here are my changes according to my personal needs:
1. I converted my TQ to Slip Clutches "Mentor 716" with "JG-371" DC gear motors 30 rpm.
If I do a rejected takeoff, I don't want to work against the Stepper Motors or have to switch them off first via A / T DISCO.
In the original, the A / T controlled ENGINE LEVER can also be overridden at any time.
It's quieter and the feel is better than steppers.
Reprint the 2 (Karls Partnumber: R3) Motor mounts and design and print a Gear for the Slip Clutches. No more, fits, runs.
I replaced the Rubber Lever Cover Parts TW30 (printed from Rubber) with parts that I cut from an old bicycle tube. Looks great, works great.
2. The complete Trim has been converted from a gear wheel to a chain drive with DC motor and Encoder for the trim by Hand.
The gear drive with Steppers was too slow and too loud for me. Like a Machine-gun.
It also has no Possibility to trim by Hand.
After modification, I can also operate and trim the Trim Wheels by Hand and by Motor.
With my old TQ I had good experiences with the chain drive, very realistic.
1 DC Gear-motor "RB350050/0A101R" 104 rpm, 1 Encoder with GT2 toothed belt and 2 GT2 gears for the feedback. 1 m Metallchain DIN / ISO 8187, Type 04B1, 6x2.8mm, 4x20 Teeth "EAN:4250033302411"and 2 x 15 Teeth chain sprockets "EAN:4250033302404" ,
Print new motor holder, print holder for the encoder.
The conversion fits well into Karl's structure and is very close to the original.
3. The Speedbrake.
In the original Aircraft, the Speedbrake Lever inFlight can only be used up to the FlightDetend Position, the Up position is locked.
The UP position is only released when you have Weight on Wheels.
If the Speedbrake-Lever is on ARM Position and you have WOW, then the Lever moves motorized into the UP position.
I wanted that too.
Equipped the Speedbrake Lever Stem with a Ring gear and relocated the Potentiometer to the Stem.
The Position of the Speedbrake Lever is now determined here.
I have provided the Lever for the drive with an elongated hole so that it only works in one direction. (UP).
Converted the Motor back to a direct Drive with a 50 mm (37mm Hole to Hole) Metal-Arm "JG-371" DC Gear-motor (2 rpm) and provided it with two Limit-Switches (UP, DOWN)
Designed a locking Lever that prevents the Lever from going beyond the flight detent position.
This locking Lever is released by the Motor Gearwheel when the lever is motorized and allows the UP position.
The locking Lever is operated with 2 tension Springs and a Rope.
What still needs to be done to get even closer to the Original?
Well, the Reverser can only be operated in the Original in the Engine-Lever IDLE position. Karl did an excellent job here!
But, in the Original Aircraft, the Reverse Levers are only released approx. 25% and cause the Deflectors (REV Light AMBER)at the Engines to extend , here is a 2nd Lock that waits until the Deflectors are extended and secured (REV Light GREEN).
Now the second Lock opens, only now you can control the reverser by pulling with the remaining 75% Lever path.
I am currently thinking about that. how to solve that.
Photos can be seen here and are placed here in loose order. There are just too many for the forum.