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  1. Wow, that's looking amazing! 😍 I think I will start with it as soon as my whole HOTAS parts are done. I'm a controller-junkie since I started to built my own. 😅 It's really amazing what is possible with 3D printers. It opens up whole new possibilities that you could only dream of in the past.
  2. Thank's! This is very interesting, but first I have to finish my universal cockpit project first. Although I have already built a second simulation place, my "command unit", which is meant to play tank and naval sims only, there is still so much work to do at the pit. But if needed, there is a place for gunner controls also, somewhere in the future 😄.
  3. Maybe I will do gunner controls for tank-sims also at a later time 😄. The grips aren't so complex to model. I have made a lot of HOTAS/HOCAS as 3D-models the last year for use with DCS. Buying them was not possible for me, and many grips aren't even available, so I made them on my own. I already made the cyclic and the collective of the AH-64D Apache and many other helicopters and aircraft. After the print there is for sure also a lot of work to do like spray-filler and paint them, but it's possible.
  4. Maybe I'm the exceptional case here but I like all kind of combat simulations. At the moment I'm building a "universal" homepit for use with DCS and Prepar 3D to fly fighter jets, attack choppers and even big planes like the C-130 Hercules or the C-17 Globemaster with in P3D. I also added a more desktop like "WSO-Pit" with a HOTAS behind the homepit which can be used for a second person as WSO/RIO or copilot in flight simulations. But this pit is also equipped with a 128 key programable keyboard to put shortcuts for all other combat simulations to it. I also want to built my own tank controls for it. So I like all kind of military simulations and I really don't want to decide which I like the best. Of course my main interest is in fighters and attack choppers but I also love tank, infantry and naval simulations and never want to miss them.
  5. EECH Allmods is open to anyone who want's to help a bit. I've made the 3D model of the new KA-50 cockpit which is in version 1.16.1 and above. Sadly I'm no coder and always need the help to get instruments, MFD's etc. working, so those works were done by other guys of the community. They are really nice guys and will always help if they can. Since I'm mostly rare with time for my hobby and I also finaly want to finish my home cockpit project I'm working on for decades now, I have no more time for it at the moment. I actually wanted to make the outside model of the newer advanced KA-50 and a complete new pit for the MI-28N version, also. I also started a bit work for an AH-1F/S Cobra, cause it's my alltime favorite attack helicopter. But the home cockpit is my dream since over 20 years now and I have to focus on that to get it finished somewhere in future 😉 If anyone has the mute to help with this project, just ask the guys from the community. It would really be sad if this old sim had to die. The graphics are aged, but I think they are still ok.
  6. @ssnake Yes, sadly you are right. As said it's just a dream. But let's do some dreaming 😀 (I know this will never happen) If, for example you (eSim Games), Eagle Dynamics, Bohemia Interactive and Sonalysts come together and choose one new engine for a universal "combat environment" this could be possible. Everyone could still doing what he is best in, but within the same environment. You make the tank modules, ED makes the fighters and the helicopters, Bohemia the troops and Sonalysts the naval part. DCS is something like this, only that it is focused on air combat. Bohemia also has thirparty developers. The only problem I see, in this fictional assumption, is the agreement for the used engine and that no one has the exclusive rights for it. It also has to be a start from scratch for all companies, not using an already existing engine from any of them. The combat environment doesn't have to be the whole world, only some maps which makes it possible to use many of the involved vehicles at the same time. There could also be different maps, where you need more landbased miltary or other which are more focused on naval missions, but still have any kind of other vehicles or troops in use. There have to be a lot of identical things like damage modelling, weapon physics and many more I have no idea of, but I think it could be possible at the end. And maybe it could be also interesting from the financial point for all the envolved companies, and not only for the civil market. It could be a good realistic environment for testing and training with different branch of services together for all miltaries. Maybe I'm wrong but that's what I think and dream about.
  7. I don't think that all simmers like only one genre of combat simulation. They prefer one genre, cause there simply doesn't exist a really realistic all in one combat simulation where you can choose between infantry, tanks, helicopters or jets. That's what I'm dreaming about for many years. A simulation that covers all the aspects of combat in one environment and with realistic detail of all the systems. Something like a combination between SB, DCS, ARMA and Dangerous Waters. Sadly I don't think we will ever see such kind of combat simulation, but imagine how interesting and challenging it would be to play combined mission in such an environment. That's the point we would have a real combat simulation. At the moment in every simulation we have only a sandbox in which one kind of vehicles or troops are simulated perfectly and the rest is only there to make it a bit more interesting and far from the perfection of the main aspect this simulator stands for. I think if something like this would exist, we would see a lot of jet-boys sometimes jumping in a tank, or tank-commanders which like to learn the rules of air combat, too. It's not the lack of interest for other sections, you just have to choose which is your favorite genre before you really get an idea of the other sections, too.
  8. Don't blame eSim for this, don't blame eSim for that, come on now. It's a company that want's to sell a product, but there is only one single option to buy it and this option is also restricted. It's not the the job of the customer to find a way that makes him possible to buy the product the company is selling. Normally it's the other way arround. What another way? To do an international bank transfer to someone of the community? Sorry but's not an option for me. What's then with the next upgrade you have to pay for again? Maybe 4.185 or so? This whole crazy business again!? I'm really willing to spent money for my hobby and yes, SB is the only modern tank sim at the moment, but I really never came along such a ridiculous way to simply pay for a product. Even a very small software company, I bought a boot manager from the last days, offers fourtimes as much payment options as eSim does. If esim only want's to sell SBPE to sellected people which do anything to achieve their condition of payment , or it's not needed to sell it, cause it's just a hobby and there is no real need to sell it to the private user (I also have heard this argument here) then it's ok. It eSim's decision. I have tons of other simulations I'm really not able to play all of them the rest of my lifetime, so no real need for me to absolutely must have SBPE. If there will be another way to pay for it in future, I maybe will come back. If not SB is history for me. It could also be possible that another modern tank sim will see the light of day sometime and for this case eSim should really consider to be a bit more customer-friendly. I'm not the only one which isn't very exited with the practise of eSim at the moment. You just have to read in other forums.
  9. Ok, then I'm finished with SB. No Steam, no PayPal, only selected creditcards, no other way to buy. Sorry, but this is really joke!
  10. I haven't ordered yet, cause only Visa, Mastercard and Discover Card are accepted. There is also no option to choose American Express in the next step where you have to state your credit card number and the expiration date.
  11. Hello, just wanted to preorder the upgrade from version 4.0 to 4.1, but there is no option to use an American Express Card? I bought the full 4.0 licence some years ago, also with American Express, cause it's the same card of my girl friend, who was doing this purchase those days back, too. Something changed here? She never owns another card, so there isn't a chance we mixed things up. Sadly I do not own a credit card (see also posts about payment options before, we discussed about that) so there isn't another way if American Express isn't supported.
  12. Ah, July ok. Have to save some bucks, cause it will be a first day purchase 😀 I hope the Codemeter update isn't really complex. Have the fear that something goes wrong and I have to fiddle about it.
  13. This sounds nice! Let's hope 😀 About Steam: I also have a lot of my simulations, I bought the last years on Steam. But what always frightened me personaly is, what happens if Steam closes it's doors!? It's very unlikely that they will offer an option to get all your games you bought running again, so many things will be lost forever. I was one of those people who always hatet the change from buying a game on CD or DVD to this new online method. If I have a game on DVD an all it's updates saved somewhere, I can still play it, even if the company is down since many years (assumed I have also an old hardware to run it). That's something I really do, cause I have tons of old simulators, that I really still love to play.
  14. Yes they have. They are a german company, at least they were in the past. https://www.aerosoft.com/de/kontakt
  15. @ssnake Just came to my mind, what about Aerosoft as a replacement for Okaysoft? I've seen they also sell other simulations now. I only did knew them for MSFS Addons in the past, but they now have all kind of simulations at their store, even from other companies. It's only a suggestion, I really have no clue if it is possible or even an option for you
  16. I wanted to keep things cost-efficient, that's the reason I thought about converting an old flight yoke to a gunner control. I also could do that thing from scratch, but the dimensions of the handle are to big for my 3D printer to make it relatively solid. I have to split it in more seperate parts, which makes the thing more complex and harder to built. The mechanics are also much more durable, if you use a factory built control. So I thought about getting an old yoke which has a likewise shape and only change some things or add some printed parts and buttons to it, to make a "universal" gunner control, no exact replica. I think even a not exact replica of the control would improve the immersion to sit in a real tank much more.
  17. Ok I was also very skeptical about PayPal at the beginning, but I've payed certainly about more than 3000 articles with it since the last years and never had any issue with it. It's simple, quick and comfortable, nothing else. Already all my games I bought from Steam and GOG are more than 700 transactions with PayPal, not to mention ebay, amazon and all my tools for my little workshop I payed via PayPal.
  18. My personal conviction is, that if you could use another methode to pay for SB, many more people would buy it. Here in Germany the use of credit or debit cards is not so popular, but we have many simulation enthusiasts in this country. For the sales figures of the civil flight simulation market for example, it's is one of the top rated countries. And I think just for a smaller company, more people which are buying the product are important, even if there is another way to sell the product to non commercials. For me personaly it was a hurdle for long time to buy SB Pro PE due to the need of a credit card, even I knew about the Pro Personal Edition since version 2. I finally bought version 4 as it signed of that no other realistic modern tank simulation will reach the market in the nearer future.
  19. It isn't only a matter of how the money will be transfered, it is simple a matter of extra fees or just something I have to organize only to get just one simulation. I don't understand what the problem with PayPal is, cause every company works with them, but this is not my decision and I have to respect other peoples decisions. Same goes for the decision of Skybird03, so no need to proposition him.
  20. I can fully understand Skybird03's conviction. I would also act like him, if I had not the option to use the credit card of my girlfriend. No, it's pretty standard that you can buy via PayPal. I never needed a credit card to buy any software or game since the last 10 years. So why getting one only for one simulation. The only other games (simulations) I knew since the last 10 years were P3D and Janes USAF MiniPro (a non free version of the SuperPro Mod) at GulfKnights website some years ago. And believe me, I own every single simulation which was built in the last 30 years, cause I'm collector of all kind of combat-, race-, driving-simulators. I have over 1000 of them, must really be one of the worlds largest PC-simulation collections. Only ones still missing are P3D and MiniPro (the webpage closed some years ago), cause you needed a credit card to buy those. SB Pro PE is the only exception, cause there isn't any comparable detailed modern tank sim, even one that isn't more than 10 years old.
  21. Still came across this thread, since I also wanted to build a gunner control handle. As I looked at the photos of them, I remembered the old CH Products Virtual Pilot Pro. Ok it is far away from an exact replica, but with some modding (additional buttons, rework some of the shapes) and a conversion to USB it could be a nice gunner handle. I also own a 3D Printer (Creality Ender 3 Pro - cheap but really good), so some new Parts could be also made. I think this is a nice part to start with. I will search for a used one at ebay. There is no need that the yoke is working, only the body and the mechanics must be intact, the rest will be replaced with new electronics. I also did this with all of my HOTAS replicas for my homepit.
  22. That looks like 2060 will be mostly enough to run it smoothly. I have just upgraded all my systems, cause they were really outdated now. I used a GTX 660 SLI in the pit and a single GTX 660 in the WSO seat before. It's always a pain (especially in conjunction with the simpit hardware) and expensive to hold two systems up to date. I really had prefered a 2080Ti for the main pit and a 2070 for the WSO but that's far beyond my scope and what my girlfriend is able to suffer 😀 I hope that I'm done now with the systems for the next 4-5 years, but who knows...
  23. What are the system requirements for 4.1? Just bought a Ryzen 5 2600X system with 16GB Ram and a Geforce RTX 2060 for my WSO-Pit, which will run SB PE. I want to use mostly high graphic settings with max. resolution of 1920x1080. The main homecockpit has a Ryzen 2700X with 32GB Ram and a RTX2080 in, but it's designed to fly DCS or BMS and not well appropriated for a tank sim.
  24. @Gibsonm Many, many thanks for your assistance, that's really nice from you!!! I'have talked with my girlfriend yesterday night and she own's already a credit card. I don't had any idea of this, but she sweared that she had bought the last license three years ago, also. O.k. too many things happend the last years, so I really couldn't evoke to this. All I knew was that I talked to a good friend of mine, if he could do this for me, but it seems my girlfriend did it at finally. So, no problem with the payment now 😀 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Is there any chance to see a FlakPz Gepard 1A2 in SB somewhere in future, or is it already included? I could remember that I asked this sometime a year or so ago, but at this time no plans for it exist. I really love this anti aircraft tank and had the chance to take part of a training simulation in it, at the Flugabwehrregiment 10 in Sigmaringen, many years ago when I was in the german Bundeswehr.
  25. In Europe, hmm no. St... is also no option for you, I think. I will do my very best to get a credit card once again. I don't want to accuire one only for Steel Beast Pro, but I think I will be able to solve this problem once again. This was also one reason I had choosen the codemeter version, cause I don't want to borrow someones credit card every time I need a new time license 😀
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