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  1. They vary, but typically they're both about 2 Nm, which is about x 2-3 the force required for gaming joysticks.
  2. The finger wheel looks great, but there could be a few issues: The encoders (£2 each) would need to be connected to a COTS joystick circuit board (£15) and SB only permits one main joystick. £2 encoders are low resolution and have a limited range of pulses per revolution, usually 8-24. This could be worse than than using the arrow keys. The encoders we use in our Scimitar and Warrior desktop trainers effectively have 512 pulses per revolution, but these are £50 each and require a special purpose circuit board. These boards are not plug and play, so eSim have to integrate them into SB. If we priced the finger wheels at more than £5 a set (1 x traverse and 1 x elevation), I doubt if we would sell more than 3 sets here, so it's a non-starter for us. 🙁 Maybe we'd have more success with another genre game community, but I have no interest in building devices for aircrafts, F1 racing cars, trains etc. The Scimitar and Warrior hand cranks have coarse and fine, high/low gear positions in traverse. I think it would be simpler if the left and right arrow keys simulated the coarse position and the arrow keys '+ some other key' simulated the fine position. I'm not sure what other systems have this coarse/fine arrangement. If they have just one speed, then the '+ some other key' would have no effect. Just my 2 pence worth.
  3. Hopefully the Multi-Coloured Camouflage Scheme (MCDCS) is not the limit of the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (LEP)
  4. Nice work! It's a very good representation of the original equipment. 👍
  5. There's a similar training system from the 60's in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sklkqjZ8KU
  6. An interesting article. https://maavoimat.fi/-/panssarikoulu-kehittaa-taktiikan-opetusta-simulaattoriavusteisten-sotapelien-avulla
  7. hawes

    My toy

    Amazing work! Please let us know at afvsim.com if we can help in any way with interfacing.
  8. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-ntm-rescue-the-challenger-1-prototype?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
  9. https://www.curtisswrightds.com/products/electromechanical/aiming-and-stabilization-systems/hand-controller.html#tabbed-table5
  10. We only manufacture training versions of the original equipment. Average cost for a gunners control handle is 2k GBP excl. taxes. Seems expensive, but the OE can be 5-10 x this cost. Or not available at all. If we had an order for several hundred units, the cost would reduce dramatically, but our average order is for about 10.
  11. ITAR can even cover basic parts, such as nuts and bolts.
  12. DACO. High quality original equipment manufacturer.
  13. We do. They also have to complete an End User Undertaking (EUU) 17-mil-goods-ogel-consignee-undertaking-template.odt
  14. From the UK Military List: 'ML14 - Specialised equipment for military training or for simulating military scenarios, simulators specially designed for training in the "use" of any firearm or weapon specified in ML1 or ML2, and specially designed components and accessories therefor.' The control handles are not secret classified items, just controlled export items. AFV Sim are registered to export under; Open General Export Licence - Military Goods, Software and Technology: Government or NATO end use. and; Open General Export Licence - Military Goods, Software and Technology. The second licence permits us to export to any end user in a list of destinations - Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA.
  15. Has anyone obtained a price from SCIP Engineering? They first came to light on this forum May 24 2016. https://www.steelbeasts.com/topic/4340-sb-pro-pe-workstation/page/3/
  16. hawes

    Button Boxes

    Also, the U-HID boards can be connected together and assigned their own ID's, up to a limit of 8 board. Potentially 8 x 50 signals. In practice, the ID's in Windows get a bit flakey after 5 or 6 boards, but I'm told this is a Windows issue.
  17. hawes

    Button Boxes

    A simple design using 6 push switches and 6 toggle switches. This will give you 18 signals using 2 position toggle switches. With a custom design, you can choose your own type and quantity of switches and arrange them however you want. Contact AFV Sim if you want the .STL files to 3D print this design.
  18. hawes

    Button Boxes

    We got mechanical low-res encoders to work with the U-HID boards. The boards also support LED's.
  19. hawes

    Button Boxes

    I'd recommend the U-HID boards as these can be programmed to act as a keyboard. The Leo Bodnar boards are good, but are recognised by Windows as Joysticks. Steel Beasts will only allow one Joystick to be used (unless you use third party software which looks like a pain in the arse to set up) Similar switches used in the RealGear RACEpro Button Box can be sourced on eBay for a few dollars each. You can print your own box if you have access to a 3D printer. If you don't have the tools to design your own box, email AFV Sim and we'll send you a few ready made designs. If you want to design your own box, send us a sketch with a few dimensions and we'll design one for you.
  20. It's a shite cut and paste face swop picture, using a stock image of a skinhead on a Vespa. Sorry to have bumped this infantile thread.
  21. hawes

    Button Boxes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Sc4MJ8RPM Good video showing how to make your own.
  22. I knew I had it stored somewhere. My copy of the original M1 Tank Platoon. £14.99 back in 1994!
  23. Thought it odd nobody had mentioned M1 Tank Platoon. Played the original version on my son's Amiga 500 and I remember having to spend a small fortune on a Voodoo 3dfx graphics card to get M1TP II to run on my PC. I was so disappointed when M1TP III was cancelled, but, someone at Microprose sent me an email with a link and said I might be interested in this.............. It was a link to the demo version of 'Steel Beasts'
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