I am happy to present two latest devices I’ve designed recently, the USB collective base you’ve asked for and the Bell407 collective head!Continue reading “Simchair MKIV EVO USB collective base and the Bell407 collective head are released!”
Hi guys! Today’s master controller update contains the following important changes:
- fixed throttle related special functions in levers with a physical latch
- added mode switch support for hat switches of Huey and AB412 heads
#define HUEY_COLL_HEAD_HAT_RESPECTS_MODE_SWITCH 1
define AB412_COLL_HEAD_LEFT_HAT_RESPECTS_MODE_SWITCH 1
#define AB412_COLL_HEAD_RIGHT_HAT_RESPECTS_MODE_SWITCH 1
it will assign a physical hat switch of the Huey (or 2 of the AB412 head) to different hat switches/sets of buttons in different mode switch positions.
While waiting for some parts from China I had some time to work on something entirely different, which I always wanted to make – a printable 450 class RC helicopter!Continue reading “Open450 is released!”
Guys, a quick question, do you want a standalone USB version of the collective that will work without the master controller?
I see it as a lever for those of us who just want to add a collective to their existing system and the master box with one wire plugged in simply does seem really needed in that case.
This lever might have a USB-B socket on it instead of one of the RJ-45 sockets, this way you will still be able to connect extensions, but if the collective and, say, VRMax pedestal is all you really need, you won’t have extra wires and stuff hanging around.
What do you think? I’d like to hear some feedback in comments. Thanks! =)
Also, please fill the poll, that will help me to understand what devices are needed more than others =)
P.S. please leave a comment if you do so I could understand you’re not a robot.
The new controller features 5 I2C sockets for your peripherals, a stronger USB-B socket for durability, and peripheral flashing mode – no need for FTDI232 USB-UART board any more!
Just plug your device into 1st socket of the master, flip the mode switch to “P”, press the reset button (“R”), and flash it! Flip back to “F” to fly or update the master software.
The device is still stackable if you want some insane number of peripherals, the v2b version will be the regular one without flashing capability, meant for use as secondary controllers.
Look for the assembly/operating manual in the wiki!
Something cool has happened this weekend!
While updating the AB412 head code to work with XTrident 412 in Xplane I decided to rewrite it in a better way, and then inspiration kicked in and I have made a few important changes in the firmware structure =)Continue reading “New “Testing” branch of the firmware!”
Long ago, when Simchair only existed as an idea in my mind, I mostly tried to use its prototype to control my Trex 450 and used Arduino UNO as the master controller. It had no native USB support and was generally a pain, but one thing was good about it – the reliable and strong USB-B socket. I was never happy with the micro USB one on the Leonardo – so I finally decided to redesign the controller and addressed a few of its problems. Here’s what was changed:
- changed size of the box to 100x90mm
- brittle micro USB socket on the board changed to USB-B socket glued into the box
- 5th I2C socket added (the box needed to become larger to fit the new USB socket)
- strengthened the front panel so it won’t be bending because of hot glue
- removed the reset button (never used it)
- added a rib that will help to hold sockets in place and protect the board from glue
- fixed nut sockets height and chamfered their edges
- new rounded design
I will publish the files after some testing.
In the process of building another cyclic, I have taken some photos of improved cable management in the base – this way everything can still be detached for repairs with ease, yet looks cleaner than the old variant. I have also uploaded a pic of what goes where to the rates control panel manual – with it its much easier to get it right from the 1st time.
If you feel that something can be made better – and e.g. you can contribute some photos or a description of the part you found to be hard to understand / badly described in the wiki – please let me know, we will improve it together =)
I am happy to say that Simchair MKIV cyclic base now has its lid separated from the mounting system, and supports different mounts, e.g. 40mm extrusion profile mount. Of course, as a default option, there’s a new twin-rail GUNDE chair mount which is totally awesome! It’s rock-solid, as good as far more expensive aluminum extrusion profiles.Continue reading “New mounts for MKIV cyclic base”