Edit: I thought about it, and no reason to make this all about my one build I am commissioning. Why not talk about all manner of custom setups? For instance, has anybody here attempted a long-handle/Modern Grip conversion for a MSFFB2? What type of gear do y'all have?
Some of you may be aware of the Ukrainian custom builder GVL224, but I was not until recently when I fell in love with the idea of a throttle-body that does what I want it to, not what Thrustmaster says. I saw the "IL2: Sturmovik" body commissioned by Jason for some sim convention, and I thought, "Perfect! I can do better!" Some of the button placement makes no sense on the original from a human factors / design standpoint, and the throttle handle could have so, so much more.
So after some back and forth with Vitaly, I have come up with my version of the design. If the build quality is as good as people say, this thing will absolutely destroy the corporate competition for only $305 shipped. He does have many highly functional bodies for much cheaper, in the $70 range, but I want something where I can sit a friend down and say: Just read the labels. The only thing Vitaly does not do is Hat Switches for some reason, I don't think he has a quality source for the part, but that would have been really nice on the throttle for DCS MFDs.
So I put it to you, experienced pilots of JG1: anything that you would do different? Any binding that a more experienced IL2 pilot would put instead of "Sun Filter" on a toggle? I feel like I am missing something critical but I haven't played every plane enough to know what.
I'm already thinking as I type all this that I should move the Radiator Oil dial to the right edge and the Trim Switches over so that all the Cooling is even more tightly clustered...