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EmerlistDavjack last won the day on August 21 2020

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  1. I'm shocked, SHOCKED I say, to see that they are adding new planes to FC2! Seems like they realized that RoF players want something new, not just a rehash, so we're getting the Snipe and the D.IV!! Alriiiighhhhttt, I'll pay almost full price for it, even if the DM is borked, because I want to support the effort and the D.IV is an odd looking duck. I'm also super excited for the C-47! Idk what it is about flying transport planes but I enjoy it. I also fly the logi helos in Squad. *shrug* Some of the collector planes are super cheap right now, like $3-$5, too.
  2. Aw man, I forgot all about that, was busy Sunday. Ah well, maybe next week!
  3. Fixed it! Took a lot of delicate doing....holy crap these are small connectors but I made it work. Weird thing: when I hooked up the left brake with the ribbon cable, it became FAR more sensitive than the right toe brake (no jumps, smooth gradient). I have a feeling that the potentiometers in these units are fine, but the think braided steel wires are horrible. I was tempted to spend another couple hours replacing the right side wires, but I have a will to live, so...Ill do that when they fail. I can adjust deadzones to make up for it, but normally brakes are slammed down upon and it doesnt matter. In the first image you can see the scale of what I was working with vs a normal 1 1/4'' screw. I saved myself $450 on MFG Crosswinds...for now.
  4. I think this repair is beyond my capabilities right now. Soldering the ribbon cable to the pot connectors was easy, but that little bastard white connector is throwing me for a loop. After some yardwork today I might try one last thing, but it probably wont work. Probably going to score some MFG Crosswinds with my Biden-bucks just in time for TIF. It's weird they don't show up on Ebay at all, I guess people want to keep them!
  5. LOL I may have to upgrade with some Biden bucks because this is at the edge of my soldering ability, though now that Vonrd mentions it, I realize I might be using cheapass solder which could be a big reason why my work is usually on the edge of acceptable. Those MFG crosswinds look like they can take a beating, too, so I could use them with SW Squadrons without feeling like I was breaking them? I have some ribbon cable left over from a repair on my custom throttle unit where I had to remake push connectors, but the white ones here are just so tiny that removing and reworking the metal connectors looks like a truly tricky maneuver. Otherwise I would just run three new wires, so attempting to splice the broken wire after identifying it seems like the first thing to try. Thanks for the info, both of you. I never would have figured out that clear insulator on the wires, Tobin!
  6. @Vonrd, you mention an aircraft cable that is 22ga or waaaayy thicker than this, so it wouldn't work here. Im familiar with that, and it would be a much thicker braid of wire. The braided wires for the Saitek are so small that if the metallic braid is substantial...the actual wires inside have to be TINY. Thats my question: can I crimp 22awg copper braids to 30gauge spice wires and get a result? I'm not so worried about the shielding as with the wires themselves. The braided jackets on these wires are TINY. You posted 22 ga wire...this is something like
  7. Your In-Game Name: JG1_E.Davjack Your Squadron affiliation (with squadron website if possible): JG1 Your preferred roll (pilot, tanker or both): Pilot Your time zone: PST/PDT North American
  8. I was landing in MSFS2020 the other day when I noticed that instead of braking with both feet, I veered off the runway. Left toe brake has failed. Tested the pots and they both had 5kOhm resistance so, it was time to take it it apart and see where the wire broke. I was stunned when I opened this thing up because the designing the wires to be inside the moving bar looks prone to fail. I realized later that the wires have to follow the movement of the foot pedals, but maybe allowing a little play in there instead of the hard glue might work better. In the second image you can see how the wire broke right where it enters the glue, as shown the plate is flipped up to see the underside. I'm pretty sure my failure happened from playing Star Wars Squadrons and kicking the pedals around like crazy (note to self: just use an old springer twist stick for that game in the future). My question for anybody who knows about these types of electronics: what exactly are these little metallic braided wires? They are very thin, maybe 30AWG or something, and unjacketed. Can I make a splice connection with copper wire or would that mess with the resistance of the system too much? I only have a basic knowledge of wiring. Definitely need this fixed by TiF.
  9. Had some good fights with Chunko over the years and a few where he made me feel like a complete novice. S! You will be missed.
  10. It appears that the bomb is surrounded by some rectangular structures as well as being surrounded by mounds of earth, so much of the horizontal force would be absorbed and/or directed up at an angle once it hit the sidewalls. I think this is why we don't see a shockwave or much disturbance in the nearby trees. This is a controlled demolition of course. But overall I think you are right that hitting a building with a smaller bomb (or bracketing it with a pair to weaken more sides of the structure) is more destructive than missing nearby with a bigger bomb.
  11. I played HOI 1 and 2 with my friends back in the day and really enjoyed them, but HOI4 is DLC hell, even for a Paradox Game. I can't remember what, but there is a feature in one of the DLCs that should've been part of the original game, or at least a free update, and that turned me off entirely. I loved CK2 a lot (I even played CK1, that was kinda rough), but after they expanded the map, especially India with even more polygamists, a top tier PC can't run it into a late game due to all the extra characters being born. I wrote a mod for adding character capture mechanics for siege victories that got incorporated into the original AGoT mod, albeit changed so that some iconic families wouldn't be put to the sword. I hear CK3 is more streamlined than CK2, has anybody played a game lasting more than 200 years without Fast Speed slowing to a crawl at some point? Does it use multi-core processors better than 2?
  12. So I'm watching Mark Felton's recent video on Balloon Busters, and I hear this story I'd never heard before of a Belgian named Willy Coppens landing his Hanriot on a balloon and waiting until it slid off to restart the engine and fly away. I pull up the Wikipedia page and it claims he did this intentionally only after he did it before accidentally. Whether or not those things ever happened, he destroyed a remarkable 34 balloons, lost a leg, participated in the resistance in WWII, and lived to be 94. I have a sudden urge to see what happens if I try to land a Hanriot on a balloon in ROF. I mean, has anybody? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Coppens
  13. Your In-Game Name: JG1_E.Davjack [if applicable] Your Squadron affiliation (with squadron website if possible): JG1 Your timezone: PST
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