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 MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020 |

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020

Aspects of the cockpit, in pictures.

Who would have dreamed that a humble civvie would have access to anything _like_ a military simulator?

Well in 2020, it's amazing what we can do. My original cockpit dreams started in the imagination of a kid building Airfix models of WWII fighters, then in the 1990's I built this:

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020:
MiGPit Mk.I

Very low tech, but what a lot of fun!

MiGPit 2020

And now, nearly 30 years later, I am in flight-sim nirvana (or rather Virtual Valhalla!)

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
The top of the screen is about 2.14 metres high, width about 2 metres.

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
The view from behind the pilot seat, not including the entire screen.

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
Instrument panel.
Five touch screens and one keypad.
Lenovo M10 | Elgato Stream Deck.

What I see in flight without panning the view.

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
This is what I see in focus, looking straight ahead. It is pretty close to what a pilot sees in real life, that was the aim of this setup.

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
If I move my eyes or head slightly up. I can see up about 30 degrees.

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020

I can turn my head left...

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
... or right.

Note that all this is visible on the screen with no panning.

The fact that the visual field is larger than our focal point adds immensely to the immersion.

What I see if I look down

From left to right...

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
HOTAS Warthog joystick and kneepad.

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
This would be a maintenance view! It just looks so cool.

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
Moving on, left and up.
These are panels from Air Manager, my setup is very much WIP.

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
Centre pedestal.
Primary flight instruments from Air Manager.
Programmable keyboard from Elgato. Note that each key has a screen behind it. And you can nest menus. Amazing.

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
Right:
Engine readouts from Air Manager.
GPS from Air Manager.

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
HOTAS Warthog joystick.
Same layout as the HOTAS Cougar F-16, but a much more robust feel on the paddle and incomparably great tracking and centring. Mind you, my Cougar was 20 years old, the build may be different now.

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020
My Ancient Track IR.
Since my Track IR Camera is mounted below eye level, on the top of the instrument panel, I needed to tilt the reflectors forward slightly for optimal tracking. Doesn't look Top Gun in flouro green - but

  1. I can't see it when flying
  2. ... I'll spray it black later!

MiGPit 2020: tour in video and images - Oct 10th, 2020