|Cockpit||Check out more details here and at MiGPit Mk.VI.|
|PC Specs: HP OMEN Obelisk Desktop|
|CPU||Intel® Core™ i7-9700K (3.6 GHz base frequency, up to 4.9 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 12 MB L3 cache, 8 cores)|
|O/S||Windows 10 Home 64|
|RAM||HyperX® 32 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM (2 x 16 GB)|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8Gb|
Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog
I retired my HOTAS Cougar after 20 years of good service.
The Warthog joystick is the same as the Cougar, as the A-10 and F-16 share the same sticks apparently. I'm pretty sure the F-22 and F-35 share this stick too - if it ain't broke, don't fix it! This is a well designed joystick, with all the 4 hat switches falling readily to hand.
The paddle switch has been noticeably improved, but the outstanding improvement is the tracking and centreing, making the stick soooooo precise and affording great controllability. Top marks for improving an alreadyt sound design.
The throttle doesn't feel as solid as the Cougar, and is less ergonomically sound, but that is faithful to the real aircraft. Most military aircraft have very blocky throttle quadrants. The F-16 was outstanding, having throttle ergonomics on par with a fine musical instrument.
The throttle base should really be promoted as a separate feature, as it has 12 separate switches and wheels plus LED backlighting, thus providing a full panel section for the military cockpit enthusiast.
|Rudder||Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder Pedals
Track IR 3
I have been using this amazing device for over 15 years. After the joystick, this was the biggest game changer in home flight sims, adding immensely to the immersion.
|Head Tracking Software||Track IR|
With the ability to construct compound commands and integrate global profiles, this software keeps your head in the game!
|Speakers||Logitech Z623 Speaker
Supports multiple inputs simultaneously including 3.5 mm and RCA inputs. Connect up to three compatible devices such as your game console, television and computer. No need to disconnect when switching between audio sources.
That feature is a boon, not so much in my cockpit, but on the other set I have in the media room. I can switch between PC and DVD inputs without having to deploy an external mixing solution, or a switch box, or worse - without having to manually disconnect and reconnect input devices.
The speakers create a beautiful stereo image and the subwoofer really adds to the immersion when flying.
Logitech - no visible model no. but cost around $AUD 20.00
I can't see anything in that price range on the Logitech site now - the cheapest is around $AUD 50.00. If these ever give up the ghost I'll try the $AUD 6.00 Keiji set from Officeworks.
|Microphone||On the Logitech headset
I almost never use the headphones, but have yet to find a separate mike that is head-mounted.
|Elgato Stream Deck||
Programmable keypad with drag-and-drop programmable graphics behind each key make this a cockpit builder's delight!
Great mechanical feedback, with clicky keys and programmable illumination for each key.
And how's this - you can set up a profile for each sim - and turn off the windows key during flight!
It has a black brushed aluminium surface which adds to the "aircraft feel".
The illuminated keys make it great for night flying and I usually black out all the keys I don't need.
|Mouse||Razer Basilisk mouse
I couldn't find my exact model on the Razer website. It's bluetooth and offers up to 5 resolutions which you can switch between on the fly. The little wingtips found on gaming mice are really annoying as they bump the keyboard and open left and right mouse click options!
To be frank I'm going to get a Logitech wireless mouse, the second reason being it means having one less gaming software suite to run.
|USB hubs||Not needed. The OMEN has 6 USB ports on the case, the mouse is bluetooth and the MFDs connect via 5G!|
Sony X8500G 85" 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TVYou can get some idea of the scale of it in this image. A big visual field is one of the most important contributors to immersion.
|MFD 01,02,03,04,05||Lenovo M-10 tablets.||
|Networked device 01||i7 PC
Stores and edits screenshots, video capture, maintains web pages etc.
|Backups||Various cloud storage and 64Tb local in JBOD format.
As part of the grand overhaul of the MiGBase in late 2020, I replaced a mess of external hard drives and their associated power supplies and USB cables with a nice little ICY BOX! More here.