Welcome to the
In this issue we take brief a look at some basic monitor specs
for your gaming PC. If you're lucky you may have a newer PC with a
great graphics card, CRT or LCD screen. For those of us who don't, enjoy the article.
We also take a peek at what some of the dedicated enthusiast have
created in the cockpit building community.
newsletter will give you insight into the different types of flight
simulation, technical articles, tips and reviews.
We will also look at the products, accessories,
hardware, software and just about anything that makes the world of
flight simulation more realistic and enjoyable.
newsletter will also keep members abreast of what other
enthusiast are doing in the community.
We invite you to participate
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contributions you feel may be of interest to the flight
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Simulator Cockpit Builders
As computers become more
powerful and simulation software becomes more realistic many
flight simulation fans seek even more realism. More and more
simulator fans are building cockpits to add to that realism. A
cockpit, no matter how simple or complex, really does add to the
enjoyment of flight simulation, it takes a way the feeling of
flying a computer screen with a keyboard. One of the coolest
feelings is that you are inside the aircraft, with the addition
of large screens
and multiple monitors the realism can't be surpassed. Some,
unfamiliar with the thrill of flight simulation, may consider the
cockpit builder a tad off center, if that's the case more
enthusiast are going off center everyday. There is no age limit,
simmers from the youngest to the oldest enjoy this hobby. Skills
in building these wonders range from simple to complex but it
seems that all of these simmers quickly pick up the ability to
wield a saw, screwdriver and soldering gun and do whatever it takes to
fulfill their dream. They say a picture is worth
a thousand words so here is a small montage of homebuilt cockpits
form simple to complex. from all over the world.
From the simple to the
extreme, cockpit building has become a hobby in itself. To view a
cockpit that has taken the hobby to an art form click
view an amazing accomplishment. If you've been thinking
about it, do it, you won't regret it. Surf the net and see what's
out there then go for it. I might add that our KwikPit
plans built cockpit (Plug!) is an ideal project to ease
you into the world of cockpit building.
Playing simulations or games today on a computer is an all
encompassing process. We no longer listen to beeps and
play in 16 colors. Today we are able to become totally immersed
the gaming experience. To accomplish this immersion, the game or
simulation must provide excitement and playability. The system
must provide realistic sound, speed, and great graphics.
The most important element is visuals, you need a good
monitor and graphics card to take advantage of the fantastic
games available today.
For gaming you want the largest monitor you can afford, most
serious gamers will not sport less than a 19" monitor. Many of
the newer systems today come with a minimum of a 17" CRT monitor
or a LCD screen as an option. If you do not own a newer system
and are looking for a replacement, 19" monitors don't cost much
more than 17" monitors. Expect to pay an extra $50-$100 to get a
19" monitor. If you want a larger monitor perhaps a 21" monitor
may suit, they are still relatively expensive weigh about 75
pounds and take up a huge amount of desk space.
There are two types of CRT monitors, the aperture grill
monitors are vertically flat as opposed to the standard
flat screen monitors which have a curve to them both
horizontally and vertically when you look at them from the side.
A Sony Trinitron is an example of an aperture grill
monitor. You may notice a thin black line on the screen when
viewing a white background on this type of monitor that runs
horizontally across the screen, this line helps creates a
sharper image on the screen and is barely noticeable but may
annoy some, the larger the screens may have two of these lines.
Other things to look for in a monitor are dot pitch,
resolution and refresh rate. Dot pitch is the space
between pixels basically a Dot Pitch of .26 mm or less is
excellent. Some cheaper monitors may be larger but offer dot
pitches of .32 mm or higher the result is a blurry view of small
lettering and some graphics, the higher the dot pitch number the
fuzzier the picture.
A monitor should also support the higher resolutions possible as
these days games or sims are played at higher resolutions of
1280 x 1024, the standard is usually 1024 x 768 up from
800 x 600 a few years ago. Refresh rate is also a
consideration, to low a refresh rate and you get that annoying
flicker on your screen. a good monitor should support at 75
MHZ refresh rate at up to a 1280 x 1024 resolution.
In summary, for gaming a good 19" monitor that can support
resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 MHZ resolution with a good refresh
rate of at least 75 MHZ and a dot pitch of .26 mm or less should
do the job, go for flat screen technology if you can afford a
few extra bucks. Search the internet for bargains but you should
always try to personally view a monitor's output before
purchasing.. There is always the chance that the monitor may
have a defect so be sure and purchase from a vendor with a good
exchange or replacement policy.
Gaming Gadget Of The Month
TrackIR 4 Pro Head Tracker
TrackIR 4 Pro is the perfect enhancement for gamers and
simmers looking for a competitive edge and an enhanced virtual
The TrackIRô device is a
high-performance head tracking system that enables hands free
view control in popular games and simulators. A slight turn of
the pilot's head causes their in-game view to pan in any
direction, independent of mouse, keyboard, and joystick
commands. Look out windows and around the cockpit as if you were
in a real plane!
The Eze-Pit mach II can be
placed on a table or desk top and provides room for placement of
a throttle, joystick and keyboard.. "The positioning of the
controls is very realistic! and will definitely improve reaction
time in your games!" The unit can be folded for storage or
for travel in seconds! it's Great for LAN meets! The unit may
also be set up permanently on a small desk or table, eliminating
the hassle of removing your flight gear after a simming session!
Cockpit You Build From Plans
matter what your needs may be, the KwikPit is the all in
one solution, easy to build from plans, compact and inexpensive
. A great project for the first time or veteran cockpit project.
"The plans may be easily customized for a one of a kind cockpit
Add Realism To Your Games!
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