I want to quickly talk about a decision you must make if you desire to proceed forward with building a SimPit. Specifically, one like mine.
Prior to building one I was obsessed with DCS: A10c. So much so, that I was convinced I wanted to build a full pit modeled after one. There are also other folks making pits modeled off the Mirage, F-18c, etc. It does not take long to find some pretty impressive builds on the DCS Forums. My challenge with these is that you can only really fly one jet; who the heck wants to only fly one?!
While my pit is undoubtedly inspired by the Hornet it can be customized beyond just use for the Hornet. I use a digital touch screen with a custom interface using IKARUS (more info on all of this later) that allows me to program/customize for any full fidelity aircraft in DCS.
This gives me the ultimate flexibility in controlling the many functions and controls of a wide variety of aircraft. I had originally contemplated at least creating a “real” hornet UFC, but you know what solidified my decision?
That’s my partially working UFC for the A-10c. It took about an hour to do all of that. Further, see all of that room below? It offers me even more flexibility to program additional functions to the touchscreen. After that, I just need to place the digital instruments where I have the Hornet’s and BAM… a working pit for the A-10c and I never have to reach for a mouse.
In the display sections below the right/left DDIs you can see lamps/warnings; Just like the UFC these can be customized for any aircraft.
I am in no way shooting down the beautiful work of those who decide to create one very real SimPit. Their work is far better than mine…I’m only offering up the perks of looking cool while still offering practicality and flexibility of operating a multitude of other aircraft.