The structure of the OpenHornet simulator is constructed primarily of .75, .50, and .25 inch MDF wood. The majority of console surfaces are 3D printed from PETG with threaded inserts, as well as printed alignment brackets.
Substitution of MDF for another material is done at the builder’s own risk.
The OpenHornet Panels are visually accurate, fully-backlit, and typically consist of:
• 1/8th inch clear acrylic backplate • 3/16th inch clear acrylic light plate • 1/16th inch Rowmark Ultra-Matte, White on Black legend plate
HANDS ON THROTTLE AND STICK (HOTAS)
The stick utilizes a Thrustmaster grip, however it accurately reproduces stick forces, breakout, dampening, dimensions, stick travel, and different pitch and roll pivot points.
The throttle consists of a fully functional replica throttle, to included solenoid driven detents and will soon include auto-throttle.
Both stick and throttle require fabrication of .125 and .25 inch aluminum plates.
The electronics developed are called the Arduino Based Simulator Interface System (ABSIS) and are designed to run on multiple USB & Master-Slave RS-485 buses. The simulator is designed to run on 12V, 5V, and 3.3V power buses. You will need to be comfortable uploading the included sketches to the Arduinos and ESP32 microcontrollers.