Archive for October, 2007

photos from the expo

the boys setting up. From left: Divot, Hazard (I think), me, OzCougar, Killer
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The Simkits stand
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The AweSimulation racing rig – truly awesome
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The SimworX stand – racing, jet and helo cockpits
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The Orbx stand with Awesimulation in the background. Orbx had a huge curved screen with HD projector showing off FSX with the new Vista Oz scenery, it looked fantastic but a little out of my price range!
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Looking into the expo from the entrance. Viper’s Nest is in the centre behind the SimworX stand
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The boys getting some flying in. During our display sorties, Divot flew the tanker and had various views up on the projector (with labels on for the benefit of the civvies) while either Loophole or Hazard spruiked to the crowd. It was very effective and great entertainment, especially when the action got intense as the crowd could watch the bombs come off and the missiles shoot off the rail and either cheer wildly or groan as appropriate
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me waiting to taxi in my new ABC pit – note Peter’s ICP (I’m in love with it I’m afraid!)
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… and more waiting to taxi
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One of the many kids who really enjoyed flying the pits in the downtime between sorties
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Rup and TJ going for a fly
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Useful reference for USB programming: The HID Page

Oz Flight Sim Expo

… early photos:

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expo2 (55k image)

… and for the motor racing fans – 4000W of sound system with a chair and wraparound screens:

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the end of the unipit?

It’s a potentially sad day. I finished building my ABC+ (the + means it is modified to accept my ACESII) for OzSimCon and the missus saw it. We looked at each other and knew exactly what the other was thinking – in my case “oh no, this takes up much less room than the unipit” and in her case “hey – this takes up much less room than that big pit thing!”.

So the suggestion was floated. Would I consider decommissioning the unipit in favour of the ABC? I must admit it’s kind of tempting. The seat angle and other ergonomics of the ABC+ are much nicer; it is easy to take to LAN’s, I can modify various bits to cater for different sims (e.g. a modular collective for the left strake) and it even looks nicer than the unipit.

Still… :(

the usurper
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front view
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