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Stu Antonio

Ordered mine too, two weeks ago. Already have the magnetic base, now I hope the stick will arrive before April .... :)

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Daniel Jaffe

Apparently, fsprojects is overwhelmed with work and orders.  I was expecting my order by now given that I ordered on January 24 -- even with the warning that they wouldn't start on those orders until February. 

Has anybody received their order recently?  If so, when did you place it?

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Stu Antonio
3 minutes ago, Daniel Jaffe said:

Apparently, fsprojects is overwhelmed with work and orders.  I was expecting my order by now given that I ordered on January 24 -- even with the warning that they wouldn't start on those orders until February. 

Has anybody received their order recently?  If so, when did you place it?

I have placed my order on Feb 2nd and just yesterday asked them about the status, because they initially said I would receive it by April.
Latest news for me is, that I will probably get it within this month (I think that means by the end of April if I'm honest), so basically about 12 weeks after I ordered it.

Will see if that works out.

 

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Daniel Jaffe
2 hours ago, Stu Antonio said:

I have placed my order on Feb 2nd and just yesterday asked them about the status, because they initially said I would receive it by April.
Latest news for me is, that I will probably get it within this month (I think that means by the end of April if I'm honest), so basically about 12 weeks after I ordered it.

Will see if that works out.

 

They just sent me a similar estimate.  Finger crossed.

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Daniel Jaffe

It’s May 3 and it’s still in progress (ordered Jan. 24). I do see they are still saying it takes 3-4 weeks to make one, but if you place an order now they won’t start on it until July. So they must be very busy. 

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Stu Antonio

So I received my Flightsimprojects Sidestick (FO) plus a brand new TM Hotas magnetic base for it last week and I have to say, I'm unfortunately no that thrilled (yet?). I'm having some difficulties and issues with the setup any maybe someone who is using it for some time can comment on this:

1. The stick: It looks awesome, it feels great, it's manufactured very professionally. But here, it produces squeaks/creaks and cracks while moving especially during load changes. It seems to be coming from the connecting plastic parts and I can also feel them during movement. It give the whole thing a rather cheap feel and I'm a bit disappointed by that. I contacted the guys at Flightsimprojects and they told me it might has to settle in and those sounds will go away with time. But after some 30+ landings, I still have that issue and I'm not that confident it will go away. 

Does anyone have had similar experiences?


2. The magnetic base: With so many serious simmers and real life pilots using this product, I'm surprised how difficult I find it to handle and enjoy it. The centering spring extremely strong, especially around the center, which makes it hard to do smooth movements from one side to the other. And it's hard to be precise when you have to use so much force. At least I do. Furthermore, it has some "stickyness" to it, so it won't move smoothly as I reduce force but moves a little then stops for a fraction of a second then keeps moving etc...  With my old TCA stick (which is ridiculously "light", I see that) I can at least do smooth and uninterrupted movements through all axis and back. It feels too light but I'm way more precise with it.

Does the spring of the Hotas base maybe get weaker with time? 
Do I need to maybe put some more lubricant on it to stop the stickyness? (it's brand new)

 

I'd be thankful for any reports or shared experiences on the matter. 

BR
Stu

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Frederic Portemer
On 9/20/2021 at 8:15 PM, András Major said:

 

I don't need all those PCBs (incidentally, volume pricing means that I would have paid the same total amount even if I only had one made...), so give me a shout if you're interested.

 

Bonjour, vous reste t'il des pcb svp ?

 

( Hello, do you have any pcbs left please? )

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András Major
On 5/21/2022 at 11:40 AM, Frederic Portemer said:

Bonjour, vous reste t'il des pcb svp ?

 

( Hello, do you have any pcbs left please? )

I have some, check your message inbox.

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Daniel Jaffe
On 5/13/2022 at 6:00 PM, Stu Antonio said:

So I received my Flightsimprojects Sidestick (FO) plus a brand new TM Hotas magnetic base for it last week and I have to say, I'm unfortunately no that thrilled (yet?). I'm having some difficulties and issues with the setup any maybe someone who is using it for some time can comment on this:

1. The stick: It looks awesome, it feels great, it's manufactured very professionally. But here, it produces squeaks/creaks and cracks while moving especially during load changes. It seems to be coming from the connecting plastic parts and I can also feel them during movement. It give the whole thing a rather cheap feel and I'm a bit disappointed by that. I contacted the guys at Flightsimprojects and they told me it might has to settle in and those sounds will go away with time. But after some 30+ landings, I still have that issue and I'm not that confident it will go away. 

Does anyone have had similar experiences?


2. The magnetic base: With so many serious simmers and real life pilots using this product, I'm surprised how difficult I find it to handle and enjoy it. The centering spring extremely strong, especially around the center, which makes it hard to do smooth movements from one side to the other. And it's hard to be precise when you have to use so much force. At least I do. Furthermore, it has some "stickyness" to it, so it won't move smoothly as I reduce force but moves a little then stops for a fraction of a second then keeps moving etc...  With my old TCA stick (which is ridiculously "light", I see that) I can at least do smooth and uninterrupted movements through all axis and back. It feels too light but I'm way more precise with it.

Does the spring of the Hotas base maybe get weaker with time? 
Do I need to maybe put some more lubricant on it to stop the stickyness? (it's brand new)

 

I'd be thankful for any reports or shared experiences on the matter. 

BR
Stu

Stu,

Just saw this.  I got mine recently too.  I agree with the creaking noises.  Not thrilled.  Also, the mounting ring starting loosening pretty quickly.  I do really like the quality of the gaiter with it though and I think it helps with stabilizing the stick.

The Thrustmaster does return to center pretty strongly and it can be a little bit "sticky".  There are videos where people literally grease the whole base/ball system with special lubricants but it looks like a big project.  The thing that makes the Warthog stick work pretty well with the base is that the stick is very heavy giving you more leverage.  Conversely, the FSProjects stick is relatively light.  Thus, I've found that the base has to set rock solid to get the sidestick to move more smoothly.  

Regardless, at the price point, it definitely could be a better experience. 

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