VR and RC simulation

Several years I'm using my computer to simulate RC flying to improve my flying skills. Specific in RC helicopter flying it has proved to be a great help and saved me a lot of money due to avoided crashes. All those years I have used different simulation software. For training RC helicopter flying my favorite is now Heli-X, and as a good runner-up Aerofly RC8.  I'm using this last one most for RC Warbirds,  Glider and Acro training.  More than a decade ago I have used Microsoft Flight Simulator to try get a better immersion of Real Life Flying. Only a few years ago Virtual Reality succeeded more or less to bring this VR Immersion. Today with Second Generation Hardware and Software we are slowly getting there. The quality of VR flying in Warbirds, Gliders, Helicopters and other Planes is becoming acceptable on a Windows 10 1903 platform with fast hardware (CPU i7 7700 and GPU Nvidia 1080Ti ) and a Oculus Rift S Headset using DCS software (Digital Combat Simulator with there own Virtual environments, for example Normandy) and Aerofly FS2 software (in ORBX Virtual environments for example Innsbruck).PC Aus maximus IX GTX 1080Ti - detailA fast PC is important because a VR environment need a lot of graphical power. A lot of this power will transform in heat so cooling of your CPU, main board and GPU card is really important! In my PC I have 9 controlled fans and a water cooling for the CPU. The Maximus IX Formula motherboard  based on the Intel Z270 chipset, and is loaded with the latest and greatest ROG features. The Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.20GHz processor capable of achieving stable overclocks of 5GHz. 32 Mb G. Skill DDR4-3469 SDRAM and ADATA Utimate SU900 SSD's are completing the main board. Important for the VR experience is the Graphics Card. End last year I have upgraded to a ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080Ti OC 11GB card. Compared to the founders edition from Nvidia this product has improved on performance with roughly a 5% to 7% average, it has low noise levels and nice cooling levels.Spektrum RX2SIM - detailI use a Spektrum DX6 transmitter to Fly RC models on my computer. The connection between this transmitter and and USB port is achieved wireless by a RX2SIM Wireless Multi-Sim Adapter (USB2SYS) from RCware  together with a Spektrum AR610 receiver. To control Airplanes and Helicopters in VR I was using Trustmaster T.16000M FCS HOTAS joystick and Throttle together with the TFRP T.Flight Rudder Pedals, but recent I switched to the Trustmaster HOTAS Warthog Stick and Throttle and Trustmaster Pendular pedals. I am very satisfied with this upgrade. The controllability improved considerably. See the new Photo's on the bottom of this page. Oculus Rift S - detailI started exploring VR some two years ago with the Oculus Rift. Recently I upgraded to the Oculus Rift S. For me the quality improvement is worth the upgrade price. There is less Screen Door effect and also very little Halo,Glare, Flare with the new Lenses. The inside out Tracking is easy and works well when you have other Input Devices nearby. The Halo-Style Headband is very comfortable. Instead of the low quality Hidden Speakers in the Headband I'm using a Marshall Major III headphone direct connected in the mini jack output on the VR Headset and connected with a very short cable. These small but qualitative Headphones are fitting perfect. The VR sound is send to Rift output and to a soundcard output connect to subwoofer with the AuraSound AST-2B-4 Pro Bass Shaker Tactile Transducer mounted under my chair. This sound experience (with Simshaker software ) makes the VR Immersion even better.

Simulation Software

Aerofly RC8: www.ikarus.net/en/rc8-features/ Youtube: watch?v=TxKbFo85qD0

AeroFly FS2:  www.aerofly.com/   Youtube: watch?v=FhzIGh5oRYc

Digital Combat Simulator: www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/ Youtube: watch?v=y0zMt1pc6Bc

Videos


Flying in Aerofly RC7 with ME109 at Bennet Flying Field Nevada


Flying in DCS with Mustang at Las Vegas


Flying in DCS with Spitfire MKIX at Normandy

Photos

T-28 Trojan

T-28 Trojan side - detail

T-28 Trojan bottom - detail

T-28 Trojan front - detail

The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan is a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was successfully employed as a counter-insurgency aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War. It has continued in civilian use as an aerobatics and Warbird performer. The FMS 1400mm T-28 Yellow Navy Trojan V4 is a warbird with gentle flight characteristics and can be used as a RC-trainer plane. Equipped with shock absorbing oleo struts, servo less retractable landing gear, working full size flaps, bright LED navigation lights, scale details like chrome spinner and landing gear doors, secure ball links on push rods, multi wire connector allows quick disconnect of wires for easy wing removal.

Modifications

Modified landing gear, low bounce bigger tires, soft springs, use 4mm Align feathering shaft for vertical axle in nose wheel, added Rare-earth magnets to reinforce the closure of the cockpit. Used different types of weathering techniques to improve the look of this model, used black trim line tape. Used airbrush techniques.  Oracover ironing film on top of the foam to change the look of the model. .Added my own Decals inktjet printed on Testors White Decal Paper. Finished with a gloss IR and water-resistent varnish. Added a Spektrum Airspeed pitot-tube, voltage and Flight power telemetry. Put in a Spektrum 7 channel RX with AS3X technology. Used a separate UBEC from Castle Creations and an Optipower Ultraguard battery with fail safe switch PCB.

Aircraft Characteristics after Modifications

Scale: 1/8.6
Wing Span: 1,4 m
Length: 1,2 m
Flight Weight: 3,1 kg
Wing Aera: 31 dm2
Wing Loading: 100 gr/dm2
Wing Cube Loading:  WCL 17,9
Power: 4S 3300 mAh
Motor: 1x 4258 KV650 Outrunner
Propeller 1x 13x9 3-blade
Stall Speed: 45 km/u
Sound Pressure: < 85 dB(A)/7m

Videos

Recently I have added a MRRCSound Aspire sound module with T-28 sound. See recent photos and video hereinafter.

Photos

MPX Fun Cub

Fun Cub front - detail
Fun Cub back - detail

Started flying again with RC planes (after some 20 years) with the Multiplex Fun Cub. One of the first great things about this plane is it’s 55 inch size (1.4m). The wings come off and on in about 2 or 3 minutes.  Simply plug in your servo leads, and screw in the two nylon screws and you’re ready to go.  The plane is very versatile and perfect for just about any field. It takes off in a few feet. Landings are easy with or without using the flaps.

Mods

Changed the look of this plane with Oracover ironing film on top of the foam. Cut more than hundred separate squares of Oracover film. Add extra suspension on the Landing gear. Relocated a Flap Servo to save an RC channel. Lights to fly at evenings or with some fog. Installed Spektrum airspeed, voltage and flight power telemetry. Installed Spektrum 9ch with AS3X technology RX.

Aircraft Characteristics after Modifications

Wing Span: 1,4 m
Length: 1,1 m
Flight Weight: 1,4 kg
Wing Aera: 38 dm2
Wing Loading: 37 gr/dm2
Wing Cube Loading: WCL 6,0
Power: 3S 2200 mAh
Motor: 3516 KV840 Outrunner
Propeller: 1x 13×4 2-blade
Stall Speed: 20 km/u
Sound Pressure: <50 dB(A)/7m

Links

Fun Cub – A good Center of Gravity
Fun Cub – Improve the In Air Visibility
Fun Cub – Ironing Film for a Better Look
Fun Cub – Reinforce the Landing Gear

Videos

Photos

Small 3D helicopters

3D helis - detail

Started flying 3D with Blade Nano, Blade MCPX bl, and Trex 150. Stepped up to Align Trex 450 plus DFC, an Align Trex 450 Dominator and an Align Trex 550L Dominator.

Learning to fly

I have followed the method described on the Helifreak Forum by Archmachau:

From tail-in to all 8s and funnels in 6 months

Modifications

Modified Trex150 and MCPX bl with longer tails, other canopies, better landing gears, other blades. Modified Trex 450 and 550 with Align speed canopies, Align Gpro controllers and Castle Creations Edge ESC with data logging. To find the small helicopters during practice in long grass I added a small homemade timer PCB (6 grams)  with a buzzer. This lost and find aid gives an alarm 6 minutes after powering the helicopter.

Video

Photos