Modify a Thrustmaster Rudder System (RS)
(As said earlier, not the prettiest or best way, just my way)
Had an old TH RS at hand. It only have the rudder (Left / Right) function and lack wheel brakes. Instead of replacing it with a more updated version, I started to think of how to fix it on a minimal budget.
Here’s a quick and dirty approach to add wheel break function and alter the pedals to a more look alike of what is found in an aircraft.
Note that wheel pots only has axis movement here and the SIM uses on/off values for engaging the wheel breaks. Intend to use SIOC to implement that (i.e. a value above “degrees” will trigger the breaks) if that fail, a pushbutton/trigger will be added per pedal. Connected to a Brydlings USB Card currently
So, here goes…
A ThrustMaster RS:
2 springs from pliers and 2 pots:
A drwaing on a piece of a cardboard and an verify with the pedal mounting plate
Note the 6 mm hole added after above pics was taken, distance from topside to center hole is 40 mm. Also that the bottom holder for the pedals is turned 180 degrees to add stability and also to raise the pivot point of the pedals
Side pieces cut out and drilled:
Test and adjustment of the side plates:
Two pieces to fixate the pots to the pedals
“Measured with a yardstick and cut with an axe”. Cutting the pedals (scary ;-)
Checking and add a "hook" and stop pin to fixate the top position of the pedal.
View from “behind”. Note position of the spring and pot
Soldering the wires to the pots
Found an aluminium rod with premade cutouts that fit the need
Check position of the “step”. Please disregard the bad angle here ;-)
Drilled the steps and here marking the intended holes on the pedals:
Steps in place and cabling made to center and “brake” pots
Paint job and cleaning remains