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Thunderbird VFR flight sim (mall of africa)

Unread post by Dish » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:02 am

hello lads.

In December 2018, at mall of Africa, just near the food court was set up called Thunderbird VFR flight simulator. It consisted of a small booth, a large tv screen displaying most of what the pilot saw in VFR goggles, and a kick ass moving seat with controls on the left and a very fighter looking joystick.

Not sure if it is still there.

They charged 100 bucks for 8 minutes and probably took a few hundred of my cash. It was awesome. The VFR experience was brilliant for a rank amateur like me. if I looked up, down, left, right diagonally or even behind me the goggle view was instantaneous and spot on. I even managed an inverted pass over the runway - brilliant fun. I could see myself whiling away many hours behind that. :D

So questions. what would that set up cost?? where are they available - it clearly takes up space, but one wouldn't need the TV, just the goggles. ?? How does that all get set up???
Im new to flight sims, don't even have Microsoft flight sim.

what's a nice entry level way of getting a basic flight sim?? I have a great laptop but no CD drive. Is there a really nice downloadable sim one can purchase ??

Thanks in advance
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Re: Thunderbird VFR flight sim (mall of africa)

Unread post by jaxx_za » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:12 pm

Hi,

I did come across the demo and had a brief chat with the guy, but didn't actually try it out. From what I recall he mentioned that they are using non-consumer simulation SW for the F-18A, and it looked like a Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS.

But to answer your question, I think you can replicate much of the experience with a HOTAS, decent desktop PC and Oculus Rift / HTC Vive, using the DCS F-18 Module (or other). The costly bits would the motion rig, and the cockpit itself - but I don't think these are absolutely necessary for VR as you can get a pretty decent experience in an office chair in front of a desk.

So these are the likely costs :

BASIC:
Gaming PC R15000 (i5/1070 GPU) to R30000 (something with a GTX1080ti+)
Oculus Rift VR R7500
HOTAS R3000 (Logitech X52) to R9000 (TM Warthog [no twist rudder])
F-18 DCS Module + Gulf Terrain R1800

OPTIONAL
Rudder Pedals R1500
Motion Rig R6000 (Buttkicker) to R50,000 (eg. Next Level Racing Motion Platform v3) and beyond
Flight cockpit R5000 to R20000 (Assuming you dont want to go nuclear and build a working replica cockpit, which negates VR in any case)

I don't know what Laptop you current have, but chances are it wont have a gaming spec GPU, so you are likely to struggle running DCS in VR - something with an i5/GTX1070 is probably the starting point for a decent VR experience IMHO.

If you are keen, buying used kit on here can save you quite a bit as well.
I think with a budget of around R20,000 to R25,000 and some time for bargain hunting you can get started with flight simming in VR in front of your desk.

These are just my opinion.
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Re: Thunderbird VFR flight sim (mall of africa)

Unread post by Christo » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:34 pm

I run a i7 7700 with 32GB ram and a GTX 980 and TrackIR, not quite VR but it would have to do for now, DCS installed on a separate SSD.

DCS most things to full tilt smooth as a baby's bottom.

Memory and video card the big items for DCS!!

Warthog HOTAS for my controls mounted on a home built fighter chair.

Seriously looking at VIRPIL HOTAS controls when I have some spare cash. (R6700 without courier :shock: :shock: )

https://virpil-controls.eu/vpc-mongoost ... ottle.html

https://virpil-controls.eu/vpc-mongoost-50lh-grip.html

https://virpil-controls.eu/vpc-mongoost-50lh-grip.html
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Re: Thunderbird VFR flight sim (mall of africa)

Unread post by Dish » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:42 pm

Thanks gents very helpful
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Re: Thunderbird VFR flight sim (mall of africa)

Unread post by pcdriver » Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:24 am

It runs on Aerofly FS 2. Brilliant graphics!
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Re: Thunderbird VFR flight sim (mall of africa)

Unread post by Cornell Blok » Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:40 am

Christo wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:34 pm
I run a i7 7700 with 32GB ram and a GTX 980 and TrackIR, not quite VR but it would have to do for now, DCS installed on a separate SSD.

DCS most things to full tilt smooth as a baby's bottom.

Memory and video card the big items for DCS!!

Warthog HOTAS for my controls mounted on a home built fighter chair.

Seriously looking at VIRPIL HOTAS controls when I have some spare cash. (R6700 without courier :shock: :shock: )

https://virpil-controls.eu/vpc-mongoost ... ottle.html

https://virpil-controls.eu/vpc-mongoost-50lh-grip.html

https://virpil-controls.eu/vpc-mongoost-50lh-grip.html
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Re: Thunderbird VFR flight sim (mall of africa)

Unread post by Wonko the Sane » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:39 am

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Re: Thunderbird VFR flight sim (mall of africa)

Unread post by Dish » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:49 am

wow - very nice... now remove all those big panels and just wear a pair of Goggles... awesome

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