[FUN] New Virpil Throttle Panel vs My Aux Panel

So, Virpil has recently shown a picture of their new MongoosT-50CM2 + Control Panel Variant. As soon as I looked at it, it reminded me of something… Yep, the Aux panel I built long time ago and I recently used as an example discussing the use of resistors to control multiple buttons with one pin.

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Since it’s clear how similar they are, we can compare them: which one is better? Virpil’s newest Virgin product or my plastic-box-and-hand-drill made Chad-panel?
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There is only one way to tell: FIGHT!
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Undoubtedly, the hand-drill-plastic-box has a certain thing, an artisan flavour that the cold, machined metal doesn’t have. Features-wise, since I have so many standard push-buttons, I filled the Aux panel with 2-way or 3-way latched switches, plus 3x 3-way momentary switches. Virpil’s panel has 2x pots whereas I have 3 rotary encoders with push-buttons.
Cool to notice that Virpil has a single, big, push-button, right in the middle of the box. They totally got the idea from my box!!11!
Where I totally win is the 3-way master switch that triples the amount of momentary switches on my board. You don’t have that, Virpil!

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Now, in case you missed the title (there is always someone that misses the title), this whole post is just to have a bit of fun. On the other hand, it is clear how Virpil wants to offer a more complete range of products, rather than just a “simple” HOTAS. Being their customer since more than two years ago, I am really excited to see them following this direction and expanding their offer. I especially look forward to their Collective (here is an article from HeliSimmer): there are alternatives on the market, such as the well-known products by Komodo Simulations, but they are really expensive (I’m not debating the cost of their brilliant products of course, but unfortunately such a high cost cuts off possible customers).

Back to the Throttle Control Panel; functions-wise, it does resemble mine but it’s hard to be different: the common controls used in our hobby are push*buttons, 2/3-way switches and pots/encoders. Moreover, it is if we consider that they have reduced the size and the number of functions of their throttle. The potentiometers, for instance, were previously part of the Throttle itself.
I’d have really appreciated a sort of lever to control the landing gear or something similar. That is something quite rare on this type of devices (except for the Saitek Pro Flight Switch Panel).

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