Eclipse Stealth FX812R795 Extreme & Stealth Flight Pack Review
Published: 20th April 2012 | Source: Eclipse Computers | Price: £1999.96 |
Up Close - Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS Stick
It's perfectly possible that many of you haven't dipped your toes into the water of flight simulations, or if you have you've found a simplistic control method to be more than adequate, so allow me to make a comparison. If your average flight stick is akin to an Argos steering wheel, a good flight stick is on a par with the Logitech G27, then the Thrustmaster Warthog is in the Frex or Fanatec bracket. It's a perfect replica of the controls found in a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt, known to you and I as the Warthog.
All of the controls have realistic actuation pressure, so it takes the same effort to use them as it would if you were in the twin-engined tankbuster itself. The trigger is particularly nice as if you pull it until the microswitch activates you can assign a different action than you'll get with it fully depressed. Nearly everything is made of metal and the movement and damping on the stick itself is peerless.
In total you have four buttons, a dual action trigger, a 4-way HAT and three 8-way HAT switches. It's mind-blowingly good.
Of course HOTAS, Hands On Throttle And Stick, would be nothing without the throttle component, so let's take a look at that.