Another Ghetto Joystick – for the Logitech USB joystick throttle

Why make it harder for yourself when you could go ghetto, sucka? - Image 1 Why make it harder for yourself when you could go ghetto, sucka? - Image 2 


This writer has one of those Logitech Extreme 3D Pro USB joysticks where the throttle is inexplicably in the center of the unit base, and not to the left of it. Dang it, do you know how hard it is to coordinate a three-point landing in Flight Simulator when when that throttle tab is in the worst possible place it could be, in the way of your right arm (see above-left picture)?

Well, the Afroman of Afrotechmods was feeling quite the same way (with a ton of jive, sucka). And with the best alternative - a flight control set with a properly-mounted throttle slider - being way too expensive for this brother's tastes, he decided to get all ghetto and create a Ghetto Throttle Slider for his Logitech 3D Pro - much the same way as Joe Stranger patched up a detachable PS2 joystick for his PSP.

And the same principles, too. You just have to properly connect the potentiometers (the doohickeys that govern the way a slider tells a computer where it is) of the throttle slider with the potentiometers of another slider - in Afroman's case, the volume slider of an old Sony cassette deck. You'll be looking for those three-wire ribbon cables. Easy-to-follow instructions at the source, with maximum illustration... and minimum of jive.

Once you go ghetto, you can't go back. - Image 1 Once you go ghetto, you can't go back. - Image 2 Once you go ghetto, you can't go back. - Image 3



Why make it harder for yourself when you could go ghetto, sucka? - Image 1 Why make it harder for yourself when you could go ghetto, sucka? - Image 2 


This writer has one of those Logitech Extreme 3D Pro USB joysticks where the throttle is inexplicably in the center of the unit base, and not to the left of it. Dang it, do you know how hard it is to coordinate a three-point landing in Flight Simulator when when that throttle tab is in the worst possible place it could be, in the way of your right arm (see above-left picture)?

Well, the Afroman of Afrotechmods was feeling quite the same way (with a ton of jive, sucka). And with the best alternative - a flight control set with a properly-mounted throttle slider - being way too expensive for this brother's tastes, he decided to get all ghetto and create a Ghetto Throttle Slider for his Logitech 3D Pro - much the same way as Joe Stranger patched up a detachable PS2 joystick for his PSP.

And the same principles, too. You just have to properly connect the potentiometers (the doohickeys that govern the way a slider tells a computer where it is) of the throttle slider with the potentiometers of another slider - in Afroman's case, the volume slider of an old Sony cassette deck. You'll be looking for those three-wire ribbon cables. Easy-to-follow instructions at the source, with maximum illustration... and minimum of jive.

Once you go ghetto, you can't go back. - Image 1 Once you go ghetto, you can't go back. - Image 2 Once you go ghetto, you can't go back. - Image 3



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