I picked up a Suncom F-15E Raptor stick and SFS throttle on Ebay the other day for 36.00.
Using a Teensy++2.0 controller board and GenericHID programming software I am upgrading the stick and throttle to USB.
Additionally I am resculpting the devices to better represent the F-18 controls, as well as adding buttons, 4-way switches (TMS) and a mini joystick for the throttle (for sweep).
I am already half way finished with the stick modification,
I have shaved the palm rest from the lower half of the stick.
I added a 4-way switch for the TMS which the Raptor had as a single push switch.
The two other 4-way switches worked but had the buttons switched (from what the full scale Hornet stick has) but that was an easy fix as I just had to pull off the button hats and switch them around. Done.
I removed the extra button below the hat switches and am re-purposing it for the extra switch on the trigger.
The trigger is giving me troubles as I do not have the same version of stick as Sokol (who I am copying for the double switch trigger) and I need to find a different place to mount the spring wire.
The trigger and other two push buttons are being painted to match the full scale colors.
The base was removed and the stick will be mounted on a PVC pipe which will travel down through a fake SFS box which will also contain the pinky trigger (functional).
The new base is a motor cycle U-joint with hall effect sensors. (re-purposing the stick base from my generic simpit project of a few years ago).
The progress so far: