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SimTech Racing hydraulic braking system Review

Website -: Pedal kit Here

Fancy a set of pedals with a hydraulic braking system with a difference., Well look no further than this kit, Over last year I have been helping SimTech Racing with their progression of these pedals,

A while ago we did a review on the previous set.

Sadly I lost most of my work but I’m sure you can remember the first set I got here below is the video I did. it was one of my first reviews so please excuse me if it not on par!!

So with the new updated version and i must say the old ones are perfect and couldn’t be happier but progress is progress and we like to try new ideas.

This kit combines top end components. These come without the bells and whistles on but the quality is top end also.

With their experience they have in real life motor sports with their sponsorship with ben palmer they can guarantee their work is always spot on.

Now this excellence comes with a 12 month warranty. In the years I have known SimTech Racing I yet to have an issue. If I did I know they would sort anything out either via phone or team viewer, they even help with the installation of any of their products too. 

 

 

So longs you’re not worried about all the bling and fancy pots that you see, which i might add don’t have no real use, apart from looks and the wow factor.

Want a set that works how they should and comes with either direct connection to their osw kit or the usb version if your yet to buy a osw.

A fraction of the price of some pedals out on the market.

Before we carry on there is nothing wrong with the fancy Tilton and alike, they are nice. Yet to try a set myself, so can’t comment on them to compare.

Never know I might get a review set to put up against these ones one day!!.

list of components that go into these kits.

Clutch Brake and Accelerator
2 connection options Direct to SimuCube (X11 Socket) or USB
Billet Aluminium Pedals
Closed loop system, no leaks
Fully adjustable brake feel
Basic Clutch Operation
High Quality components
Optional base plate with heel pad
Easy calibration
Extremely strong custom pedal box

See website at top for price and any questions then please get in touch.  If you want a review of your product you can also find me on our social media hubs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK BUILT 3D PRINTER BLOG

UK BUILT 3D PRINTER BLOG

Introduction

The 3D printing world has become saturated these days with cloned printers and components which some are good and some can leave disastrous effects.

This leads up to my question numerous times on social media –

“Do all these cheap components and printers come at a cost to the consumer?”.

I am not against printers and components from around the world. There is truly some great things out there but there is some garbage too.

Personally, the old saying “You get what you pay for”. This shouldn’t  be used no matter what the cost. As It should meet the standards, just like our conditions and regulations in the UK and other EU countries.

3D Printers seem to be more frequently made in factories by staff that don’t have time to take care of the job at hand, This mostly due to having to make certain deadlines.

Creality warehouse production 

So the idea came about to make my own 3D printer. The goal is to build a UK supplied and fully built 3D Printer all in the UK.

First off a big thank you to the following suppliers. who sponsored the big build project.

With their kind help and support, I couldn’t achieve this project.

So please go check them out.

E3D-online

Duet3D

Ooznest

3DPrintz

Subscribe to our YouTube channel  HERE hit that subscribe and the bell to keep informed as to when the next episode goes live.

Below is the list of all episodes 

  1. Intro Big Build and our sponsors. (completed)
  2. Building the right hand side. (completed)
  3. Starting to assemble the frame.(completed)
  4. Catch up after hand op,installation of duet3d and touch-screen and aluminium plate.(week commencing 25/03/19) 
  5. E3d-0nline water cooling system
  6. The wiring and first turn on.

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Episode One

So we are finally getting to start building the right hand side of the big build project!

I initially did have trouble with the square nut’s fitting in the v slot’s and sadly, the ones I did order had a rounded edge.

This stopped the nut from sliding into the v slot of the extrusion. Please bear that in mind and don’t make the same mistake I did.

By the end i had to use T nuts instead. These do work, however,  there a little fiddly for my finger’s. These are smaller than my usual ones I have on my simulator rig but they should be ok for everyone else.

The right idler was a bit of a challenge from the start, getting those bearings to line up with the washer in the middle to then feed the hex bolt through was a fiddly task to do.

PETG from 3Dprintz Ltd

It took me several attempts to get it right and I probably did it wrong. The tolerances of the opening’s are very tight and there is no room for adjustments.

If you are short on time be wary of this as it can take up a bit to get done.

Once I finally conquered the idler, the rest was fairly straight forward. I feel there must be a better way to do this that I may have missed but we got there eventually!

idler fits snug onto the extrusion perfect!

Finally the right idler is complete and attached to extrusion ,when you get the knack of doing this for a while, it does become fairly easy to do, so don’t be put off by me and how I struggled with it at beginning.

Now I don’t want to make these articles too long. If there is anything that you would like to see or want to get involved then please send me a message.

Overall the first episode was a challenge but thoroughly enjoyed the process and I overcome some challenges that did try to stop me.

Episode two

New workshop area

T nuts and corner brackets

The big build project is back in full swing albeit a minor delay.

This was due to having a revamp and actually getting setup in the Man Cave at last. After all, that’s the name of my website and my aim is to run and use the cave for all my 3D printing and other hobbies.

So without further hesitation let’s crack on.

We are looking at getting the bed assembled. Once we get that finished the left and right sides can finally be connected to each other.

There was some slight issues with one corner but managed to fit it after a bit of persuasion.

So my thoughts on the build so far. For a minute

We got through the hardest part of getting the frame put together. As mentioned in the video, Went ahead and squared up the frame and wasn’t far off, so was very happy there.

Black Extrusion is wonderful but can be a nightmare too. Having previous experiences with it  trying to be really careful not to scratch it was cumbersome but manageable job.

We have an actual frame to work with, First impressions are really good, The black makes the red PETG stand out really well and is supplied by 3D Printz.

Extrusion from Ooznest is really nice and smooth and no blemishes. There Black is really nice and the ends are tapped too. So you can secure the frame nice and tight against the brackets.

Ooznest Highly recommended Service. They go out of their way to help you with your orders and ideas like with the D Bot they shipped mine really quick. Did have to wait on the stepper motors and Ryan kept me informed till they arrived. well done lads.

     Nicely packed and no a mark on them.

D-bot is really nice bit of kit. Found it to be really strong and found no wobble with the 3D printed parts. Some comments on social media about printed parts is, They don’t like a printer with 3D parts. why not? let us know your views on this.

Well I think, if done correctly with PETG or ABS it is really strong and stable and you can choose your colours as well. Yes we could go out and spend more on aluminium parts. Sadly then the cost is going up way over what I would like to pay and achieve.

So went on to install the parts needed to get the bed onto the frame, using the supplied parts shown in the photo below, We get to make the z axis that connects the bed to the frame. This part was fairly simple to do, it consist of  one bolt two bearings one washer and a nut and a petg spacer.

Seeing as my spacers where a little on the tight side, I had to get the cordless drill out and just shave the inside a little and then it was good to go.

To Be Continued Shortly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RDTV: Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 Direct Drive Wheel Review

We get some time behind the wheel of the Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 direct drive wheel.

Been fortunate enough to have had plenty of experience with direct drive wheels in our time, in fact We got the SimCube OSW device attached to my rig right now, but we have never had the opportunity to spend much quality time with the Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 wheel… until now.

Having taken hold of the most current in the range of direct drive wheels from Leo Bodnar just prior to Christmas, was excited to get it bolted to my rig and put it through its paces. A number of both old and new racing sims From golden oldies like Race07 by SimBin, right the way though to the latest and greatest on offer from Kunos Simulazioni. The benefits of the DD really did shine through right from the very start.

Immediately before one even spends any serious time within your sim of choice, you are struck by the simplicity of setting up the wheel software.

Unlike the OSW devices of which we more familiar with, the SimSteering2 presents the user with a relatively sparse amount of customization opportunities within its own software.

Initially this caused some concern, as we understandably feared that lack of options would equate to minimal opportunity to tweak the wheel to our liking within my sim of choice.

However these fears would prove to be unfounded once we took to the virtual circuit. Very quickly the minimal amount of tweaking and editing required would become one of the strongest features of the wheel. Without having to spend hours making adjustments and researching on the internet, We found a very solid and satisfying experience almost straight out of the box.

Anyone reading this who’s gone down the rabbit hole of wheel adjustment testing with other manufacturers, will no doubt share my beliefs that driving is far more fun than near endless tweaking and testing.

With setup now quickly and easily taken care of, it was time for the fun to start. As I said earlier, I’ve given this a good test in many of the key sims, and in each and every one the improvements were noticeable and impressive, none more so than with rFactor 2, where using a DD wheel like this lifts the simulation into a brand new range of greatness… pretty much reason enough to go out and join the DD bandwagon all on its own…

Now I’m not going to spend time here discussing the wheel in more detail. You can check the video out above at the head of the article for that, but what I will end on is this:

The Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 is very expensive, but cash is all relative to your own situation and expectations. After all, what price can you put on love at first sight.

Find out more about Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 Direct Drive wheel HERE.


Article first shown on race department.

Paul Jeffrey

RaceDepartment Editor-in-Chief

RDTV: Leo Bodnar SimSteering2 Direct Drive Wheel Review

My controller review of Dirt Rally 2.0

My controller review of Dirt Rally 2.0

Author Tom Jones

So, a few things that I should get out of the way in the interest of fairness. I absolutely love this game so everything said should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Also haven’t tried every car in the game and I have only briefly touched rallycross. Bare in mind i’m only playing on a controller now as I do not have my steering wheel in university with me hence the controller review. So, on with the review.

 

Dirt Rally 2.0 is of course the much-hyped sequel to Dirt Rally. The game that made Codemasters realise how big the following of sim racing is.

First experience of this game came at the Autosport show this year at the Xite rallycross teams stand. Where we got chance to give rallycross ago.

During our short 3 minutes on that pre-release build we knew straight away that we was going to love this game!

The way the cars handling changes so much on the surface and the control felt while sliding this car around filled my heart with joy.

 

When loading it up on the pc for the first time, it didn’t go quite so smoothly! As a deluxe edition owner, got the extra cars for free straight away and chose to go with the Rally GT Porsche 911 to begin with.

BIG MISTAKE!

What we realised very quickly is that the game like its predecessor is very unforgiving on the stages and quickly destroyed that car.

With that in mind decided that we needed to scale it back a bit. So picked up a Fiesta R2T and this car is so much fun to throw around, its untrue.

I can remember the first stage. Poland. (not going to try spell the stage name) round one.

I blasted off into this stage confident that my new slower machine would be tameable and quick. In hindsight, thinking that any car in dirt rally is tameable was a mistake!

Think i made about 4 corners into the stage before clipping the bank and over and over the car went.

 

Some people had mentioned that they felt that the stages were too narrow but happen to disagree. Even on a controller I am able to let and R5 Fiesta slide round corners and keep it in position and off the banks.

Feel that the width of the stages is realistic, and I love the challenge. Finding that even with the controller on Dirt 2.0 I can put in quick times.

Currently in my career mode I am about to progress into the 4th difficulty level and I’m enjoying every second of it, even if it is a little hard to place the car exactly where I want it on some stages.

The feeling I get through the controller is good enough to know if the car has broken traction or if it is about to and I need to push a little less to maintain control.

 

One thing that I do not like about the game that may surprise people is that because of the issues shortly after the deluxe editions launch, they gave players who owned this edition £1millon for free, and if anything this ruined the grinding aspect of the game a little bit.

 

Allowing people to have access to the R5 class straight away which disappointed me because finally getting enough winnings to unlock a 2010 WRC car on dirt rally 1 was one of the best feelings.

A major thing that I do not like about the game is that the single player is online only. This is annoying when on my uni wifi which often cuts out.

Also think that if they could get more livery options as standard from cars that are running in national championships such as the BRC would be cool.

 

 

To summarise this review. I would give Dirt Rally 2.0 a 95/100 because of the issues mentioned above, but I would also like to say that the feeling when driving cars flat out on this game, to me is far better than any other game out there.

Tom Jones Author For ManCave UK

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Next Level Racing GTtrack Cockpit Review By The SRG

 

 

Next Level Racing GTtrack Cockpit Review By The SRG

RaceRoom Porsche 911 Carrera Cup (964) Preview

RaceRoom Porsche 911 Carrera Cup (964) Preview

YouTube Video artist and avid Sim Racer Chris Haye is previewing the upcoming Porsche 964 Carrera Cup for RaceRoom.

A week ago, Sector3 Studios proudly announced that the Porsche 911 Carrera Cup 964 will be available together with the upcoming RaceRoom update.

The Porsche 911 Carrera Cup 964 pack will feature 25 unique liveries representing some of the most noticeable cars in the series.

YouTube Video artist and avid Sim Racer Chris Haye presents a preview video of the upcoming Porsche 964 Carrera Cup car and shares some historical facts about this iconic 911.

At the time of writing, no official release date or price was known. However, we know that for Sector3 Studios soon actually means verysoon. We will keep you posted when more info becomes available.

 

 

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FREX Motion Office Chair Revealed

Frex Motion Office Chair

Frex has revealed a prototype of an actual motion Office chair powered by two powerful actuators.

The post FREX Motion Office Chair Revealed appeared first on Bsimracing.

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HI everybody, rick here.

At present mancaveuk is under going a revamp, This has happened due to me losing my website during transition and now I am having to restart from scratch.

This in turn was maybe a good reason it did happen and I can learn from the mistakes I made from before. certain feedback stated my website was not great and needed some improvement in areas that I thought was perfectly fine.

Please excuse if some parts don’t look or work correctly while I get the site up and running again.

I hope to bring a much better website with all the news and reviews of simulation and 3D printing world.

This doesn’t stop here, I would like to try to cater for all things from gaming to art and beyond, Whether its one of my hobbies or one of our members hobbies on our Facebook community group.

If you feel you would like to contribute to the website whether its your hobby or would like us to review a product to put on our site, then get in touch via our address or on Facebook or the contact form below.

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