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Old 10-01-20, 06:41 PM
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[Build log] Basic Hotas Desk mount

Ok so anything special going on here, you have probably seen many screenshots online about HOTAS solutions. I see so many with the same issue I had that I thought I would share what I did to create my own "removable" HOTAS desk mount. Not many setups really show what they did exactly.

Here is the typical dilemma we all have. Desk space used up by the HOTAS forcing the keyboard further back. In VR this is a no no, since we still need access to the keyboard for some features (excluding Voice attach and HCS packs since not everyone wants that)

Apologies if the pictures appear large. Hopefully they get resized








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It isn't really comfortable either having it on the desk, Even though I have a motorised one, it would be nice to have the layout like that of what you see ingame when playing Elite Dangerous, placed around the knees or in that area.





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Now im not going to spend a fortune on these Monster mounts even though they do look amazing. Since I have an adjustable desk I don't need something with height adjustment. Also at 130euros each.. I can't justify the cost.




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Looked in my spare room and found a block of Oak So marked out a basic design on one half.




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Pulled out the good ol' Dremel tools from Storage we love to use for PC mods and builds.




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Cut out both parts. Sadly the Dremel Motosaw was no use. Its only good for softwood/plastic so had to do this with a standard saw



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Clamped them together in a vice so I could sand them down and get them equal



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Once they were even, I marked out the base plate that I will use to attach the HOTAS throttle/stick. Since this is just a simple solution to my needs I wasn't aiming for precision.



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Found 2 acrylic panels from my old desk build I never used. Perfect for the base plate. So I measure out the inner dimensions of the HOTAS base. And marked the lines up for attaching to the side pieces.



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Once I drillled the holes. I counter sunk each hole by hand. The bit didnt fit in a dremel and in a power drill I think it would be too much on soft plastic. So some finger strength and patience will be enough.



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Quick test fit on side pieces. Not a bad first attempt. Remember everything has to be repeated for the other HOTAS mount.




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Got thrifty and found some more plastic off cuts which would be nice to serve as a back plate adding some support. Also cut out a slot for the usb to pass through. Holes do not look like they align, because.. well they don't. My first mistake really as I measured sightly inaccurately. However the wood pulled in allowed me to get this really tight and secure. So I left it as it is.



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Another test fit to make sure I don't waste time and need to back track or redo anything



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Now its time to attach it to the desk itself. So using some old cheap shelf mounts made of pine, I marked some holes and drilled to attach to the desk, but also wider holes for the HOTAS mount to affix to.



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My first attempt I tried putting the connectors on the inside of the HOTAS mount, but sadly this conflicted with the arms supporting my desk. I had to opt for them mounted on the outside.



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Another test fit to the desk. After sitting and getting a feel for it, I found the width and placements I wanted. And yes, I know it still looks pretty tacky, and well it is, but wanted to try and clean it up somehow.




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so repeated it for both sides.




And thats Diggle from Arrow in the reflection for anyone curious :P

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Cut down the base plates so they matched the HOTAS base with no overlap





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Now for the clean up. Premium black vinyl to match my desk



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Base plate done



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Side pieces done. One thing I wanted to do was to follow the wood grain and try to make it somewhat natural.



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Little before and after shot. For a basic mount I was quite proud of myself




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I considered screwing the HOTAS to the base, hence why I had drilled holes in the first attempt. But I realised the bolts needed were ugly so I settled with covering the unneeded HOTAS holes and opted for velcro instead.




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Here she is attached to the desk with the grain flowing with the desk for the plates.




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Attached some hooks to the back to help with routing the HOTAS cables. didnt want them handing down or in sight when im using it.



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And job complete



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The bolts attaching the mounts to the desk just pop out so it takes less than a minute to remove everything and have a clean desk when I need it.

Total cost if you consider everything were just offcuts... £10 for the screws and bolts. £10 for the Vinyl

edit* forgot the cost of the vinyl


So there you have it. There is no need to spend a fortune on mounts. Just make your own. Under desk mounting means I can maintain a close proximity to the keyboard which I think is necessary when using VR. You can bind all you want but its very annoying when you need to type for star systems.

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Old 10-01-20, 08:09 PM
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That's pretty cool! I definitely want something like this for my basic HOTAS. All the mounts are more expensive than my $35 t.flight hotas x.

Good choice on the Vinyl btw. Looks 10000000x better than before
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Old 10-01-20, 08:43 PM
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Subbed so I can see pics when I get home!! I forked out the $$$ for the MonsterTech mounts. They are amazing, but having SKILLS to solve the issue WITHOUT having to spend crazy money on mounts is PRICELESS.
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Old 10-01-20, 09:20 PM
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That's pretty cool! I definitely want something like this for my basic HOTAS. All the mounts are more expensive than my $35 t.flight hotas x.

Good choice on the Vinyl btw. Looks 10000000x better than before
Thanks

I really wanted the Monster mounts but the cost is just diabolical. Plus I love working with wood. Just a shame I don't have all the tools for proper precision. Did my best with what I had on hand. Funny thing is. seeing positive comments like this, makes me want to refine it even more
Like blackened screws or rotatable mounts on a hinge to swivel 180degrees and hide underneath it without removing. Shouldn't be that hard I guess
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Some nice handy work skills you get there !!

Always wanted to get into Elite Dangerous, or any space sim for that matter but never new where to start !
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Some nice handy work skills you get there !!

Always wanted to get into Elite Dangerous, or any space sim for that matter but never new where to start !
The beauty of ED is that its a sandbox. So you can start anywhere and choose any direction in style of play.

All you need to really get hooked is a hotas
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DUDE!!!!!! I just saw the pics, and you CRUSHED it! Those are perfect, and LOOK the part too, great job man!!
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Thanks

I really wanted the Monster mounts but the cost is just diabolical. Plus I love working with wood. Just a shame I don't have all the tools for proper precision. Did my best with what I had on hand. Funny thing is. seeing positive comments like this, makes me want to refine it even more
Like blackened screws or rotatable mounts on a hinge to swivel 180degrees and hide underneath it without removing. Shouldn't be that hard I guess
That's what I was thinking would be next. A way to put them a little more out of the way.

I'm wondering to if maybe making it from a 3D printer would work as well... Not sure if it would be strong enough
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Thanks for the inspiration mate! Going to definitely give this a look for my issue as well!

Got to justify buying my Dremel as well
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This is really bloody clever might have to steal this idea for my HOTAS!
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