I bet many friends like me have heard about the various flightsim gears from Redbird Flight Simulations, and very likely might have read reviews and comments about them on the Internet. But I don’t think many of us really had a chance to try them on, because the company doesn’t sell their gears thru third-party vendors — at least I haven’t noticed anyone yet.
Recently, I got the Alloy TH1 throttle quadrant from the company to replace my Saitek Cessna TPM which has been in service for over a decade in my work system.
In my flightsim-only setup, I have the VirtualFly V3RNIO+.
Actually, I was thinking of getting another V3RNIO+ to replace the Saitek TPM at the time the company was offering a 15% discount promotion.
However, the discounted price was around $900, which is still a lot of money, not to mention an extra $100 for the shipping to be added.
While I was hesitating if I should go for another V3RNIO+, I came across the Redbird Alloy TH1 again.
Just like the VirtualFly V3RNIO+, the Redbird Alloy TH1 is also a vernier-style throttle quadrant that comes with a Throttle Friction Lock and Propeller & Mixture Fine-adjustment Control mechanisms as found on the real aircraft. And it earns some good comments from its users, too.
In addition, its $569 price tag, comparatively, sounds more reasonable and affordable.
Therefore, after some serious considerations and especially due to the $350 in price difference (or $480 with no discount), I decided to give the Redbird Alloy TH1 a go.
For more than a month now, I’ve been using the Alloy TH1 extensively.
Is my bold investment on the Alloy TH1 justified? How does it perform compared to the VirtualFly V3RNIO+? Here’s my review: Continue reading