• Review: HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip

    Look And Feel

    The look of the F/A-18C grip is simply just stunning - very realistic, very authentic and the replica grip resembles the real world grip almost perfectly according to all the various images that I could find on the internet. It is easy to see that ThrustMaster has kept a keen focus on the details and created this grip with great accuracy and attention to the real grip.

    The grip is of a metal construction just like the A10 grip, which makes the sensation and feeling of using the grip very realistic and authentic. According to the list of details on the sales box, the grip is made of 85% metal parts which is awesome. The color is black and just holding the grip before I attached it to the base gave me a feeling of quality - it certainly is not just another light-weight plastic flight control stick, but instead a heavy, high quality replica grip that is perfectly shaped to fit the right hand also featuring a forward bend on the top which eases the muscle load when flying and makes the access to the buttons more ergonomic.

    The parts used including the electronics, buttons, switches etc. are of an industrial-grade quality meaning high performance and durability. I have of course not been able to test this grip for a longer period of time, but if the standard is the same as in my A10 grip, then the durability is really good. I have used my A10 for about 7 years now, and everything is still working 100% without any flaws.

    I absolutely love that the scale of this replica F/A-18C grip is 1:1 with the real grip used by the U.S. Navy - this makes the experience even more perfect in my opinion, and I could easily see this grip used perfectly with either the F/A-18C Hornet in DCS World or even with the VRS Superbug for FSX/P3D.

    Thrustmaster HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip     Thrustmaster HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip

    This grip features lots of buttons which are all of high quality, but of course no axis, since these are featured by the base instead. In total there are 19 programmable action buttons together with one hat-switch which are placed at various locations of the grip. E.g. you have a ring finger button, a pinkie button controlled by a small metal lever, a dual trigger and the rest of the buttons are found on the top and thumb side of the grip.

    The buttons are firm and do require a fair amount of force to be activated. This first of all, provides a great feel of quality, but secondly also that you do not have to worry about accidental activation of buttons. There is a nice click sound when each button is activated which confirms that a buttons has been activated.

    The only minor difference I noticed on this replica grip was the small 2-way MoM-Off-MoM and click flip switch found on the top section of the grip, which is used for VR (stated in the manual). This switch is found slightly to the left of the small click switch marked for 'Recce'. This switch I could not see on the real grip but other than that, the grip is a perfect replica.

    Thrustmaster HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip     Thrustmaster HOTAS F/A-18C Hornet Grip

    1 Comment
    1. Danparis's Avatar
      Danparis -
      Wonderful well made, of course and as usual with Thrustmaster. I also soon use th Warthog and the Cougar sticks.
      I think it would be great to propose an hotas in the same quality for Airbus e.g. to the people who are flying GA.
      The models on the market are retailed about 2000$!!!
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