I want to build a flight simulator!

Guillaume
  • I want to build a flight simulator! Guillaume

    For fun I want to build a flight simulator at home.

    What are my options from most basic toy environment to more realistic set-up.
    Great if you can give for each solution a basic indication of cost (software / hardware), and if appropriate the space needed.

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