To you pilots out there, when you're flying the plane, can you "feel" any gimballing system in the stick? (Probably not quite as applicable to yoke flyers.)
To elaborate, with the original Cougar, it had a straight forward gimbal system, whereby you can very clearly (especially with the stock springs) feel when you've crossed over from one axis to the other because the spring tension would go right to zero when passing through the centre before increasing again as you cross the axis.
In modding one of my Suncom sticks, it doesn't have a traditional gimbal but a centre spring, which means that the spring tension is uniform throughout the entire throw of the stick, but also that you can't feel "where" the stick is because you don't have the spring tension going to zero when it lies along an axis. Upshot of that is that is that an aileron roll can slowly turn into a barrel roll if I'm not paying attention.
What's it like in a real tube with engines, wings and a tail? Are there any stick force changes when crossing axes, or is it quite possible for your stick to "drift" if you're not paying attention? (Not that I'm calling you lot bad pilots