Spitfire MkIXc for Microsoft Flight Simulator

In case you missed it Flying Iron Simulations just announced that their Spitfire MkIXc for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now in its final beta testing stage with public release due very soon. Looking at my notes I see it is just over 2 years (29th Jan 2019) when I first approached Alex Kassabian at Flying Iron Simulations and told him of my plans to 3D print Spitfire parts. He’s been a great source of support and technical advice ever since and I wish the guys at Flying Iron Simulations every success with this launch. I’ve been involved in the beta testing myself and I have found it an absolute joy to fly – especially with my AuthentiKit Spitfire flight stick 😉 No seriously, the fluidity of a proper flight stick compared to a short throw HOTAS joystick makes for a completely different experience.


Apologies to Heritage Flight Simulation

I’ve had rather a shock this week. It has transpired that some of the reference materials I used to model the shape of the spade grip handle, lever and upper angle bracket of the Spitfire MkIX flight stick were the intellectual property of Heritage Flight Simulation. These guys have invested a huge amount of time meticulously detailing every inch of a Spitfire MkIX and their highly detailed plans and other products are available from their website.

I had a very amicable phone call with Roel Stausebach, the managing director of heritage flight simulation, and explained that the reference images were obtained in good faith from a 3rd party who was known to Roel. He was very understanding but we were both in agreement that the designs in my download that used his references should be taken down ASAP. From my own experience running a design company prior to AuthentiKit I am well aware of the importance of intellectual property, even in this digital age of sharing, so I’m somewhat embarassed to have made this naive error.

I would like to thank Roel for his goodwill and allowing time for me to make changes, so as not to leave supporters of AuthentiKit in the lurch. I’ve had a very busy week going back to my Fusion 360 sketches and redrawing from my own Spitfire photographs and other references I had purchased. A bit of creative licence was needed too where the references weren’t very clear. I think you’ll still like the result – the photo is of my new fire button.

As of now the download available on this site contains reworked references which do not draw from Heritage Flight Simulation’s work. As you’ll see on my download page I haven’t quite finished a couple of objects but they’ll be added in the next couple of days .

We’ve also agreed that I owe Roel a beer which I hope to make good on when I can get out to Wexford in Ireland and check out their very impressive MkIX simulator. Having built a G-Seat myself I’m particularly interested in that feature of their simulator.

Updated 07 Feb 2021 – The remaining objects have been reworked and the current version 2.5 now contains all downloads.

Version 2 Launched

I’m very pleased to announce that Version 2 of the Spitfire MkIX flight stick is now available. If you watched my videos you’ll see that the first one had both fire button wires joined within the body of the stick so that either one would produce the same result. This was a technical issue as I didn’t have a spare wire in the lead connecting the stick to the hub. After doing tests though, despite the advice technical advice of the maker of the circuit board I found it was quite safe to have the roll axis share a ground wire with another axis. This gave me the spare I needed and then I just needed to modify the button engineering to allow it depress in the centre and activate both the machine guns and cannons at the same time. I hope you enjoy it!

AuthentiKit launches today

Today we released the first AuthentiKit product, the Spitfire MkIX Starter Kit A. What better than the iconic Spitfire to launch this endeavour?

The goal is ambitious – nothing less than to engage the skilled and generous freeware community to develop and share flight controls for all the aircraft we simmers love to fly. We have a freeware movement for aircraft models so why not hardware too – as long as its super easy to assemble and just plugs in and works without needing an electronics engineering degree!.

There are some highly skilled aircraft designers out there but until now it has been far too difficult for most of them to also take on the complications of the electronics and hardware engineering. That is where I hope to bridge the gap with a set of ready made components that can be dropped into a design without soldering or any other engineering challenges. All the designer needs to do is create the case and shape the levers, wheels or knobs then place my components as needed. I realise this will take a little work to communicate and show how this can be done, hence my plan to kickstart the journey with a set of controls I have designed myself.

This picture was taken at Boultbee Flight Academy at Goodwood England where I took my prototype many months ago to see how it compared to the real thing.