Community engagement is fundamental to AuthentiKit. Right now there are almost 200 people on the AuthentiKit Discord server at various stages of building the Spitfire MkIX flight stick, the first of many products. See examples below. Most importantly they are sharing experience:
Here are a few examples of AuthentiKit builds by the community. See more in the AuthentiKit Gallery
The first prototype being check out at Boultbee Flight Academy’s genuine Spitfire MkIX simulator
One of the first beta tester builds – by Paul
Another very early build – by Frunzinator on Discord
A great distressed paint finish version by Volans on the IL2 forum
Chaco on Discord raised the bar again with this great authentic looking string wrap grip
A design by Stiggles on Discord who is doing great work on some Mustang controls
Once the design standards are finalised I will share them freely with the flight simulator community. This will make it very simple for those with CAD skills to create AuthentiKit compatible flight controls for different aircraft. This is the true power of the AuthentiKit solution. Generous developers have gifted amazing freeware to the community for years and now they will be able to share hardware designs too. Users can just unplug their Cessna quadrant and swap in a Turbo Arrow.
Here is work in progress on a Spitfire MkIX elevator trim but the components used will make it very easy for others to make trim wheels for many different aircraft.