Get Some AuthentiKit !

AuthentiKit is a freeware project so we aren’t in the business of selling anything but we do want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to fly with these replica controls. If you want to get your hands on some AuthentiKit you have two main options. In both cases the flight controls come as self-assembly kits – just follow our YouTube videos to assemble them.

Do It Yourself

The first option is to print everything you need on your own 3D printer and source all the hardware yourself. Each kit on the download page includes a full list of hardware parts with links to Amazon/Ebay etc as well as CAD files for you to 3D print. The download also includes full assembly instructions.

Buy a Kit

You can also buy a ‘full kit’ of hardware parts as well as 3D printed parts from our recommended supplier SimKitSupplies.com. Printing is actually done locally to you by members of the AuthentiKit community via the “help a mate” or Recommended Selling Price (RSP) scheme explained below.

Spitfire MkIX ‘Full Kit’ Costs

The Spitfire MkIX kits come “bundled” with a starter kit (includes the universal hub) and add-on kits. Remember you also need the rig.

Kit
Contents
Hardware Kit +p&p
3D Parts Kit (RSP) +p&p
Spitfire MkIX – Starter Kit A

Flight Stick + Universal Hub

£146

($146 if supplied from the US)

Spitfire MkIX – Add On Kit B

Throttle Quadrant

Elevator Trim Wheel

Rudder Trim Wheel

Rig Extension

Connectors to Universal Hub

£199

($199 if supplied from the US)

Spitfire Flaps Lever
Instrument Panel Mounting
Universal Hub Upgrade
N.B. 3 kits available separately

Flaps Lever MkIX or Mk1A

Instrument Panel Mounting

Universal Hub Upgrade

£7.99 (Just flaps)

£40.49 (All items)

£29 / $29 (Just flaps)

£47 / $47 (All items)

Spitfire Mk1A ‘Full Kit’ Costs

The Spitfire Mk1A kits come “unbundled” as you won’t need to buy another universal hub kit or rig extension if you already have one from the MkIX project. Remember you still need a rig.

Kit
Contents
Hardware Kit +p&p
3D Parts Kit (RSP) +p&p
Spitfire Mk1A Quadrant and trim wheels

Mk1A trottle quadrant

Mk1A elevator trim wheel

Mk1A rudder trim wheel

£165

($165 if supplied from the US)

Spitfire Flaps Lever

Flaps lever for either Mk1A or MkIX – see MkIX table above for more information

See MkIX table above

See MkIX table above

AuthentiKit Universal Hub Starter Kit

Universal hub with 4 inputs and connectors for the quadrant, trim wheels and also the flight stick – stick coming soon!

£36

($36 if supplied from the US)

Rig Extension A

Rig extension mounts to main rig and comes with quick release plates for quadrant and both trim wheels

£52

($52 if supplied from the US)

#Community-Print-Services

#community-print-services is the channel in our Discord server where you can chat with fellow simmers who have 3D printers and are willing to print parts for you. Our latest development of this approach is to establish a Recommended Selling Price which comes with quality control procedures.

Key Features of the scheme
Published agreed prices
Use a 3rd party printer who has already printed AuthentiKit parts for others
The reassurance of previous customer feedback
Be introduced to someone in your region

The RSP scheme is administered by SimKitSupplies, our recommended provider of hardware kits. Contact Reuben at Sim Kit Supplies and he will do his best to introduce you to someone in your region who has already received good feedback from others and will print the parts you need at the Recommended Selling Price shown on the AuthentiKit website.

#community-print-services has been in operation for several months now and has had many happy customers. Visit the community page for a Discord invitation link and you can contact people directly, however with this new Recommended Selling Price Scheme our trusted supplier will make an introduction for you.

Thinking of buying a printer?

If you are worried about the cost, don’t be ! The odds are that whatever you may spend to acquire the printed parts is around the same as an entry level printer and materials would cost you. Both are typically around $200. Being perfectly honest the cost is your time getting familiar with 3d printing and learning about its often fickle nature.

What Printer To Buy?

This entire project was printed on one of the most basic 3D printers available – the Ender 3 which cost me £175. I have had (more than?) my share of problems with it and I recently got an Ender 6SE which is much better engineered and I hoped would give me less trouble so I could recommend it to you guys! It has dual Z screws so the issue of friction preventing the gantry moving up smoothly should be gone. It also has auto-bed levelling and a glass bed which together solve the all important first layer adhesion problem. I am having niggles though and the print quality is poor at present so watch this space as new firmware emerges.

So what do I recommend? Creality printers are a good choice for those on a budget. Manufacturer support has not impressed me but community support is huge which is important. An Ender 3 Pro would be a good option. If you have more of a $500+ budget then a Prusa is a good option as their manufacturer support is widely praised and their build quality is highly rated. I haven’t used one.

I made a case for my printer out of sheet perspex as dust gathers over time which is not a good thing. Encased printers tend to start at $1,000+ and I don’t have personal experience of them. If you’re in that market check out all3dp.com who regularly rank printers at every budget.

I do recommend a print volume of at least 200x200x200 which rules out some of the minis.