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.

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 and links to YouTube videos that will guide you through the build.

For those without printers you can buy a full kit of hardware parts as well as 3D printed parts. These are available from our recommended supplier SimKitSupplies.com. The printing is actually done locally to you by members of the AuthentiKit community via the Recommended Selling Price (RSP) scheme explained below. You should still get our download for the assembly instructions.

These are the typical costs to build our main kits.

Kit
Spitfire MkIX – Starter Kit A
Spitfire MkIX – Add-On Kit B
Contents

Flight Stick + Universal Hub

Throttle Quadrant

Elevator Trim Wheel

Rudder Trim Wheel

Rig Extension

Connectors to Universal Hub

Hardware Costs + P&P

£81

£58

DIY Printing Costs est.

£18

£24

Recommended Selling Price for 3D printed parts + P&P

£146 ($146 if supplied from the US)

£199 ($199 if supplied from the US)

Comment

All flight controls need the Universal Hub to connect to your PC . About 25% of the cost of this Kit is for the hub which works with every aircraft we will support.

This is a large kit requiring over 270 hours of printing time. You need the Universal Hub as well

SimKit Supplies Links

Remember you also need the rig.

#Community-Print-Services

If you don’t have a 3D printer but still wish to fly with AuthentiKit flight controls we have a solution thanks to the expanding AuthentiKit community.

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.

The RSP scheme is new and we are still formulating prices for all AuthentiKit products. In our Discord server we have a channel called #community-print-services where members of the community who do have printers offer to print parts for those who don’t. This has been in operation for several months now and there have been many happy customers of this service. 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.