Prototype Spitfire sim controls in flight

Topsy’s cockpit panel
Topsy’s Spitfire port cockpit coaming
Topsy’s Spitfire sim kit

At long last my replica MkIX Spitfire controls prototype has started testing in flight sims. The enclosed video shows the sim kit controls being used to fly a Spitfire MkIa in Cliffs of Dover. I shot this using a smartphone, but will shortly be doing a proper video, so please accept the rather poor quality and take this as a teaser …..

Obviously the MkIX controls are different to the MkI, but as the video shows the differences are slight and the controls can be realistically used on any mark of Spitfire. I have even tested them on other warbirds in Battle of Stalingrad such as the Bf109, LaGG, and Yak.

The main thing to get used to with the control column is that you really need to move the  spade grip around to get full response from the aircraft – this is quite a big difference to the small wrist movements that we make on modern jet type fighter sticks. The controls are to scale and correctly positioned in relation to each other, so you get a good feel of what it is like to fly a real Spitfire.

I have decided to add a bit of left side cockpit panelling around the throttle quadrant, the trim wheels and the radio remote control unit. This really gives the impression of being in a cockpit, in spite of the fact that the instrument panel is largely cut away to allow the pilot to see the video screen. The outside of this panel is where squadron leaders and wing commanders had their pennants and where many pilots painted up their kills – virtual pilots will be able to personnalise this area at will.

“So Daddy what do you want for Christmas ?” – Well very soon you will able to order you very own piece of history and fly off into the blue yonder at the controls of your very own Spitfire.

 

12 Comments Add yours

  1. dervtech says:

    Brilliant, I’m looking forward to trying this out myself in the not too distant future

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    1. Bob austin says:

      Thanks for your interest. I’ll post up as soon as the kits are ready for sale.

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    2. EAF79_Topsy says:

      Thanks for you interest. I’ll post here as soon as the first production models are ready.

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  2. Really interesting for me as I am modelling the MkIX in 3D and it is great to see how well your joystick and throttle control have been made. Also great functionality. Well done.

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    1. EAF79_Topsy says:

      Thanks . I made this to be able to fly the DCS MkIX Spitfire as realistically as possible. My first customer is thrilled because he is having to learn how to fly like in the old days, with one hand on the stick and the other moving around the cockpit. Next steps on my agenda are to create the bottom instrument panel and starboard cockpit panel so as to offer VR pilots all the buttons, switches and levers they need to fly the Spit without a keyboard.

      If its not indiscrete what’s your project about ?

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  3. Jon Thomas says:

    Hello

    Interested in purchasing, could you give me the cost to post to the UK, and what payment method (Paypal etc)

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    1. 79vRAF says:

      Hi, I’ll pass your request on to Topsy and ask him to get back to you!
      Thanks,

      OD

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    2. EAF79_Topsy says:

      Hi Jon, will check with PO and let you know asap. For a recent customer in Scotland by parcel post it was about 65 Eur. I accept payment by PayPal. You can order on my mobile app (iOS & Android) : Spitfire Histories.

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    3. EAF79_Topsy says:

      Hi Jon, The Post Office parcel rate to the UK for a parcel weighing 7Kg is 36,80 Euros, with delivery in 3-8 days. Total price for kit including postage is therefore 486,80 Euros. 150 Eur on order and the balance when kit is ready for shipping. Allow 6 weeks to assemble and test before shipping.

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      1. Jon Thomas says:

        Hello

        Site down at the present, do you have any pictures of customer ready controls

        Regards

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      2. Jon Thomas says:

        Hello

        Downloaded App, but as I do not speak French, slightly awkward to navigated and fill in order. Could you PM me your paypal address so I can pay you.

        Regards

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      3. EAF79_Topsy says:

        Hello Jon. The app has texts both in french and english. Will send yo pm with PayPal account and photos. With Thanks Brgds Topsy

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