The P-51D pedestal is substantial piece of kit. Not only does it include a lot of flight control equipment but at around 1.5ft x 1ft it is big. It is of course a scale replica* derived from the extraordinary CAD work of Stiggles on the AuthentiKit Discord who meticulously inspected the original source materials to generate the reference materials used for this project.
Of course it uses our latest technoligies - adjustable friction, hydraulic damping, ball spring detents. For a full list of the features see the P-51D page on AuthentiKit.org.
This download contains everything you need to build the pedestal including 6 position flaps lever, trim wheels and fully articulated land gear lever. The following items are included.
- All 3D printable CAD files (in STL or 3MF) format
- Wiring diagram
- Bill of Materials - other hardware parts (bearings, screws etc) you will need
- Assembly steps
- Print batches document - showing an image of all the parts and their orientation for printing
- An inventory of the screws so you can cross check which screw size is used where
The controls are mounted using quick release plates to Rig Extension A which is fixed to your inverted monitor stand. See The Rig.
Here is the main assembly video, but see the download documentation for other supporting videos. If you have questions specific to this flight control or want any clarification about an assembly step please use the Comments section of this download.
*There is just one ommission in this version compared to the real thing - it does not include hot/ram air levers. The Universal Hub v1.0 does not have support for these so these are something that can be added in future.
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To-> mitchelrobertson review "Shockingly expensive when it is all added up, for doing the work yourself. "
As far as I know, this is a free project and no one will force you to download, build, etc. this. You can buy and use whatever you want, but crying here is more than pathetic. I just feel sorry.
For me, this is the perfect project for the future! Big thanks!
Amazing Engineering Elegance - Bravo!
Wow Phil, you have really outdone yourself on this P51 pedestal!
Even if I wasn't into warbirds, this thing would be worth studying. The modularity of your system which allows the re-use of previous great designs like the ROTEN for rotary encoders is amazing. Plus the elegant ingenuity you are displaying on new components like the MCLICK is outstanding! And the bungie cord to make the landing gear handle flex is genius and elegant. I also have to commend you for making good choices about staying compatible with the existing Universal Hub configuration. It shows real discipline on your part, and demonstrates loyalty to those that have already invested the time and money to build the spitfire parts.
I am into warbirds though, and I am just giddy about having perfect replicas of the real P51 parts.. Stiggles, you've done an amazing job on this..
This is coming from a person who has done a little bit of this design work... You both have a gift! Thanks for sharing it!
I've ordered the parts kit and plan to start printing this week.. I'll follow up with a picture when it's done! Can't wait.
Shockingly expensive when it is all added up, for doing the work yourself.
The way you force into upgrades and Extension Kits is simply pathetic. By the time all is said and done it will cost more than most high end joysticks but it is still a PLA home print. You can buy the Leo Bodner control board for $30.
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I'm sorry I've given the impression of forcing anything on anyone. I obviously need to look at how I'm explaining this. With everything that AuthentiKit releases you can buy all the bits yourself, buy them through SimKitSupplies (very rare that this isn't cheaper) or do it entirely differently according to your own needs. Many people use their own Leo Bodnar or even other boards, wire these controls differently and generally adapt as required. The reason for having discrete modules (some of which are called upgrades or extension kits) is to simplify matters for those who are not DIY experts.
I take your point that this control doesn't work by itself but requires the Universal Hub in it's expanded version and you need a mounting system. That was a deliberate decision to keep the cost down for people. You only have one box with electronics in and one mounting system rather than each control duplicating this. If you feel that I could do things a different way that are better value I'm very open to suggestions.
As for the price of this particular control, I quite agree that this is a big piece of kit and if you don't have a 3d printer or a friend with one it will certainly add up to pay someone to print for you. I guess you could accuse this project of being ahead of the curve in terms of 3d printers becoming mainstream. If you do have a 3d printer you can buy the h/w for £44+p&p and the printed parts are £20-£25 of plastic. As for that being poor value for money for this replica Mustang control well I guess it's a judgement for each of us to make.