Spitfire MkIX Starter Kit A 2.10.0

Our very first AuthentiKit flight control was the iconic "spade handled" Spitfire MkIX flight stick. This download is a "starter kit" containing the flight stick and Universal Hub needed to connect it to your PC.


The meaning of "Starter Kit" is that the download contains not just a flight control but also the Universal Hub needed to connect controls to your PC. You only need one Universal Hub, so you'd only ever need one starter kit.

A community mod of the spade grip handle is now available which includes the textures of the classic Dunlop "crackle" built in. If you'd like to use that instead of the plain grip handle that comes with this download you can get it from here.

This download contains everything you need to build the flight stick as well as the Universal Hub which connects everything to your PC. The following items are included.

  1. All 3D printable CAD files (in STL or 3MF) format required to print the parts for the flight stick and Universal Hub
  2. Wiring diagrams - flight stick and universal hub
  3. Bill of Materials - other hardware parts (bearings, screws etc) you will need
  4. Assembly steps
  5. An inventory of the screws so you can cross check which screw size is used where

The flight stick mounts to an inverted monitor stand which attaches to a desk. See The Rig.

Here is the main assembly video, but see the download documentation for other supporting videos:

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  • Version 2.10.0

    Creative Commons licence changed

    - from: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

    - to: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

  • Version 2.9

    v2.9 Release 1 February 2022

    • Correction to Bill of Materials. Fire button spring not used. Zip tie included.
    • Upgraded Pitch Lug.3mf file - More allowance for longer dowel pins prevents stress and risk of breakage

    v2.8 Release 4 November 2021

    • New Bill of Materials

    v2.7 Release 29 July 2021

    • Minor change to documentation to reflect the new consolidated assembly video. No STL changes

    v2.6 Released 04 April 2021

    • All STL folders include a readme file emphasising the importance of calibration
    • "Slotted Case 3.STL" is easier to thread wires through
    • "PitchLever2.1.STL" is easier to thread wires through
    • Assembly guide states you need 3 each of the MagHall base/peg/cap
  • The pitch lug (Simpart 3 -Body) in the current download has a .3mf extension instead of .stl :(

    • Yes, most of the downloads are switching to 3mf. These work just like an STL in slicer software but are more compact.

    • Thank you for the reply. After upgrading Cura and selecting 3mf file extension I could open and print the file :)

  • If the screw holes on the spade, for the Hall Sensor Cover are too large for the kit screws, you can fill the holes with 2mm wide zip ties, sold on Amazon, the screws will hold after that.

    • I can see that working ... perhaps I should tighten those holes up too? They are currently 1.8mm but I'm sure 1.6mm would work fine and have less chance of being loose.

    • Yes, that probably would work. The other holes are perfectly sized for all the other screws.

  • Awesome!!!

    Amazing project and community!

    Reply from Administrator ():

    Thanks! And thanks for being part of that amazing community - you've contributed some cool stuff!

  • Great Kit

    Brilliant kit, slightly fiddly build and TBH it is recommnded to do this one last in the Spitfire kits. Trouble is I didnt read that until after I'd started it. All bits went togther well, printed them all on either Prusa 3S or Prusa Mini.

    I did have some issues but they were down to my human error. The video's help in the construction phase tremendously.

    Cant wait to make the Trims and Throttle box next.

  • Finished

    This is excellent Phil, thank you to you and your team for such a great project. My biggest tip is to watch your videos from start to finish first as you have so many tips that come in useful (one quite a few minutes later about assembling something earlier!). I’ve now got the USB hub to test with the stick and next stop is the throttle, rudder pedals, gun sight and flap lever. What a fantastic resource and project - I can’t thank you enough.

    I have used the modification kit for the mount and I’ll post some more pictures when I have it all mounted up. :thumbup: :thumbup:

  • Still Building, but so far so good!

    I have found that using some £1 parcel string from Tesco, and £2.99 of self-amalgamating rubber tape from Tesco creates a better effect that mirrors the Dunlop finish on the spade grip.

    But so far the build has been superb. Thank you for making this a community project. :) :thumbup:

  • Well designed, easy to build, awesome result!

    The AuthentiKit Spitfire stick is definitely a well-engineered and well thought-out design. It was easy to print, and easier to assemble following the great video. Assembly took me about 4 hours over a couple nights, with no frustration or missteps. And it works great! I would certainly recommend this and the other AuthentiKit products to anyone interested in WWII flight simming. Thanks Phil!