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DIY Flight Sims

Instruction Videos & Manuals

It has never been easier to build an impressive flight simulator cockpit. High definition displays are cheap, computers are fast, the software is lifelike, and there are so many choices for flight controls. But you may be starting off with just a keyboard, mouse, and a monitor - so how do you make that into a realistic home airplane cockpit? Our DIY Flight Sims videos show you how to build an aircraft cockpit or a functional framework for your controls. This improves your interface with your airplane simulator software and enhances the realism.

The DIY Flight Sims suite of projects has something for everyone. Choose the project that best suits your needs and start building. Each project includes a step-by-step video and detailed instruction manual - all downloaded instantly by you. Your local home improvement sells the building materials you will need.

DIY Flight Sims - D250 Deluxe Desktop project, multi screen flight sim

Item #D250 Deluxe Desktop Flight Sim
DIY Videos and Manual

The D250 is the most versatile and capable design I've created. Multiple monitors make one huge wrap around screen (six feet wide) and there is plenty of room for switch panels or a fourth monitor for the instruments. Don't forget the cup holder!

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Extreme DIY Flight Sims - E430 Flight Sim Pod

Item #E430 DIY Flight Sim Pod
DIY Videos and Manual

Audaciously brash and bold. Who would build something like this? ME !  The Flight Sim Pod is wider than a Cessna 172. Strap in, fire it up and let this be your escape pod from the ordinary.

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triple screen flight sim

Item #T440 Triple Screen Flight Sim
DIY Videos and Manuals

The venerable Triple Screen Flight Simulator is the reliable workhorse of the DIY Flight Sims hangar since its launch in 2011. Build it with modified keyboards (included) and take off in your favorite simulated airliner.

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DIY Roll-Away Flight Sim

Item #E420 DIY Roll-Away Flight Sim
DIY Videos and Manual

It's self-supporting, self-contained, and you can roll it away like a two-wheel hand truck. It's super-compact, yet fully functional with a large monitor and all flight controls. It's the DIY Roll-Away Flight Sim as seen at Maker Faire.

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DIY Flight Sims - Universal Airliner home flight sim

Item #D240 Universal Airliner Flight Sim
DIY Videos and Manuals

The quintessential DIY Flight Sims project. The time-tested Universal frame is simple enough to build in a weekend, yet versatile enough to accept a different control configurations, switch panels and modified keyboards. The K140B Airliner Keyboard Mod project is included.

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Item #D242 Universal General Aviation Flight Sim
DIY Videos and Manuals

Don't let the airline jockeys have all the fun! Practice your cross-country flights and aircraft procedures in comfort with the Universal frame and K172 Gen Av Keyboard Mod (included). Clear prop!

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DIY Side Mounted Joystick project

Item #F311 Floor Unit & Side Joystick
DIY Video and Manual

The original Floor Unit frame was always great for jet fighters, but now it's way popular for space flight simulators too! Great for Elite Dangerous, Star Citizen and more. Strap on a Virtual Reality (VR) headset and know exactly where your controls are located at all times. 

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DIY Center Joystick Frame

Item #F321 Floor Unit & Center Joystick
DIY Video and Manual

The follow-up to the F311 was a similar framework with a center-mounted joystick. This was designed mainly for WW2 combat sims, but works equally well for modern jets, General Aviation flying and more. Lightweight and easy to assemble, the frame holds your controls securely in place. This project is also great if you are using a VR headset.

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DIY Easy Helicopter Collective

Item #F331 Floor Unit & Easy Helicopter Collective
DIY Video and Manual

This project is undoubtedly the most inexpensive way to get a helicopter collective in your hands for your home flight simulator. If you're using a standard throttle now, it's a whole new experience to finally fly helicopters with a proper collective handle. 

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DIY Gen Av Keyboard Mod

Item #K172 Keyboard Mod: General Aviation
DIY Video and Manual

Great for general aviation flying. Start the engine without using the mouse, tune the radio and VOR with the keyboard buttons. Very helpful if you need to review your procedures or want to start flight training someday.

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DIY Airliner Keyboard Mod

Item #K140B Keyboard Mod: Airliner
DIY Video and Manual

One of my most popular products. It was so successful, I updated the project and produced a new instruction video and manual for it. People love having an inexpensive overhead panel like this for their flight sim airliner!

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DIY Helicopter Keyboard Mod

Item #K122 Keyboard Mod: Helicopter
DIY Video and Manual

The DIY Helicopter Keyboard Mod is very helpful for the tricky startup procedure in light GA helicopters. It's inexpensive and easy to build. This also goes perfectly with the DIY Easy Helicopter Collective.

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Missile lamp

Item #L100 Missile Lamp!
DIY Video and Manual

This isn't a flight simulator product, it's a crazy awesome floor lamp that looks like an AIM-9 Sidewinder heat-seeking missile. Perfect for your man cave.

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