YOU ARE PURCHASING THE COMPLETE PLAN SET FOR THE SPITFIRE MK.IX PRESENTATION ENGINE HAND CONTROL
The plan set comprises a 31MB download of the Build Guide and all relevant drawings and cutting patterns. Please note Conditions of Purchase.
This display model covers the full ambit of information to be provided for the complete build, amongst others:
- Cutting patterns for plywood and aluminium (Waterjet or Lasercut) (7 off GA’s and 8 .DXF files)
- Assembly drawings (2 Off)
- Bend Diagrams (14 Off)
- Engraving Templates (3 Off)
- Machine drawings (1 Off)
- General Arrangement Drawings (5 Off)
- Powder coating guideline (1 Off)
- Parts list with various summaries
- Step by step instructions including explanatory assembly graphics in a 74 page Builders Guide.
All of these are included in your purchase pack
*NOTE: We do not provide STL or other files to allow for the printing of the 3D printed items yourself. These must be purchased separately from our shop links given here or direct from our Shapeways Shopfront and should be calculated into the total price of your build.
Given the cost of these plans plus the 3D printed items plus all materials cut and painted you should be able to produce the Presentation Engine Hand Control for under US$400. This compares extremely well with similar products already available.
The Spitfire Mk.IX Engine Hand Control has turned out to be such a thing of beauty that we have decided to release it as a Desktop Display Model.
This has have many advantages.
- It provides the hobbyist with a fantastic working desktop display model.
- It provides a glimpse of what is to come for prospective HFS Spitfire MkIX Simulator builders.
- To aircraft home builders, it provides a full scale working throttle quadrant that can be adapted to their own requirements.
Those who are contemplating the purchase of the full set of Simulator drawings, cutting patterns and 3D components when they become available (target early 2019), get the opportunity to assess the quality of the information provided and of the 3D printed components.
* We regret the STL files are a fundamental part of our business model, with a 30% mark-up on all parts printed by Shapeways. As such they are not made available.
We have invested the last 18 months full time with researchers, engineers and designers to ensure the accuracy and functionality of these parts, during which time we have procured the full suite of available Spitfire drawings, over 3400 of them. Where there was no information, as for many of the cockpit related bought-out parts, we got access to and measured up originals from the SAAF museum. There is thus vast IP invested in these models.
We use Shapeways as so far we have not come across another SLS Nylon printing service that provides a lower price. That said, the quality from Shapeways has been superb. They are based in both the USA and Europe and will ship anywhere in the world. We have not found other 3D printing services with shopfronts in Australasia or Africa to make the shipping cheaper. However, if you are aware of any, we will investigate that possibility.
Our models in many cases are very intricate and SLS is the only suitable technology to achieve the detail, strength and accuracy required. You are however welcome of course to make your own designs for FDM printing. Some effort will be required but it’s not impossible.