DK-1 KOTORI

The new Kotori is one of our smallest yet most cost-effective DIY flight simulator cockpit designs but is packed full of many diverse features and options. 

The DK-1 can house any LCD panel size from 22″ up to 32″ for the instrument panel as well up to three 32″ displays for the main view. As shown with a 32″ display the panel can house nine (9) units of GoFlight avionics (2 bays on left, 7 bays at right) or the Saitek panel can use up to a 27″ widescreen display with 5 bays available and also has enough room for up to 6 of their smallest ProFlight mini LCDs placed horizontally over the 27″ monitor.

Flexible options such as these will allow you to experience your flight simulator software right out of the box using all stock 2D type panels or any common 3D virtual cockpits for an ultimate “best of both worlds” experience.  Also included in both panel designs is an iPad dock for the ultimate in modern cockpit EFB integration.  All of these great features will give you an immersive experience that is …as real as it gets!

Another great feature for the DK-1 is the versatile and independent height adjustment features of both the main panel deck and the control yoke support deck.  The main deck has three adjustment levels to accommodate monitors from 22″ using the highest level up to a 32″ display using the lowest level (as shown).  The optional yoke support armature has 4 height adjustment height plus a forward and back adjustment to fully tailor the yoke position to your liking.  As shown with a Saitek yoke, you can also use the top of the yoke itself to mount any 10″ – 12″ mini computer keyboard or can use a “split keyboard” option such as the Kinesis Freestyle 2 (sold separately).

Other options include an attachable deck for your computer mouse and or “HOTAS” decks for using fighter jet style stick and throttle combinations.  Finally, the overhead portion of the DK-1 allows for installation of a single upper shelf (8″ deep) to store items such as software and smaller books or manuals thus giving it the added useful feature of housing your most used flight training items. 

Yes,.. we’ve thought of everything!

As pilots, we know how to make a simulator feel like the real thing.  Most people never consider how bad typical home or office desks are for flight simulation ergonomics.  If you’ve ever owned a sim setup on a standard desk you’ve probably noticed you have to sit up high to get a level eye view or it’s really hard to place the yoke in a comfortable, realistic position.  We solve these issues by making all our design proportions based off real aircraft cockpits.  Secondly, our use of large scale screens as shown for the main instrument panel allows gauges to be displayed in true 1:1 scale.  This also allows for a much wider variety of aircraft to be flown, especially if you like big jets which ultimately have more gauges that need to be in view. 

Best yet, all of our desk based solutions still allow you to use the unit for any other games and other daily computer activities!  But, if ultimate realism is your thing, you can always install any realistic general aviation panel of your choice as shown with customer built DK-1 who changed the design slightly and installed a full scale Cessna 182 panel.  We can also custom build any panel of your choice which can fit in the DK-1. 

Lastly, the DK-1 can easily be built in just two weekends, one to build / one to paint.  It’s the perfect design for people with little construction experience that want a semi-enclosed simulator which can be crafted in little time with minimal materials cost (under $150) but still want something that will yield maximum results.

As a final feature, if desired, the two vertical window support stanchions, (which we feel add to the experience), can also be permanently removed and replaced with interior support reinforcement bracing for a totally unimpeded view.  All of these options and more is included with every SimSamurai DIY plan set or kit cockpit purchase. 

In a word, …get airborne!


DK-1 FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

  • Designed to fit in any room in your home, dorm, office, or classroom setting and can be easily relocated.
  • Ergonomic design based on real general aviation aircraft cockpit dimensions. You will feel “in the seat”.
  • Ability to use up to 5 LCD displays (1 or 2 for flight instruments up to a single 27″ or 32″ and up to 3x 32″ for external views).
  • Form follows function design maximizes materials use.
  • Can be built using standard home construction tools.
  • Has several height adjustment features for all pilots.
  • Can house GA sim panels from wide variety of vendors.
  • Can house GA avionics sets from GoFlight or Saitek.
  • Adjustable main deck for 22″ to 32″ LCDs
  • Adjustable yoke  mounting armature.
  • Easily Assembled / Disassembled
  • Breaks down into 5 main sections.
  • Completely modular sim design.
  • Immersive sim environment.
  • Needs floor space  of ~75″ x 30″
  • Can be built for $150 or less.

BASIC COSTS

DK-1 DIY Plans Set              $26.00 USD

DK-1 Bare Bones Kit           $760.00 USD 

DK-1 Completed RTA Kit     $1,360.00 USD

DK-1 KOTORI

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COCKPIT PURCHASE OPTIONS :

THE DK-1 Kotori DIY Cockpit Blueprints Pack    $ 26.00 USD

  • Includes detailed plan and elevation drawings
  • Includes pattern cuts, template measurements, etc.
  • Includes step-by-step building details
  • Includes free 33 page carpentry guide you can grab HERE
  • Includes Imperial Standard to Metric Conversions
  • Full builder support by phone & email
  • All for a reasonable $25.00 plus shipping! ($6 or $8)


To purchase the DK-1 DIY Pack please go to the PURCHASE-BUY page.


PRO PILOT KIT PURCHASING OPTIONS

Aside from purchasing the DIY Blueprints pack (see above) SimSamurai also offers Ready To Assemble kit cockpits. 

All RTA kits are offered in two core options; a Bare Bones Kit or RTA Complete Kit.

You can learn more by visiting the SIM FLIGHT SYSTEMS page.


THE DK-1 Bare Bones Kit   $ 760.00 USD

The Bare Bones DK-1 Kotori package takes all your cutting out of the equation. It will come to you with all material and hardware ready to assemble but will require that you paint it yourself prior to assembly.  The included DIY manual will give you plenty of help on how to paint your DK-1 Kotori.  The Bare Bones kit, just like the Completed and Painted RTA kit, still comes complete with all materials and hardware necessary for full assembly and will only require that you have tools available such as a drill, some screwdrivers, and a small socket set. 

All major parts of the DK-1 Bare Bones or RTA kit are pre-cut on a precision C-N-C computerized router machine using dimensional lumber, high grade cabinet quality hardwood laminate and hardwood composite material (Not cheap MDF or particle board!) The DK-1 RTA package is made of professional “furniture quality” materials and is made to high grade specifications.  Once assembled and cared for properly it will last for many generations!

To purchase a DK-1 Bare Bones kit see the PURCHASE-BUY page.


THE DK-1 Completed RTA Kit  $ 1,360.00 USD

The Complete Ready to Assemble (RTA) kit of the SimSamurai DK-1 Kotori flight desk takes both the cutting and painting out of the equation as it will come to you completely ready to assemble.  The RTA kit will come complete with all materials and hardware necessary for assembly and only requires that you have basic tools available such as a drill, a screwdriver, and a small socket set.  The DK-1 RTA kit includes all wood, screws, bolts and brackets necessary for full project assembly.  Also included as an assembly manual which will allow you to build the flight simulator station within an hour! 

All major parts of the DK-1 RTA kit are pre-cut on a precision C-N-C computerized router machine using dimensional lumber and high grade cabinet quality hardwood laminate, hardwood composite material (Not cheap MDF or particle board!) The DK-1 RTA package is made of professional “furniture quality” materials and is made to high grade specifications.  Once properly assembled it will last for many, many generations!

Lastly, as with all our products, we design with future upgradeability and expandability in mind.  You will be able to set up the DK-1 as shown for virtual instrumentation or you can install a pre-made instrument panel from many other “pro sim” retailers such as Sim Kits, VRInsight, or Flight illusion if desired. The 48″ desktop is wide enough to accommodate any realistic Cessna 172 sized panel (or even larger!)

The DK-1 Kotori will come painted in the standard SimSamurai “black galaxy” finish (silver charcoal) but don’t forget that the DK-1 is also offered as an unpainted bare bones kit if you want to paint it a custom color of your own.   So if you want to save money or wish to customize the DK-1 in your own livery colors we extend that choice to you!

With all cockpit purchases, we offer free building and assembly advice over the phone during 8am-6pm USA Pacific time or any time via email. Please know that we are always here to help if you need any added assistance!

To purchase the DK-1 RTA kit see the PURCHASE-BUY page.


ACCESSORY OPTIONS

Aluminum Instrument Panel Option – ($ 280 or $ 460 USD)**

In addition to a cockpit you can also purchase a fully customized aluminum instrument panel overlay.  You can purchase a standard model as shown or for an extra $100 we custom design the panel specifically to fit your personal equipment needs. The instrument panel is 5mm (.125″) aircraft grade aluminum and is precision cut on a CNC water jet system.   For an additional $180 the top of the panel will come complete with a dash/glare-shield made of quality hard rubberized material which gives it a very realistic look and feel.  The aluminum panel is a great way to make your cockpit look even more professional!  Standard shipping in the USA is $50 or less.

**As a bonus : For all BareBones or RTA kit customers we will reduce the cost of the panel and dash option by 10% off.

BAREBONES and RTA KIT SHIPPING COSTS

Average shipping cost in USA for the base model is $180 to $240 depending on your location. Average ship weight for the DK-1 is 160 lbs.  The DK-1 will come in one large box regardless of purchase of the Bare Bones kit or Completed RTA kit. Once in hand you will need a small socket set and screw driver to complete the final assembly which will typically take one hour.

Whether you order a set of DIY plans, a Bare Bones Kit or even a fully completed RTA kit, we always offer free builder advice for all flight simulator cockpit customers via email or phone (during 8am-6pm USA Pacific time).  Please know that we are available for help if you need further advice or added assistance!