The workhorse of the SimSamurai fleet is the well-loved CS-1 Stallion.  This unique design is meant to provide a totally immersive cockpit enclosure for one or two pilots. The CS-1 was specifically designed to replicate the most common general aviation aircraft such as a Cessna 172/182, or 210 and its measurements are within 99% accuracy of these famous aircraft.  However, while being based on Cessna, the CS-1 Stallion can easily be used for any other similar sized general aviation aircraft such as a Piper Warrior, Cherokee, Seminole, Seneca, or a Beech Baron, Beech King Air, or many, many more.  Therefore the CS-1 is equally great for light twin engine aircraft, as well many heavier twin engine aircraft or even many light jets common to charter aviation.

All of these various aircraft can be flown if using our flexible ideology of having two large LCDs for virtual 2D panel flight instrumentation.  The CS-1 Stallion instrument panel is designed to fit two 22″ displays side by side, or can use a single large 27″ display, or you can install any other more tactile style of instrument panel including a real Cessna or Piper panel if desired. Therefore, you can install many different panels of your choosing into the CS-1 Stallion or you can use many 2D virtual panels sets, some of which we will begin to offer for Prepar3D in 2017.  Lastly, we are happy to help with recommendations and can help tailor equipment requirements to your needs.

The CS-1 Stallion is an easy to build “stick frame” design which can be easily constructed with basic home tools such as a circular saw and drill.  It can be covered in fiberboard, ABS plastic, or real aluminum.  The interior cabin width measurement is a comfortable 41″ not counting the added elbow room created in the door and wall  pocket recesses. Because of this extra recessed room available, it allows for either the recommended LCD displays or will allow for a wider panel found in slightly larger aircraft.  Therefore the CS-1 design provides great flexibility for a wide variety of small to mid-size aircraft cockpits which can also include many small to mid-sized jets. The side areas next to the panel also help serve for storage of a small keyboard and mouse, training checklists and of course …a coffee cup!

Lastly, we have seen a few people around the internet try and make something similar to the CS-1 just by attempting to copy the design but we greatly urge you not to.  We have spent months refining the design to best suit flight simulation while also respecting real world aircraft dimensions.  It’s a delicate balance that is hard to perfect but we’ve done it.  The DIY plans we offer also include the option for the easy to remove or install LCD Bonnet which can use up to three 27″ LCDs.  The Doors can also hold 27″ LCDs as shown or can house 32″ LCDs.  The CS-1 can also be used with any projection system as well so it gives you the option for either style of visuals.  The back wall skin and frame is also included. It is only removed in images to showcase the interior. 

To date we have sold over 500 plan sets of the popular CS-1 Stallion.  It’s a great design and our plans are both easy to understand and will allow you to build it in a very professional manner.   If you are ready to take your simulation experience to a higher level,  the CS-1 is ready to let your dreams soar.  Saddle up!


  • Ergonomic design based on real general aviation aircraft cockpit dimensions such as the Cessna 182 / 210 / 310.
  • Has ability to use up to 7 displays (2 for instrument panel and 3 to 5 for exterior views).
  • Main “Out of Window” view is designed for 3 monitors via MTH2Go, ATI Eyefinity, NVidia or 1 to 2 projector(s).
  • Designed to be put close to projection wall for space constraints. (or use the LCD Bonnet with 3 LCDs)
  • Form follows function design which maximizes materials use to keep total build costs low.
  • Can be built using standard home construction tools.
  • Can house GA sim panels from SimKits or VRInsight.
  • Can house GA avionics from GoFlight or Saitek.
  • Designed for two pilots to train together.
  • Can house the largest HPTC PC tower.
  • Can install dual mechanical yokes.
  • Can install dual mechanical rudders.
  • Easy to relocate in your home.
  • Breaks down into 6 sections.
  • Completely modular design.
  • Immersive sim environment.
  • Basic dimensions are 50″w x 80″l x 60″h


CS-1 DIY Plans Set              $32.00 USD

CS-1 Bare Bones Kit          $1,475.00 USD 

CS-1 Completed RTA Kit    $2,735.00 USD


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CS-1 DIY Cockpit Blueprints Pack   $ 32.00 USD

  • Includes highly detailed plan and elevation drawings
  • Includes all templates and pattern cuts, etc
  • Includes all details for building the optional LCD Bonnet
  • Includes many options for further customization
  • Includes a step-by-step DIY builder manual
  • Includes a free 33 page carpentry guide you can grab HERE
  • Includes Imperial Standard to Metric Conversions
  • Includes photo slideshow links to aid in the DIY process
  • Full builder support by phone & email
  • All for a reasonable $32.00 plus shipping! ($6 or $8)

To purchase the CS-1 DIY Pack see the PURCHASE-BUY page.


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

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

You can learn more by visiting the DIY Flight Systems page.

CS-1 Bare Bones Kit – $ 1,475 USD

The CS-1 Bare Bones kit consists of all the materials and hardware necessary for full project completion. This includes lumber for the base platform, monitor decks, wall-frames, and exterior skin. All material is pre cut for you and includes all the framework and all exterior skin panels for the walls, two side doors, roof, and front engine cowling. The wall frame members are also planed smooth so that they will be ready for painting by you. All the exterior skin is white ABS plastic which is pre-drilled but the framework members are simply marked for you to drill and assemble.  A drill guide (as shown in builder tips videos) is also included to help you speed up this process.  Therefore with the barebones kit you will have to drill where marked on the frames, paint the frame,  and then assemble the cockpit.  The DIY builder manual is included. Lastly, if you also wish to purchase the LCD Bonnet accessory please see that selection found below the RTA Kit option To purchase the CS-1 BareBone kit option please see the PURCHASE-BUY page. 

CS-1 Completed RTA Kit – $ 2,735 USD

The CS-1 Ready To Assemble (RTA) kit will be a full painted unit.  All parts are professionally pre-drilled and pre-assembled for you. The main two walls and doors will come in three large boxes and all skin panels will be pre-attached to the wall frames.  The complete CS-1 RTA kit can be assembled in your home in less than an hour.  The plywood base platform and interior wall skin is colored a Cessna styled medium grey. The wall frames themselves are colored with an oil based charcoal metallic paint.  The exterior skin is wrapped in white ABS 2mm plastic. Real aluminum can also be selected for an added cost of $500 and it will come haze polished and waxed.

To purchase the CS-1 RTA Kit see the PURCHASE-BUY page


LCD Bonnet Options – ($ 360 or $ 480 USD)

As shown in the photos, the CS-1 design includes the option of the easily removable LCD Bonnet which can house up to three 32″ widescreen LCDs for the main exterior visuals (or 4 smaller LCDs.  The Bonnet is wrapped in 2mm black ABS plastic. This is so that the rear wall of the bonnet is not visible while sitting in the cockpit.  For the BareBones kits the LCD Bonnet Option is $360.  For the fully Completed RTA Bonnet Option (pre-drilled, pre-assembled & painted) the cost is $480.  Both options include the plywood and solid wood framework, all assembly hardware, and black ABS plastic skin which covers the face and rear side of the bonnet. 

Aluminum Instrument Panel Option – ($ 360 or $ 560 USD)**

In addition to a cockpit you can also purchase a fully customized aluminum instrument panel overlay.  We will 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 $200 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!

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


Average shipping cost in USA for the base model is $350 to $450 depending on your location.  The LCD Bonnet adds a little weight and therefore typically adds at least $50 extra due to the extra packaging and weight.   Average shipping weight of full RTA kit with all options and accessories is 450 lbs.  The CS-1 will come in two or three large boxes depending on purchase of the Bare Bones kit or Completed RTA kit, bonnet, etc.  Once in hand you will need a small socket set and screw driver (power drill/driver recommended) to complete the final assembly which will typically take one to three hours.

Whether you order a set of the DIY plans, or a Bare Bones kit or even a 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 here to help if you need advice or added assistance!