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!
CS-1 FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS
design based on real general aviation aircraft cockpit dimensions such as the Cessna 182 / 210 / 310.
ability to use up to 7 displays (2 for instrument panel and 3 to 5 for exterior views).
“Out of Window” view is designed for 3 monitors via
MTH2Go, ATIEyefinity, NVidia or 1 to 2 projector(s).
to be put close to projection wall for space constraints. (or use the LCD Bonnet with 3 LCDs)
follows function design which maximizes materials use to keep total build costs low.
be built using standard home construction tools.
house GA sim panels from SimKits or VRInsight.
house GA avionics from GoFlight or Saitek.
for two pilots to train together.
- Can house the largest HPTC PC tower.
- Can install dual mechanical yokes.
- Can install dual mechanical rudders.
to relocate in your home.
down into 6 sections.
- 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