XS-1 SORA

As it has been said throughout history…all good things must come to an end.  In fall of 2015 the first and original design from SimSamurai, the XS-1 Sora, exited the taxiway for the mothball hangar.  For the time being we have pulled her from service but she will never be forgotten.  And while we are not currently offering the kit, we do still offer the DIY plan set at a reduced price.  The final goal for our XS-1 is to retrofit it to become a smaller, more compact single seat cockpit design to be called the SX-1B.  it’s larger replacement is the Airliner X which is a full foot wider than the original XS-1.

For now we will leave this page active as a testimony to her legacy.   She was unique. She was the original. 

The outstanding XS-1.

The XS-1 was in fact the original SimSamurai cockpit design.  With its inception to service was born a mantra of showing the world that advanced home flight simulation can be cost effective without sacrificing quality of the environment.  She served her purposed and with it was logged many thousands of flight hours.

The XS-1 provides a very realistic cockpit feel while also retaining many useful features of a common desk such as storage shelves on each side which can be used for various charts, training manuals, DVDs, or even a coffee cup!

XS-1 FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

  • Ergonomic design based on real commercial jet aircraft cockpit dimensions. (Instrument panel width up to 60″ inch)
  • Has ability to use up to 10 displays (4-6 for flight instruments and 5-6 for exterior views).
  • Primarily designed for front projector(s) for main view with LCDs placed in sidewalls.
  • Designed to be put close to projection wall for space constraints. Requires floor area of 7.5′ x 7.5′ feet.
  • Form follows function design which maximizes materials use.
  • Can be built using standard home construction tools.
  • Can house three 20” – 22” LCDs for instrument panel.
  • Can use a mix of both LCDs and overhead projector.
  • Can house many various retail instrument panels.
  • Designed for two pilots to train together.
  • Can house two 21″ rack mounted PC’s.
  • Fully enclosed detachable canopy.
  • Has storage ability and shelves.
  • Easy to relocate in your home.
  • Breaks down into 5 sections.
  • Completely modular design.
  • Immersive sim environment.
  • Requires floor space of 7ft x 5ft.

BASIC COSTS

XS-1 DIY Plans Set             $24.00 USD

XS-1 Bare Bones Kit          $1,890.00 USD

XS-1 Completed RTA Kit    $2,970.00 USD

XS-1 SORA

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COCKPIT PURCHASE OPTIONS :

XS-1 DIY Cockpit Blueprints Pack     $ 24.00 USD

  • Includes highly detailed plan and elevation drawings
  •  Includes all templates and pattern cuts, etc.
  • 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 specific techniques and many other great tips
  •  Includes photo slideshow links to aid in the DIY process
  •  Full builder support by phone & email
  • All for a reasonable $24.00 plus shipping! ($8)

To purchase the XS-1 DIY Pack see the PURCHASE-BUY page


PRO PILOT KIT PURCHASING OPTIONS

Effective September 1st 2015, the XS-1 is no longer offered as a BareBones or RTA kit due to lack of consistent demand of this model.  We have moved on to new things, new ideas, new designs. You can still purchase a DIY plan set if desired and this page will remain active through the end of 2015.

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


XS-1 Bare Bones Kit    $ 1,890.00 USD

The XS-1 Bare Bones kit includes all wood, screws, bolts, brackets, and templates necessary for full project assembly and will include assembly tutorial videos that accompany the builder manual so as to help you assemble the flight simulator cockpit. The Bare Bones kit comes with all plywood, stick lumber, and skin parts pre-drilled, but all parts are un-sanded and un-painted.  The exterior skin is a choice of either white or black ABS plastic or for an upgrade fee of $650 all skin can be made in .032 aircraft quality aluminum.

All parts of the XS-1 RTA bare bones kit are pre-cut on a precision C-N-C computerized router machine using high grade cabinet quality hardwood laminate and hardwood composite material (Not cheap MDF or particle board!) The XS-1 RTA package is made of professional “cabinet quality” materials and is made to high grade furniture quality specifications. 

Lastly as with all kit cockpit purchases, we offer free building and assembly advice (during 8am-6pm USA Pacific time).  Please know we are always here to help if you need any added assistance!

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

To purchase the XS-1 Barebones Kit see the PURCHASE-BUY page


XS-1 Completed RTA Kit    $ 2,970.00 USD

The Ready to Assemble (RTA) package of the SimSamurai XS-1 flight deck takes all of your cutting, drilling, and painting out of the equation as it will come to you ready to assemble which will take 1 or 2 hours.  The RTA kit 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 parts of the XS-1 RTA kit are pre-cut on a precision C-N-C computerized router machine using high grade cabinet quality hardwood laminate and hardwood composite material (Not cheap MDF or particle board!) The XS-1 RTA package is made of professional “cabinet quality” materials and is made to high grade furniture quality specifications. 

The XS-1 Complete RTA kit includes all screws, bolts, brackets, and templates necessary for full project assembly and will include a detailed assembly manual so that you can assemble the flight simulator cockpit in a professional manner all within an afternoon.  As with all our products, we design with future upgradeability and expandability in mind.  You will be able to set up the XS-1 exactly as we have or you can instead install a pre-made instrument panel from any other “pro sim” retailers.

The XS-1 frame work is painted in “Charcoal Metallic” which is a black satin with aluminum metallic accents. The exterior skin is a choice of either white or black ABS plastic or for an upgrade fee of $650 all skin can be made in .032 aircraft quality aluminum.

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

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


ACCESSORY OPTIONS

Aluminum Instrument Panel Option ($ 320 or $ 540)**

In addition to the cockpit you can also purchase a fully customized aluminum instrument panel overlay.   You can choose to use the 3 LCDs approach like we do (with center monitor in portrait mode) or we can custom design the panel specifically to fit your personal needs. The instrument panel is 5mm (.125″) aircraft grade aluminum and is precision cut on a CNC water jet system.   For a total of $545 the top of the panel will come complete with a rubberized  dash/glare-shield.  The aluminum panel and glare shield is a great way to finish out your cockpit and make it look very  professional. 

**For both BareBones and RTA kit customers the panel and glareshield option is reduced 10% if ordered along with cockpit.

Interior Window Frames with Aluminum Cap Trim Option 

($ 125 per frame and up to four available)

The upper window frames are made to provide a “window-like” appearance when seated in the cockpit.  Each frame is constructed of 3/4″ Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) and are cut via C-n-C router machine.  Again, much like with the aluminum overlay panel, the upper window frame cutout sizes must be first determined by the actual monitors used by the customer.  The central window frame cutouts are determined by the exact perimeter size of the monitor (without stand) and is determined by both the exterior bezel width and height as well the exact screen width and height of just the LCD screen itself.  Once cut, the frame receives a final sanding and is then painted with a single coat of grey primer and then 2 textured topcoats in choice of medium grey or sand tan.  Also included with each window frame is the 2.5 inch front frame support and 400 grit polished 1.5″ L-channel aluminum cap for the interior face.

Real Aluminum Exterior Skin Panels Option  

($ 400 for side exterior panels, $ 250 for overhead canopy)

By default, all cockpit exterior panels are made with white or black ABS plastic.  For complete RTA kit purchases the exterior is painted silver while the interior is primed white then painted in a choice of medium grey or sand tan.  You can option to have these panels made in real 20 gauge 6061 aluminum skin if desired and all holes will come pre-drilled for immediate installation.

Rolling Castor Wheels Option  

($ 150 – for 14 wheels and 56 screws)

By default, both the Bare Bones and RTA kits come without wheels but include 3.5″ x 3.5″ wood standoff blocks where the wheels would typically be located. This added height is a necessity of the design for proper yoke height in relation to the pilots. Installation of 360 degree rotational castor wheels allows the entire cockpit to be more mobile if it is ever required that the cockpit be moved around or relocated.   The wheels used are high quality 3″ polyurethane wheels with lubricated ball bearings for life longevity.


BAREBONES and RTA KIT SHIPPING COSTS

Average shipping cost in USA for the base model is $350 to $400 depending on your location. Average ship weight for the XS-1 is 300 lbs.  The XS-1 will come in two large boxes 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 or two hours.

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