Microsoft Flight Simulator many people seek to ascend to the virtual sky. But for many, the experience is not without a stick. Many of them are now sold out, which can be difficult. But here’s the solution: 3D-printed parts mounted on an Xbox One controller to turn do-it-yourself into chokes or HOTAS.
This amazing little mod is the work of Akaki Kuumeri, a 3D printing master who supports the YouTube channel, where some of his works are shown. Kuumeri also made a video for this fashion, and it’s worth watching, just to choose puns.
If you want to make mods yourself, Kumeri has uploaded plans on Thingiverse to download them for free. Of course, you will need to have access to a 3D printer, but Kuumeri estimated that it would cost no more than $ 10 and “half your time” to print and assemble the various parts. Everything is simply connected, and it is even possible to install elastic bands inside the joints to adjust the force of the spring on the rod and throttle.
Some caveats: Answering a question about Reddit, Kuumeri notes that the details do not work with the Xbox 360 controller or PS4 controller (although he says he can work on the latter if there is enough interest). However, on his own account, the whole installation works surprisingly smoothly. “I expected the ball joints to have some inclination, which [on] the scale of the thumb would be too large to play accurately, but they are absolutely perfect, he told one interrogator. “It also helps that the Xbox sticks themselves are on a very smooth hinge.”
So, if you couldn’t get a flying stick, this looks like the next best.