Microsoft Flight Simulator has a lot of people yearning to fly in the virtual sky. But for many, the experience is not complete without a flying stick. With many of these now sold out, this can be difficult. But here’s a solution: 3D printed parts that snap onto an Xbox One controller to turn into a hands-on throttle-and-stick or HOTAS yourself.
This amazing little mod is the work of Akaki Kuumeri, a 3D printing hobbyist who has a YouTube channel that shows off some of his creations. Kuumeri made a video for this mod too, and it’s worth a watch just for the groanworthy selection of puns alone.
If you want to do the mod yourself, Kuumeri uploaded the plans to Thingiverse to download for free. You’ll need to have access to a 3D printer, of course, but Kuumeri estimates that it would cost no more than $ 10 and “an afternoon of your time” to print and assemble the various parts. Everything just snaps together and there is even the option to build rubber bands into the linkage to adjust the spring force on the joystick and throttle.
Some caveats: When asked about Reddit, Kuumeri notes that the parts won’t work with the Xbox 360 controller or PS4 controller (although he says he may be working on the latter if there is enough interest). According to the company, the entire setup works surprisingly smoothly. “I expected the ball joints to be a little crooked [on] The scale of a thumb stick would be too big to play accurately, but they are absolutely perfect, ”he told a questioner. “It also helps that the Xbox thumb pins themselves hang on a very smooth hinge.”
So if you haven’t been able to grab a flying stick, this seems like the next best thing.