This project's funding goal was not reached on September 24, 2014.
About this project
Introducing the cardboard jet fighter cockpit. Assemble it in your living room, add your flying hardware, and be airborne in just a few hours! No glue necessary, just a sharp knife to cut holes for your gear. The instrument panel fits LCD monitors up to 22'' which can be used for external gauges.http://youtu.be/I-kasUg17j0
Please check updates!
Update 2: Important video about stability and durability of our cockpit!
Update 3: A-10 Warthog cockpit in progress and partnership with SimPit Technologies Ltd.
Description: if you're looking for a personal home cockpit for playing flying simulators and games, here's why Dogfight Boss is your best bet:
- Affordable: compared to other simulator cockpits on the market, Dogfight Boss gives you much more for your money.
- Durable: the cockpit's ribbed construction means it'll hold up as you install your joystick, pedals, throttle, LCD display etc...
- Lightweight/Easy to Texture: made from cardboard, it's easy to move and any printing company can put high-res textures on it. Other, more expensive cockpits can't say the same.
- Customizable: cardboard can be cut in minutes to accommodate gauges, Ipad, lead wires—whatever you want!
- Setup Agnostic: works with any displaying solution: projector, multiple displays, Oculus Rift.
- Perfect for VR: virtual reality isn't about tons of pricey actual switches; it's about ergonomics. In our cockpit, everything can be put exactly where you need it.
Classic proportion: standard office chair fit means easy cockpit entry and quick take-off.
Quick break-down: cockpit can be easily assembled and disassembled. Everything but the central console is constructed without glue and can be flattened for easy storage.
Unique offer just for Kickstarter backers!
Why we're asking for your help?
Our early tests revealed areas of the design that needed improvement, and so moving forward we need to polish our design and print new prototypes. We've invested all we can in advertising, construction and hardware, and we need help to go further and to be sure of the viability of our product. We've set a goal to raise 15000 pounds in order to finish our project and to create other types of planes, spaceships,cars,formula-1, trains etc. With your support, we'll build a solid company that offers you quality cockpits at a good price.
We will ask you, backers, what type of cockpits would you like to have, and invest Kickstarter funds to build winner, then second place etc...
Having a cockpit at home was always a dream of mine, but I never had the money to buy one or the time to make my own. Then I had an idea. What if I made a full-scale papercraft-like cockpit out of cardboard? As a child I made many papercraft models, and as a game developer, (character animator and 3D modeler) I had the skills. I took some F-22 blueprints and modeled the cockpit section, simplified it a little, created ribs for strength, and divided it into pieces that could be easily cut. Then I sent it to a printing company. They cut the first prototype for me, and I started tweaking the second. Through them I found out I could print textures on my model, and that gave my idea a whole new dimension. My colleague Jan and I shot tons of photos of planes in the Vyskov Museum and from them we've created 20K res. amazing textures.
We have plans to create an additional canopy with a curved projection screen for players with projectors or as nice design piece for for VR players, as well as making real jet fighter cockpits with ejection seats. We also want to make civil aircraft and serve the huge car enthusiast community. We're excited about all our ideas, but they depend on the success of our first Dogfight Boss cockpit.
Why are we giving away a PDF of our source plans?
This is an exclusive offer just for our backers as a big thanks for their support. Once the Kickstarter campaign ends that's it, we will no longer be offering source plans for future projects.
Our Business Plan
Risks and challenges
Only risks are with shipping, I want to make version with smaller parts to get as small dimensions as possible, but still, if we will ship to USA, we need to find good partner who give us good price. But we will solve it and give you possibility to choose if you want to have physical version or electronic. For Europe this is not a risk, just for other countries. Other possibility is to cut cockpits for USA market in USA, but there we have to supervise for quality check. This we will solve after we see how many people and from what countries ordered physical version.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Still working on it, need to make as small as possible package and find cheapest shipping company. But don't worry, if will cost much, we will find commercial printing company near you and let them print it in your hometown!
Any who has CNC cutting machine able to cut 4 mm corrugated cardboard and have UV printer. Should be at least one in every bigger town.
No just cardboard cockpit, we want to give you opportunity to choose your own gear.
For sure it is different in every country, but I paid something about 250 Pounds which is about 427 $, but here in Czech Republic. I think you can get even better price in town with more printing companies, because usually they want to go lower than their competitor.
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