Kurtz Airadelics’ aim is to build cockpits which are at the same time reasonable cockpit platforms, strong and easy to manage, and objects giving you the impression that a real airplane is just landed in your living-room. Cockpits are not supposed to be the perfect replica of a particular aircraft for the demanding simmer: they are built for all the  lovers of Combat Flight Simulator and IL-2 who want to switch on their PC and pilot without too many complications. A Kurtz Airadelics’ cockpit is a firm support on which you can set up your monitor, your joystick, your throttle and your rudder pedals. You can play sitting inside a likely cabin equipped with bulkheads, formers, a seat and a windscreen formed by little transparent panels.

KA 00 – Cockpit

The cockpit KA00 is partly the result of a challenge to the aeronautical technique and partly a recycling operation, as I used a lot of discarded material.

The wooden body comes from pallets: I used them to assemble Mal’Ider, my first landyacht prototype. Later on, they became a basis for a unfinished dragster mock-up.

The fibreglass seat belonged to a car, a racing prototype, while the stick came from a hedge cutter.

After the selection of the right material, I started to study the technical workbooks to reproduce the gears which give you the control of an aircraft. The stick joint (with its nose-up/dive/turn movements) was not difficult to reproduce, while the planning and the manufacture of the rudder pedals with its differential motion was far more complicated, partly because of the materials at my disposal.



KA 01 - Cockpit Macchi C202

The cockpit KA01 – Macchi C202 has been built to verify the principles of manufacture by practical means.

As it had occurred during the making of other pieces of work, for example the Idropoltrona, it was essential to build a light structure in order to have a greater movability both in course of execution and during the transport.

I took great care over its dimensions and its ergonomics so as to use only the strictly necessary material. The body and the seat are made of wood and plywood, the latter being used for the covering too.


The background has been painted by brush and the camouflage has been made by air spray. For the camouflage, I chose the colours of the classic livery, sand and spinach.

KA 02 - Cockpit Messerschmitt Bf.109

The cockpit Messerschmitt Bf. 109 represents the natural development of the Macchi. Its general dimensions have been adjusted and the result was the possibility of having a more compact and shorter body (about 20 cm) and a greater habitability. Besides, I made improvements in the combination of bulkheads and formers, which facilitated the laying of the covering. The column of the stick, which was fixed in the Macchi, has been replaced with a folding support. The windscreen, built with the same materials and using the same technique, was inspired by the Bf. 109 and it turns out to be more solid. As for the covering, I abandoned the sole 4-mm plywood board for 2-mm crylex panels (four panels on each side) which have been fastened on the striker of the bulkheads. What I got is a smooth and level surface fit for spray painting. This time I used water colours, RLM 65, 82 and 02. As for the seat, there are two options: the first one follows the element built for the Macchi, with the seat and the little side walls, while the second one has a plywood frame on which I set the original cushions of the  AB 206 helicopter. With this kind of seat, which is a little bit heavier than the standard one, the whole cockpit weighs a little less than 30 kilos.

02 Grau Rover S168
65 Hellblau Rover RAL 6027
02 Grau Rover RAL 7011
70 Schwarzgrün Rover RAL 6025 + Black


KA 03 - Cockpit Spitfire Mk.II

once you have a Bf 109 at home, how could you resist temptation to put a Spitfire next to it, just to recreate the atmosphere bringing us back to the Battle of Britain? Its structure is basically a copy of the Messerschmitt’s, I further simplified the method to fix the panels to the frames, while I made the throttle support using a plywood box-shaped element. It was essential to make the two opposing fighters look different so its canopy has a softer and more rounded contour, because of the upper transparent component as well, which is a complete contrast to the squared structure of the Bf 109. As to its camouflage, I painted it dark earth /dark green with national markings, then some work for weathering and shading adding scrapings, dirt and oil in the engine area.
Interior Grey-Green RAL 4030
Dark Green Rover RAL 6025 + Nero
Dark Earth Rover RAL 7020 o 7006
Dull Blue [“Oxford Blue”/USN] Rover RAL 5013
Dull Red Rover RAL 3002
Trainer Yellow Rover RAL 1017

N.B. All paints are Rover satin water-enamels, unless otherwise stated. Some paints are different from the original ones because the Federal Standard Charts do not match the RAL codes (for further information see the very detailed Colour Reference Charts in www.ipmsstockholm.org and the Humbrol Enamel Cross Reference Charts conversion tables). Sometimes it was only a matter of expediency: the possibility of using some paints as bases to which adding different colours; the decision to employ a little bit lighter paint to make the Spitfire look like a real plane; the apparent uselessness to buy a can of the original blue paint for the R.A.F. national markings when a similar paint can be used both for that little circle and for a future F4U Corsair sim.

info: kurtzairadelics@ruotenelvento.it