I design and build metal throttle consoles for WWII flight simulators and virtual pilots' home cockpits. If you feel the modern HOTAS-controllers are unsuitable for your Second World War home cockpit this is a great vintage looking choice for you. Console has more axes, levers, steering wheels and buttons than any other similar throttle unit in the game controls market. I have a mirrored left-handed version too.
KANTTORIN KONE throttle console is planned to function with IL-2 Sturmovik Great Battles, IL-2 Sturmovik Cliffs Of Dover and DCS World simulator's WWII fighters, jabos and twin-engine bombers.
The metal case of the console is manufactured (laser-cut and bent) industrially and painted in the professional paintshop to dark grey (almost black) with metal sheen.
The Console has two durable and sharp vintage style mechanical GVL levers (throttle and RPM) which have magnetic hall sensors. The designer and manufacturer of the metal levers is the very respected Ukrainian simulator controllers maker Vitaly Goryansky alias GVL224. He is also the designer of the MJ16/GVL224 USB-circuit board which is the "brain" of this console.
These functions in my personal mapping plan scheme above are only an example how you can map the console in the IL-2 Sturmovik Great Battles simulator. It depends on if you are flying Axis or Allies planes and also if you are flying fighters, ground attackers or bombers. I fly almost all Axis plane types and mostly Bf 109 G and Ju88 A-4, so my button mapping is mixture to them all! All the buttons and switches are separated into different sub-groups so you can handle and find them easily when using VR headset. For example all the motors functions are in the console's rear end and the flight functions are in the front end.
International sales to European Union Countries, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia.
The recent markup is because of growing production costs and more expensive components and new features: Console has high-quality 3D-printed throttle/RPM levers and special precision potentiometer (stabilizer axis).
I am collecting 200 EUR (appr. 222 USD) prepayment from all new orders with PayPal. With that prepayment I pay out the most expensive parts and components to my subcontractors and manufacturers in Ukraine, Great Britain, China and Finland. I also ensure my customers subscriptions with that prepayment.
The balance is paid when the console is ready for shipping. The total price of the console is 550 EUR (appr. 610 USD) so the second payment (after the console is ready to shipping) is 350 EUR (appr. 388 USD) + shipping costs (33-51 EUR to EU countries and 87 USD to US).
The waiting time after preorder is about two months. That is because of the existing queue of subscribed customers. Also, it often takes more than a month for shipments of components to reach me.
I have shipped by Finnish post six consoles to Europe (shipping 51 EUR), four consoles to United States (shipping 78 EUR), one to Singapore/Asia(shipping 89 EUR) and one to New Zealand (shipping 89 EUR). Every parcels has arrived in good condition because I use 3mm plywood protection in boxes.
3D engineer and expert Pentti "Buffalo" Kurkinen designed an manufactured totally new 3D-printed handles for the throttle console. Throttle handle contains (after August 2019 small update) all together TEN buttons: 3 small and 3 big frontal buttons as well as 4-way thumb hat The old handle with the three big front buttons + 4-way hat is still good too.
Customers can select between black button knobs or color coded knobs. Buttons color coding eases very much to detecht plentiful different motor function buttons in the rear end of the console. My default mapping idea is this:
Red = Ppropeller pitch plus/minus, Brown = oil radiator plus/minus (both On-Off-On switch and rear end analog axis = pot), Green = water radiator plus/minus (both On-Off-On switch and rear end pot) and Yellow = Supercharger stage On-Off-On switch (also P-47 turbo supercharger plus/minus). The upper right yellow push/pull knob is a Boost push/pull switch and it can also be black. Covered Eject button's shield can be red or carbon gray, just tell me!
On the front end of the console are all the flight and weapons mode selecting buttons. There are also new bigger gears up/down (black) and flaps up/down (light gray) big knobs as picture above. They are now easy to find when your hand rests on throttle handle. Flaps knob can also be black. You can see also those low metal push button (two pairs) in this picture. One is raised when the another one is more flat. With the VR glasses you feel the difference with your fingers!
The new console version has a high class and durable new component: a heavy duty VISHAY SPECTROL 533 precision potentiometer for the stabilizer wheel axis. It turns three times around it's axis (3 x 360 degrees = 1080 degrees) and it's very accurate and replicates Bf 109's, M.C. 202's and Ju52's stabilizer wheel.
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In the picture above is a custom "mirrored" console to my left-handed customer from the USA. He is going to use it on his table so there is a small bakellite 50mm (diameter) trim wheel instead of the big 120mm elevator trim/stabilizer wheel. Also the front big silver/black knob of the rotary encoder pot is new and it's destined to bombs delay and mode toggle selector (rotating it clockwise or counter clockwise).
Only the trim axles are equipped with those black bakellite knobs (and normally with the big trim wheel on the left or right side wall). All these customizations are possible to order with my current left/right-handed console models.
Huub alias "Hsthhsth" from Netherlands wrote in the IL-2 Sturmovik forum: I received this console a couple of weeks ago and I must say, it's awesome. It took some time to get the muscle memory (VR!) but now I would not want to use another console anymore. Compared to the Warthog console this is a whole new experience. Trimming the various axis and controlling the various coolers & shutters feels so much more "real"."
The quality is excellent and the help from Ismo in setting it up is very good. The key mapping in IL-2 is now only for the axis and rotary switches, all other buttons and switches are defined in the console. In one subject I changed the setup from Ismo's advice as I use Joystick Gremlin instead of SV Mapper to define the buttons and switches. SV Mapper does not recognize all key combinations and Joystick Gremlin does. So that made it a lot easier. A big "Thank You" from me to Ismo for this console.
LLv32_Modo wrote in the IL-2 Sturmovik forum: Here is my cockpit with this new console. I absolutely love it! I also had the first (and bigger) two-engine version of this and I was very satisfied with it, too. But I must say that this smaller one-engine version is better and much more practical. And, besides, this has an engine selector which makes it easy to use with two-engine planes as well.
With a little exercise you can use it without having to look at it at all (so I’m looking forward and confidentially to the next generation VR glasses). Very well made, stabile, precise and enjoyable! This console is handmade in Finland, and I don’t know how long the delivery time is. But I know it's worth waiting for!
LLv44_Pena wrote in the IL-2 Sturmovik forum: "I recommend this throttle console. I have used actively this Black second edition already six months and it has been wonderful. I am a VR flier with Oculus Rift and everything in the console can be used without looking it. Also the Service has been best possible. I have used the console with IL2 and WT.
I include here a photo of my setup. It is not beautiful but I have targeted to maximum functionality without additional burden. I have a Warthog Joystick, tuned by myself, Thrustmaster pedals, Kanttoris throttle console, Gametrix Jetseat motorized seat, Oculus Rift Tough and a 46 inch Samsung display, which I normally cannot see. Computing power is i7 7700 and GeForce GTX 1080Ti. SS is fixt as 2 in SteamVR."
LLv44_Antsu wrote in the IL-2 Sturmovik forum: "Yeah, I got this console about six months ago and I´m very pleased. The vintage outlook gives you a certain feeling while flying. Also it´s very handy and compact by it´s size. The buttons and swithes are very easy to learn to use without looking which is good forinstance for those using VR- glasses. The amount of buttons and switches is sufficient and therefore your keyboard is practically unnecessary while playing your game. As far as I know this console can also be used, not only with IL-2 Sturmovik Great Battles, with DCS and Clod...so, I recommend this product for everyone in the virtual sky!"
LLv34_Flanker wrote in the IL-2 Sturmovik forum: "Can recommend this throttle. Solid build and has the vintage look without being impractical in the layout. And service has been top notch!"