Where do I start?

To begin building an OpenHornet, here are some steps to get you started:

Start by thoroughly reading the OpenHornet documentation included in the release manual, including the engineering drawings, construction plans, and any available resources. Understand the project requirements, components, and overall construction process.

Join the OpenHornet community on platforms like Discord. Engage with fellow builders, ask questions, and share progress updates. The community can provide valuable guidance, support, and troubleshooting assistance throughout your build.

Prepare a dedicated workspace with adequate lighting, ventilation, and a sturdy workbench. Organize your tools and materials for easy access and efficient workflow.
Make a list of the required materials and tools based on the OpenHornet documentation. Ensure you have all the necessary components, hardware, and tools before starting the build (or at least the assembly you are building!)

Begin assembling OpenHornet by following the step-by-step instructions provided in the OpenHornet Build Documentation. Pay close attention to the details, measurements, and guidelines to ensure accurate construction.

Building OpenHornet is a meticulous process. Take your time with each step, ensuring precision and accuracy in your work. Double-check measurements, alignments, and connections along the way to avoid errors.

Once the construction is complete, thoroughly test each component and system to ensure proper functionality. Address any issues or malfunctions promptly, referring to the troubleshooting resources available.

Remember, building OpenHornet is an involved process that requires patience, attention to detail, and a passion for building. Embrace the journey, enjoy the learning experience, and don’t hesitate to reach out for help when needed. Happy building!

Research and Familiarize

OpenHornet is currently about to release its Beta1 release. As an early-stage beta version, please keep in mind that not everything may work perfectly. We appreciate your support and patience as we work diligently to refine and enhance the simulator. Your feedback and bug reports are invaluable in helping us create a top-notch experience. Stay tuned for the Beta2 release, which will include even more exciting features and improvements. Let’s embark on this exciting journey together and make OpenHornet even better!

OpenHornet Complexity

To give you an idea of the level of the complexity of OpenHornet, we have compiled the following stats about the project. They aren’t 100% accurate due to some fringe cases, but it is certainly the right ballpark.

Fusion Model Stats Quantity Fusion Model Stats Quantity Fusion Model Stats Quantity
Total Parts 9856 External Parts 643 Max Assy Depth 9
Unique Parts 2024 Total Joints 7750

Mechanical Manufacturing Files

OH vs COTS Parts

Seek Community Support

At OpenHornet, we believe in the power of community. It takes a village to build something extraordinary, and that’s why we invite you to join our vibrant community of builders and aviation enthusiasts. Connect, collaborate, and share your OpenHornet journey with like-minded individuals who share your passion.

Why build an OpenHornet without being able to show it off to the world? By joining our community, you’ll have the perfect platform to showcase your hard work, gain inspiration from others, and celebrate your achievements. Whether it’s on Discord, Facebook, or Instagram, we’ve got you covered.

So, don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of a supportive and engaging community. Click the links below to join us on Discord, follow us on Facebook, and Instagram. Let’s build, share, and soar together in the OpenHornet Village!

Setup your Workspace/Shop

Embarking on the self-fabrication journey of OpenHornet requires a comprehensive evaluation of your shop and capabilities. To successfully undertake the project, you will need the following essential tooling:

Remember, this list provides a minimum guideline, and depending on the complexity of your build, additional specialized tools and equipment may be required. Assessing your existing tooling capabilities and acquiring any necessary equipment will ensure a smooth and successful OpenHornet fabrication process.

Planned Features

These exciting features have not yet been added to OpenHornet. We do plan on developing and incorporating most of them prior to the 1.00 release, though some may lag after. These are listed in no particular order, other than Beta 2 will focus on Software.

  • 1
    Embedded Software for all Microcontrollers in System
  • 2
    Autothrottle Enhancement
  • 3
    Mechanical SARI Variant (Simple and Advanced)
  • 4
    Canopy Bow with Compass, Shoot/No Shoot, and Associated Cockpit Lighting
  • 5
    Canopy Jettison Handle
  • 6
    Internal Cockpit Lighting System
  • 7
    OpenHornet Replica Rudder Pedals
  • 8

    Simplify Frame/Structure Assembly Methods

  • 9
    Type B Panels
  • 10
    Functional HUD and AoA Indicator
  • 11
    Additional Under Canopy Rail Cosmetic Details
  • 12
    Additional Seat Cosmetic Details