Futaba 10C strip down..

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  1. Howard Dapp

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    Today I decided to do something I've been thinking of doing for a while. Gut a TX (in this case my cam operator 10C) and place the innards inside a pelican 1300 case with video RX and video monitor. A mini ground station for the cam operator that will mount on a tripod. I've seen this done before somewhere.

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  2. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Wonderful what you can do with a hammer, Howard! :)
    I'll be interested to see the finished result.

    Andy.
     
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    Howard, come clean and confess. How high was it when you dropped it? :cool:
     
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    From the looks of it he was doing drop tests from the copter approximately 30m high!

    Josh
     
  5. Howard Dapp

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    haha I wish I dropped it! that way I wouldn't have to deal with this modification! This is tedious, relocating power switches, LED lights, rotary dials, charging socket, antenna etc. I lost radio function twice and almost gave up 3 times. Those mysterious blue wires are a pain, you cut the right one and just that quick your stick and toggle switches are all out of wack. The cam op doesn't use more than half of the switches on the radio, so what do you do with them? you cut them off...bad idea!

    Anyway got it all working. Next will be cutting out openings into the lid of an 8"x5"x3" plastic electronics enclosure for the sticks and switches then stuffing it all inside. The electronics enclosure will fit inside a peli 1300 case. Will post pic when completed.
     
  6. Howard Dapp

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    Done.
    I have control for left/right sticks, 3 rotary dials and a 3-positon switch. Charging port is located on the top. It was worth the effort. The Pelican 1300 can close snug with 6" LCD, video downlink components and pan/tilt box. Peli attaches to tripod via quick release mount
     

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    Howard - Beautiful work, this turned out excellent!
     
  8. Howard Dapp

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    Thanks Tabb!
     
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    Howard the two links at the end of your posting don't seem to work.
     
  10. Howard Dapp

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    Thanks Gary, I believe that happened when I posted the images. I removed them.
     
  11. Gary Haynes

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    No probelm. When you get a chance can you shoot another photo like the first one but get more light on it? Your setup looks cool but all the black is acting like a black hole and can't quite make out all of the bits and pieces like the monitor, etc.
     
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    Will do Gary! Nothing special about the video aspect..using a generic 6" LCD with hood, 5.8 RX downlink velcro'd to the peli's lid. The beauty of the setup is the wireless pan/tilt box mounted inside the peli, a much more rugged field and travel setup...at least I think so:)
     
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    More rugged as long as the pieces don't look like your original post.
     
  14. Howard Dapp

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    haha those photos add to the drama!
    It was a little tough initially securing and relocating the 10C's LCD screen plus all of the unused switches but I was able to make it all very tidy and secure inside the electronics enclosure...nothing loose or moving around, I wouldn't have it any other way, can't have this thing failing on me.
    The 10C's screen is accessible from the inside, so if I need to reassign switches or adjust end points etc it's not a problem.
     

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