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    Carbon fiber radio trays


    Where do you guys get all these carbon fiber radio trays that I keep seeing so often on these forums? Do you typically cut them yourselves, or is there a place that sells ready-cut / custom-cut trays for different models?

    Also, wouldn't a carbon fiber tray have a negative impact on radio reception, depending on where the antennas are placed?

    Thanks in advance.

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Beavis,

    I think most of those that you are seeing are actually wood trays covered with the carbon fibre looking monokote. Because real carbon does cause the 2.4Ghz radios to have issues.
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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Most are plastic trays that look like carbon cloth. Dreamworksrc sells the material. It looks gray on the webstie but it is a black carbon pattern.

    http://dreamworksrc.com/catalog/carb...ted-p-172.html

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    on some of the tray's I have built were wood and covered with Monokote that looked like carbon fiber.

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Take a look in here http://www.espritmodel.com/transmitter-trays.aspx I have a couple of the carbon ones and they are great.

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    there is monokote that looks like carbon? Awesome! I have the plastic sheets from dream works. Still need to put plywood underneath, don't think they're strong enough on there own. The monokote idea is sweet.
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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Very Neat Install Mike Cant beat plastic lookalike sheets, just score down the back with a scalpel and twist two or three times and they break leaving a clean edge, dont even need sanding if the cut is straight......Im always sanding mine to a nice finish
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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    I cut mine out of G-10 to custom fit on my CNC machine. Have been thinking about offering it as a service if some people wanted a custom tray
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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Getting it cut out on CNC would be cool. My problem is I sit there and kind of plan arrangement as I go. Can you cut the plastic sheets or do they just melt? Your G-10 is much lighter than the way I'm doing it.

    Love the little wheel cover!

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Yeah, I know what you mean Mike. The other problem is getting all the measurements for the parts and things that will go into the tray. I think ultimately its doable one way or another. I can cut the plastic no problem most likely with a single flute bit. They also make special plastic cutting bits.

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Hi friends:

    I made it in wood and Oracover, it is a easy way for get a pretty job.

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Als hobbies sell plastic look alike in 34 x 66 sheets if I remember correctly : http://alshobbies.com/shop/lookupstock.php?pc=35093 I usually gorilla glue it to a 3mm piece of ply to give it a bit of strength if its going to hold any weight.

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    I believe the Monokote being discussed is actually Oracover and/or Ultracote. Works great, looks great, just build a wood tray and cover it up.
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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Nice, These all look good.
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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays


    ORIGINAL: Beavis


    Where do you guys get all these carbon fiber radio trays that I keep seeing so often on these forums? Do you typically cut them yourselves, or is there a place that sells ready-cut / custom-cut trays for different models?

    Also, wouldn't a carbon fiber tray have a negative impact on radio reception, depending on where the antennas are placed?

    Thanks in advance.
    Don't use a carbon fiber tray, unles you don't mind crashing and buying a new plane.

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Wood with covering works well.

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays


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    ORIGINAL: Beavis


    Where do you guys get all these carbon fiber radio trays that I keep seeing so often on these forums? Do you typically cut them yourselves, or is there a place that sells ready-cut / custom-cut trays for different models?

    Also, wouldn't a carbon fiber tray have a negative impact on radio reception, depending on where the antennas are placed?

    Thanks in advance.
    Don't use a carbon fiber tray, unles you don't mind crashing and buying a new plane.


    I disagree with that, my Firebird (and all firebirds) have carbon fiber trays and none that I'm aware of have been lost to radio issues. Do a clean install and locate receivers and antenna's in spots that make sense and there is no issue.

    remember when people actually BUILT their airplanes?

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Some very nice installs here..

    I just use plain old plywood..... And paint it.

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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Top Flite makes Carbon Fiber and Kevlar Monokote and Hanger 9 makes Carbon Fiber Ultracote. I prefer the Ultracote myself. Easier to work...



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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    Been using carbon fibre trays for years and never had an issue. I make my own I have a sheet of glass with 3mm sides and lay it up you can't tell the difference from the stuff you pay through the nose for.Make all my own horns as well.
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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    The real carbon mounts act like a shadow just like metal. That's why Spektrum makes carbon specific Rx units. BUT... on an Rx like the 1221... you have 3 satellites. So... as long as they are mounted somewhere else... it's not a big deal.


    I don't do the cleanest installs... but I also use wood, and covering.





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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays


    ORIGINAL: ianober

    I cut mine out of G-10 to custom fit on my CNC machine. Have been thinking about offering it as a service if some people wanted a custom tray
    G-10 builds up a surface charge... watch out... but if you spray a light coat of hair spray or clear on it, its ok..

    We had issues in an EMI chamber with G10 discharges on a sensitive piece of calibrating electronics awhile back at work
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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    my bandit.. and my elan.. painted
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    RE: Carbon fiber radio trays

    I am painting my boards so that wont be a problem. But the G10 I use from mcmaster states it has good electrical insulating properties so I dont see how it would conduct enough electricity to cause issues with the equipment.


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