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Old 01-07-2005, 06:00 PM
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My old plastic stand finally broke and I did not find a commercially available stand that I
liked. I worked out the design by making two mock-ups using Fome-Core board. This is
easy to cut and can be glued quickly with a hot glue gun. I use a mini-gun which cost
$4.00. The joints can be disassembled using a heat gun. The mockups gave me the
final dimensions as I fitted them to the transmitter and showed up unforseen problems
such as poor resistance to tipping forward.

My stand is made of scrap 1/4" 3-ply wood. It is cheap and easy to cut and sand. The
joints were made with Tite-Bond glue on the inner surfaces plus medium CyA on the
outside of the joints to secure the parts while the Tite-Bond was drying. Additonally some
5/8" brads were installed. This was a little tricky as it was necessary to drill to avoid
splitting the wood. Those with more carpentry experience than I have will not have a
problem. The upright panel is 8" wide by 7.5" high and the shelf is 3" deep. The sides
are 30-60-90 triangles. Feet were added to prevent tipping forward and they are 1/4" by
1-1/8" stripping. Another piece of stripping went on the back to brace the sides. The
finished stand is quite stable. The photos show the stand before paint is applied.
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Old 01-07-2005, 06:27 PM
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Default RE: Home-Made Transmitter Stand

Very nice set-up i was gonna make 1 out of PVC but that 1 you made might be better ..thanks for the photo of your idea ..mike
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Old 01-09-2005, 01:02 AM
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Default RE: Home-Made Transmitter Stand

I have 2 of these. Stainless steel, durable, works great, and I always have the stand with me. I agree, the plastic ones are pretty crappy.

http://www.qualityrcproducts.com/prod_gemstand.html
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With two coats of latex primer and two coats of Rustoleum the stand is finished.
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Ok I know I'm going to sound very lame, but what do you use these for? At home for storage or at the field so your transmitter has a secure resting place? They are very nice looking but for the life of me I don't know what use they are.

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Old 01-14-2005, 04:41 PM
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I use the stand in the pits to keep my delicate transmitter out of the mud, wet grass and dirt. It also supports it safely so that it doesn't get trampled while I am starting the engine. Without the stand the transmitter might fall forward and break off a switch (it has happened) or worse, throw the throttle up while I am starting the plane. Without a stand I must leave it lying on the ground or try to perch it atop my toolbox which is precarious. After adjusting the engine I then pick up the transmitter and head to the flight line. In very hot weather I do not leave the transmitter on the stand in the sun but set it inside the back of my station wagon.
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Thanks Dave,
I knew if you put so much effort into it there had to be a logical reason. They look very well made. I just for the life of me couldn't think of one. Probably because my field has flight tables and no one there uses a transmitter stand. We've twenty members and I've never flown at another field. I probably should get out more.

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