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Old 09-06-2008, 01:39 PM
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Default "invisible" on/off switch?

Are there any tried & tested means of hiding the on/off switch for radio on a scale plane?

at the moment the best I can think of is underneath the plane but as it will have a pitts muffler, it will be suseptable to a lot of exaust dirt and oil etc... not a great idea...

suggestions???
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Old 09-06-2008, 01:53 PM
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What type of aircraft are you making? Does it have an open cockpit?
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Old 09-06-2008, 02:07 PM
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Default RE: "invisible" on/off switch?

I've hidden them in scale exhausts, in open cockpits, inside scale air scoops, under opening covers etc. You can even get some switches that use magnets to switch the model on (magnet attached = power off) so not visible from outside the fuse. There are usually plenty of places to hide a switch but it does depend on the plane you are modelling.

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Old 09-06-2008, 02:56 PM
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ORIGINAL: RGN01
...You can even get some switches that use magnets to switch the model on (magnet attached = power off) so not visible from outside the fuse...
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That sounds cool! Do you have any more info/links on this?
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Old 09-06-2008, 04:23 PM
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ORIGINAL: rwright142

That sounds cool! Do you have any more info/links on this?
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Default RE: "invisible" on/off switch?

Had a friend who was into model submarines. As you know they are overly cautious about leak spots. Thus they use magnetic on/off switches placed in the hull at a certain location. He carried a magnetic pocket pen in his shirt pocket to turn it on and off.

Go to wet stuff forums and ask where they get their magnetic switches from.


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The nose gear wheel well works great. I put the switch inside the fuselage with a wire link to the wheel well and also put my retract gear air fill valve in the wheel well too.
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:52 AM
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Default RE: "invisible" on/off switch?

One can use a push-on/push-off style of switch and use th antenna mast to turn it on and off. On my TF Spitfire, I placed the switch, charge jack and air filler under a scale hatch behind the cockpit. The fuel filler was in the scale fuel tank cap location.

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Old 09-09-2008, 05:50 PM
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saramos, where did you get the push on/push off switch?

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I built a scale luggage compartment on my TF Cessna 182. I will do something similar on my TF Arrow II. I can even refuel it from there!
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Default RE: "invisible" on/off switch?

I wrote my response a bit misleading. I did not use a push-on/push-off switch in my Spitfire. I used a standard switch mounted inside a hatch I made in a scale location. I have seen others use a push-on/push-off switch activated by an antenna mast. I've picked up a couple of these switches at a local electronics supply store (All Electronics), but have not yet used them in a plane.
I also have seen where an antenna mast was used to activate a standard two position switch. Some switches have a small hole drilled into the toggle to accept an extension wire, or one could drill thier own. A length of piano wire with a small 90 degree bend in one end, is imbedded into the antenna and attached to the switch. Push the antenna down for one position, pull it up for the other.

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