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Old Mar 05, 2013, 05:34 AM
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tray for transmitter

i hope this fits in this forum:
for those who, like me, feel more comfortable controlling the plane with index and thumb, instead of thumb alone, using a tray is a must.
but there are few available. i had to design 1 with whatever i had at hand, until i learned about this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/260954859974...84.m1423.l2649
so i got it.
it is a kit, that you have to glue together and paint the way you like.
it works well, and am satisfied with the results. now i have a tray that looks fine.
still, it is convenient to do a dry test with your specific tx, and consider the thickness of the paint, as sometimes they are a tight fit-or don't fit at all. in my case i tried my DX6i and the 9XR and both seemed to fit, so i coated it with lacquer dope and spray painted it with flat black enamel.
it looks good, but i learned that i have to press the DX6i in place, as the dope/paint coats made the space narrower, so again, it is convenient to consider this when assembling it. i didn't know that there is a small difference between both-they look the same size. the 9XR fits fine.
i found convenient too, to add a strap around my chest, to hold the vertical rods against my chest so the tray does not change its position from the horizontal.
if you have heard about another, it would be interesting to hear from you.
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Old Mar 05, 2013, 06:31 AM
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... for those who, like me, feel more comfortable controlling the plane with index and thumb, instead of thumb alone, using a tray is a must. ...
Maybe for you or some but not a must for everyone, wouldn't that fall under having a transmitter that fits just right in your hands.

Both my DX8 and DX18 I can hold the TX and pinch my sticks with no problems with or without the neck strap.
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Old Mar 05, 2013, 09:29 AM
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I'm a stick pincher too and don't use a tray, but i'm thinking I might like to try one so might give this a go, thanks
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Old Mar 05, 2013, 12:17 PM
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I'm a stick pincher too and don't use a tray, but i'm thinking I might like to try one so might give this a go, thanks
you are welcome.
as with many things, it is not until you try and compare, that you can reach a decision.
just not having to grab the tx gives me so much freedom, and i don't have to worry about having to move a switch or trim.

i agree that around $30 with sh is not cheap, especially considering that you still have to assemble and paint it, but is the only 1 i have found.
but it works, and looks good.
as i said, i already made 1 before and have been using it, and i feel more relaxed.
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Old Mar 05, 2013, 02:12 PM
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i hope this fits in this forum:
for those who, like me, feel more comfortable controlling the plane with index and thumb,
instead of thumb alone, using a tray is a must.
but there are few available. i had to design 1 with whatever i had at hand, until i learned about this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/260954859974...84.m1423.l2649
so i got it.
it is a kit, that you have to glue together and paint the way you like.
it works well, and am satisfied with the results. now i have a tray that looks fine.
still, it is convenient to do a dry test with your specific tx, and consider the thickness of the paint,
as sometimes they are a tight fit-or don't fit at all. in my case i tried my DX6i and the 9XR and both seemed to fit,
so i coated it with lacquer dope and spray painted it with flat black enamel.
it looks good, but i learned that i have to
press the DX6i in place, as the dope/paint coats made the space narrower, so again, it is convenient to consider this
when assembling it. i didn't know that there is a small difference between both-they look the same size. the 9XR fits fine.
i found convenient too, to add a strap around my chest, to hold the vertical rods against my chest so the tray does not
change its position from the horizontal.
if you have heard about another, it would be interesting to hear from you.
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Old Mar 05, 2013, 02:32 PM
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We sell tons of trays, many people are using them.

Here you go:
http://www.espritmodel.com/transmitter-accessories.aspx



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Old Mar 05, 2013, 08:22 PM
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Wow. Thanks for all of those contributions. I have considered using one too but never looked into it seriously. Now I have some places to investigate.
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Old Mar 05, 2013, 10:08 PM
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I made one very similar to the Jerry Cozort design which is on the right of the Esprit images. I bought their gel padded neck strap and love it. I started pichinging when I flew helicopters and now it is so comfortable for me. Using a smaller tray like this is like not using a tray but with all of the benefits of the tray.
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Old Mar 06, 2013, 01:55 AM
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great choices

thank you very much guys. many options to consider.
i like better the type with 'wings' where i rest my hands fully on them instead of the edge of the tx, as it gives me better feeling.

still i understand why all the other guys that grab the tx and control the plane with just the thumbs. is that 'grabbing' sensation that lets them have a more precise command.

same here with resting the hands on the wings, but with the extra help from the index finger.
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 12:45 PM
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My xmtr tray...
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 09:18 AM
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Transmitter Tray

Here are two trays on eBay... One with hand rests and one without...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Transmitter-...item2a2a15b0f8

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Transmitter-...item2a2ad408cc
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