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Old Aug 22, 2007, 10:27 PM
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Looking for resistive gimbals

Anybody know where I can find regular RC sized resistive gimbals/joysticks? I need a few of these for a project. Found some tiny ones in digikey, but I really need something more normal sized.

Thanks.
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Old Aug 22, 2007, 11:57 PM
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You can buy Futaba 9C joystick assemblies directly from Futaba for $31 each. Also look around ebay (and other places) for the VEX robotics radios, the controller was made by Futaba.
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Old Aug 23, 2007, 01:31 AM
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will these work?

http://www.bphobbies.com/cat5/linkRe...sp?pid=T395210
http://www.bphobbies.com/cat5/linkRe...sp?pid=T546049
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Old Aug 23, 2007, 08:38 AM
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Thank you both very much for prompt replys. noobee, that is exactly what I'm looking for.
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Old Aug 23, 2007, 09:30 AM
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You can buy Futaba 9C joystick assemblies directly from Futaba for $31 each. Also look around ebay (and other places) for the VEX robotics radios, the controller was made by Futaba.
you can buy a secondhand old TX on ebay
by for less than that..
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Old Aug 23, 2007, 09:58 AM
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Yes but then how good are the old sticks? If you want new Futaba parts, best to buy new parts. It all depends on what you want.

I also saw at BPHobbies that they have Art-Tech joysticks for $3.50, not sure which one is better.
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Old Aug 24, 2007, 10:24 AM
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IMO the gimbals from an old futaba FG are superior to the ones from a 9C. these radios can be had for less than $30 and if it looks clean then it probably has seen little use. just be sure not to get one with the trim and stick axis tied to the same pot! these are easy to identify by looking at the throttle an elevator trims, if they are inline with the gimbal centers then they don't have separate pots. n0t sure but i think all the 4 channels are this way...

those BP cheapies linked to above also appear to have the stick and trim actuating the same pot. to do this they must use a yoke system on the gimbal and all it takes is a hair of wear and all precision is lost. the vex controllers also use this system. if you don't care for precision then these are both great deals. every industrial joystick i've seen also uses yokes so that both pots can be mounted stationary to the housing.



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