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Old 07-18-2014, 04:22 PM   #1
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Anyone have a good way of building their own servo boxes? In the past little while I've had to swap around engines in Kit and ARF planes. Naturally, different engines have the throttle on the opposite side, and usually there isn't a spare box to mount the throttle servo.

Most Sport and Trainer planes have access from the top, low wing planes are usually accessed from the bottom. This leads to another issue, low wing planes have all your stuff (servos, batteries and fuel tank) hanging from structure above. Bumpy landing could shake important stuff loose!

Anyone have a quick way of building a structure for inverted mounting? I'm gettin' pretty good at the task, maybe a jig of some sort would shorten the time required to build 'em.

Low wing planes have another issue. Routing the fuel tank vent line is always a PITA. Anyone have a good idea on this issue?
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:37 PM   #2
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Re: Servo Boxes

Servo boxes to me mean waterproof or water resistant enclosures to contain r/c gear in boats.

Do you mean servo trays?
If so, google the "servo trays for r/c", "r/c servo mount", etc .....
..... in days gone by when there were few servo choices and sizes were more standardized, you could buy plastic ones.... I've made some from thin electronic circuit board/phenolic material but their construction is time-consuming and few r/c radio installation are the same, allowing standardized positioning of servos. But sometimes they are the solution for really tight, semi-inaccessible installations, with the servo trays sliding into notched side rails and screwed down only on the accessible end of the installation.

The standard fuselage servo installation that I'm familiar with is side rails on each side of the fuselage, notched to accept glued in cross pieces that run across the fuse and the servos are screwed into these cross pieces.

Lots of other solutions.... double side tape (outside carpet strength), silicon sealer, etc

Never had any concerns about 'upside down' servo installations .... anytime you loop a plane, right side up installed servos are upside down.

good luck,

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Old 07-19-2014, 04:00 PM   #3
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Re: Servo Boxes

Yup, kid picked up an old plane at the auction last year, had a 3 servo plastic tray in it, good idea that I'm mounting it in a plane I built last winter.

Two of my gas planes are low wing. Every time I have to work on 'em, I remind myself not to do that again. But they fly so nice, kind of relaxing!
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