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Old 03-13-2017, 07:49 PM   #111
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Hi,

for those who do not want to make a real heli floor, I made some research for a stable aluminum box for mounting the collective on what ever they want.
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next days this part will be able to order in the shop.
This stable powder-coated box, with 4mm walls, can be mount with 4 screws through its bottom, and should remain some crashes.
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Old 03-14-2017, 01:30 AM   #112
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@yogi149 My cyclic came on Friday but since my tracking never updated after leaving Germany I didn't know! I thought it was a package for my wife and she didn't tell me it wasn't.

So I found out it was here yesterday. Recorded an unboxing video but it's a terrible vid so will probably record a new video showing the box and parts to post instead.


Mini-review here as it will be a few days until I do the proper review which I will put in the OP:

I had some reservations about a 3D printed joystick grip but the parts are very sturdy and the grip feels very good in my hand. The grip feels very solid, with no flexing and NO NOISE when you squeeze it like most every retail plastic joystick. That drives me crazy. The grip looks pretty good. You can see it's 3D printed from the texture in reasonably bright light but I don't feel like it's very noticeable due to the good quality of the print and the coating Microhelis applies. It has a textured almost slightly gritty feel to it, like the Rustoleum Bedliner spray cans I like to use on my stuff. So far it's the best thing I've found to put on plastic stuff to make it feel like it's robust instead of feeling like a toy. Some people might not be partial to this finish but I think it's great.

The buttons are good quality, with a nice springy feel. HAT switches have good feel, much better than others I bought online.

The hydraulic dampers are metal not plastic, and have a quality feel. I'll have to report back on the actual damping feel after I get to try them with a stick installed. Spring tension as mentioned is very low which is good. I was thinking I'd remove them but now I don't think I will feel the need.

Packaging was excellent, it arrived safely and the way it was boxed up it would have been very difficult to damage it.

Assembly looks like it will be straighforward, I'll record and post a video. It will require some basic tools but most people buying these items should have what they need.

I'm very pleased, I'd buy a bunch more stuff from Microhelis if I had the money but I've got to save up for Yogi's FTR module and pedal mechanical bases!

I'm dying to get it assembled and installed but there are some other tasks I should complete first so it might be a few days or a week until I get the assembly video and proper review posted.
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:57 AM   #113
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Hi Trip,

glad to know, that it finally arrives.
I thought the customs officers were going to strike, because all other packages show the same stop in Frankfurt at the customs.
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:57 PM   #114
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Is there any chance you will be adding an enclosure box to your EC pedals and your collective? Also, will you be updating the current cyclic enclosure box when your release the FTR module? What I am most worried about is not having everything spaced properly with respect to each component. I want to ensure the cyclic is the exact distance from the seat and the collective height is correct, etc.

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Old 03-14-2017, 08:01 PM   #115
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this is the enclosure for the collective.
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Old 03-14-2017, 08:03 PM   #116
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Hi,
for the right distance I prefer the complete floor.
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Old 03-15-2017, 01:31 AM   #117
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Will the board fit into the enclosure?
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Old 03-15-2017, 07:15 AM   #118
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Hi,
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Will the board fit into the enclosure?
I do not think that space is any problem.

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But I have to add some mounting holes for the board and the USB.
Some hints where to make them? Top or side?
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:00 PM   #119
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But I have to add some mounting holes for the board and the USB.
Some hints where to make them? Top or side?

IMO, if the box will be surfaced mounted, the USB connection should be on the Aft panel of the box.
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:53 PM   #120
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Yogi, as we discussed via PM (jgia@comcast), I am interested in a more horizontal position of the collective stick when it is in full down position.
Instead of you customizing a box with an angled base for me, I think I can take the box as shown and build my own wedged shaped base to achieve the desired angle of inclination.
Since I am not mounting the box on the floor, I need a shorter collective shaft. If the shaft does not carry any wires and the connection with the collective base is a simple slide on, then I can take the entire unit as is and shorten the stick myself. What do you think?


BTW, I think that you offering this surface mounting box will greatly increase demand for this collective to those with pits without "floors".
I've followed Sim Collective offerings closely for some time now and yours is the most promising in all respects that I have seen. Nice job Yogi.
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