Controlaire 10/12ch Reed Tx

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Controlaire 10/12ch Reed Tx

Post by Wayne_H » 07 May 2019, 11:33

When Dave Rigotti first published pictures of the Controlaire reed Tx that he had acquired - viewtopic.php?f=26&t=501 - I was immediately interested in the case, irrespective of the condition :shock: :P , my desire being to ultimately have a multi-reed Tx as a "big brother" to my Controlaire Mule S/C Tx - viewtopic.php?f=24&t=462 - that uses Martins encoder.

There is an old Aussie pop song from the 70's that has a line in the chorus "...don't you ever let a chance go by...". Being true to that theme, I contacted Dave & after some email discussions, he graciously passed the damaged case front (there was no back) and the original meter & power switch onto me for the cost of postage - thanks mate :D ;) . Dave re-cycled the remaining bits to produce his beautiful Golden Radio Control Systems Tx.

When the case arrived in the mail, upon actual physical examination (rather than examination of the pictures Dave had posted on the forum) I believe it fair to say that Dave was "polite" when he described the damage. I don't think it was just dropped or maybe sat on, rather it had been walked on or some other horrible mistreatment visited upon it :cry: . It has also at some dark stage in it's life, been attacked with needle-nose pliers :x .Regardless, a strategy eventually surfaced in the grey matter to re-birth the Tx and eventually return it to service.

All the panel beating work has been done to the front half of the case. I reduced the depth of the Tx by about 1cm which had a double benefit:
  • 1) it removed the most damaged part of the case front &
  • 2) most importantly, it then enabled me to then use the A4 size sheet of aluminium I had to bend up a case back, which I fitted blind rivets to rather than rely on self-tappers into the soft ali.
I've modified some guitar switches and fitted them and the original power switch to the case.
the scratches around the reed switches are from being attacked with needle-nose pliers by an owner prior to Dave. To paraphrase Carl, I now see them as adding to the patina.....

I have both a Reeduino and Reedy 10 encoder ready to go, but I'm still undecided as to which to use. Seeing as the original is a 12ch and I can utilise the original meter to remain "true to form" I'm leaning towards the Reeduino. But (there's always a but :oops: ) the Reedy 10 with OLED display would match the Mule conversion. Regardless of which encoder I settle on, the Controlaire will have both 36MHz and 2.4Ghz RF, switchable just like I did in the Mule.

So far, I'm very pleased with the outcome. More to come...........

Once a Retrobate, always a Retrobate............ :roll:

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Re: Controlaire 10/12ch Reed Tx

Post by tiptipflyer » 07 May 2019, 13:45

Hi Wayne,

nothing can beat an original case, regardless of its condition. I am sure it will be a great transmitter when finished. The dents and scratches will just add to the value of it. It looks used in the best meaning of the word.
It will not sit in a glas shelf for decades, it will be used to fly, that is all what matters.


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Re: Controlaire 10/12ch Reed Tx

Post by drigotti » 08 May 2019, 08:15

Looking GREAT Wayne! Glad I was part of the "project!"
Dave Rigotti

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