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Dadio's latest dumb question

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Ok today's dumb question is about the very early steering wheel style Transmitters , it's obvious how you did the steering on them but unlike the later "trigger and wheel" radios that we still have today it's hard to see how the throttle was controlled , or if I'm guessing right the throttle control looks not much bigger than the trim .
So how was the throttle controlled ?
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There's a throttle lever on the right hand side of the transmitter which isn't visible in the picture. You can see it here in this picture. I had one years ago and I found it terrible to use after getting used to conventional stick radios.

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I guess modifying them to accept a slot car controller was a huge improvement.
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I have one, and it's indeed very awkward to use. Like 1300GT mentioned... people modified them by screwing a slot car controller to the backside, and connected the throttles between the two via a bellcrank and rods. Parma even sold an actual conversion kit.

Here's what a modified setup looks like: https://www.tamiyaclub.com/showroom_model.asp?cid=126922


Also in the same vein: https://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?t=46504

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:lol: that stick radio conversion is something else
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You would cradle the radio in your left hand, with your index finger wrapping around to the throttle. Uncomfortable compared to a pistol grip but honestly not that terrible imo
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Lowgear wrote: Thu Jun 15, 2023 10:18 am people modified them by screwing a slot car controller to the backside, and connected the throttles between the two via a bellcrank and rods.
Brilliant!



I had one (standard, not modded). It was my first radio actually. It was very awkward! You really needed 3 hands to operate it smoothly.

If you can steer with your left hand, hanging it from a lanyard (like an RC plane radio) would probably work well.

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I had seen pictures of the side with the controls but found it hard to believe that's what they actually did , thanks everybody ! I'll see if I can think of another dumb question soon :D
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This kid is holding it properly
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GoMachV wrote: Thu Jun 15, 2023 5:28 pm This kid is holding it properly
Does look awkward
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GoMachV wrote: Thu Jun 15, 2023 5:28 pm This kid is holding it properly
No wonder I struggled with it. It's not designed for all the Southpaws, Mollydookers and Goofy-footers.

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Post by Phin »

Did anyone make these with the controls swapped?. i.e. throttle stick on the large face, steering wheels on skinny side. I think that could actually be pretty comfortable.

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Post by threesheds »

Would've made sense to have your thumb on the wheel next to steering as throttle and the side slider to be trim.
Looks like it tuned into radio Luxembourg as well.

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