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Author Topic: DIY Push-Pull TPM Controls Help  (Read 934 times)

Offline obsoletepower

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DIY Push-Pull TPM Controls Help
« on: February 27, 2018, 01:08:19 PM »
Hi everybody! I have been contemplating for some time now whether to incorporate real push-pull controls into my sim cockpit and although it would be easiest, it would not be as much fun, educational and challenging as building them from scratch. Not to mention I would have $300+ in my pocket to spend on something else. I was thinking of 3D printing the three knobs, using some stainless steel push rods and building a slide potentiometer board. I don't need friction/push-button locks and can do without vernier controls; just simple push-pull.

I am trying to source the panel mount conduit + nut (pictured below and highlighted with red square) but I cannot seem to find anybody that sells just that component. Would anybody have a suggestion as to a generic replacement / oem source for it? I would be greatly appreciative of any help.


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Re: DIY Push-Pull TPM Controls Help
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2018, 03:39:10 PM »

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Re: DIY Push-Pull TPM Controls Help
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2018, 07:20:12 AM »
Thank you so much for the suggestion. I did check AircraftSpruce before but they did not have replacement parts for TPM controls apart from spare control cables. I think maybe 3D printing is a good alternative as having those components machined will probably be more expensive than just buying the controls.

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Re: DIY Push-Pull TPM Controls Help
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2018, 10:38:40 AM »
I made something similar to make my push-pull vent levers.





Start with 3d design..


3d print, and shopping... with a total amount of... 15$



knobs are 1€ each :)  http://www.leroymerlin.es/fp/16310350/pomo-abs-jade-negro-mate-serie-infantil

Start to join everything..



Looking good..



Pots.. wires..



A cover.. so it won't be any problem with dust in future.



I have only three knobs. Left one control Vent. This one open/close every vent knob (4 of them) in the simulator.

Testing..

Small | Large


Works perfect!

Now, Im using them as a TPM throttle quadrant, until I finish the real throttle quadrant I will use :)

Arturo.

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Re: DIY Push-Pull TPM Controls Help
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2018, 05:44:11 PM »
Thank you Arturo, that is a brilliant idea.

May I ask what are, and where did you get the bushes from ?


Regards

Dave

Offline obsoletepower

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Re: DIY Push-Pull TPM Controls Help
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2018, 09:33:27 AM »
I made something similar to make my push-pull vent levers.





Start with 3d design..


3d print, and shopping... with a total amount of... 15$



knobs are 1€ each :)  http://www.leroymerlin.es/fp/16310350/pomo-abs-jade-negro-mate-serie-infantil

Start to join everything..



Looking good..



Pots.. wires..



A cover.. so it won't be any problem with dust in future.



I have only three knobs. Left one control Vent. This one open/close every vent knob (4 of them) in the simulator.

Testing..

Small | Large


Works perfect!

Now, Im using them as a TPM throttle quadrant, until I finish the real throttle quadrant I will use :)

Arturo.

Thank you so much for this suggestion! Looks amazing!!

Offline _alioth_

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Re: DIY Push-Pull TPM Controls Help
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2018, 12:21:57 PM »
Thank you Arturo, that is a brilliant idea.

May I ask what are, and where did you get the bushes from ?


Regards

Dave


They are 8mm "portaled". I dont know how is said in english.... led supports..



Very easy to find in any electronics shop.




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Re: DIY Push-Pull TPM Controls Help
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2018, 04:26:16 AM »
Thanks Arturo

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Re: DIY Push-Pull TPM Controls Help
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2018, 01:54:30 PM »
Hi, Here's my version , its a single slide pot, for the Inertial Separator , I've used telescoping brass and aluminium tubes and CNC machined PVC sheet ( 12mm , 4mm qnd 2mm)

Regards

Dave

 

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