28. May 2013 by Peter
After laying around a few months I have again taken a look on the throttle.
At first my intent was to make something that would at least just look like a throttle. But in my search for pictures of other home build throttles I had a closer look at Rubys page and his awesome throttle. Rubys finish is amazing! And so I got inspired and decided to move from “just look a little like a throttle” to “as good as possible” which means that I will do the homework before assembling the throttle.
For the same reason I will be building it in phases. Each throttle-lever is a separate phase. The flaps-lever is a phase and the spoiler a phase and finally the cover. The (In my eyes) clever in this strategy is that the levers is attached to one of the 11 plates. So I can finish 1-2 plates as a section and then assemble it as a finished section.
So first step is the right-side throttle-lever.
What I am working these days is the handle and what is going on inside the handle.
The picture on the right shows a close-up of the inside of the handle. There are two switches inside that needs wiring. A push-button and a micro-switch.
What I still need to do (apart from the wiring) is to install some sort of spring (or rubber band) that can pull the reverser-handle back to “idle” position when left untouched. And I need to make a “slot” to transfer the wires down from the throttle-handles.
The reverser-handle is made from 3mm plexiglass, cut 2 cm wide. I thought about making them out of metal. But first of all I have no access to metal and no tools to bend it. So I chose plexiglass and have bended it using a heat gun (the kind you can remove paint with). Turned out pretty good!
As you might notice in the picture above the upper part of the handle needed a small cut to make room for the micro switch (which is not that micro).