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lankyandy

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Radio gear for smaller hands
« on: August 14, 2019, 07:41:26 AM »

good morning.
I am currently building a couple of pilot boats for my children. Radio gear wise does any one have a recommendations of a set which is good for smaller hands. Itís only needs to be 2 channels.
Any help greatly appreciated
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Re: Radio gear for smaller hands
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 07:59:02 AM »

Essential bit of kit is a neck strap!
Small hands tend to drop things
easily, as do some of us elderly
users.  :embarrassed: :embarrassed: :embarrassed:


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Re: Radio gear for smaller hands
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2019, 10:16:28 AM »

Essential bit of kit is a neck strap!
Small hands tend to drop things
easily, as do some of us elderly
users.  :embarrassed: :embarrassed: :embarrassed:


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Plus one on the neck strap.  Transmitters tend to be "bounce once only".


Googling for a "mini transmitter" gave this - [size=78%]https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-5x-5ch-mini-transmitter-and-receiver-mode-2.html?countrycode=GB&gclid=Cj0KCQjw4s7qBRCzARIsAImcAxZ4O789cexntnLI9u_e_3fmHYmY5paFnfxMhCICHBjKZUasi7n3_n0aAs3lEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&___store=en_us[/size] - which is the same size as all the others, but combines a known make with low cost.  Hopefully low enough cost when two are needed, probably below the cost of actual 2 channel sets.
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Re: Radio gear for smaller hands
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2019, 03:25:55 PM »

If you only need 2 channels then this type of car controller can be used for boats. Trigger for speed control and turn the wheel for steering. It should be easy for small hands.
27 Mhz has pretty much been superseded by 2.4Ghz, but 27 Mhz is still good, and will be fine. If you are part of a club, find out is anyone else used 27Mhz, and what channel they use, then when you buy contact the supplier and choose a different channel.
Sorry if I am teaching you how to suck eggs, regarding channels.


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Re: Radio gear for smaller hands
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2019, 06:28:23 PM »

I bought a cheap Hobby King transmitter for kids to use at the pond.
I moved the equipment to a small 150mm boat for an indoor Maker Fair at the science museum.
There were a lot of children eager to do activities at this event.
The transmitter must have been dropped at least four times over the weekend, and the batteries went everywhere.
Each time, the parents went into shock, and I immediately looked at the child and said, "Oh No!, find all the batteries!"
And everyone continued to have a great day.  :-))

On another note, I have found that the small BLADE helicopter transmitters run
on DSM2 and DSMX, and can bind with Spektrum transmitters.

I used one for overseas travel with my springer. Good for short range.
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Re: Radio gear for smaller hands
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2019, 06:35:32 PM »

I agree with Umi - the Txs from the Blade helis are very suitable - if you can find them. My Grandson likes his because it is quite like a game console. I did glue on a loop to allow the use of a neck strap when he was younger. ;) ;)


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Re: Radio gear for smaller hands
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2019, 06:59:18 PM »

hobbyking sells a 5 channel stick radio that is like 75% of "normal" size radios.

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-5x-5ch-mini-transmitter-and-receiver-mode-2.html
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Re: Radio gear for smaller hands
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2019, 07:27:55 PM »

These with some orange or lemon receivers. ETC
Perhaps a little expensive in the UK with the shipping and import tax/handling costs? I think the Turnigy 5X gets my vote - if they ever get the things back in stock. If not then the Planet 2+2 I've already bought will have to do, or James will need to grow even faster than he has done to date! Six?? When did that happen?
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Re: Radio gear for smaller hands
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2019, 08:19:45 PM »

And these Receivers work well with the Blade Transmitters. We have 4 in use at present. Perfectly adequate range for youngsters O0


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/REDCON-CM421-2-4G-4CH-Full-Range-DSM2-Compatible-Receiver-New-in-the-packet/173937220273?hash=item287f775ab1:g:o6oAAOSwjSpdCL6d


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Re: Radio gear for smaller hands
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2019, 10:05:28 PM »

Thanks for all your help. I will have a look through the various options.
Thanks again itís really appreciated
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Re: Radio gear for smaller hands
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2019, 11:52:55 PM »

I was about 5-6 when I grasped my first transmitter.  Remembering back fondly whether it went wrong that time was not to do with the tx.  Have you any old 27mhz sets -you know it's only a few parts in a box?  I've only done it once before with no demonstrable pics but you can usually unscrew the sticks and PCB and you can put into any kind of box you like as long as you can feed it the same power.  For anyone with kids I also remember fondly the ponds where you begged your folks for 20p, then you had control of a TX on a stand with the usual 2 sticks.  No chance to drop the tx or poke anyone's eyes out.  I never experiended this apparent terror of the TX whip before so I may be over simplifying.
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