I've been toying with zip-ties and my phone... I quite liked the quality of the videos coming from it on my Summit, so I thought, "how cool would it be to make a PAN and TILT for my phone!?"
I already had the servos - Spektrum SR200 & Traxxas 2080 - what more could there be? Oh yeah.. CONTROLLING them! Fortunately I had an old 27mhz TQ that came with my 1:16 E-Revo 4 months ago. I went out and bought a joystick for a helicopter and ripped the control off, and replace my throttle and steering with the joystick! One stick, pan & tilt! ..... 27mhz....
SO, I went to the store, bought a $50 used 2.4ghz 2 ch tq, and the antenna was busted. Fortunately! I went back, picked up the 4ch 2.4ghz high output TQ that comes with the 5 channel receiver.
Great, NOW I have a high output 2.4ghz .... joystick controller!? Thanks to the likes of a few folks on this forum I decided I'd put my Summits TQi radio in to the new (older) TQ! After a bunch of cutting, some more cutting, and a bunch of extra cutting... with a bunch of de-soldering, I made it work!
It's not yet finished, but after a 12 hour day of experimenting, testing, conceptualizing I've come to this:
This is the TQi board, with the extra board attached for the pots, power led, and "set" & "menu" buttons. You can see there's a real mess of wires and that extra board is too big to fit in to the TQ, so I've removed it.
This is where and how much I cut down on the inside of the back plate of the TQ remote
This is how perfectly it fits in - a few more mm and it would be too big!
Doing my own wiring to keep things neat and tidy
Here's how it sits with the new wires
Here's the whole system rigged together
Here it sits closed without anything in it's proper place yet
This is the joystick I ripped out of my Logitech Gamepad that I haven't used in years (it's up and down, left and right, AND.... press it and there's a button! Noice)
Now that I have two controllers, I can still run them off four batteries, but I would prefer they use their own power source so that I don't suddenly run out of power when I'm far far away, however the stock TQ doesn't have room for more than four batteries! AND there's some sort of programming window in the way