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The plans built HomeFlite is versatile enough to handle any DIY project with room for just about any peripheral you may want to incorporate.



Shown here is a HomeFlite plans built cockpit with a unique DIY Yoke and throttle. The build came about from a purchase of  parts from a damaged CH Yoke from ebay. The case had been damaged so the case and throttle lever knobs were missing. Everything else seemed to be there. The purchase from ebay totaled $30.00

This article is quick look at how a resurrected CH Yoke received a new body and performs just as well as the original. It is actually better with the separate throttle quadrant.

This was a very cheap construction project using the electronics of the original unit. Wood scraps and pieces from around the shop were used with a couple of other cheap parts to keep construction costs to a minimum.

A photo of the basic components and the completed housing. The housing was constructed of plywood and various pieces of wood stock to support various components in the housing. Shell size and mounting supports were copied from the shell of  another working yoke. The cable is the usb connector that goes to the PC board for the unit.

The construction generally followed the size of the original shell to make mount fabrication and measurements easier. The original shell has all mounting molded in. It was fairly easy to create an alternative mounting system using wood scraps A separate mounting compartment was fabricated for the two levers. Their location is further out from the yoke center.

Parts ready for trial fit. No matter how simple it looks adjustments will need to be made. The shell is painted.

The general layout and testing of the parts fit are shown above.

After testing had to make the spring mounts stronger . Also adjusting the pot for the correct throw movement was very delicate. The ears on the yoke column had to be shortened as it was hitting the springs on both sides.

A thin piece of metal sheeting is used on the top of the shell. The top is the limit stops for how far the yoke can be turned from side to side since it will collide with springs if nothing is there to limit travel.

The compartment for the switches is added.

The throttle housing was constructed in much the same manner as the yoke housing. Scrap MDF board and some wooden dowels make up the housing, throttle. prop and mixture slides.

The original throttle quadrant pc board and pots were used making the height of enclosure higher for clearance. Sliding pots could have been used but the original worked fine at no extra cost. I actually used the plastic handle off of a bag of cheap foam paint brushes to attach to the pots. The levers were then attach to the dowels with metal collars.




Foam cushioning was used for the dowels and adjusting the screws varies the tension on each slide. Wooden cabinet knobs were obtained from a local hardware store and then painted. I used some cat5 cable and a 9 pin connector to plug into the yoke housing to connect the throttle quadrant board to the main board.

 The units have rubber feet on the bottom and the heavy construction of the throttle enclosure stops it from sliding around. I used an extra clamp from a Saitek throttle quadrant and mounted it on the yoke, it fit perfectly.

The finished project.



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