Mounting Dome Electronics

I was getting tired of my disorganized electronics in the dome, so I made this little holder that mounts everything cleanly and is easily removed.

It’s just a piece of acrylic bent into a U-shape with an extra L-shaped shelf glued in the middle.

The various electronic boards are velcro’d into place for easy removal and the whole thing attaches to one of the dome ring supports.

Top: Syren10 Speed Controller (Dome Periscope), 12V/24V DC/DC Power Converter
Middle: Power Distribution Board
Bottom: 12 Channel RF Receiver

I secure the wires that run up to the dome to make sure I don’t accidentally pull everything off when the dome is removed

Please ignore the 16 gauge wire as well, I was running short of something lighter but didn’t want to make a special trip to the store.

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Posted by Chris on April 28th, 2008 in Dome, Electronics | 8 Comments

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8 Responses

  1. Paul Novak remarks on

    Cool setup! How do you bend the acrylic?

  2. Chris remarks on

    i just use a heater gun, lay some scrap wood either side of line where i want it to bend and heat way. once i think it’s ready i just bend and hold using the wood i protect the rest with.

  3. Paul Novak remarks on

    Is a heater gun the thing used to strip paint, or is this a different tool?

    Thanks!

  4. ShackMan remarks on

    While I’m not 100% sure, I’d say it’s the same thing you’re thinking. Chris is great at making wonderful parts/progress without needing to buy new high-end tools. You can get a decent heat gun from Harbor Freight for around $11 … mine’s served me well for about 5 years now. :)

  5. Chris remarks on

    yep a paint stripper gun would work.

  6. Chris remarks on

    I think mines from Harbor Freight too.

    I had thought about making a home made plastic heating strip thing. Tap Plastic sells a $65 kit that’s basically the heating element.

    http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/product.php?pid=169

    You have to make a box or something to contain it, but they have a nice demo video on how to do it.

    They also have power control box that would allow more finer control over the heat.

    http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/product.php?pid=290

    If I was to starting making more refined parts like display boxes then I’d go this route, but right now I’m happy gas/air bubbles acrylic from over heating 😉

  7. Kevin Glass remarks on

    IM starting my dome build. What do you mean by mounting your setup to a dome ring.
    Do you have pics

  8. Chris remarks on

    The dome ring is the round plate with holes/wedges cut in it you see in the photos. There’s no standard name for it as it’s not a standard R2 part.

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