Plano Gun Case DIY Transmitter Case Review
Image Credit: Sense Innovations
Review by Nicholas Turner, Staff Contributor
Plano Gun Case
- Keeps TXes clean
- Easier to transport two TXes
- Easily customizable
- Unique look
- Not as fancy as an official aluminum case from a manufacturer
- Is a DIY effort
If you're like me, you have multiple TXs and it's hard to transport them as individual units. Years ago my dad made us a TX case to transport our 72MHz Futaba and Airtronics TXs. For Christmas 2009 I asked for a TX case capable of carrying 2 TXs (Dx6i and E-Flite 4 channel 72MHz at the time). I received such a case and here is the how-to to make your own TX case without paying the large amount of monies for a branded case.
My TX case specifications:
- Plano Gun Guard SE Series Four Pistol/Accessory Case
- Outer Dimensions: 17.1"x14.86"x5.75"
- Inner Dimensions: 16.5"x14.25"x5.25"
How to Make Your Own TX Case
1. Purchase a gun case.
2. Lay the TXs on the first layer of foam and draw an outline of the TXs on the foam.
3. Using a sharp knife or scissors (I used a brand new X-Acto knife blade) cut the outlined area out. I recommend trying to make the cutouts as universal as possible for your multiple TXs.
4. Lay the TXs in the cutout area and adjust the cutout as need to ensure no pressure is on the switches and antenna.
5. Cut out the bottom layer of foam enough for the handle bar to lay down and allow the TXs to lay lower in the foam.
6. Find where the control sticks, neck strap attachment, trim tabs, power button, etc..., poke the foam on the top of the case when closed.
7. Cut out enough foam from the top of the box to ensure the control sticks, trim tabs, etc... are not being touched or has any amount of pressure from the foam.
8. Put some sort of identifying mark on the outside of the case. I use a label with my last name and AMA number near the handle. A unique graphic or paint job does the job as well. All the events I've been to allow you to impound the case with the TXs inside, so the identifying mark will help identify your case when impounding during a large event (Joe Nall, SEFF, NEAT, Club Fun-Fly, Club Open House, etc...).
This case does a superb job protecting my TXes. I use it to store and transport my Futaba 6J and Spektrum DX8. To move from 72mHz to 2.4GHz I just had to cut out opening for the antennas. I put a label on the outside with my name and AMA number to help differentiate it from the crowd. At the time of creating this case transmitters were still being impounded at AMA events, now with the overwhelming use of 2.4GHz, impounding isn’t quite as necessary. But the case is great for protecting the TXes from other planes exhausts when at the field. I also have enough room to store a neckstrap and additional AA sized batteries for the Futaba 6J. I also keep my club’s membership card as well as some LHS business cards in the case. If you want to protect your TXes but don’t want to shell out the money for an aluminum case from a TX manufacturer, this is a great alternative. You can get very creative with the foam inserts with how you want snuggle your equipment. This technique can even work for the smaller multirotors and micro helis.