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    Saitek Trim Wheel

    I was thinking about buying Saitek's Cessna trim wheel but then I saw this picture on Amazon's website. Is this the correct size compared to an actual Cessna trim wheel? It seems small and cheap looking. Not that my simulator will be 100% correct but this has a toy look to it.

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    Re: Saitek Trim Wheel

    The real thing has about a 3.25" radius. Saitek Throttle is about 4.25" deep and 4.25" tall. I would say it is not 100% to scale.

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    Re: Saitek Trim Wheel

    Thanks for the reply. Here I was thinking the Saitek looked small and it might actually be bigger!

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    Re: Saitek Trim Wheel

    Sorry, maybe I stated it wrong. It does appear to be 2/3 actual size or less. Can't really take a good picture, but the radius of the thing inside the saitek looks to be less than 2 1/8" (4.25/2)
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    Re: Saitek Trim Wheel

    Well, I just ordered it so I'll post details once I get them. Are the trim wheels pretty consistent or have they varied across plane models/years?

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    Re: Saitek Trim Wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by smendlik View Post
    . . . Are the trim wheels pretty consistent or have they varied across plane models/years?
    I have a pair of trim wheels from a 172 and a 152. As for variation between models and years, the 172 trim wheel is from a 1977 172N and is about 6 1/4" in diameter as compared to 4 1/2" in diameter for the 152 trim wheel but I don't know the year on that one.

    In my case I'll be using the 172 trim wheel as intended for elevator trim, but the 152 trim wheel will be retrofit in my pit as a rudder trim wheel.
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    Re: Saitek Trim Wheel

    Did not know the 152 wheel was smaller. That will be good for my rudder trim as well! Saitek may be a good choice if it is easily "re-engineered".


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    Re: Saitek Trim Wheel

    i love the saitek product but a trim wheel is very easy to make and cheap at that and u can make it any size u want here check out this link i could have made a beta one but this will do for now.... http://youtu.be/XK7SnTWEtAc all u need is a 2090 rotary encoder board from desktop aviator($53.95..usd) and a potentiometer ...its a usb plug and play board so no programing is needed and u can set it by using fsuipc

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    Re: Saitek Trim Wheel

    I agree and have made a trim wheel from a 172 by interfacing a real wheel with a Bodnar card. The mechanical trim indicator is giving me enough problems that I may go with a servo driven one.
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    Re: Saitek Trim Wheel

    yup u should give making your own trim wheel as shot

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