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Thread: Your Favourite Control Column Stick/Yoke/Grip!

  1. #1531
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    Cheers Nick

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    Nice work, Tony! Certainly a challenge and it now looks the part. As far as identification and information goes, this forum is an astonishing resource. Googling a recent acquisition, it came straight back here as a Fiat G91. A facebook group also gave a possible id to a mystery Bell cyclic posted a while back. Possibly from a Kiowa with a TAT turret dangling underneath. Not a mod I'd ever heard of.
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    Hi all:

    Various contributors to this forum have made mention over the last year or more of Facebook sites that may have relevance to our hobby. For those of you regularly on Facebook.....are any of those sites similar to this forum in terms of having good information by current collectors about control wheels and grips? If so, when able, please share any links you know of on this forum. I'll admit I'm largely ignorant of Facebook....maybe others among you are the same. Probably just need to nudge myself to root around on Facebook to figure out what is useful and what is a total waste of time.....

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    I can't do facebook at work (now) but will send you the links later. There's a general 'aircraft parts for sale', a 'cockpits and instrument panels' and a turrets forum which have all had interesting posts. I thought this forum was a time hole. Facebook is a gaping chasm.

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    Thought I'd share some of my favourite yokes/sticks from my collection, if anyone has got any they want to get rid of let know especially after F111 (longshot I know)
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    Thanks for sharing the photos of the wheels/grips in your collection ProudKerman. The Vengence and Wirraway grips certainly aren't seen too often.

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    Chris J has a contact for F111 replica grips I think.
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    http://spitfirea58-27.blogspot.com.au/

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    welcome Kerman, nice collection there!
    For those who have a control column persuasion, there will be quite a few control grips/columns on display at this weekends CockpitFest at Newark Air Museum

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    Hi guys,

    I have just bought a grip from a Cobra AH-1 helicopter, seller says it's from a J model (USMC with the twinpack/2 motors) but who knows, I will take some decent photos when it arrives and I finish cleaning it up but I have photos of the numbers........



    The lower number is the NSN number, the middle is the model number and the top is engraved on the bottom edge, could this engraved number show the actual aircraft that the grip came from........ any help appreciated!

    cheers, John
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    From Aviationetc on ebay? Nice grip. The grip and single trigger suggest AH-1G but the buttons are later so could easily be from a J. I don't have a manual for that model but there are plenty online to check.

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    Yes ian, that's the one,
    I already have a standard, unused B8 but always wanted one with the trigger guard and 'WING ARM FIRE' & 'TRIGGER TURRET FIRE' on it. Thought I'd lash out (holiday pay came in), I'm looking forward to cleaning off that white paint!

    Can you tell me why the buttons look 'later', is it because of the lighter red and the non rounded tops? also, some grips have an extra switch under the trigger and 'TRIGGER ACTION' marked on the grip....... what would that be for?

    cheers, John



    cheers, John
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    OK,
    I think 'TRIGGER ACTION' relates to the TOW firing, that's why it is not on the G and J model grips.
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    Kind Regards,

    Brian

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    Classic magnesium elektron grip, bit about gravesend very very very unlikely, but condition and cut off v piece very typical of an ME grip

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    Hi,
    Cobra grip arrived, bit disappointed that it seems to have been in a crash/fire, only one of the red buttons work, the trigger cover is good but the trigger switch is U/S.

    The grip cleaned up well but I will be looking for two red buttons and a trigger switch. Can anyone tell me where to source these switches?
    cheers, John
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    It's come up much better than the listing showed, John. Good cleaning! The ebay description said a very vague 'untested' so no grounds for a refund unfortunately. I've got some black buttons but no red. You're looking for Otto push switches on the net. The trigger is a ****** to find, I'm after a couple myself. RRvintageaero on ebay has had them in the past but wants silly money and double that for postage. If you're feeling brave, the trigger can be removed for cleaning by tapping out the pivot pin (left to right viewed from the front) You'll need to make a note of how the trigger cover spring sits, and don't remove it over shagpile! On the previous query, I believe the early, Vietnam era AH-1Gs had the round topped buttons, but can't find a picture to prove it.

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    "Can anyone tell me where to source these switches?"

    Hello John:

    I bought a P-38 wheel a couple of years ago that had no triggers in the B5 grips. I had the correct trigger in another grip, removed it, and locally sourced a gentleman who, with a 3D printer, was able to make fairly decent copies of the trigger for me. I had to drill them for the pivot pins and do some refinishing. Once installed in the restored grips it would have taken a very knowlegable person to identify the triggers as reproductions. If you can find a source for the specific trigger you want, who will loan it to you, this may be an avenue worth pursuing.

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    Hi Ian, one question I have is: are these a push in fit, they don't have the small screw holding the buttons in like the later grips.
    cheers, John
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    Hi Swifter, the trigger is not the problem (it's ok on my grip), it's the actual switch inside that is hard to source.
    cheers, John
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    Hi Ian,
    I wrote to aviationect and received a good partial refund, Harry didn't realise there was so much wrong with it

    I've PM'd you......

    cheers, John
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    Hi Ian,
    here are two photos that show (I think) what you are looking for RE: round topped red buttons........

    Left is an AH-1G, right is an AH-1J.... from Aerograph Datagraph 4... Bell AH-1 Cobra Variants by Kenneth Peoples

    Funny that there's not many cockpit photos of the G or J on the net!

    Cheers, John
    <a href=http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b74/milorgman/JATOC-130Antactic.jpg target=_blank>http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...30Antactic.jpg</a>

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