A fellow RTFer was asking me for dimensions on the winger that I built using KwikLabs design. That request provoked this thread. I know there are multiple threads on how to build electronics for homemade wingers. I thought it might be a good idea to try and consolidate everybody's creation into one thread. Therefore, for those of you that have designed your own electronics for homemade wingers, please post a picture with a description of how it work if you have time to help those out that are as ambitious (or as bored) as we are. It would have been helpful for me to have a thread like this when I started out a few years back. Winter is a great time for projects, so here goes!
The system I am using include 6, one channel recievers and a 6 channel transmitter (remote control) with buttons numbered 1 through 6. Each winger has a power door lock for a launch function and a siren. Therefore, button #1 triggers the launch function on winger #1, button number 2 triggers siren on winger #1, button number 3 trigger launch function on winger #2, button number 4 triggers siren on winger #2, etc.
The on/off switch at the bottom is the power switch for the entire system. Only one is being used because it was an improvement on an older design that I initially started with.
So, the 9V battery is turned on and powers the receivers. Receiver #1 powers the electronic car door actuator, which is connected to a Patriot Jr bow release via leader line. When button #1 from the transmitter (remote control) is pressed with the system on, a signal is sent to Receiver #1. Receiver #1 can receive this signal because the on switch is on and is powered by the 9V battery. Receiver #1 collects this signal and triggers the pull function on the electronic car door actuator via the 12 V battery on top of the picture. The 12 V battery is held in place with automotive grade Velcro. The same process happens for the siren and the 12V battery is used for the siren as well.
There are many different ways to do this. If possible, I would recommend using a 12V receiver/transmitter system. Ideally, if sirens are desired in your system (assuming you desire a set of 3 wingers), you would elect to purchase a 6 channel transmitter (remote control) and three 2-channel receivers. I purchased six, 1-channel receivers because I was unaware that 2-channel receivers were "out there". By purchasing 2-channel receivers, you would be able to conserve space in your box and cut down on all the intimidating wiring. I also did not get the antennae extensions for "long distance". When my 12V battery is charged and I have fresh 9V batteries in my boxes, I can run these guys at about 115 yards. I have heard that with the antennaes, you can reach further distance (maybe somebody who did this could share a picture and tell us all about it.
Hopefully this will help somebody. If it helps one person, my goal has been accomplished! Please post your homemade winger boxes! There are so many ways to go about doing this it would be nice to get ideas for next time I decide to do this. Thanks for taking the time to read!