Thanks to DIY Drones, I discovered there is another Aruducopter, now flying in South Carolina. None the less, my build continues and this time the RC Rcv deck was the focus.
The documentation on the AR6210 states that the remote receiver must be at least 2 inches away from the main and perpendicular to the main receiver. To accomplish this with the cable that came with my gear, I wanted to use a stack up plate with extensions.
After some sketching and judicious work with my mini mill, razor saw, and titebond wood glue...
The idea was to provide a rigid mount for the Spektrum modules while securing the wiring.
After cutting some saddle points, drilling holes for the cable ties and installing some sticky foam pads under the Spektrum modules, I then fabricated some stack up hardware out of the aluminum hex standoff hardware from my stash.
Here's a view from above demonstrating the passage of the PDB board cabling up through the stack.
Although not 'stock' (if there is such a thing), I wanted the APM2 at the top to allow me visibility of the LEDs, easy access to the reset button, easy connection of the USB, and easy access to the SD card. The APM2 inputs are on the other side from the Spektrum receiver to allow easier management of the wiring (longer run takes up the wiring). The 90 degree connectors also allow a lower profile for the top plate.
Next to order are the signal cables to connect the APM2 to the AR6210. Initial tests will be with the AR6210 powered through the APM2 connections. There is plenty of room between the two plates for my Vex 9.6V 1000mAh pack to power the AR6210 if so desired. The AR6210 handles 3.5 to 9.6 VDC.