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ARC/Cessna RT385A Faceplate Insert

Material - Made from .020” black with white text. All are backed with double faced tape for easy peel and stick installation.

Price $20.25

NOTE: This item is NOT PMA’d and can NOT be installed in US Certified aircraft unless the proper FAA paperwork is completed. Contact your local avionics shop or AP for more information.

The size of the RT385A faceplate insert can be determined by measuring the height inside the trim.  The large size measures approximately 2.435 inches (2-7/16 inches) and the small size measures approximately 2.350 inches (2-11/32 inches).

ARC/Cessna RT385A Faceplate insert installation directions

Before you begin: Check to see if you received the proper faceplate insert. Are the numbers the same as your radio? Does it fit correctly? Although the holes and text will be the same, many faceplate manufacturers made different widths or heights of the same faceplate. (Just to make life a little more interesting)

  1. This faceplate insert is NOT PMA’d and CAN NOT be installed in US Certified aircraft unless the proper FAA paperwork is completed. The FAA is very strict on using non-PMA’d parts in certified aircraft. Contact your local avionics shop or AP for these requirements.
  2. Make sure the new faceplate insert fits correctly.  Most radios have more than one size and you’ll want to make sure it is correct before removing the radio from the aircraft.  
  3. If your faceplate does not need painting go to #10, Remove the knobs and the four screws holding on the faceplate.
  4. On the original faceplate there is a thin plastic membrane that has the text. This will allow the new faceplate insert to be lit properly.
  5. Tape over the display windows to protect them from being painted. Do not tape the inner side of the border as this has to be painted also. Don't forget to tape the back from any paint over spray.
  6. Fill any dents with a plastic auto body filler or similar material.
  7. Lightly sand smooth with a fine grit sandpaper for good paint adhesion.
  8. Paint the faceplate with a quality paint such as Krylon's® 1613 Semi-Flat Black paint. If you want a silver border around the outer rim use a Testors' silver paint stick. They are found in most hobby stores.
  9. Remove the protective tape.
  10. Remove the double face tape backing from the new insert.
  11. Place the new inserts onto faceplate. Reinstall the faceplate, knobs, and four screws.

Note: This radio trim border comes in two widths, to determine the correct faceplate needed, measure the faceplate trim border as shown in the drawing.  If it is approximately 1/8" wide, order the small insert or if it is approximately 1/16" wide then order the large insert.

Aircraft Engravers return policy.

We will give you a 100% refund of the purchase price minus any shipping charges for any faceplate that is returned to Aircraft Engravers. This is for any reason that you are dissatisfied or can’t comply with any FAA rules or regulations.

AKA - RT-385A Nav/Comm, RT 385A.

Border widths.  Most (95%) have  the thinner  width border