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HelicopterRadio - Futaba FASST › 14Z vs 12Z
09-05-2009 08:13 PM  8 years agoPost 1
UPSguy

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by looking at Futaba's feature chart both of these radios actually have 14 channels??? Am I reading that correctly? What are you getting for the huge extra dollars?

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09-05-2009 08:15 PM  8 years agoPost 2
BarracudaHockey

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12z = 12 channels

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09-05-2009 08:18 PM  8 years agoPost 3
UPSguy

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according to this chart the 12z is listed as 12+2. According to futaba's website on the 14z it is also 12+2.

[url=http://www.futaba-rc.com/radios/feature-compare.html]

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09-05-2009 08:22 PM  8 years agoPost 4
BarracudaHockey

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Oh ya, you're right, 2 non proportional channels when using that one receiver.

The 14 is 14 proportional with a G3. Plus its touch screen and uber fancy. It will even play MP3's to you.

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09-05-2009 09:56 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Kevin Dalrymple

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Don't forget the 14 can also use Pictures.

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09-06-2009 02:39 AM  8 years agoPost 6
Thomas L Erb

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and you can make it talk ( or play a sound) to you when flip switches. and the screen is in color

Tom

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09-06-2009 03:21 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Dr.Ben

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The software in the 12Z is roughly 95% of that which is offered by the 14MZ. The massive screen size of the MZ puts almost all your data of a given menu on the first screen, so you'll rarely be flipping from "page to page". The various audio functions are quite useful to some who need an audio aid to keep track of which switch is on and doing what.

Either radio is superb and should be regarded as an INVESTMENT. Buy the best you can afford and enjoy it for years to come. You'll spend as much or more for a many PC's that are in some ways becoming obsolete almost as you're taking them home for the first time.

Ben Minor

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09-06-2009 04:34 AM  8 years agoPost 8
UPSguy

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Ben, what is the function you do use the 12z doesn't have? Thanks.

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09-06-2009 02:02 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Ace Dude

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It doesn't affect performance at all, but another difference is you can have much longer model names on the 14MZ than you can on the 12Z.

In fact, model memories from the 14MZ can be used directly on the 12Z. All you need to do is shorten the model name to eight characters, copy it to the CF card, and load the CF card with the memory in the 12Z and you're done.

I got my 14MZ before the 12Z came out, but with both radios available it might be hard to justify the additional cost of the 14MZ vs. the 12Z.

Both radios do have slightly different ergonomics so you may want to hold both as well to see how they feel.

  

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09-06-2009 07:06 PM  8 years agoPost 10
Kevin Dalrymple

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Dont forget battery life. It is better on the 12z.

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09-06-2009 11:01 PM  8 years agoPost 11
Eury

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I like the 12z better for one simple reason. It isn't a touch screen Windows based transmitter.

Nick Crego

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09-06-2009 11:06 PM  8 years agoPost 12
Kevin Dalrymple

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I like the 12z better for one simple reason. It isn't a touch screen Windows based transmitter.
Maybe Futaba will have the i14 out soon.

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09-06-2009 11:20 PM  8 years agoPost 13
bkervaski

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The 12Z fits better in my hands than my 14 did and the battery does last a full day (or two) without charging.

I want a 2.4 integrated version "just a bit thinner" and I'll be 100% happy, right now I'm 98% happy with it

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09-07-2009 12:32 PM  8 years agoPost 14
Ace Dude

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I want a 2.4 integrated version "just a bit thinner" and I'll be 100% happy, right now I'm 98% happy with it
2.4 is integrated, if it wasn't, it wouldn't work.

  

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09-07-2009 02:17 PM  8 years agoPost 15
bkervaski

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Ace -

I meant without backpack ...

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09-07-2009 02:29 PM  8 years agoPost 16
Peefor

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Has anyone ever had a problem with the 12/14 2.4Ghz module that fits these radios? The joint in the aerial section just 'seems' very flimsy compared to say a £30 Spectrum radio.

Mine is alright so far.....

Pete

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09-07-2009 03:39 PM  8 years agoPost 17
Kevin Dalrymple

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The joint in the aerial section just 'seems' very flimsy
No an you won't. The arial is just like other 2.4 sysyems (like the wifi in your house). There is just a wire that bends at the joint. The joint is just plastic. If you look at it you will see what i mean.

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09-07-2009 04:37 PM  8 years agoPost 18
Four Stroker

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Hey Ben;

I also want to know what that FAI feature is that the 12Z doesn't have.

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09-08-2009 02:17 AM  8 years agoPost 19
Lewd Skywalker

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Dr.Ben: Me too... what does the 12Z doesnt have that you use in competition? I have both the 14MZ and the 12Z. I use them alternately every weekend to avoid overusing them I use the 14 for my FAI machines, and the 12 for 3D

BTW, the software update feature is really superb. I have buddies that uses Spek and JR and they have to send their radios overseas to have them updated

SDX FBL | Eagle3 SWM | Trex 600EFL Pro

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09-08-2009 03:28 AM  8 years agoPost 20
summerwind

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>"I also want to know what that FAI feature is that the 12Z doesn't have."<

please explain where i missed this?
i don't see reference to FAI anywhere in Ben's post.

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