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07-14-2017 12:43 AM  74 days agoPost 1
PaulBowen

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After extensive use I have come to the following conclusions about the 18SZ.

I love my 18SZ for comfort and pretty looks and will continue to love it, but...

I have come to the conclusion that the software was written by a new software engineering graduate who is hell bent on showing us how smart he/she is. The instructions are next to useless with little if any real world examples of how to configure a model. It feels as though you need to have been born with a Futaba tx in your hands. I have come from using JR.

I have previously defended Futaba for their +100 0 -100 pitch and throttle curves but now wonder why we cant just switch to a standard 0 to 100 setting.

The user interface to me is very confusing and overwhelming. Ilove building and flying model helicopters. I'm not a software engineer and nor should I need to be.I'm sure Mikado have devised a simplified eser interface although I've not had the opportunity to check it out.

I have never felt this way with JR. A bit of a ramble I know but I just get frustrated some times.

Futaba T18SZ, JR Propo XG14, Hirobo fanatic!

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07-14-2017 01:10 AM  74 days agoPost 2
ssmith512

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I'm just the opposite. I found it to be intuitive and well laid out. My only wish was that upon startup it went directly to the Model Select screen - just like my 14SGH. Maybe they can add it in a future update. Granted, I have been using Futaba forever. Having said that, the first time I picked up a DX7 I was lost LOL!. Horses for courses I guess. I absolutely LOVE the 18SZ. It IS the radio I have always wanted at the price I wanted to pay.

Steve

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07-14-2017 03:30 AM  74 days agoPost 3
Chris.C

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Hong Kong

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share the same view like the throttle curve that I don't understand why -100 to +100. I come from 14SG which has 0 - 100.

I am using the Vcontrol and 18SZ. My suggestion to Futaba is to enhance the integration between transmitter and the FBL controller, like CGY750.

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07-14-2017 04:16 AM  74 days agoPost 4
Dr.Ben

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Japan knows about the oddball throttle curve. They'll correct it at some point.

Ben Minor

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07-14-2017 04:34 AM  74 days agoPost 5
PaulBowen

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Does anyone know why when all the throttle hold functions are set to zero it drives the servo below -100 on the throttle curve?

I would have thought the 0 point (-100 on the SZ) was the lower limit?

17 appears to be the lowest throttle hold position without overdriving the servo.

Futaba T18SZ, JR Propo XG14, Hirobo fanatic!

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07-14-2017 05:00 AM  74 days agoPost 6
PaulBowen

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East coast Australia.

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Futaba T18SZ, JR Propo XG14, Hirobo fanatic!

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07-14-2017 05:19 AM  74 days agoPost 7
PaulBowen

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Would it be more logical and useful to set the travels and limits to the same number? And if no why not?

Futaba T18SZ, JR Propo XG14, Hirobo fanatic!

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07-14-2017 02:11 PM  74 days agoPost 8
ssmith512

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Indianapolis, IN USA

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Does anyone know why when all the throttle hold functions are set to zero it drives the servo below -100 on the throttle curve?
I would have thought the 0 point (-100 on the SZ) was the lower limit?
17 appears to be the lowest throttle hold position without overdriving the servo.
I cant explain why, but it has been this way for years on many different Futaba TX's. 17 on the TH setting equals -100 "or 0" on the Throttle curve.

I think it has something to do with Throttle trim and Throttle cut, but not 100% certain.

Steve

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07-16-2017 03:47 PM  72 days agoPost 9
Papa Sal

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Reno, Nevada- USA

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Love my 18SZH. Sure takes some getting used to though. 46 years with Futaba. OY ! Having fun too!

"Everything's better inverted"

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07-17-2017 07:26 AM  71 days agoPost 10
Tripledeucer

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College Place, WA.

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I love my SZH. Didn't like my battery hog 14MZ with it's dark screen. Other than that, it was nice.

TREX 700E

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09-05-2017 09:53 AM  21 days agoPost 11
Gazza

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Australia

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18 SZ

I Love my 18 SZ , after using the 12 Z I find the 18 is much easier to use with the touch screen and more simpler to navigate the menu , I agree about the throttle curve 100 50 100 maybe they will listen to consumers and change it , only thing I have found is in the screen is hard to see in certain conditions ,also it would be good to have model match so mistakes don't happen , yet I haven't had a mistake but I am very careful , good thing is the battery life it lasts so long unless you are doing many setups ...
All in all great TX ....

Gazza...

Melbourne Victoria

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