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05-12-2011 02:20 PM  7 years agoPost 1
Phaedrus

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Saw this on RCU. No other info. Looks a lot like the 14MZ TX with a different screen arrangement and a built in RF module/antenna.

I believe the display is at the Shizuoka Hobby Show being held this weekend.

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05-12-2011 02:49 PM  7 years agoPost 2
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It's nice but I wonder what the battery life is like on that radio. If it's like the 14mz then that will blow.

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05-12-2011 03:02 PM  7 years agoPost 3
Phaedrus

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I would not start making assumptions of doom just yet. The screen is larger and better detail. Screen technology has improved leaps and bounds in the past few years. Just look at GPS units and how they have changed.

But I agree, a different battery system would be nice. For me the real changes will be in software and user interface. I really hope that if there are software changes that 14MZ users can also take advantage of them. We will have to wait for more details, but the cat is out of the bag for sure.

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05-12-2011 03:58 PM  7 years agoPost 4
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More info and better photos:

http://www.rctech.com.tw/index.php?...2&Itemid=100014

This looks to have the new FASSTest telemetry system in it!!

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05-12-2011 04:06 PM  7 years agoPost 5
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hopefully the Robbe tray version of this is not too far off, they'll probably call it the FX50.

Until then I'm holding onto my FX40.

the transmitters looks smoother in looks than the 14MZ and hopefully the latency should be as good as if not better than an 8FG.

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05-12-2011 05:18 PM  7 years agoPost 6
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More bells and whistles, larger screen, more programming features all mean shorter battery life. It looks so high tech you know your battery will be screaming at the end of the day.

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05-12-2011 05:26 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Phaedrus

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Given the advances in battery technology and screens that the battery will be as good or better.

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05-12-2011 05:28 PM  7 years agoPost 8
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I hope it is not a $2500 radio.

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05-12-2011 05:32 PM  7 years agoPost 9
carcrasher

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The battery on the 14mz only sucks when you are setting up a heli or troubleshooting something otherwise it lasts a long time Unless of course the battery is starting to go. It would be nice to have more than one option in batteries.

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05-12-2011 05:34 PM  7 years agoPost 10
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With the number of great radios out there for less than $1000 a 2500 radio would be tremendous overkill. The only reason for purchasing it would be the "Gee Whiz" factor

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05-12-2011 05:45 PM  7 years agoPost 11
Phaedrus

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With the number of great radios out there for less than $1000 a 2500 radio would be tremendous overkill. The only reason for purchasing it would be the "Gee Whiz" factor
Funny, nearly exactly the same words were written about the 14MZ when it was announced!

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05-12-2011 05:58 PM  7 years agoPost 12
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Why not just make a 100ch radio, or just build a 30" plazma screen with two joysticks on it. And a dolly to roll it around on, and stand in front of it and fly. Maybe a dozen car batterys to power it long enough to burn a tank of fuel. Gee whiz how much can you control at once anyways. The New Improved 1000ch MZ get it while you can only $25,000, no RX or servos included.

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05-12-2011 06:25 PM  7 years agoPost 13
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The New Improved 1000ch MZ get it while you can only $25,000, no RX or servos included.
You can be guaranteed that someone here would buy the bloody thing.

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05-12-2011 06:36 PM  7 years agoPost 14
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I want:

1) much smoother sticks

2) better display of options and servo set ups and mixers, finer tuning, extra features

3) good latency

4) and telemetry and data logging will be a very useful feature indeed for troubleshooting and testing etc. . . (might as well have our first black box flight recorder implementation, we might even be able to save data before a crash and play it out on the sim - now there's an idea!!!)

over the 8FG. And I'll be happy.

this would be a product built to a spec - not a price. The 8FG is good (I have one), but it just feels plasticky and the sticks are not to my taste. I much prefer the feel of the FX40 on tray arrangement.

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05-12-2011 06:39 PM  7 years agoPost 15
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Funny, nearly exactly the same words were written about the 14MZ when it was announced!
Yep, we can go back to the 14MZ's release and just recopy all the replies to those who said it was a waste of money, overkill, etc., etc. It's amazing how much negativity can be generated over the release of such an amazing product by those who not only have no intention of buying one but never enjoyed the power of a 14MZ either. A Corvette does a pretty good job for 60-75K $, but for some reason people still will buy a Ferrari, and that's not odd, but a price for a transmitter that's no more than a flagship laptop costs is considered absurd. Not.

What many don't understand is that much the overall software architecture in the 8FG and the 12's had its foundation in the 14MZ. This radio will serve as the foundation for new radios to come in the future.

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05-12-2011 06:41 PM  7 years agoPost 16
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Hi Steve,

T-18 = U$S 3299.99

I have read here

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05-12-2011 06:49 PM  7 years agoPost 17
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I would not begin to put any weight on that price until someone from Hobbico is able to comment definitively.

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05-12-2011 06:54 PM  7 years agoPost 18
Phaedrus

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Hi Steve,

T-18 = U$S 3299.99

I have read here

Gottfried
The post you referred to was a joking guess by someone who has no idea, so let's not spread unfounded rumors!!

Beyond that, keep in mind that the current "list" price for a 14MZ is actually $3,499.99USD. It sells for $2,299.99 USD at Tower. So even if the list was the above guessed at $3,299.99 the street price would be more like $2,168 or so. Which is less than the 14MZ right now.

But price speculation right now is nothing more than pure guessing.

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05-12-2011 07:46 PM  7 years agoPost 19
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So when is the release date suppose to be in the US? Gotta get on the list as the 14mz has served better then any radio I can think of with all the upgrades that have been available as I expect the 18 will last for at least 6-8 years as the MZ has.

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05-12-2011 08:17 PM  7 years agoPost 20
Phaedrus

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I have not seen anything solid on a release date so far. I have seen some speculation/guessing about a September release date here in the US. Perhaps earlier in Europe.

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