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11-15-2011 05:01 PM  6 years agoPost 81
sks

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The battery is a 2S 3500 mAh pack. I've run it over 7 hours on a single charge. We've also run it over 9 hours without the RF being turned on.
so looking at 0.5 amp drain, which means this is a much more efficient unit, more powerful processors and I'd hazard a guess that Futaba fabricated their own processor for the mission critical control circuit, whereas the other processor just does the display interface, playing music etc. .

laptops are a dime a dozen these days, we're talking of a top end product that's probably had more than a few millions dollars invested into it - won't see any of Futaba's competitors do a gamble like that in a hurry.

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11-15-2011 05:48 PM  6 years agoPost 82
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Very true.

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11-15-2011 08:40 PM  6 years agoPost 83
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I was really looking for some fuel telemetry, since im fly turbines now some, but I know a guy who is developing a stand alone system that would be much better. So I guess I will just keep my 14 until I can find a deal on a used one.

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11-15-2011 09:45 PM  6 years agoPost 84
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The 18MZ does have Fuel Telemetry.

Sincerely,
Krysta
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11-16-2011 01:37 AM  6 years agoPost 85
wjvail

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The 18MZ does have Fuel Telemetry.
OK. That's it. I'll take one!

Tower is saying late January. You think that's a good time to release a $3,000.00 radio? Just as the Christmas bills are showing up? I'll make you a deal.... Here's a solution.... I'll send you some money today and you send me an 18MZ today! We'll avoid this whole Christmas/bills/money mess.

Bill

"Well, Nothing bad can happen now."

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11-17-2011 12:38 AM  6 years agoPost 86
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Yeah but it's going to be magnet sensors, will that work with Kevlar tanks and multiple tanks?
Some jets have 6 tanks or more

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11-17-2011 05:02 AM  6 years agoPost 87
Ace Dude

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I'd hazard a guess that Futaba fabricated their own processor for the mission critical control circuit
Assuming you're considering the mission critical control circuit the CPU or microcontroller, then it's most likely they did not fabricate their own processer. Developing a microcontroller take years and costs a lot of money. Considering they will not be selling millions of these it's highly unlikely they fabricated their own chip for this. Lastly, there are many microcontrollers already available on the market today that could easily handle the job.

  

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11-17-2011 01:38 PM  6 years agoPost 88
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Synodontis will put you on his bad list.

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11-17-2011 02:04 PM  6 years agoPost 89
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don't be silly. I know very little about electronics.

I do agree though, because there is a larger range of processors available now than there were 8 years ago, and I'm sure that the 18 MZ has been years in development. But rumour has that it that Futaba did fabricate their chips for the 14MZ so doing so for the 18MZ might be not be off the mark. If I were in charge I'd use the ARM risc based chips since they're well proven, so most of the grief in product development will be in writing and testing of the software. The latter takes a very long time and lots of participation.

And for the reasons above I'm going to wait it out for all you first time buyers to be the beta testers. If I were to buy one straight away I'd use it to fly a little 450, not straight ahead and use it on my Eagle.

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11-17-2011 03:18 PM  6 years agoPost 90
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But rumour has that it that Futaba did fabricate their chips for the 14MZ so doing so for the 18MZ might be not be off the mark.
It's my understanding they used one of their existing chips from their industrial business.
If I were in charge I'd use the ARM risc based chips since they're well proven,
If I were in charge my first choice would be the Parallax Propeller. 80 MIPS with 8 cores. That's right, it has the ability to 8 things at the same time totally independent of each other. By the way, they are $8 in single quantity.
And for the reasons above I'm going to wait it out for all you first time buyers to be the beta testers.
+1

  

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11-17-2011 05:07 PM  6 years agoPost 91
kcordell

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Way too much information!

Team Futaba, Team Synergy/Rail, Team Scorpion, Team Castle Creations, YS Engines, VelTye

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11-17-2011 06:12 PM  6 years agoPost 92
Four Stroker

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More useless information just for Kevin:

You can also put entire precessor cores plus some glue in FPGA's and call it a custom chip.

A die for a new chip is $4M.

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11-17-2011 10:24 PM  6 years agoPost 93
knightofcarnage

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If I were in charge I'd use the ARM risc based chips since they're well proven,
If I were in charge my first choice would be the Parallax Propeller. 80 MIPS with 8 cores. That's right, it has the ability to 8 things at the same time totally independent of each other. By the way, they are $8 in single quantity.
well i were in charge. My choice would be an arm based system. They proven and have a huge industry behind them.
2) I would NOT use windows CE6,Windriver,angstrom, or even android ports
3) SDK for 3rd parties

anyways it don't matter. Still is a great raido and i'm getting one.

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11-18-2011 02:50 AM  6 years agoPost 94
brey

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18mz
I love that I started a war among futaba fan boys about the bling processor and the rest. The 18mz will be the best thing in ar lives. I have been waiting and dreaming of the 18mz all my life. I'm 36 when I was 12 I could not sleep at night thinking of the T remote I wish I had, I wished I had a remote Like the T-18MZ. Finley a remote to my and many others liking, Not laking in any way. She is fast and formidable. The processor and ram will be great. I can't wait.

OK punch holes in that.(Futaba fan-boys) I'm waiting???

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11-18-2011 01:39 PM  6 years agoPost 95
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It's too expensive! The 8FG is all anyone needs. There are starving kind in (fill in the blank) that could be better served with that kind of money. How's that for making some holes?

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11-18-2011 01:43 PM  6 years agoPost 96
Phaedrus

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Needing has got nothing to do with it

It is only too expensive if you either cannot afford it or don't want to spend the money for it. Nobody needs a BMW or Mercedes either and yet they sell tons of them.

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11-18-2011 01:54 PM  6 years agoPost 97
modtron

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The 8FG is all anyone needs.
The 8FG is an amazing radio for the price, but having played with the 18MZ - there is nothing that puts it anywhere near the same capability.

No one is being forced into buying these - so it is purely up to the individual as to if they feel they want one at that cost.

modtron
Oxford UK

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11-20-2011 03:38 AM  6 years agoPost 98
brey

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Futaba R7008SB
FASSTest Receiver for 18MZ will be $149.99.

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...p?&I=LNBWGP&P=G

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11-20-2011 03:48 AM  6 years agoPost 99
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That's certainly do-able. 1/2 the price of the G3 PCM receivers from the original 14MZ's.

Ben Minor

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11-25-2011 09:32 PM  6 years agoPost 100
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Hi guys,

i think i am next week a lucky boy.
Because with a bit of luck, i get the T-18 next week.

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