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01-31-2012 12:13 PM  6 years agoPost 1
heliraptor

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Hi

Been stewing on this one a week or so now.

With the release of the 18MZ there have been lots of 14MZs coming up for sale, a few I have enquired about recently are all in excellent condition, latest firmware recent services etc between £550 and £695

OR

Do I go with the plastic looking 8FGS for around £260.

I have figured out some pros and coins, some have reported the battery life on the 14MZ isn't great and the touch screen is slow to respond. As far as functions go, both have controls for the CGY750, selectable switches etc

Did I read somewhere that the 8FGS doesn't have flight modes where each mode has its own trim setting ??

Not being over familiar with either (Currently use a DSX9) I'd be interested in any comments you have.

Cheers

Lee

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01-31-2012 07:58 PM  6 years agoPost 2
Hotwings

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i have both, fly 8fgh ten times as nuch as 14mz(have scale ships on 14), the 8fgh has flight modes (conditions) in heli and glider menus, not in airplane menu. love mine.

Please cancel my clearance, I have the field in sight. Got my RW Turbine Waiver, need lottery!

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01-31-2012 08:04 PM  6 years agoPost 3
Dood

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Did I read somewhere that the 8FGS doesn't have flight modes where each mode has its own trim setting ??
It is user selectable. If you want each flight mode to have its own trim, you can do that. If you want one trim setting to work in all flight modes across the board, you can do that.

I remember the first helicopter I set up with the 8FG. I'd fly a bit, put it in hold, land, trim. I scratched my head for a while trying to figure out why I couldn't trim the model. Turned out I was only trimming it in hold.

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02-01-2012 11:36 AM  6 years agoPost 4
J2M

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I have had both Tx since they came out. The software and hence capability is essentially the same on both so you need to think about other factors in your choice such as cost, ease of use, ergonomics etc. all of which will be a personal choice and depend on how many models you have.

The 8FG is a great radio for the price but I found navigation around menus and adjusting values with the scroll wheel to be very long-winded and inaccurate compared to touch screen programming on the 14MZ. To pick an example, programming a model name on the 8FG or setting up a 9 point throttle curve takes longer and is more fiddly on the 8 compared to the 14 because you are forever scrolling, overshooting, scrolling back to get the exact value you want, then clicking to the next edit point and repeating the whole scrolling exercise. From a day-to-day usage POV, I much preferred the feel of the sticks on the 14 and how it feels in the hands. If you have a lot of models you might find the 14 easier. Remember also that the 8 is 2.4only. Not an issue for many these days but could be a consideration if you have a bunch of models still on 35Meg.

Transmitter choice is a very personal thing but in your shoes I would choose a good used 14MZ over a new 8. I only use my 8 for the simulator these days.

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02-01-2012 11:51 AM  6 years agoPost 5
J2M

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Another thought if you do go down the 14 MZ route - I would not buy a used 14 unless I had tested the touch screen or seen a video from the seller as to how well the touch screen operates. They really vary a lot from the excellent which only require a light fingertip touch anywhere on the screen to the awful ones which are slow and need a firm push probably with patches where even a heavy push might not register. More recent 14s or those with replacement screens are generally much, much better than older 14s in this regard.

Battery life is better on the 8 than the 14 although the standard NiMh battery deteriorates like any other NiMh in my experience and is poor in cold weather. I wouldn't worry about battery life on the 14 because spare batteries are easy to find and cheap on "popular auction sites". I have always got at least 110 minutes of on time per battery when flying. Battery life will be significantly less when programming unless you turn the backlight off so you will need a spare but most secondhand sets I have seen include at least one spare anyway.

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