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10-08-2012 08:45 PM  5 years agoPost 1
ZamZum

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I must have missed it or the search is not helping me.. Can someone point me to a comparison between the two radios? Also does anyone know if the 14z will control the 3 axis 750 Futaba gyro like the 18? IT dosent say on the website. Thanks in advance.

Yo Oo YO

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10-08-2012 09:02 PM  5 years agoPost 2
hpilotrc

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Futaba 14 and 18mz difference?
How about a difference in price of $1000 that will get you telemetry and a few more channels that you will not need!

So far no telemetry/upgrade for the 14mz (this is top secret and nobody seems to know at this time)!

Maybe someday Futaba will come out with a less expensive more affordable transmitter with telemetry like what my Spektrum DX8 has for a fraction of the cost of a 14 and 18mz!

Spektrum also has "Model Match" and will only operate the model you select. Futaba fell way behind and has nothing - you can select any model and it will operate any model that is turned on (2.4GHz)....that can be unsafe!!!

Michael
A $$$14mz owner who now also owns a Spektrum DX8 and loves it!

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10-08-2012 10:03 PM  5 years agoPost 3
Skaluf

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Futaba 14z vs 18z
I must have missed it or the search is not helping me.. Can someone point me to a comparison between the two radios? Also does anyone know if the 14z will control the 3 axis 750 Futaba gyro like the 18? IT dosent say on the website. Thanks in advance.
Well now that the trolls have chimed in I'll try to give you some information you can actually use.

Both the 14MZ and the 18MZ have the ability to directly control the CGY750. The 14MZ has most of the programming that the 18MZ has from an aircraft standpoint. The 14 does not have telemetry or the newer and very fast touch screen that the 18 has. However it does still have a touch screen. Battery life on the 18 is 8+ hours, it is about 2 hours on the 14 depending on how much the screen backlight is on. But the 14's battery is like a camcorder battery so it can be quickly changed out.

Please let me know if you have any specific questions, I'll be happy to answer them.

Steve

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10-09-2012 07:44 AM  5 years agoPost 4
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To try further to provide you with useable information, the 18 is remarkably lower in latency than the 14 as you would expect for evolved technology. The 18 is a native 2.4 gHz radio which supports all variants of Futaba spread sprectrum, eg FHSS, FASST, and FASSTest. The 14 can support both FASST and traditional 72 mHz equipment. If you go to the Futaba online update page, you can see some of the details of the latest software update for the 18. You will quickly see that the radio has the some the most extensive telemetry functionality on the market today. The 18 is noticeably lighter than the 14 and a bit thinner in profile. Its stick assemblies are a further evolution of the already superb quad bearing assemblies on the 14. This past weekend I was talking with Nick Maxwell about his 18MZ. I would estimate that he has several thousand flights on his transmitter and has even worn the chrome plating off the idle up switch. Nonetheless, the stick assemblies have needed recalibration only one time and remain slop free. The 18 has several ways to upload, manipulate, and download model files. You can use a wired or wireless mouse to program the transmitter. The 18, like the 14, is not a nickel and dime purchase. It is however one serious piece of hardware and software technology that when invested in will last you more than half a decade of heavy use and be supported along the way with periodic and useful software updates. Is it a purchase for everyone? Nope. Is it a rewarding, enjoyable, and useful tool in the hands of modelers desiring the best equipment that money can buy? Absolutely. It's YOUR choice; please don't let negative and uncontructive commentary otherwise affect you decision. As Steve said, if we can provide you with additional substantiated and concrete details to aid further in your purchase, please do not hesitate to ask.

Ben Minor

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10-09-2012 02:39 PM  5 years agoPost 5
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and has even worn the chrome plating off the idle up switch
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Now that's the mark of a TRUE modeller . . .
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Buy Cheap, Buy Twice . . .

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10-09-2012 03:02 PM  5 years agoPost 6
wargor

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Thanks Dr.Ben for giving constructive feedback!!

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10-09-2012 03:03 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Dr.Ben

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Anodizing is worn off the sticks too......

Ben

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10-09-2012 06:45 PM  5 years agoPost 8
ZamZum

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Thanks! I think the 14z will be more than enough for my skill level. Thanks for making my decision easier!

Yo Oo YO

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10-10-2012 12:47 AM  5 years agoPost 9
BONO1

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14
I love my 14. It does all I need for now!

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10-10-2012 01:29 PM  5 years agoPost 10
Ace Dude

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Anyone know the actual weight of an 18mz with battery?

  

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10-10-2012 02:35 PM  5 years agoPost 11
Skaluf

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42.3 oz

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10-10-2012 02:35 PM  5 years agoPost 12
Phaedrus

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When I weighed the 18 it was 4 ounces lighter than the 14MZ.

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10-10-2012 03:29 PM  5 years agoPost 13
Ace Dude

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I just weighed my 14MZ, 44.64oz with Futaba 2.4GHz module, battery, and very small balance device attached.

  

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10-10-2012 04:25 PM  5 years agoPost 14
Phaedrus

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Yours must be fully charged :-)

I weighed my 14 & 18 at the same time and there was 4 ounces difference on mine. YMMV

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10-10-2012 05:26 PM  5 years agoPost 15
Ace Dude

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Could just be more wear on yours....

I was hoping there would be more a difference than even 4oz.

  

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10-11-2012 07:19 AM  5 years agoPost 16
S.Ratha

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Last night a friend came and picked up my 14mz to borrow, while fiddling with it, I can't help but notice how clunky it feels in the hands...
The 18mz feels much better in the hands...

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10-11-2012 08:26 AM  5 years agoPost 17
Nycatt

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Not only is the 18 thinner than the 14, they also gave the user more spacing between switches. My right middle finger fits comfortably between the Hold switch and the rear switch. I had the 14 and now love my 18. As for "model matching" I setup a voice prompt. When I turn on the radio or switch models it announces the model that is selected.




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10-11-2012 10:13 PM  5 years agoPost 18
jbiter

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The feel was the main reason I bought the 18MZ. It's hard to describe why, but the radio just felt sooooo much better than my 14MZ.

As far as model match, I always felt that was a crutch for poor preflight actions. I have pictures of all my models on the main screen. If the model I am trying to fly doesn't look like the picture on the radio and I fly anyways, then I deserve what happen next.....

Jeff

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10-12-2012 12:12 PM  5 years agoPost 19
kcordell

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"As far as model match, I always felt that was a crutch for poor preflight actions."

+1!

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10-12-2012 02:33 PM  5 years agoPost 20
BONO1

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Model match
I will not fly with anyone one that really needs 'model match'. LoL

Sam

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