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12-09-2012 12:20 AM  6 years agoPost 1
Andy from Sandy

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Here is a couple of videos I shot today of a T-Rex 700N DFC head fitted with the Spartan Vortex FBL controller. The controller also has a governor which is controlling the OS105 engine.

Watch at YouTube

Watch at YouTube

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12-09-2012 12:41 AM  6 years agoPost 2
Mike Fortin

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Looks solid.

Have Rotors, Will Fly!

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12-09-2012 12:58 AM  6 years agoPost 3
504Rone

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Looks good. Any video of an electric?

NO FLYBARS

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12-09-2012 01:20 AM  6 years agoPost 4
Mike Fortin

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If it flys good on a nitro it will do fine on an electric.

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12-09-2012 01:43 AM  6 years agoPost 5
504Rone

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Looking for gov performance.

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12-11-2012 06:12 AM  6 years agoPost 6
blade3d

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Nice when is the release and how much

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12-11-2012 06:54 AM  6 years agoPost 7
GetToDaChopper

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don't hold your breath.....

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12-11-2012 09:39 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Andy from Sandy

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Looks good. Any video of an electric?
On that other forum in the Alees section is a video I shot.
Looking for gov performance.
I don't know for electric as the Alees was fitted with a Kontronik ESC.
Nice when is the release and how much
There is no information. A rumour that it might be in production but I really can't help you. It is a shame as you can see and Mike has commented it looks very good. Andy had another flight after these and it was even better. He has been working hard to come up with a default set of parameters to get a pretty good flying model out of the box for Spartan RC.

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01-08-2013 02:02 AM  5 years agoPost 9
IYKIST

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On spartan's website it shows that it is on sale for $349.

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01-08-2013 05:52 PM  5 years agoPost 10
Ben-T-Spindle

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On spartan's website it shows that it is on sale for $349.
Since the left out the auto leveling it’s priced about $100 too high to be competitive.

Plus you need to get a programmer to program it???????

Most others you just plug in the USB and you can program and update. Why did they make it so hard? I just wonder about some of the design decisions. Maybe the V2 will be better?

... BTS

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01-08-2013 05:57 PM  5 years agoPost 11
ticedoff8

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If it follows the Quark path, it probably needs another special USB adapter and a separate "multiplex" adapter for and additional $45.

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01-08-2013 07:13 PM  5 years agoPost 12
Zaaaguy72

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It seemed to price itself up there with the cgy, vbar, and Helicommands. We will see how well it sells at that price. Honestly, until it has been out for a while I won't even consider it. Tired of being a Guinea Pig for companies.

Team Sanjel!

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01-08-2013 11:23 PM  5 years agoPost 13
Ben-T-Spindle

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I agree it does seam to take at least a year to get the firmware tuned. Even Futaba took over a year before they had reasonable firmware.

I still don’t see why it costs so much for what you get. The cost of electronics has really gone down a lot over the past few years.

?

... BTS

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01-09-2013 06:31 AM  5 years agoPost 14
ticedoff8

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still don’t see why it costs so much for what you get. The cost of electronics has really gone down a lot over the past few years.
Its all about the software.
The hardware design comes from the parts manufacturer's cookbook.
Manufacturing comes from China.

The software takes 3 guys 12 months for rev 1.0.
And then the 3 guys work for another 6 months for 2.0.

Then they quit

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01-10-2013 11:13 AM  5 years agoPost 15
Angelos

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I still don’t see why it costs so much for what you get. The cost of electronics has really gone down a lot over the past few years.
The sensors used in the Vortex cost around 9-10 times as much as the Invensense ones (typically used in the BeastX, Brain, 3GX, etc). The Vortex price scales up proportionally to the higher production costs for sensors and additional parts needed for the features it offers.
Its all about the software. The hardware design comes from the parts manufacturer's cookbook.
Yes the hardware isn't the complicated thing but you will find that it has its own design challenges and still some people do get it wrong. Without going to specifics I am sure you've heard of some RC products that brown-out, tail gyro's that make the tail kick randomly because they can't tolerate static discharges on the heli, etc. The application notes will give you an example of how to connect your sensors to your uC but they don't give you your final solution. You still need to choose the right electronic parts for you own application very much how you choose the parts to build a heli.
Manufacturing comes from China.
All manufacturing is done in the UK with the only exception the cable assemblies that come from a reputable wire product supplier in Korea.
The software takes 3 guys 12 months for rev 1.0.
And then the 3 guys work for another 6 months for 2.0.
Then they quit
It actually took one guy 2-3 years. He wont quit as it is his own company

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Angelos

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01-14-2013 04:30 AM  5 years agoPost 16
blade3d

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If you buy the Vortex do you have to buy the data loger you can't program it from your comp ?

Blade3d

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01-15-2013 01:27 AM  5 years agoPost 17
DEDO

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[quote]The sensors used in the Vortex cost around 9-10 times as much as the Invensense ones (typically used in the BeastX, Brain, 3GX, etc).

So what sensors are used is this new unit?

Are they the same sensors as used in the CGY-750 and VBar?

Regards,Rob

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01-15-2013 10:59 AM  5 years agoPost 18
Ben-T-Spindle

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I hope they are better sensors than in the CGY750 as there are a lot of failure reports. The lower cost sensors do seam to be much more robust and have plenty of performance for our needs. Paying an extra $150 is not what I wanted to see.

I agree it would be nice to have full specifications listing including the sensors.

.

... BTS

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01-17-2013 08:14 AM  5 years agoPost 19
blade3d

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Any idea when it will be available ? Looked all over and its not available

Blade3d

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01-17-2013 09:20 AM  5 years agoPost 20
3dgimble

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Here is a video of an electric 700 with the VX1
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