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01-05-2013 07:55 PM  5 years agoPost 1
Hicks

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Atlanta, Ga.

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I can not decide if I should use the new Spectrum 18 or the new Futaba 14 SG or Futaba 18Z.
I am leaning towards the Futaba so i can use the 750 on a new Whiplash.
Any oponions would be appeciated. I realize this is somewhat of an opened question but I have not been flying for several years so I would like to see what most people are doing.
Thanks for any comments you might have.
Hicks

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01-05-2013 07:58 PM  5 years agoPost 2
Dood

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If telemetry isn't important to you, consider the 8FG (also a 14 channel radio)

It's almost the exact same radio as the 14SG. You can save some money!

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01-05-2013 08:08 PM  5 years agoPost 3
Nycatt

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If money is not an issue, go with the 18mz and don't look back.




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01-05-2013 08:16 PM  5 years agoPost 4
Qrrambero

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San Francisco / Bay Area

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These days Transmitters aren't as important as in the past. The Flybarless system does all the settings. If I where you I will get one in the middle and with the extra money that I was going to pay for the top of the line, I will use it to buy a nice laptop to take it to the field.
Just my two cents.

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01-05-2013 08:32 PM  5 years agoPost 5
ThumbBumper

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A little to the right and down!

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Edit: Never mind... Already been said...

If it ain't broke, go fly some more!
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01-05-2013 08:34 PM  5 years agoPost 6
Helipilot01

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I love the feel of the DX18!! You should seriously check it out!!

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01-05-2013 09:11 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Scott1115

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If telemetry isn't an issue, the 8FG is the deal of the century. Although nobody admits to it yet, I am not sure the 8FG is not capable of telemetry. It says somewhere the tx is send/receive capable (means telemetry is possible in future?), I am sure Dood or someone else knows exactly what it says and what I am alluding to.

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01-05-2013 09:32 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Bouchah

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Willow Spring, N. Carolina USA

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To me the 8FG felt like a cheap toy. Never owned one but considered it until I held it.

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01-05-2013 10:25 PM  5 years agoPost 9
Dood

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I agree. The 8FG case could be a little better, but the sticks and switches feel good. That's the important part.

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01-05-2013 10:30 PM  5 years agoPost 10
nappyroots2182

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love my 11x. will do everything i will ever need and still has a good feel and look of quality. i was going to get a dx18 but cant get past the cheap look. most transmitters will do more then we really need

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01-05-2013 11:28 PM  5 years agoPost 11
Bouchah

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Willow Spring, N. Carolina USA

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nappyroots, I also have an 11x and doubt I will outgrow it. The feel of that radio is as if it was made for me.

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01-06-2013 12:03 AM  5 years agoPost 12
darren heaver

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rochester, kent, england.

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Which radio !!
If its an option save a bit more and go for an futaba 18mz you will not regret it, it's really easy to use and you will not out grow it. The telemetery is great for setting head speed and curves if your not using a gov. It's just nice to use ;-)).

That's my 2 pence worth don't know what prices are like there.

Good luck but Futaba would be my choice

Darren.

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01-06-2013 01:11 AM  5 years agoPost 13
Steff Giguere

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St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada

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I agree with the telemetry thing the guys are saying up above.

Even when we look at recent vid of the pros, like Bobby Watts and Kyle Stacy, even thought they have 18mz they are back flying their 8FG.

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01-06-2013 02:16 AM  5 years agoPost 14
Blanka

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I can not decide if I should use the new Spectrum 18
I love the feel of the DX18!! You should seriously check it out!!
i was going to get a dx18 but cant get past the cheap look.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...&postcount=1316

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01-06-2013 02:27 AM  5 years agoPost 15
Blanka

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I agree the 18MZ is the best radio but don't forget you need 1000+ bucks to replace the display after warranty end

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01-06-2013 02:49 AM  5 years agoPost 16
Nycatt

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I agree the 18MZ is the best radio but don't forget you need 1000+ bucks to replace the display after warranty end
Not true!

I had my screen replaced of my 14mz before I got my 18mz and they only charged me $137 for the part only and they waived the labor.




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01-06-2013 04:11 AM  5 years agoPost 17
Paul Woodcock

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Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Hi guys

Yes, the feeling in your hands in very important.

The feeling of the response is way more important.
I went from a DX7 to a 8FG and just loved the in flight feeling.

Something not possible to test in a shop or online....

Having said this, the radios mentioned will all be great!!!!

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01-06-2013 06:48 AM  5 years agoPost 18
darren heaver

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Radio choice !!
I think it's all down to personal choice I don't think many people will out fly the radio these days as the electronics are so good now, it's just what feels comfortable for you and the size of your pockets. I have always personally been a futaba man as service is good and not had any problems.

As for price of screens on 18mz can't comment but I had a 14mz screen replaced and full service for £220 by Ripmax which I thought was not a bad price.

Just go with what feels good for you.

" one day I will learn to fly till then I will just hover"

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01-06-2013 07:36 AM  5 years agoPost 19
helixangle

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Mamaroneck, NY - USA

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love JR 11x, +1 above, more than I'll ever need, VBar does it all anyway, feels like it is an extension of my hands as it is very comfortable to hold, interface is time tested and easy to use, format is extremely intuitive (practically didn't have to read the manual) Manual is easy to read / understand and isn't littered with unnecessary information.

as for futaba...plan a 4 or 5 day weekend to get through the "book" that is the manual, I suggest getting the post-it flags as it will make it easy to reference the sections you'll need to read over and over, don't plan on seeing the screen in sunlight, which actually is a plus as most of your flights will be in the diminishing sun of the late afternoon, and of course no need for sunscreen to cover that bald head from all the hair you pulled out in frustration earlier in the day after tirelessly trying to get the "touch pad" interface to actually work with some measure of consistency, and of course never forget...

if you want to spend more time in the air than crying hopelessly in your chair -- JR WILL GET YOU THERE!

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01-06-2013 08:26 AM  5 years agoPost 20
darren heaver

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Must admit not used the 8fg or that range but with the 14mz and the 18mz I have never even looked at the manual it is so easy to program and set up a child could do it. The touch screen is so good and easy to use. Maybe that's why they have not done a book explaining how to use it like they did the earlier futaba radios.

It's all personal choice good luck !!

" one day I will learn to fly till then I will just hover"

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