Saturday, 29 September 2012

Jeti DC-16 - first look

The Jeti DC-16 is rather interesting. It's the first transmitter to be manufactured by Jeti, the styling is different, and it has some novel features. It certainly generated a lot of interest in the hands of my clubmate Dave Woods, at Ivinghoe Beacon.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Multiplex withdraws sales reps

Gordon Upton
Just had a chat with Gordon Upton, well known to owners of Multiplex gear as their UK sales representative. Unfortunately, it seems that Multiplex will no longer be maintaining local reps in most European countries, including the UK (Germany and France being the exceptions).

Thursday, 23 August 2012

T9 Hall Magnetic Switch review

Several pilots on the UK F3F circuit are now using magnet-operated switches. The benefit, of course, is that you don't need physical access to turn your radio on or off.

The device we're going to look at is called the "Hall Magnetic Switch" from T9 Hobbysport.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Topsky 2 DLG review and modifications

For the ultimate in flying fun, there's nothing quite like flying an F3F model in a good breeze from the top of a beautiful hill. There is just one little problem though: unless you are lucky enough to live next to a decent slope, a session with an F3F model will involve a bit of a drive.

Which is why I also love flying discus launch gliders. Long lazy flights, using nothing more than arm power and thermals to keep the model aloft - and all from the local park! It's flying at its purest.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

SM Modellbau GPS-Logger (preview)

GPS sensors seem to be the latest virility symbol for the major R/C manufacturers. There are a number of manufacturers making these devices (e.g. Jeti, Multiplex, Hitec and Graupner). All of them link to their proprietary telemetry systems to provide the pilot with real time display of height, speed and distance.

Recently, I've been looking at a couple of M-LINK compatible devices, one from Multiplex and the other from SM Modellbau.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Multiplex Profi Tx announced

Multiplex fans will be excited by the recent announcement of their new flagship radio, the Profi. The new radio is being touted as the natural successor to the legendary Profi mc4000, and will be offered with a choice of 9, 12 and 16 channels. Each version optionally comes with the appropriate DR Pro telemetry receiver.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Cockpit SX M-LINK goes F3F

As we roll into 2012, I'm at last migrating my F3F models from 35 MHz to 2.4 GHz. Yep, it's time to recognise that the world is changing, and most competition pilots have already made the switch. And it may seem a little thing, but having a tiny little aerial in place of the enormous 35 MHz fishing rods will make it easier to negotiate the rocks and rabbit holes which pock some of our slopes.