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    R/C Boat for Sale
    For Sale:Rc Model Boat Sea Rover Red & White, wooden deck, 76cm x 25cm, Never used. Condition is New. New Saturn 2.4 Ghz radio
    transmitter
    & receiver included. Viper Marine 25 speed controller & motor included. Will need own battery supply. Buyer to collect.Β£250
    1 day ago by Jimbob901
    Blog
    Conclusion.
    I must say that I have really enjoyed building the Aeronaut Pilot Boat. The kit is well detailed and has a certain level of difficulty that suits me at the moment. This is the first project I have completed in 35 years. Boat projects that is. During the build I did encounter a few problems which, in my opinion, could be put right by Aeronaut. The first was the fitting of the skins. The laser cut parts had no extra material to aid fitting. They were difficult enough to fit but with no margin for error at all, I was losing the will to live. I had failure after failure and considering each attempt had to be temporarily set in position with tape, days and days went by. Finally, I managed to get them into the best position I could and stuck them down. I think I managed 95% good with about 5% I had to deal with later on. Most of any error is covered by the rubbing strake.😐 Another problem is the connections for the two rudders. Fortunately, I noticed the issue early on so devised a repair before a problem was encountered. The instructions, and the parts themselves, were fitted with the screws facing towards the transom. Once the deck was glued into place the screws could not be reached. I redesigned the actuating mechanism so that the screws were facing forwards. They are still difficult to get at, but with a long Allen key it is possible. Getting all of the electrics working as I wanted was also a challenge. I could not find a way to programme three switches to operate on three channels. There is a way, so I understand, by using mixes on the
    transmitter
    . I looked everywhere for information on this site and others. I found nothing except everybody was saying that the ER9X firmware was the way forward. There was no way to update the Turnigy Tx I have so I found the perfect solution in the Turnigy 9X Pro
    transmitter
    with a frsky module. For £90 this is some piece of kit. I have programmed the three switches with ease and everything works well. One issue I have had and really would like some help with for future projects, is the connection of all of the wires from the removable cabin. I have used some rather large nine pin connectors and eight strand alarm cable. These can be seen in an earlier post. Does anybody know of where I can get much smaller multi pin connectors? For my next project, the Robbe/Krick Dusseldorf, I am considering nine pin DIN sockets. That concludes this build. I think a name might look nice on the side of the hull to break up the full colour. I will see what I can find. I would recommend this kit to those with a little experience. I think it is a little complex for a first build but who knows. Thanks for reading the blog and a special thanks to all of those who have offered valuable help at every stage, so until the next one, Happy Building. Peter.😊
    5 days ago by MouldBuilder
    Forum
    Brushed to Brushless upgrade
    ".....brushless motors the main question is speed controller as I would need forward and reverse...." Simple answer. You can get reversible brushless ESCs. However, watch out, as boats are a minority interest and many cheap reversible brushless ESCs are designed for car use. These may have a 'braking' feature, which means that the controls work like this: forward stick = forward backward stick = motor braked quick forward and backward again = motor goes in reverse which is optimum for cars, but cumbersome for boats. A proper boat designed brushless ESC will be fine, as will be a cheap car one where you can turn off the 'brake'. RNinMunich recommends the Quicrun series of Chinese brushless ESCs, but of course products change all the time. So check that the ESC you are after is reversible, and has a 'no-brake' setting.... Rather more complex background explanation. This is my understanding of how one particular 'brushless' system works - there may well be other technologies out there... : 'Commutation' is the process of switching each coil in an electric motor on at the right time to get attracted to the nearest magnet and off when it passes the magnet, so that the armature will rotate in one direction. In a brushed motor this happens mechanically, and we don't need to worry about it. If you want to know a bit more, get a Taycol motor and start reading papers like this: http://what-when-how.com/electric-motors/commutation-electric-motors/ In a brushless motor, commutation is done by software inside the ESC. So the ESC is essential to a brushless motor - it won't run without one. What the software in a brushless ESC does is start the motor with a pre-programmed series of activations of coils. Once spinning, the software detects the generated back-emf as a magnet passes each coil, and uses this to work out the motor speed, timing, and hence which coils to activate next, depending on the throttle signal. Obviously, this happens very fast. If the motor went round slowly, the generated back-emf would be very low, and the ESC would have difficulty detecting it. So a typical brushless motor has a minimum speed which is quite high compared to a brushed motor. In a sensor motor, the ESC can be much more precise about timing because it reads it off the Hall-effect sensor. It can also run at much slower speeds. But the extra kit, and the low production levels mean that these are going to be more expensive motors. For a brushless ESC the starting process, and the reversing process, are much more complicated than they are in a brushed motor. In each case the software has to try to detect what the motor is doing and adjust the timing to get it running in the right direction 'blind', with possibly odd feedback from the coil back EMF. For a brushed motor, the ESC just reverses the polarity and the mechanical commutation automatically applies a force in the direction you want. The result is that brushless starts can be a bit jerky, and brushless reverses need 'setting up' with a process of signalling from your
    transmitter
    or using a program card. Since cheap brushless ESCs are often turned out with little documentation, making them reverse can sometimes be difficult for an inexperienced purchaser.
    7 days ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    Ace Nautical Commander
    Dodgy - thanks for that - might just sell the Ace on Ebay - buy a cheap 2.4 and convert that. Was the article continued or not ? Noticed the make of the converted
    transmitter
    is not given .
    10 days ago by redpmg
    Forum
    Ace Nautical Commander
    The real benefit of this radio is the twin sticks - dont find those too often. Only one I know of is the very expensive German F14
    transmitter
    . No market for this here - be different in UK Only one fellow in SA repairs radios that I know of , so will try and contact him if no joy via the forum. Electronics engineer friend who could have handled conversion now living in the land of Oz! If I tried there would be big fat smoke signals.............
    10 days ago by redpmg
    Forum
    Ace Nautical Commander
    It might be a shame to alter the innards of such a radio - vintage radios like this make a lot of money if sold in original condition. See https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?2980389-ACE-Nautical-Commander-7-ch-NIB-AND-FOR-SALE-AGAIN Perhaps $200? To convert it to 2.4Ghz you would have to obtain a 2.4Ghz
    transmitter
    module. If you can do that, you can probably obtain a full 2.4Ghz combo and use that radio if interference is the primary issue. To convert you need to obtain a radio module, and then find the position in your
    transmitter
    where the signal is passed to the RF section. You then connect Vcc, GND and Signal to the new 2.4Ghz module. Some radios have a separate RF board, making this part easy, but if not you will need some way to find the bit to connect....
    10 days ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    Motor, speed controller
    All got off ebay. The drone boys use this sort of thing extensively. Go there and google the items below. I have added approximate current prices - but I can recall getting some items considerably cheaper.... FPV Mini Digital Video Camera - about Β£6 Eachine RC832 Boscam 5.8G 48CH FPV Receiver Combo - 5.8Ghz Tx and Rx - about Β£14.80 7 inch Professional FPV Aerial Photography Monitor For Ground Station - about Β£17.50 FPV-Pro-DVR-Mini-Video-Audio-Recorder - about Β£11.30 Plastic-FPV-PT-Pan-Tilt-Camera-Platform - 99p! I also got an extra stick - about Β£10, a nice plastic box - about Β£25(!), and various connectors, switches, etc. The box contains a gel battery for the video, which can power the main R/C
    transmitter
    down the connector line - that's what the buttons and voltmeter on the panel are for... Note that the video
    transmitter
    runs hot - most of them seem to - which is fine on a drone, but thermal control needs some consideration on a boat. You can see a little heat-sink that I added.... P.S. Oh, and you'll need to arrange a 180 deg servo for the panning... P.P.S. You might want to consider a clover-leaf aerial. That enables what they call 'circular polarity' transmission, which is really useful for drones when the transmitting aerial is performing contortions in the air. For boats, a vertical aerial pumping out vertically-polarised waves may suffer from 'bounce' off the water surface, which turns the reflected waves horizontal. But these are very cheap anyway, and can be experimented with - a bit like different propellers...
    27 days ago by DodgyGeezer
    Blog
    Shipping and first trial.
    I decided that I would send the hull via UPS in a secured box with other items. I packed the superstructure in the second box made earlier and took this as hand luggage with me to Budapest. This proved to be almost totally successful except for some minor damage to deck hand rails on the hull which was not totally unexpected. A minor repair is required but will wait until my return in the Summer.😐 I have attached a couple of pictures of the large box taken as I was unpacking it. I spent a couple of days doing final adjustments, fitting the props and fine tuning the
    transmitter
    set up. Then came the time to trial. Just as I was about to set off to the river. the wind picked up and the water surface became unsuitable for a trial especially as the recovery boat was unavailable. I decided to delay until the next day. The conditions the following day were perfect. I fitted the 2s 3300 Lipo and turned on the power. Next was to place the boat in the river and pray. The test went perfectly and I was very pleased. I have noted that the bow seems a little low in the water when not under power. Strange as all of the operating systems are towards the stern. Under power, this improves greatly and when on full power it looks perfect. I think I might moved the battery towards the stern slightly to see if there is an improvement. Later in the day, I had a second trial to check the effectiveness of the lighting. This was good as well but it would be nice if the blue flashing light was a little brighter. My last post on this series will follow soon with my thoughts on the model and the problems which have been encountered. I have taken a short video of both trials which I will upload soon.
    29 days ago by MouldBuilder
    Forum
    Turnigy Standard 9x
    transmitter
    Hello all. I hope you can help me before I lose all of my hair. I recently purchased a Turnigy 9x set which, according to all of the reviews I have seen, is good value for money. I am sure that they are all right but you need to be a genius to understand the instructions. Everything is in short hand. I am fairly new to the latest radios but I can read. This is not good. The internet has been invaluable and I have found a good instruction book for the Flysky 9x which appears to be the same. I have now got through the basics but I am having a problem achieving what I bought it for in the first place. My latest build, a Pilot boat, has been wired such that I need to use three channels to operate rc switches. I would like to use channels 5, 6 and 7. I have found that I can set 5 to gear which gives me one switch, another can go to throttle something to give me two switches, but the other choices go to trimmers only. After reading bloggs it seems that I can get a third switch working on, say, channel 7, but have to alter mix settings. I am completely lost now and wondered if anybody could instruct me as to how to get this third switch to operate on channel seven. Thank you.😊
    3 months ago by MouldBuilder
    Forum
    transmitter
    Mode 2
    Newbie question. I am going to buy a FlySky FS-i6 and want a spring loaded throttle on left and spring loaded rudder on right. Do I get this if I buy mode 2. ie will it be spring loaded. Chose this brand as I understand it and use it on my sailboat. My sailboat
    transmitter
    is not spring loaded on left as it pulls the sheets on and is then left alone.
    2 months ago by juskiddin
    Response
    Re: Maxton modified wooden ornament
    Hi! Doug no the esc is not home brew, it was from ebay. "RC ESC 20A Brush Motor Speed Controller w/ Brake for RC Car Boat Tank" for Β£3.37 works well and as far as the interference suppression with capacitors; no I don't find any need for them now I'm on 2.4ghz. All my models work from the one 6 channel
    transmitter
    , and none of them have any suppressors on, although they are all brushed motors. Never had any problems. I don't do submarines so have no need for 40Mhz or 27 Mhz. I like to keep things simple!
    2 months ago by 4clubs
    Forum
    transmitter
    Mode 2
    I think you can buy kits to spring load the second stick on certain
    transmitter
    s
    2 months ago by Hillro
    Forum
    transmitter
    information
    It's the binding plug. You have to bind the receiver to its
    transmitter
    with that plug in using the instructions that should have been supplied with the kit. With your description, I would say it's an Frsky or Flsky system, as that is just what you described. Check out binding on you tube with your brand of Tx/Rx. Best wishes, Dave W πŸ‘
    2 months ago by rolfman2000
    Wiki
    2.4ghz TX/Radio
    2.4Ghz TX/Radio combo With the introduction of the 2.4 Ghz Radios the 27Mhz and the 40Mhz systems will soon become obsolete, they are however the only ones suitable for underwater submarine use as the 2.4Ghz will not transmit under water. With the 2.4Ghz system you can forget about wrong crystals; or is somebody on your frequency; dual conversion; incompatibility of some crystals on some radios; interference etc etc. need I go on. The first 2.4Ghz systems were expensive but now a
    transmitter
    and radio can be bought for just under Β£30 there seems to be no point in hanging on to your old 27 and 40 Mhz Radios.... START to update for a hassle free life. Additional receivers are only Β£10. It seems that the Planet and RadioLink are no longer readily available. FlySky are a suitable in-expensive alternative but are not compatible with Planet or RadioLink. A simple,one off binding process for your first time use and your set is tuned to just your
    transmitter
    . You can use just one
    transmitter
    and have all your boats fitted with receivers which will only receive signals from your one
    transmitter
    . Should you for any reason want to add or change your
    transmitter
    for the same type you can simple re- bind your receivers again to match your new
    transmitter
    SIMPLE !!!! If you do have a rather expensive 40Mhz
    transmitter
    it is possible to purchase an adaption kit to 2.4Ghz and still retain your
    transmitter
    , 2.4Ghz 4 to 6 channel receivers can be purchased for as little as Β£10 to match the modified
    transmitter
    .
    2 months ago by 4clubs
    Blog
    Nearly there.
    I have had a good run lately being able to spend a whole day per week on the Pilot Boat. The wiring and both of the circuit boards are now completed and working. I have experienced a small problem though. I have a Turnigy 9x
    transmitter
    with eight usable channels but however I configure it, I can only get two of the seven switches connected to channels. I have seen on youtube that by using mixes, more switches can be programmed. So far I have not found out how. There is lots of information for the er9x update but not the standard 9x. For now I will connect two channels to one Tx switch. I have now been busy fitting the deck out. I should complete this tomorrow after which all that remains is to finish painting the cabin seats and tables and fit them. I hope to have it on the river in three weeks time. I will place the final build update before I go. I will probable leave the deck handrails off until it has been transported. Until then, if anyone can help with the mixes problem on my 9x, it would be very much appreciated.πŸ˜‰
    2 months ago by MouldBuilder
    Wiki
    Basic RC Setup
    DRAFT: TO BE REVISED AND UPDATED SHORTLY!! (RN) There are many people who are new to radio control, or may have had a model for a while and want to make it electric/remote controlled but don't know where to start. Hopefully I shall explain some basics here. I will start off with a two channel controller. You can get these from hobby shops or other RC shops, you can also buy them (usually a little cheaper) at boat fairs. it may be much better to buy a new one at first so that you get most of the RC parts in the same box as a complete set. Most
    transmitter
    /receiver sets such as Hitec or Futaba include the
    transmitter
    , receiver, the batteries to go with them and servo's. The style of
    transmitter
    is seen here showing the control layout. The channels match up on the receiver and the corresponding equipment should be plugged into it. The wiring can be fairly easy to setup by just following the diagram shown below, providing the speed control has B.E.C. (Battery Elimination Circuit) you will not need the separate battery for the receiver. It is advisable that you incorporate a switch and a fuse in either wire coming off the battery. This will reduce the risk of future smoking electrics if things go wrong! 😊
    2 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Turnigy Standard 9x
    transmitter
    Peter,here i put photos of simple servo switch., constructed by Petr Hajek (ufon 13).I use the same switch for switching sound modules (siren + foghorn) Channel 2 in my model ps Lulonga. I do not know why you are not using channel 3 (throttle) to control the engine via ESC.... Regards Tom 😊
    2 months ago by tomarack
    Forum
    Turnigy Standard 9x
    transmitter
    I have now connected the batteries and entered into the Aux channel mode on the TX. I have set gear to channel 5 and throttle hold to channel 6. Two of my lighting circuits now work perfectly using the gear switch and the throttle cut switch on the Tx. I just need one more to enable the third circuit to light. there are still two or three two position switches available to use but are not supported in the Aux channel menu. I am told that they can be used by altering the mix menu but I am afraid this goes beyond me at this time. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Peter.😊
    2 months ago by MouldBuilder
    Forum
    Turnigy Standard 9x
    transmitter
    Thanks Tom. I think I can choose between five items for each of channel 5 to 9. Two I believe, Gear and one of the others, are controlled by on/off switches on the Tx. The others are routed via potentiometers. There is, apparently, a way of changing one of these choices to be operated by a third switch using `mix` settings but I have no idea as to how. I will try to get my LED`s working on the two switches that are available through the Turnigy rc switches I have wired to channels 5 and 6 on the receiver. I will post how I get on.😊
    2 months ago by MouldBuilder
    Forum
    Turnigy Standard 9x
    transmitter
    Hi, As I see, there is a problem. The basic question is - what you need to control, and the other - whether this type of RC kit will allow this. Especially .. this type is mainly designed for aircraft control. You need to choose compromises to control the ship model. This type does not allow simple switching of functions - only by means of another switching module, or by means of end switches on the modified servo. in the base allows only proportional control of servos or ESC. There are RC sets, that have switching functions, such as Graupner - e.g. Graupner mc-20 12-Channel HoTT but these are far more expensive... The basic wiring is the 3rd throttle for engine control (ESC), channel 4 for control of the rudder. there is a possibility to use channels 1 and 2 for switching the added end switches but it is not possible to switch them permanently (perhaps with the help of the added relay)-. channel 5 can be used - setting> AUX> GYR> PIT TRIM - (rotary potentiometer control.) similarly channel # 7. AUX settings> HOV THRO Channel No 8 - AUX Settings> HOV PIT Operate again using rotary potentiometers - see function descriptions. These channels again allow only proportional control. Switching can be done (maybe) using channel # 6 settings >AUX>FLP> Gear ON/OFF (I did not try this) It is good to get familiar with the setting of the individual elements and check this on the display for the test (without the connection of the receiver !!) before you all plug in the model. I hope it helped you a little bit.. Tom
    2 months ago by tomarack
    Directory
    (Working Vessel) Mowe 2
    I hadn't build a RC model for over 45 years, so as a 60th Birthday present my wife bought me this Aeronaut Mowe 2 kit, complete with all the RC equipment; motor, servo,
    transmitter
    and receiver, ESC unit etc. It was a great kit to build and took me about 3 months from start to finish. The hull was a bit tricky, but a tube of P38 and lots of sanding, re-filling with light balsa filler, re-sanding, finishing and painting and patience won through! Not a brilliant finish, but an ideal boat to get my hand back-in to modelling. When sailing, the boat needed a bit of ballast in the form of 2 old AA batteries in the bow to keep it stable and level in the water at speed! (ESC: Aeronaut) (8/10)
    3 months ago by StuartE
    Forum
    What type of antenna is this?
    The wire aerial running between the masts is what radio hams call an inverted L, it is tuned against the hull of the boat and the seawater and unlike a half wave dipole it only needs to be a quarter wave long, or less with a loading coil and an aerial tuning unit, often built into the
    transmitter
    . Common on many fishing boats in the days of the Trawler band, which is the frequency band a bit above medium wave. Trawler Band was also nicknamed FishFone.If you mean the loop aerial on the wheelhouse, that is a Radio Direction Finder Aerial which became very popular just after WW11. This information comes to you courtesy of my Radio Ham partner.
    3 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Robbie Estelle Yacht
    This model is complete with Futaba receiver so would require a compatible
    transmitter
    . Good condition and sails well in stiff winds. Personal pickup only due to size. Β£150
    3 months ago by Rockbag
    Forum
    Slightly confused newbie
    Whilst I am not new to boat modelling, I am new to r/c and I’m confused about an issue I have. You can see the setup in the images. Everything works fine, and testing the boat on the pond; I was very pleased how she ran. The issue is this: if I set the trim switch (bottom right on
    transmitter
    image) to reverse, the rudder works normally. If I set it to Normal, it is reversed. If I set the throttle trim switch to normal, the throttle is reversed, and if I switch it reverse, the motor runs a full throttle, with the joystick in the neutral position! All the other trim controls are in the neutral position, as in the image. I have double checked all the wiring, and would really appreciate some help on what I am doing wrong.
    3 months ago by J Barry
    Forum
    Slightly confused newbie
    Doug, you were quite right. Mtroniks have sent me a new ESC, with no explanantion, but it works in exactly the same way as the previous one, as you said it would. So, I shall ignore the settings on the
    transmitter
    and just enjoy the boat! A lesson has been learned...... Thanks to everyone for their valued input. πŸ‘
    3 months ago by J Barry
    Blog
    Electrics in the cabin
    Progress on the main build is slowed at the moment so that I can complete the electrical installation. I have decided to route all of the wires inside of the original outer sleeve. I have removed the wires and replaced only the ones I need. I have stuck them to the inside walls as I do not like them hanging everywhere. Perhaps they look a little like insulated pipes, at least that is what I tell myself. I have terminated all of the wires into two 9 pin connectors. These will then connect directly into a small ABS enclosure where I have a flasher circuit and a pcb with all of the resistors for the LED`s. I have wired in this manner so that all I need to do to completely remove the cabin is to disconnect the two connectors.All of the remaining circuits can remain in the hull. A little more work is required in the hull to fit and wire the switches to operate the equipment from other switches on the
    transmitter
    .😊
    3 months ago by MouldBuilder
    Forum
    Richardson/Southampton Smoke Generator
    Hey, Ed: I noticed in one of your post about this topic you mentioned: β€œPS. When you use the smoker. Don't let it dry out. You'll burn the coil! Just keep track of it! And have fun!!!” When you say β€œwhen you [I] use the smoker”, I need to point out that I don’t have any control over it, as such. I can’t turn it β€œon” or β€œoff”; smoke is automatically generated whenever the
    transmitter
    throttle is pushed forward or reverse. According to Hobby Engine’s response to my email: β€œsmoke will be generated automatically when the boat runs”. Based on what you’re saying, Ed, which makes perfect sense to me, if my boat runs out of smoke liquid I should get it to shore a.s.a.p. because the there is a strong possibility that the smoke heating coil could burn out. it would be sort of like letting all of the water boil out of the pan on the stove; as soon as the water boils away the pot will weld itself to the stove top pretty quickly! All of this gives me an idea. I think I’ll install an β€œon-off” switch for the smoke system blower & smoke oil heater. There’s more than enough room to add a switch on the deckhouse floor (close to the tug’s main power switch). This would be helpful for maintenance work, too. I wouldn’t necessarily want smoke coming out of the stacks when I’ve got the boat indoors on the bench & I want to run the motors after shaft oiling or something. My β€œto do” list keeps growing!! Pete
    3 months ago by PittsfieldPete
    Forum
    Slightly confused newbie
    Hi John, regarding the rudder, the 'Normal' and 'Reversed' designations are purely arbitrary. If you put a servo arm in one position on the servo, then remove it and place it at 180 degrees to the original position, the servo is reversed with respect to the original position. Try it with a spare servo and servo arm. The Normal/Reverse options on the
    transmitter
    are only there to allow for variations in servo to servo arm location variations. The 'Normal' designation is somewhat misleading. As far as the ESC goes, that is sorted by programming the ESC. That's my 2.7p worth. (5 cents Australian) Cheers, Terry
    3 months ago by terrymiff
    Forum
    Slightly confused newbie
    hi ya, I have just been reading up on your
    transmitter
    and it looks as though your
    transmitter
    was originally made for cars but it doesn't make any difference. Apparentlyit is a 2 channel
    transmitter
    which is supplied with a 3 channel receiver. Therefore when you plug the speed controller into channel 3, it isn't going to work. So the way you originally had it set up is the only way to get it working unless you go for a different
    transmitter
    . What is the range of these
    transmitter
    s? because I have one myself which is a Planet 2.4 Advance T5 and its got an extremely short range because its called a park flyer - I am wondering if yours will be the same just for curiosity. Best of luck. John
    3 months ago by JOHN
    Forum
    Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections.
    hi ya Colin - I had a good look round the web to try and find the instructions manual for your Futaba FP-T7 UPH and it keeps coming up with the links that I have already posted but there are also one or two links which the firewall wont allow me to open - it says its got virus' on - so I wonder what that one is. I did come across an auction site - not Ebay - that had one for sale with the instructions and if you look at the instructions they are similar/same as the link I have already posted. So, I am wondering are these instructions for the two sets of
    transmitter
    s - and possibly the one you have is an upgrade. I see on Ebay there is someone in USA who sells manuals on CD for around Β£8 if you desperate. Of all the
    transmitter
    manuals I have looked for this one is an oddball one for finding the manual. Happy days. John
    3 months ago by JOHN
    Forum
    Slightly confused newbie
    hi ya J that looks like an Mtroniks speed controller in the pic - does this one have the button on that you press to set it up? because I know what you would need to do is set your trim in the neutral position for the throttle and then go through the procedure of switching on the
    transmitter
    and then the receiver and then pressing the button on the speed controller so it recognises where neutral is. I believe some of these Mtroniks are something like 100% rpm forward and something like 75% rpm in reverse. if this idea doesn't work you could always swap the wires over on the motor. (NOT ON THE BATTERY) πŸ€“ Chinee smokey come out of speed controller if you do dat 😲 John
    3 months ago by JOHN
    Forum
    Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections.
    John can you please tell us the li k for the manual download for the FUTABA FP-T7UHP
    transmitter
    . Thanks Colin.
    3 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections.
    I have just spent a couple of mins downloading and reading through the manual for your
    transmitter
    , Colin and I see you have limited mixing similar to the old Futaba 6A models. if it were me (going back to your original question) I would use this
    transmitter
    with a new receiver and fit these into your model and use tank steering as in the 4th diagram on that little image I put on of the electrical layouts. Very simple and straightforward. I think its channel 2 on your right hand stick used for rudder.
    3 months ago by JOHN
    Forum
    Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections.
    Here is the
    transmitter
    I intend to use, with a 2.4ghz module fitted. Not decided on the RX yet as need to get in the attic to look in my radio spares box. But it will be a 6 channel set, as that is what I have. Cheers Colin.
    3 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections.
    Its really quite simple modern radio systems are computerised so you can do all the mixing you want from the
    transmitter
    . No need to buy mixers for the receiver end. Setting things up the first time you do it is confusing I agree but once you have a grip on things it becomes more simple. The good thing about using a modern system is that you can change things on the fly and even have different mixes selectable on the same model and change while your sailing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq_H9vzCz8g there is a video so you can see what I am talking about.
    3 months ago by Haverlock
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    Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections.
    hi there Colin - to stop confusion and people suggesting things that are totally 'confusing' 😊 1. What type of 2.4
    transmitter
    do you have, what make and how many channels. 2. Can you put a photograph of your rudder servo in the model and the actual plug that fits into the receiver. This servo may not be compatible with what you are trying to do.
    3 months ago by JOHN
    Forum
    Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections.
    My boat was already built with twin motor drive. So I will stick with what I have, may even keep the original rc gear and esc, servo if I locate a
    transmitter
    that will operate it successfully. But I thank you for your input, cheers Colin.
    3 months ago by Colin H
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    Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections.
    hi ya Colin, sorry for the delay - but I am going to open up a can of worms here. Although a lot of people use the 'Y' tail or the 'W' tail mixer from MTroniks or other Companies to actually mix two speed controllers and a rudder movement in the marine environment, (personally) I don't think this is effective as a dedicated marine mixer. The reason for this, is, I built the Forceful tug a little while ago and I incorporated the 'W' tail mixer in it for independent control of the 2 paddles and the rudder and when this model did 'sea trials' 😊 on the lake & in the test tank (the bath) πŸ‘I was never 100% happy with this. it didn't seem to perform quite right, especially in reverse. The model seemed to go better in one direction than the other. One motor always seemed to lead the other motor so therefore the model would steer off course and you were always correcting it. When I eventually checked the speed of each motor individually with a tachometer I found that one motor was indeed increasing in revs so - I took out the 'W' mixer and went for tank steering (using 2 individual sticks on the
    transmitter
    ). This was a lot better and saved the day at the lake. Then I wend and had a look at what mixers are available and yes there is the ACTion P94 which in my eyes is extremely expensive - but - there are one or two on Ebay market but also there is a guy called Alan Bond he runs a company called Forge Electronics and they make an independent mixer which I use myself. I find it extremely good. πŸ‘ the name of the game though is for yourself to try setting up the 'W' tail mixer and playing around with it or you could look at individual mixers that do not have the speed controllers built in with them i.e. there is one from ACTion as well, there is one from Forge and as I say there are 2 or 3 off the web market place. Have a look - here are a couple of pics of the Forceful and my set up. The speed controllers I am using in this tug are Electronize and it's Alan Bond's original mixer which used to be sold from Technobots - but he opened up business on his own and I will put a link on when I find it. http://www.forge-electronics.co.uk/ http://www.forge-electronics.co.uk/
    3 months ago by JOHN
    Forum
    Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections.
    Hi Mtronix provide excellent after sales service on their products 01943 461482 They will provide a wiring diagram But why not control each esc from 2 separate channels on your
    transmitter
    and forget complex mixers Just a thought or it might be the wine talking again Cheers Ian
    3 months ago by TOWN3810
    Forum
    Help with vintage rc.
    Hi there fellow boaters, I have just acquired a vintage model fitted with a futaba digimax 4 reciever. What is the chance of it working with any other type of
    transmitter
    , or do I need to buy a vintage digimax 4
    transmitter
    . Does it have interchangeable crystals. I could change all the electrics but would prefer to keep it original. Any help would be appreciated, thanks Colin.
    3 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Help with vintage rc.
    hi there I am in agreement with DodgyGeezer about the reliability of vintage radio gear. I believe the Digi4 servos were Linear movement, rather than rotary as in modern day servos and yes some of the old versions were 4 wire; with male plugs at the end. One of the main downfalls of these old sets was thing called 'black wire' its where the negative side wire in the electrical wiring system actually turns black and corrodes. The only way to repair it is to actually renew the wiring and once you have it in one part of your radio system, it inevitably works its way through the whole of your radio system. The
    transmitter
    s do turn up on that popular auction site. I have often fancied purchasing one just to play around with it - but I wouldn't trust one operating a precious model on the lake, because I can remember the 27 mghz radio gear being very prone to interference from the slightest thing.πŸ‘ john
    3 months ago by JOHN
    Forum
    Help with vintage rc.
    I think the Digimax had interchangeable crystals - but didn't it also have 4-wire servos? if so, you will need a full Digimax set.... In general, it is not a good idea to use Vintage equipment unless you know what you are doing. The kit will be old, could need maintenance or repair (which may not be easy to source) and will have less range, reliability and interference rejection capability than modern sets. it will be 27Mhz. You may have to repair the electronics yourself. If you source a
    transmitter
    which SHOULD work with it, but doesn't, you will need expert attention to determine what is wrong - again, this will be hard to find. I assume that you do not know if that receiver works at the moment.... Running vintage radios is rather like running vintage cars. They look great when they are operating properly, but need a lot of work to maintain, and do not perform as well as modern kit. One source of help might be the Single Channel and Vintage RC group here - http://www.singlechannel.co.uk . They have specialists in old equipment...
    3 months ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    Turnigy 9x
    I have just started using a Turnigy 9x
    transmitter
    with 8 channel and 10 channel Receivers. (I did ask why they didn't make a 9ch Rx but got no satisfactory explanation). I have found the kit to be very good value for money but each time I select a different model, I find I have to re-bind the receiver. Not a big problem, but inconvenient. Is anyone else having the same problem? Thanks Steve
    1 year ago by cormorant
    Forum
    Rx-tx confusion
    This being my first serious foray into Rx-tx, I am having some difficulty in binding. My question is, do I need a specific brand/type of reciever to be compatible with my spectrum dx6i
    transmitter
    ? If so, can anyone recommend which one I need to source and where I may purchase one?
    4 months ago by Lordgord
    Forum
    Rx-tx confusion
    Lordgord, I understand the confusion as there is almost too much infor nation on the web, much of it is mis-leading. I have been using this technology for 12 years now and have owned and used at least 8 Spektrum receivers. Here's my take: 1. You need a DSM2 or DSMX
    transmitter
    , that simple. 2. My first photo shows a Spektrum AR7000 RX in my tugboat. it's a nice RX, IS 7 channel with an addition satellite received. it's overkill for a boat that just needs a couple of channels and doesn't fall to earth in a failure. Originally purchased for an RC Airplane, it's pricey at $90 to $100 USD. OUCH. 3. Ti try the less expensive RX's available no, first I tried OrangeRX and bought 3, none of which ever worked, a problem with China's lack of quality control. 4. Recently p, I needed two more RXs for boat builds and read that LemonRX was doing pretty good. Last two photos are of the Lemon, model LM0034. They work great and bind very easy, best of all they are $16 USD ! www.lemon-rx.com 5. One caveat with the lemon, they come just as shown in photo....no documentation. You need to look up on the internet which port is which and how to bind. Took me about 10 minute, bu is something to consider if this is your first hookup. Knowing which set of prongs go to what channel is critical. Personally, in the future, I am going to buy more Lemons... Hope this helps, Ask any question that you may have, we are all hear to help each other. Cheers, Joe
    4 months ago by Joe727
    Directory
    (Working Vessel) Debbie 1
    This Billings model was probably one of the first R/C models I ever built the speed control is a Traxxas XL-1 2 Channel am Airtronics
    transmitter
    . I took it down to a pond at Confederation Park to test it with my girl friend turned it on but the rudder was hard over & I didn't see that the boat started going in a nice circle until it screwed itself under .I jumped in and there was only 3 feet of water & 4 feet of mud . My girlfriend ,now my wife thought I was crazy but after 42 years she still thinks I'm crazy . (ESC: Traxxass XL-1) (5/10)
    4 months ago by GARTH
    Forum
    internet sales
    I have been reading about how the high street shops are suffering in regards to sales.I wish to plead guilty as i purchase most of my model boat kits and parts online ! The shop keepers have high rates and running costs etc when compared to some online retailers .I purchased online a 4 channel
    transmitter
    ,receiver and 30amp esc from china for around Β£40 as this would cost double from a uk retailer its no wonder there are very few model shops left but as an Oap i look after the pennies.All the chinese parts are excellent and work well. I would prefer to buy local and enjoy a walk around a well stocked shop but difference in local retail prices and imported items is now too much.Model shops of my youth are sorely missed.
    5 months ago by keithtindley
    Forum
    transmitter
    -Rain Cover
    Hi all l bought what was called at the time a Trans mit must be nearly 25 years ago made by a mob called MM developments lovely piece of kit kept my pandies warm and dry and still acomodates the newer type of
    transmitter
    with screens and a christmas tree of switches and twiddly knobs.
    5 months ago by jimdogge
    Forum
    transmitter
    -Rain Cover
    https://www.baitboats.net/
    transmitter
    -rain-cover.html Has anyone tried either of these products?
    7 months ago by Ron
    Forum
    gas shot off
    as a first thought if you have a spare channel on your
    transmitter
    use it to drive a servo to close a shut off valve it could also function as a valve to prevent accidental gas leakage when connecting everything up. Trying to do it auto is fraught with danger since even if your out of water your still going to have pressure. if on the other hand your wanting to stop the gas if your pressure falls to low why?
    6 months ago by Haverlock


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