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    Classe M / Marblehead - Ca Suffira / That'll do
    Another Classe 'M' or Marblehead, designed by Paul Lucas , lives somewhere around Brest. When we first arrived here in France the house had a central heating system fitted, all the rads were old fashioned cast iron thin column jobs, they needed sandblasting and re furbishing, found a guy locally who agreed to do the refurb his quoted price was on the high side,however when we went to collect I spied some grp hulls, we got talking, he had produced the hulls(he always had an eye to make money. I negotiated a price for the rads and 3 hulls, still got 2 spare, I think the 2 were the first 2 off the moulds, a bit rough but recoverable. He also supplied plans and after finishing the house refurb construction began. Did it at my local club, no english speakers so a little problematic. I followed the instructions initially then seeing easier solutions started doing my own thing. i had lots of finger wagging etc from the french members(they are very tunnel visioned) However they were complementary about the final product. That is the reason for the name, That'll do thats near enough and the french equivalent, me thumbing my nose at them again. More photos / info 'en route' eventually.
    Quad
    And another piece of silliness, Quad bought cheaply years ago, a crude r/c system was originally installed, replaced by a 40mhz system and then later, a 2.4ghz system, It has working lights, a piezo buzzer in series with a flashing orange led mounted on a short piece of tube to raise it above the heads of the rabbits. The rabbits were bought in a typical cheapo visitor shop in Knaresborough, end of season bargains, ยฃ2 the two. my wife used to circulate at exhibitions here a la frog, transmitter in hands, the reaction of small children was always amazing!
    Bloodaxe
    Here is a Classe M, Marblehead, of the late 60's early 70's. An early resin hull which had received quite a lot of modification. I think it was vane steering originally, then a very crude conversion to r/c, mainly by inserting a tupperware container, half set into the deck and then crudely glassed in. Cost more to collect than I paid for the boat, a trip from near Kidderminster to West London and back. The hull leaked in several places, and, an attempt to seal it had been made using thickened varnish, strange idea, not by me, it didn't work. Stripped the varnish using cellulose thinner, acetone applied sparingly, when clear lightweight glass tissue was applied internally then a coat of slightly diluted resin. This was followed by a keel box, the original was by a long bolt through the hull. a new keel and lead weight made, new rudder fabricated, then the usual controls installed. A new front bumper was formed from silicone sealer. A new system of sail control also created. Initial sailing trials carried out in 2019, not fully finished(Covid arrived)First impressions, sailed ok, hopefully as well as my other Classe 'M', a Cedar Clube, french design by a local competitor, Paul Lucas of Brest, now that is a performer. Hopefully listed later when i have found the photos of construction! Apparently Bloodaxe is the name of the design, it's by a guy living somewhere around London, still alive and a club member somewhere, but no reply when I tried contacting the club. More to follow eventually
    Toy R/C Kayak
    Another toy, this time a Kayak, bought in a Brest toy/model shop 18 years ago 15โ‚ฌ. Had a crude r/c system installed, forward/reverse and direction, single speed! Another for bath time. Opened up the kayak to view the r/c system, room for a 27mhz system, which was duly installed using a home built speed controller and mini steering servo. I should have said, there is a rudder under the rear hull for direction, the paddle push rods just operate in a vertical oval pattern. Another for use by children at exhibitions. Ran well for 2 or 3 seasons then locked up, investigation revealed a gear box with stripped nylon teeth. I had a g/box with brass gears originally destined for a 00 gauge diesel loco! An adapted modified mounting was made and installed, success! Continued in use over the years with upgrades to the r/c system etc. The last time out whilst packing up a tx fell on the paddling mechanism and the two push rods were broken. Have not opened it up to assess the viability of a repair, but probably a goer as the system is in abs plastic so with plas weld or similar it should soon be back in action. I also need to produce a rubber seal for the paddle system etc, I have a wooden mould for this, and with talc and latex solution shouldn't be a huge problem! I will post more photos of the internals etc when I get around to making repairs.
    Anni P Toy Tug for the Bath
    My nephew had acquired a farm property in Normandy, whilst visiting him, we went to have a look around the site, He had a skip there for all the rubbish, when I looked in it there was this little tugboat. I asked if I could have it, the response was yes, but radio control it! I like challenges, and here is the result! All original pieces removed and then a r/c plan was made, originally for 27mhz kit, successfully installed and the system worked. After that the various UK exhibitions with a sailing facility available were attended and the transmitter was handed to children to 'have a go' -- 30 years ago, a novell concept at that time, still a little so!. It has continued over the years via new motors, batteries, r/c systems, 40mhz and now 2.4 ghz. Speed control is by a home built digi proportional unit which works extremely well! Some working lights as well! Long may it continue! ;-D
    Thunder Tiger Volans Tri marin
    One of my few new purchases, from Hobbyking, a slight price reduction for the Xmas season! What a great mistake, enjoyed the build, sailing the beast a very different experience. Sails like a brick / nail! Even in the lightest breeze it turns turtle, have tried demounting each of the 2 sails, always the same result --- a real piece of cr*p. Hopefully this year I might get better results, my ideas are either to mount a ballast weight normally used on a 'Footy' at the base of the keel or a small wing at the bottom, or even a combination of the two. I cannot add too much ballast because that would reduce the flotation level where the two outriggers would be waterbourne as well. My advice AVOID it!!
    1:4 exact scale Optimst International
    1:4 scale Optimist, built 20 years ago to Optimist Association plans, the idea was to be a dual role model, for exact scale static competitions and also for r/c free sailing. The r/c setup being demountable with replacement by a scale forward seat/bench -- never happened! The original keel was a vertical ply job with a lump of lead at the bottom, power was from a 4 or 5 pack of 'd' sized cells(for ballast) across the stern with the figure sat on one side, hand, velcroed to the tiller arm, sailed like a bath, tendancy to 'dig in' at the front. The 2nd keel was made with a swept back aspect and the same lump of lead, now sails properly. I need to find a 1:4 figure or a 1:4 scale head to refresh the whole thing.
    Commodore Graupner kit of the '70's
    Another find in a French field selling house clearance 'stuff', cost 30โ‚ฌ but that included parts for the same model, 2 x Miniperm motors(380 size) a speed controller and a servo, I thought the parts equalled more than the 30โ‚ฌ! It is the current project, the hull is ready for painting, haven't got very far with the superstructure renovations as yet!
    Sea Jet Robbe
    Yet another 2nd hand kit, already started but the builder died. Basically a fresh start, some mods along the way with battery placement. I will add a link to a sailing event 2020 with a short Youtube piece showing the Jetski on the move! It is featured about 13 mins in then also Krake about 16 mins in! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14HsbblXXBY A little freedom after the first period of lockdown here!
    Lively Customs Launch, built 1912 by Cox&Co Falmouth, based Falmouth
    Lively based on yard drawings, Cox&Co Falmouth, built 1912, and on station around the Fal estuary. Very similar to Searcher by Vic Smeed, in fact I would think Lively was his inspiration! The model is to 1:20 scale, 33" oal, bread and butter construction, I had lots of offcut pieces of 1" balsa blocks, then the rest is traditional. Powered by a 380 sized motor thro' an aero gearbox at 3:1, 6Ah lead acid battery and lots of lead ballast, working lights, NB, no navigation lights, there is a picture in Kings Cutters, obviously only on station daylight hours, a novel concept now! Again a steady model for steering competitions! Currenty under construction , Active, a sister launch of 1911, to a scale of 1:12, to be steam powered, 54" oal engine, reversing Stuart D10, boiler Scotch type(return tube) --- progress is very slow!
    Krake
    German kit, an Ebay find, vaguely started, and a challenge to fit 'stuff' in. Water jet propulsion. Originally not very good when going astern, but after the addition of a deflector panel at the rear, is now now an excellent steering competition boat. Has working lights! The eventual situation, see photo, is to build a trailer to carry Krake behind at the same scale r/c Land Rover! The wine bottle is to give an idea of size!!
    H G wells
    Graupner kit, bought 2nd hand from a Dutch model shop situated opposite the shipyard who built the full sized boat, Jules Verne. The chap who commissioned the full sized boat was German, he also commissioned the model on a visit to the yard. He went bankrupt, the 2 items lay dormant for some time then, an American bought the full size job and continued with the construction. When finished the boat was sailed to the USA, she rests in Los Angeles(last info I had) - bought the just started kit, stripped back to basics, and slowly completed it, with colour scheme changes also a name change but still with a science fiction link -- living here in France it was me thumbing my nose at the frenchies!! Has working lights and radar. An excellent competition boat, finished 2nd in the 2019 Brittany / Pays de Loire championship, quite an achievement as I am not in the least competitive!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Glue / solvent
    10 days ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for all the suggestions, Maybe the light at the end of the tunnel becomes clearer, I now have some alternatives to play around with!
    Thanks all
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    ๐Ÿ“ Glue / solvent
    13 days ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I have some clear abs sheet which i intend to use to make windows etc, what is the best glue / solvent to use to avoid misting of the pieces
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    ๐Ÿ“ Dual independent speed control set up
    1 month ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Is your tx programmable?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Russian K100D waterjet work boat project
    2 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    It is also possible to buy a small board to mount in the tx, this uses the pads, without a need for soldering, and it makes flashing the tx simple.
    Have you looked at the ER9X.com website?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Russian K100D waterjet work boat project
    2 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi,
    Try posing a question re your mixing want on

    openrcforums.com

    in the appropriate section, omeone will no doubt be able to help --- I use ER9X and derivatives, I have always successfully rexeiver suggestions / solutions that work.

    There are 2 or 3 developers of the systems on the platform!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mtronics Viper Marine 20 esc for brushed motors
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    There used to be a UK outlet in Essex(?) and one in either Belgium or more probably Holland, since Brexit I have used the Dutch outlet, the last time, about 6 weeks ago!
    I'll check later, I realise the tax implications to Brits buying in Europe and vice versa!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mtronics Viper Marine 20 esc for brushed motors
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I use these items, and have sold lots to French modellers at various exhibitions etc.

    They also do a 160 amp version which has a smaller cooling fin.

    So far I have personally not had any problems, nor have I had any buyer returning for replacements, they can accommodate, by a simple switch, Lipo and NiMh battery packs.

    If you shop around on ebay you may well find them on sale at a lower price.

    I have just copied the first listing that I found!

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144406806547?hash=item219f510013:...
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/144406806547?hash=item219f510013:g๐Ÿ˜ƒ2MAAOSwGl9g-BEi&amdata=enc%3AAQAHAAAA8Bod9wvwLQa7qQf3H2oLgc6fUZKkmD5RBScIFmgLoNPS2PALG44UZCFoVf94FfWpP2DnF8K6NE2y5xnfK03zrSzjvKdg%2BAMiLaoCHqQ3OazHM%2FUPNHGInDQb%2FYCH3mjp023QkvQ7KPxeuNlAFqVPrWfSODcydnMBsUVLnI%2BlZLidQSQZBwrI3FXUzgK2bQuMMPNUMMQAzBIoRkxNm3xWg5iYXyedMHo1OsJlwCuI1nllZDoabx%2B5lPxgb36Vgx2xjlVebr05Psf%2BJNReVXnZxrBAcHXYmW41fxXbwY6gmWIYjIs23LKJGg1EvHTQnk9YaQ%3D%3D%7Ctkp%3ABk9SR9603-nrYA
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mtronics Viper Marine 20 esc for brushed motors
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hobbyking perhaps?
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    ๐Ÿ“ Vintage 27mhz receiver and servo probably '70's
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Mturp... yes i am, think we have communicated some time ago on another forum!
    My Berly is currently undergoing a dashboard upgrade! It also has a YKC connection, they finished off the build for the 2nd owner.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ballast
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Easily removable or semi fixed?
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    ๐Ÿ“ Vintage 27mhz receiver and servo probably '70's
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Having now looked at all the pieces I think the system is a very early transistorised one, no crystals just screwdriver tuning. I think it was a system using pulses to switch channels on and off. speed controlled by a 2pole 2 way relay, switched by the gearbox and micro switches
    I do not have the tx but references are to be found on good old google -- I do not think I will have time, energy, patience to construct one, too many other things to do -- see the car!!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Vintage 27mhz receiver and servo probably '70's
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi
    I have a RCS Mk3 27mcs transistor tone receiver, an old Ripmax mini top servo and a speed controller(no idea of the manufacturer), came out of an Elbe fishing boat.
    Are there any vintage groups /collectors in the UK ? if so details please!
    Photos will arrive later!
    Cheers
    Tony
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    ๐Ÿ“ Filler to use on Styrene (large/thick areas)
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Plaster with a little PVA(white glue) added to aid strength?
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    ๐Ÿ“ The Queen
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    My contribution after the recent sad events!!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Kayak
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Yes it is, with just forward reverse by paddle action, -- what else would you expect for something costing ยฃ15(almost 20 yrs ago)?
    Keeps kids well occupied at model shows!
    The hull is sealed, by car tape along the hull and deck line, and the paddle action is sealed by a latex piece moulded using the wooden mould. There is a little water ingress via the rudder tube, normally coated with vaseline!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Kayak
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    video

    https://youtu.be/QS0vY1TGn80
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Kayak
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    some photos, camera battery needs charging

    video mounting, same as with photos(there is a first time for everything, least that's my excuse!! :-()
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Kayak
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Basically a motor /g/box with 2 x cranks at 180', 2 x crankshafts run to 2 x fixed points, the cranks are slotted so that they can slide back/forward etc. There are also 2 x brackets mounted on the top edges of the crank on these flexible u's the paddle rests in these with 2 x small slots When te motor runs the paddle supports describe an oval movement as do the paddles to simulate real paddles.
    A bit long winded, photos to come and possibly a video, I am currently repairing the paddle supports, broken in transit.
    More later!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Kayak
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So, how many photos can i mount at 1 time and what size for the images ie mbs
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Graupner 'Commodore'
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Bought a bad example(finished) from a house clearance outfit just before covid, it came with another hull etc cost 25โ‚ฌ, am just approaching completion of a rebuild, photos to follow!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Kayak
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I have a child's toy kayak which is r/c, it was aimed at bath time use. Cost about ยฃ15 from Amazon!
    I have had it for approaching 20 yrs, and it has been regularly used at model exhibitions where small man made ponds were available.
    It is about 18" long, I have photos somewhere of the mechanism, time allowing in the near future i will try to find them!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Remote RX switching
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    ^ you are a yorkshireman then?? ;-D
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    ๐Ÿ“ Remote RX switching
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Yes, I accept that, but take it a little further, with 2 boards , one on each item, you could control each using 2 tx channels by 2 pots, turning one pot would activate one stick, and turning the other way on the 2nd pot would activate deactivate the other stick functions, so no interference with each other, 2 relays, 2 pole, could be used to cut/reactivate just the signal wires of the forward/reverse and steering functions, the receivers continuing to be 'live'
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    ๐Ÿ“ Remote RX switching
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So, the Conrad connection is via Conrad.de and the codes are 227390 and 227387, the piece is like a switched servo replacement, stick one way actuates one switch and the other way the other switch output, now one of the 2 boards latches the switch until the stick is then moved in that direction to unlatch. The board would need to be stick or pot controlled!
    On the site there are pdf files attached to each code, with an english version being listed
    It worked fine on a quad model, one switch controlled a siren and the other a flashing amber light
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    ๐Ÿ“ Remote RX switching
    3 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I suppose if the tx has a gear facility or a pot control, that could be used to control 2 switches one on each model to actuate a 2 pole relay to cut the signals for the 2 channels etc.
    Conrad sell a switch which might be suitable, I have one here somewhere, I'll try to find the leaflet!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Liberty Ship
    5 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    A long long time ago whilst holidaying in Fowey there was one, Clan Kenneth, anchored in the river there, waiting a berth in the small dock to load china clay. We were admiring the ship, size etc when a man started talking to us, turned out he was the chief engineer of her, long story cut short we had a tour of her, my mum and dad enjoyed lots of liquid hospitality whilst I had a tour of the boat, all I remember is that she appeared huge to little old me, I was about 9 / 10 at the time!
    happy memories!!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Scaling up a plan
    5 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    If you use a photocopier to do this there will be peripheral distortions because of the lens characteristics --- ask if there are any other systems that enlarge without said distortions!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Underwater decoration
    6 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just a standard washer, I use a brass one!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Underwater decoration
    6 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I usually use a drop of contact adhesive after thoroughly cleanimg the thread area, never lost a prop after that treatment!! And, the prop is easy to remove.
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    ๐Ÿ“ ESC(s) for My recent Shelley Foss acquisition
    6 months ago by stotty1111 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Is your tx recent with the facility to mix channels etc? if so you can program the mixing function in the tx, no need for an exterior mixer!
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