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Stearman6513/11/2018 15:40:50
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Couldn't get to Steve Webb's yesterday as I was finishing posting my add for the Top Flite Stinson Reliant part built kit.

Went this morning, so while my wife toured Frodsham's shops, I visited Cheshire's modelling mecca. They didn't have the Multiplex in stock, & I hadn't been able to handle one or find any English language reviews on Youtube or anywhere else. So it was just the Hitec Flash 8 combo I'd come to see, having seen the other of the two now on my shortlist, the Spektrum DX8G2 at Wireless Madness in Preston last week.

I soon had one in my hands, although the looks & feel were not as impressive as the Spectrum, the ease of swapping modes & the price, persuaded me to go for the Hitec, with the Opti 9 receiver combo complete with a few bits & bobs including battery & charger, paper manual, & it should have had a switch & harness, but didn't discover it was missing until I got home.

I also bought a receiver battery & charger, which would allow me to play around with the set. I also collected 6 x Hitec HS82MG servos which my Top Models CZ Challenger powered glider kit suggests. Once it's all charged up I will report further.

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john stones 113/11/2018 17:03:45
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Club mate has one Eric, I reckon you'll be happy with that set. yes

Tim Ballinger13/11/2018 17:05:03
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Reckon you will find it does everything you want Eric. I still use my flash 7 even though I also have the Horus.

Enjoy.

Tim

Stearman6518/11/2018 13:11:35
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After a frustrating couple of weeks selecting & ordering more electrical components, this morning I got around to powering up the complete Hitec Flash 8. I was going to wait until the lipos I'd ordered then partly cancelled arrived, so I could power the set as it was going to be in the Topmodel CZ Challenger. However, still no lipo, but I had bought a standard receiver battery & charger when i collected the set from Steve Webb. So this morning, instead of twiddling my thumbs I taxed my brain & connected the 6 servos, the switch & the nicad battery. Read & re read the book of words, I powered the tranny, (I had previously set the model type & configuration to mode 1), & went into bind mode. Pressed & held the bind button on the receiver & switched on the receiver power, eureka, it worked. All servos functioning. No point bothering with a range check yet.surprise Quite pleased that after an 11 year layoff, I could still cut the new complicated stuff.

Just have to get the gear together to couple up the lipo, when it arrives, the esc & the motor, I still need a lipo charger, soldering iron, solder, servo cable, heat shrink, connectors, the list is endless.thinking

BTW The Stinson kit is active on ebay, 70+ hits 2 watchers but no bids. sad

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Ron Gray18/11/2018 13:33:45
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Re the Stinson, I think your price may be a little (lot) on the high side! But good luck with it anyway.

Edited By Ron Gray on 18/11/2018 13:34:28

ken anderson.18/11/2018 13:45:24
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good luck from me with your asking price also,if you do get it...….it proves there is someone up there watching over us modellers..

ken anderson....ne....1..watching over us dept.

Stearman6518/11/2018 14:18:35
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You may or may not believe it, but someone on the LMA site offered me £800, my costs to date if I would build the other wing & the flaps & ailerons. Then after re- reading the add realised he had to come 200 miles to collect it twice as I needed the first wing collected before starting the second. Unfortunately he withdrew his offer.sad

The price isn't fixed, it's open to offers!!!!

Stearman6521/11/2018 14:29:40
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I'm known for looking after my possessions, so I looked around for a case for the Hitec Flash 8 transmitter. I found 2 both on Ebay, one actually said Hitec on it, but was 25mm shallower than the Logic case I eventually bought, I emailed the seller of the Hitec case to ask if the Flash 8 would fit, he assured me it would. But after measuring the F8 which has a protruding handle, I decided the Logic case was better, although it was £4 more expensive. It arrived this morning, packed in a box inside a box & I'm very happy with it. It came with 2 keys & a shoulder strap from RED LINE RC on Ebay.

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Stearman6520/02/2019 17:32:01
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Seems a lifetime since I bought the radio, but I'm almost at the stage of installing it in the WM Pilatus Porter P6. This is my first radio since I owned a JR 35meg. One query I have is where do I locate the aerials on the Hitec Flash 8 with the Opti 9 receiver. Should I try to get them to exit the fuselage. I read somewhere they should be position at 90 degrees to each other?

ken anderson.21/02/2019 08:54:00
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hello stearman,i have Hitec set also ,the RX's I use are all the ones with the single aerials....with the two antenna's I would just make sure they are going in opposite directions to each other..and also most of mine are inside the fuz of the model.....have a google and check out some installations as examples...…

ken anderson...ne...1.Hitec dept.

Stearman6521/02/2019 09:21:49
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Hi Ken

Already tried that but the info I found was years old. Found some more on here but that went back to 2011. It would be nice if someone with the same set up replied, please.

RC Plane Flyer21/02/2019 09:28:31
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Hi Mr Stearman. I would suggest giving Airtek Hobbies a ring there were big Hitec suppliers

ken anderson.21/02/2019 09:33:56
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I would install the RX c/w aerials inside ...facing opposite directions...job's a goodin.check out the link below....for some reason I cant copy/paste as normal....a link...?

 

ken anderson...ne..1..... jobs a goodin dept.

 

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?1141715-Aurora-9-9X-AFHSS-2-4Ghz-Module-Transceivers-Receivers-Telemetry-FAQ-Setups-Tips

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Stearman6521/02/2019 10:17:29
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Posted by ken anderson. on 21/02/2019 09:33:56:

I would install the RX c/w aerials inside ...facing opposite directions...job's a goodin.check out the link below....for some reason I cant copy/paste as normal....a link...?

ken anderson...ne..1..... jobs a goodin dept.

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Edited By ken anderson. on 21/02/2019 09:36:53

Hi Ken

All that info is 10 years old. Has no one bought one of these in the last 12 months?crying

ken anderson.21/02/2019 10:28:04
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old it may be in places, but by having a look around you'll find photo's of different installations...ie...two aerials as you have...inside a fuz...which is what you were querying about.......**LINK** … scroll to the bottom of the link/page... smiley

 

ken anderson...ne..1.....hitec dept.

Edited By ken anderson. on 21/02/2019 10:30:57

Stearman6521/02/2019 11:33:21
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Hi Ken, Tried the link which eventually took me to the Hitec site & an error message saying that page no longer exists. I've got the paper manual & the PDF manual, neither has an illustration showing an installation, only a short sentence about positioning them at 90 degrees.

Denis Watkins21/02/2019 12:01:40
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On the 3 of these receivers I use on flying models, the three cabins are quite spacious, AT6, a Cub and a Taylorcraft

As many installations on this site and at the field, identify the receiver site

Then at right angles or 90° nearby the receiver I bond in two wide bodied drinking straws

The aerials are threaded into these, and can be withdrawn easily if need be

Most installations I have seen Eric, use drinking straw inserts

Also, in a heavy Arrival, they can move with less damage

Stearman6521/02/2019 13:05:00
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Hi Denis

There is a vast space under the platforms the pilots are supposed to fit on the Pilatus. It just so happens I bought some bendy drinking straws to pimp up the U/C. I intend to make the rear platform removable so I can attach a camera. The front one can be made removable also, so it looks like my query is solved. Thanks for the tip.

Regards Eric.yes

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Peter Jenkins21/02/2019 23:31:48
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Stearman, I just googled Flash 8 manuals and came up with this. If you look at page 15 it has an illustration of what is meant by aerials at 90 degrees. Briefly, as the 2.4 GHz wavelength is so much smaller than the 35 mHz one, the two aerials are designed to provide redundancy. As you may know, the worst case for an Rx aerial orientation is when it is pointing at the Tx and the best when it is at 90 deg to the Tx or parallel to the Tx aerial. As the aircraft flies around, one aerial is always going to be in a good receiving position - that's why there are two and sometimes more as well as a satellite Rx.

The other point about these small aerials is that you want to keep them as straight as possible. Having them bent or kinked loses you range as you are affecting the effective length of the aerial exposed to the incoming Tx wave. I actually use snake outers glued to the fuselage side and then a spot of silicon where the Rx aerial enters the snake.

Edited By Peter Jenkins on 21/02/2019 23:32:38

Stearman6522/02/2019 09:13:41
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Hi Peter

As I mentioned previously. I've trolled through the manual & there is nothing specific on my Optima 9 receiver referring to aerial placement. The illustration you referred to on page 15 is in the Maxima receiver section. My receiver is shown on P17, see the attached screen shot. I'm not saying the illustration on P15 is incorrect, only that it would be nice to see the same thing on my receiver page, which is why I asked for someone with the same set up as mine to confirm their aerial set up. You only get one chance to get things right. Thanks for the post.

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Edited By Stearman65 on 22/02/2019 09:14:53

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