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Spice Cat19/01/2014 21:58:44
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Cheers, I'll keep my eyes open.

Chris Bott - Moderator19/01/2014 22:11:31
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As I undertstand it, Taranis plus is due to have a few extras like improved sliders, haptic (vibration) feedback and a six position switch in place of one of the pots.

These improvements should also be available as spares that we can add to the original Taranis.

Horus is a different transmitter, have a search on google for frsky Horus, and look for pictures. It seems that there is more than one layout option that Frsky have (or had) to choose from. From all accounts this could be some way off.

PatMc19/01/2014 23:11:23
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Chris, the April date for Horus is mentioned in the Frsky forum by FlyingAllen. He's is one of the mods that I assume work for Frsky.
However, remembering the time it took for Taranis to emerge after the promised date, I'd reckon on some time from July/August on to be more realistic.

Where did you get the info on the Taranis Plus ? I don't like the original sliders & would definitely change them if something better was available.

Chris Bott - Moderator19/01/2014 23:24:25
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Posted by PatMc on 19/01/2014 23:11:23:

Where did you get the info on the Taranis Plus ? I don't like the original sliders & would definitely change them if something better was available.

Now you're asking - there's so many forum threads that are scattered all over the place.

Try this thread on openrcforums

PatMc19/01/2014 23:38:27
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Cheers Chris. thumbs up

RichFR24/01/2014 18:50:29
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If anybody is looking for a Taranis T9 should have them back in early Feb If you email them they should let you know when they arrive.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator05/02/2014 23:38:03
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Well, after an entire R/C career on Futaba I've taken the leap and ordered a Taranis yesterday. It certainly looks both interesting and powerful - looking forward to "getting to grips" with it.

BEB

Danny Fenton06/02/2014 08:23:13
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Nice one BEB shame there doesnt seem to be a module that will make your transition easier
Cheers
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Dave Bran06/02/2014 08:32:40
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Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 05/02/2014 23:38:03:

Well, after an entire R/C career on Futaba I've taken the leap and ordered a Taranis yesterday. It certainly looks both interesting and powerful - looking forward to "getting to grips" with it.

BEB

As have I, also mainly Futaba, but currently using Futaba FASST for outdoors and Spektrum DSM2 indoors (with only tiny overlap).

I have a Taranis on order and a FASST module reserved. I don't expect to need Spektrum ability on the Taranis.

I will continue to use my 10CG (with a mix of Futaba and FRSky Rx's) for the expensive stuff for now.

I have no idea how much mixing ability I will use on it, as I fly Planes and Helis on the principle that you have sticks for a reason. All I use with the 10CG is flapperon/spoileron and elevator to aileron coupling. I never use and knife edge mixes, for example.

I have downloaded and installed the software and pretty much all available things like icons/screens/model .eepe and other files and have been playing with the simulated Tx to gain some advance knowledge.

Incidentally, someone I know who up to only weeks ago was promoting how good Taranis is has just sold all his and all his Futaba and gone to JR....................

RichFR06/02/2014 08:36:05
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Mine should be here tomorrow smiley shame the rain/wind will keep me grounded.
I ended up ordering one from Belgium as they had them in stock it also comes with a 2Ah NIMH battery pack and has had the in built charge circuit altered so it fully charges from the TX.

Bob Cotsford06/02/2014 09:22:48
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Dave, I didn't buy it for the mixing but I've just migrated a Cularis from my FF9 and found the Taranis more flexible for a 4 servo wing electric glider -

FL1 - fast/aerobatic mode with flaps mixed to ailerons, negative camber on the left slider so it gives full span camber change and full span ailerons ailerons

FL2 - thermal mode, as per FL1 but the camber is positive for thermalling

FL3 - landing - left slider gives crow brakes

Plus vario on with a closed throttle and altitude announced on request.

Once you start there's no going back! Now I'm wondering what the Super Chipmunk would be like with crow brakingdevil

Chris Bott - Moderator06/02/2014 09:58:54
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Posted by Dave Bran on 06/02/2014 08:32:40:

I have a Taranis on order and a FASST module reserved. I don't expect to need Spektrum ability on the Taranis.

Dave do you have a link to the FASST module for Taranis? I haven't been able to find one.

Bob, have you discovered Sticky T-cut yet?

It baffled me for a while, and I've only tried it on the PC software so far.
By experiment, it seems to be a template that you can add to a model, rather than one that overwrites everything. (Don't take my word for that and mess something up though)

When added, it gives you a throttle cut switch designed for electrics. This is not just any old TC switch, (M&S joke here?) this one cuts the throttle instantly when operated, but when switched back to "enable" the throttle doesn't work unless it's moved to the low position first. Just an extra little safety layer, rather than have the motor burst into life if you happen to forget the throttle stick.

It's a fairly simple use of the programming functions, but does begin to show that we can make it do just what we want, rather than accept what we've been given.

I'm gonna add voice announcements, maybe "Engine disabled" and "Engine enabled" just to annoy the chaps at the field wink

Dave Bran06/02/2014 10:12:12
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Posted by Chris Bott - Moderator on 06/02/2014 09:58:54:

Dave do you have a link to the FASST module for Taranis? I haven't been able to find one.

It's a RIPMAX item, designed for JR, which is probably why its invisible (don't start me on how they have effectively killed off Hirobo in the UK)

**LINK**

T9 also sell it.

Can I have a link to Sticky-TCut please?

Chris Bott - Moderator06/02/2014 10:39:10
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Thanks Dave, I hadn't seen that. Not cheap is it?

Sticky T-cut is just a model template that's available in the templates section of both the Tx and Companion9x (the PC software)

It adds a mix to the throttle channel, uses custom switches CSB and CSC, and uses a spare channel (Ch14)

It makes Switch SF the cut switch.

Bob Cotsford06/02/2014 10:51:20
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Chris, no, I've not tried that but I have found the custom functions useful for instant trim on maiden flights and safety-ch3 (throttle cut) on all ic models. I guess the throttle cut uses a gvar and toggle to only allow the throttle to switch back on when it's at -100. I'll have a look at it tonight, might be a useful addition on leccys.

It sounds just the job to set up in a 'model' model - a memory you set up with commonly used rates and functions to be copied as a basis for new models. I'm effectively doing that with my Ki61 as it has two ailerons, flaps and retracts so I just copy it and rename for similar ic setups then fine tune for reversing and weights as needed.

Time to play with a copy of an eepe in Companion

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 06/02/2014 11:09:28

G194006/02/2014 11:12:30
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My first tentative foray into 2.4 gHz was via a FrSky module and a receiver which plugged into my old Futaba FF7 Super. So presumably any of the FrSky Futaba compatible modules would be a straight plug-in to later Futaba transmitters. It therefore puzzles me why FrSky FASST compatible receivers are popular amongst Futaba users. My module and receiver cost less than £25 and meant all the Frsky receivers were available. Using the right transmitter module (and a display) I guess that would extend even to the telemetry ones.

Why would anyone want to plug a Fasst compatible module into a Taranis? I suppose to use an existing stock of FASST receivers. I can think of no other reason - just curious.

I have an Orange DSMX/2 module for BNF indoor modles (Blade helis) and a FlySky module also for indoor helis (V911) and a quad. All my outdoor models will eventually be FrSky but I'm hanging on to a few 35Mhz Mux DSP type receivers with my 3030 transmitter.

Dave Bran: Did your friend offer any explanation at to why he abandoned his Taranis and Futaba kit and went over to JR? Perhaps he just needed a much higher end transmitter?

Geoff

Andrew Ray06/02/2014 11:35:53
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Posted by Bob Cotsford on 06/02/2014 10:51:20:

Chris, no, I've not tried that but I have found the custom functions useful for instant trim on maiden flights and safety-ch3 (throttle cut) on all ic models. I guess the throttle cut uses a gvar and toggle to only allow the throttle to switch back on when it's at -100. I'll have a look at it tonight, might be a useful addition on leccys.

I've set up a safety switch to disarm the throttle channel for electric, so if I'm carrying the model and inadvertently knock the throttle nothing happens, (that's not to say it is fool proof as I'm sure any fool could get it wrong). It has the added advantage having a warning on "switch on" when a switch is not in the correct position, i.e. disarmed. I've been told that it's the same as throttle hold in heli programs.

Bob Cotsford06/02/2014 11:57:39
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that sounds like setting cf safety-ch3 (or whatever you use as throttle) on a two position switch, that would lock the channel to -100 or whatever value you choose. I use it on SH (the trainer switch) as a kill switch for ic. Using the momentary switch means that if I catch and flick the switch by accident I don't end up with a deadstick unless it's held on for a second or two. I can see for electric you would want it on a 2 way switch though.

Andrew Ray06/02/2014 12:30:06
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Bob, I do the same with IC and have the throttle cut on a momentary switch. With so much choice and so many variables I'm still finding my way around and working out what suits me best. Your last post has helped me understand a little better.

I'm enjoying the learning experience with the Taranis so far. 

Edited By Andrew Ray on 06/02/2014 12:32:53

Frank Skilbeck06/02/2014 12:59:01
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Posted by Dave Bran on 06/02/2014 10:12:12:
Posted by Chris Bott - Moderator on 06/02/2014 09:58:54:

Dave do you have a link to the FASST module for Taranis? I haven't been able to find one.

It's a RIPMAX item, designed for JR, which is probably why its invisible (don't start me on how they have effectively killed off Hirobo in the UK)

**LINK**

T9 also sell it.

Can I have a link to Sticky-TCut please?

Would only make sense if you had more than 5 FAAST Rx's otherwise it would be better just to replace them with the telemetry enabled FrSky receivers.

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