Good news everyone, it looks like the XG7’s big brother is set to arrive in the UK sooner than expected, indeed, as this issue goes to press. The XG8, a Li-Fe battery powered, 8-channel radio has 30 model memories and an SD card slot for expanded storage and data sharing.

It’ll use JR’s DMSS 2.4GHz system that provides receiver battery voltage telemetry as standard and the ability to reflect real-time data from other add-on sensors too. There’s more - JR’s Intelligent Output System automatically selects control signals that need to be transmitted at exactly the same time and transmits the data for these channels as one complete signal frame so ensuring there is no time delay when commanding servos used for critical functions such as CCPM swash plate on a helicopter or when operating a four-servo aileron wing.

With channel sliders on either side, a touch select system for switch allocation, dual trim functions, customisable menus and failsafe on all eight channels, it’s clearly a fully featured and benefitting from JR’s acknowledged quality focus, the Tx / Rx combo RRP will be £384.95 at all good MacGregor stockists. www.macgregor.co.uk.