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Old 04-21-2011, 11:52 AM   #1021
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For those who missed it like I did, Neal now has 4PL skins!
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:35 PM   #1022
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Don't know if this is appropriate here or not, but anyway,

I need a new radio for my shafty. I can pick up a used, but well cared for futaba 3pm-x for around 130 or I can spend 70 more bucks and get a 4pl through RCninja.com. My question is do I really need the 4pl for a shafty? Or will the 3pm-x work just fine. Thanks in advance.

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Don't know if this is appropriate here or not, but anyway,

I need a new radio for my shafty. I can pick up a used, but well cared for futaba 3pm-x for around 130 or I can spend 70 more bucks and get a 4pl through RCninja.com. My question is do I really need the 4pl for a shafty? Or will the 3pm-x work just fine. Thanks in advance.

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Need it? Probably not right now if you're asking that question. They are both good radios and I own them both. I have a help thread on the 3PMx as well. However, the $70 is going to put you into a more capable radio with lots of room to grow.

Also, something to consider is the RX cost and size. The 4PL uses smaller and cheaper RX's. If you ever get into scalers or MOA's you'll want this radio.
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Need it? Probably not right now if you're asking that question. They are both good radios and I own them both. I have a help thread on the 3PMx as well. However, the $70 is going to put you into a more capable radio with lots of room to grow.

Also, something to consider is the RX cost and size. The 4PL uses smaller and cheaper RX's. If you ever get into scalers or MOA's you'll want this radio.

yeah, thats kinda what I figured, the fiance' has expressed interest in a scaler and I'm sure I will want an XR10 in the near future, has anyone ordered from RC ninja any?
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yeah, thats kinda what I figured, the fiance' has expressed interest in a scaler and I'm sure I will want an XR10 in the near future, has anyone ordered from RC ninja any?
Can't help you with that vendor but I am sure you'll be happy with the radio. If you pick it up and have any questions feel free to post in here.
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Yes you can select a 2 cell LiFe option within the radio's menu. Futaba has an optional LiFe battery available, the part number is FT2F2100B.
Anyone find this bad boy from a reputable dealer online? Trying to find a price
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Anyone find this bad boy from a reputable dealer online? Trying to find a price
http://www.gonitrohobbies.com/Futaba...p/futk1400.htm

This is where I just ordered the 4pl for wifey. Ordered this monday and tracking says it will be here monday 25th. It shipped from New Jersey so should be the same time for you

Edit: just received email confirmation that tower has them back in stock

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXAAFF&P=ML

$40 cheaper from Go Nitro Hobbies
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Need it? Probably not right now if you're asking that question. They are both good radios and I own them both. I have a help thread on the 3PMx as well. However, the $70 is going to put you into a more capable radio with lots of room to grow.

Also, something to consider is the RX cost and size. The 4PL uses smaller and cheaper RX's. If you ever get into scalers or MOA's you'll want this radio.
+1.
I have a 3PM-x for a MOA with single ESC & servo dig. My son has a 4PL on his shaftie, soon to also be on a MOA with 2 ESC's.
I hate his RX prices, almost 1/2 of mine. My radio was a bit cheaper.

Both are great radios.

I am also a long time Futaba fan, thus rather biased.
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http://www.gonitrohobbies.com/Futaba...p/futk1400.htm

This is where I just ordered the 4pl for wifey. Ordered this monday and tracking says it will be here monday 25th. It shipped from New Jersey so should be the same time for you
Thanks, but I'm looking for the Futaba battery harley spoke about. I had quoted it in my post.
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Thanks, but I'm looking for the Futaba battery harley spoke about. I had quoted it in my post.
Okay, the Life pack. I searched around for it and seems like it's not available here yet. A few places in Japan and one in Australia have them in stock
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:32 PM   #1031
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just ordered one of these thanks to this thread
im going to be puting it in a lcc with a dig, so is there any thing special that i have to do, or just put it on ch3 and get it so the dig activates smoothly?
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just ordered one of these thanks to this thread
im going to be puting it in a lcc with a dig, so is there any thing special that i have to do, or just put it on ch3 and get it so the dig activates smoothly?
Just program whatever button as a 2 position switch and set your end points and you're set.
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Just program whatever button as a 2 position switch and set your end points and you're set.
y a 2pos switch, i thought that the lcc could have front and rear dig. i could be worng but i thought i read that somewhere
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Whoops, fat fingered my phone. 3 position is correct.
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ok so i searched bu could not find the answer to this Q.
How long is the battery life of the AA's in the radio?( iknow it depends on the brand but just an average AA)
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ok so i searched bu could not find the answer to this Q.
How long is the battery life of the AA's in the radio?( iknow it depends on the brand but just an average AA)
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I honestly still haven't ran mine out yet
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wow thats great, i gess i dont need the 20+ aa's that are in my tool box
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I honestly still haven't ran mine out yet
Yeah, the 4PL TX battery life seems pretty good, my son is running one. Unlike battery life in a 3PM-x.
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What are most of you using as a case for your 4PL? Im in the market for one and I've heard the 4PK case works great with lots of room to spare for extra batteries and a few tools
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