29-Jun-22 - 11:34 AM

Product Reviews - Review Text 16

Written by Hayden Daley - 21 February, 2022.

Welcome to these Thermal Circle product reviews. All products provided by Model Flight are also known as OMP.

Jeti Central Box 210

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The Central Box is a switchboard designed for the complete management of servos in a model with an emphasis on safety.

 

Features

 

Central Box 210 has reduced power for each servo (without fuses)

  • Support of DITEX telemetry servos
  • Possibility to connect up to 3 receivers with serial interface
  • Built-in Expander function for up to 3 sensors
  • Input for a magnetic switch or RC switch
  • 2x MPX battery input connectors
  • 100Hz mode of servo outputs (10ms period)
  • Supports EX telemetry (voltage, current, capacity, temperature measurement, …)

The Central Box 210 offers maximal unreduced power for each servo (servo outputs do not have overload protection). The Central Box can manage up to two batteries and fully supports the JETI EX telemetry system. Up to three receivers with serial (PPM, EX Bus, S.BUS, UDI) output can be connected to the Central Box 210. With JETI DC/DS transmitter, the full potential of the Central Box can be used, such as an easy way to configure the Central Box, EX telemetry, and very fast servo response.

Specs

 

Weight [g]

65 g

Dimensions [mm]

66 x 42 x 18

Sustained current [A]

20 A

Number of channels

15

Telemetry

Yes

Operational temperature [°C]

-20 up to 85

Compatible protocols

EX Bus, PPM, S.Bus, UDI

Supply Voltage [V]

4 up to 8.4

Satellite receiver support

Yes

Batteries LiXX

2

Idle current [µA]

240

Number of battery inputs

2

Voltage stabilisation

No

Available from:

Spektrum AR 8020T Receiver

 

The Spektrum™ AR8020T 8 Channel Receiver is a DSM2® and DSMX® capable receiver with a compact footprint to fit in a wide range of aircraft. It features full-range telemetry, integrated barometer to provide altitude and vario telemetry data without additional purchase.

 

Features

  •  
  • Compatible with all Spektrum™ DSM2 and DSMX transmitters
  • Compact footprint fits most park flyer size, sport class and giant scale models
  • Features full range telemetry, integrated barometer to provide altitude and vario telemetry data without the need of additional sensors
  • Bind button allows for easy binding and eliminates the use of bind plug
  • Two external antennas will ensure secure RF coverage from all angles of the aircraft
  • Additional RF path redundancy with an additional SRXL2 Remote Receiver (sold separately)
  • Ready to use with Spektrum Smart ESC for one-wire telemetry data without the need of modules, links and wires.
  • End pin output pins for easy and compact installation
  • Forward Programming capable for setting individual fail safe parameters per channel and more

Included XBUS and temperature ports can be used to add additional telemetry sensors available separately. It also features an SRXL2 port for an SRXL2 Remote Receiver, available separately, to add additional RF path redundancy. An SRXL2/Bind/Program/Batt servo header is available to connect smart devices, program and update the receiver, bind with a traditional bind plug, or connect a battery. The AR8020T also features a bind button for easy binding with no plugs necessary and offers both "SmartSafe" technology and Hold Last as well as preset fail-safe types set through forward programming. Also, the throttle port is Smart ESC compatible right out of the box.

SMART TELEMETRY

To enjoy the full benefits of Smart™ technology, use the AR8020T receiver with a Smart ESC and telemetry capable Spektrum DSMX® transmitter. Vital telemetry data such as current, voltage, temperature and RPM is sent directly to your transmitter in real-time. For more information on Smart Technology please visit our Spektrum Smart Technology page.

INTEGRATED BAROMETER

The Spektrum™ AR8020T receiver features an integrated barometer (built-in pressure sensor) to provide altitude and vario telemetry data without the need to purchase additional sensor modules.

Specs

Antenna Length

6.1" (155 mm)

Application

Air

Band

2.4GHz

Bind Method

Bind Button

Channels

8

Failsafe

Yes

Input Voltage

3.5 - 9V

Product Height

0.59" (15 mm)

Product Length

1.92" (49 mm)

Product Weight

0.56 oz (16 g)

Product Width

1.18" (30 mm)

Range

Full Range

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Spektrum™ AR20310T Power Safe Receiver

 

The Spektrum™ AR20310T Power Safe receiver is a feature-packed 20 channel receiver with integrated full-range telemetry. Each come with built-in connection ports for RPM, Flight Pack Voltage and Temperature sensors as well as an X-Bus port for additional telemetry options.

 

Features

  •  
  • Binding is easier than ever by Binding through a button or familiar bind plug
  • Sensor port allows the receiver to be upgraded with future Spektrum add-ons
  • Compatible with all Spektrum DSM2 and DSMX transmitters
  • Rubber grommet hard mounts and minimalist labeling helps produce the cleanest model setups
  • Capable of 11ms frame rates
  • Integrated telemetry with built-in ports for RPM, flight pack voltage, temperature sensors and X-bus for telemetry sensor expansion
  • Receiver pack energy & voltage sensor and flight log data available without the need for additional sensors
  • Power Safe redundancy system with dual 13 AWG battery leads w/ EC3 connectors. Perfect for power hungry aircraft and high current applications
  • Not compatible with DSM2 AIRMOD JR Module (SPMMSJR720)
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The Spektrum™ AR20310T PowerSafe receiver is a feature-packed 20 channel receiver with integrated full-range telemetry. Each come with built-in connection ports for RPM, Flight Pack Voltage and Temperature sensors as well as an X-Bus port for additional telemetry options.

If you have a DSMX®/DSM2® transmitter capable of 11ms frame rates, the AR20310T will deliver lightning-fast input-to-output response that is perfect for high-performance applications such as aggressive 3D , IMAC, and Turbine Airplanes. Each receiver includes 2 remote receivers that take advantage of Spektrum MultiLink™ technology. This patented technology eliminates the reflected signal fading and antenna blind spots that can affect all 2.4GHz systems.

A ground-breaking feature introduced on the AR20310T PowerSafe Receiver is the built in receiver battery energy sensors. Giving pilots added awareness of the load and mAh used by the servos, retracts, lights, etc. used by each battery. Current Gen 2 Radio firmware already supports this function. Also, as with most of the current receiver line up, these feature a bind button that gives pilots an easy alternative to the age old bind plug.

Specs

Type

AR20310T 20 Channel PowerSafe Telemetry Receiver

# of Channels

20

Modulation

DSM2/DSMX

Band

2.4GHz

Voltage Range

3.5-10V

Experience Level

Advanced

Available from:

Multiplex Heron

The radio-ready Multiplex Heron 2.4m electric glider boasts smooth looks and outstanding performance. Just add your receiver and battery.

 

Features

  •  
  • High performing electric glider
  • Four-flap wing, with 2.4 wingspan
  • Powerful Permax brushless motor
  • 1.1m in length & 1.3-1.5kg in weight
  • Control your glider with 5 channels
  • Functions include elevator, rudder, ailerons, flaps, throttle for short landing approaches
  • Only takes 15 minutes to put together!
  • Fly for up to 40 minutes, without thermal support
  • Detachable wings for ease of transport

The Multiplex Heron features T-tail, sophisticated wings, and flowing fuselage lines that reacts well to thermals. This means whenever you’re in the air, you’re performing at your best – because you’re flying with a Multiplex Heron.

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the skies, or you’ve earned your stripes, you’ll have fun flying the Heron.

Cruise slowly, or perform energetic aerobatics… you can do it all with the Heron. And the four-flap wing makes it possible. It’s super strong with its aluminium tubular spar technology – setting it apart from other 2.4m gliders. Landings are easy, too. Pick your point and land – right on the spot.

If you’re looking for a glider that you can enjoy slow flight on, as well as get aerobatic, it’s no other than the Multiplex Heron. And it’s detachable wings and tailplane make it simple to transport. The sky is the limit, with the Heron. Order yours today.

What you need

  • Radio & receiver.
  • LiPo Battery
  • Suitable charger

Specs

Wingspan:

2400mm

Overall length:

1100 mm

All-up weight:

approx. 1500 g

Wing Loading:

33-37.5 g/sg.dm

Wing Area:

41.3 sg.dm

RC functions:

Elevator, rudder, ailerons, flaps, throttle => Butterfly (crow) for short landing approaches

Flight Time:

approx. 40 min. without thermal assistance

Channels equired:

6-7 channel radio and receiver is required

 

7-channel DR receiver with telemetry function

Features

  •  
  • HOLD / FAILSAFE function
  • Telemetry / return channel capability
  • Integrated sensor interface for connecting external sensor modules (max. 16)
  • Tworeceiver diversity operation prepared (diversity cable # 8 5070 required)
  • Integrated error counter / data logger (voltage and signal error)
  • MULTImate compatible
  • Integrated PC interface
  • SRXL serial servo output for Flybarless systems

 

7-channel DR receiver

A high-quality 7-channel receiver built in state-of-the-art SMD technology in MULTIPLEX 2.4 GHz M-LINK technology for all types of models. Thanks to the compact dimensions with in-line plug configuration, it also fits into models with cramped installation conditions. As a dual receiver, this receiver has two complete, parallel-operating receiver circuits (receiver diversity). This is combined with a special signal per-amplification for maximum sensitivity and thus for excellent reception quality and maximum system range.

What you need

  •  
  • Prime RC Multiplex to Dualsky DC3 ESC Adapter

Specs

Width

34 mm

Height

12 mm

Length

49 mm

Weight

0.019 Kg

Transmission type

M-LINK

Telemetable

Yes

Servo channels

7

 

7 Channel MULTIPLEX 2.4 GHz M-LINK

Product Information

7-channel receiver with telemetry function

High-quality, telemetry-capable 7-channel receiver built in modern SMD technology in MULTIPLEX 2.4 GHz M-LINK technology.

The right receivers for pilots who do not want to do without telemetry data even in smaller models! The inline connector arrangement on both the front and rear sides results in particularly compact dimensions.This means that these receivers are predestined for installation in smaller models with confined installation conditions.

Typical applications:

  • Sails and electric sails up to 2.50 m span
  • Small to medium-sized RC helicopters up to 1 m rotor Ø)
  • Electric and combustion models up to 1.60 m wingspan
  • RC Cars
  • RC boats

 

Specs

 

Width

23 mm

Height

12 mm

Length

54 mm

Weight

0.013 Kg

Transmission type

M-LINK

Telemetable

Yes

Servo channels

7

MULTIPLEX COCKPIT SX 9

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The MULTIPLEX COCKPIT SX 9 sets new standards in the field of 9-channel hand-held transmitters.

 

Features

  • Future oriented 9channel remote control 9 fully proportional control channels
  • 32 bit ARM7 processor
  • 2.4 GHz MLINK transmission ensures ultra fast, digital signal transmission with real time telemetry
  • Analog and digital servo mode
  • IOAT antenna integrated radiation optimised antenna technology with extremely high range
  • 3.5 "new TFT colour display with telemetry display and DAY / NIGHT switch, natural daylight
  • 4position ball bearing billet units (mechanics of the PROFI TX)
  • Fully equipped with all necessary controls and switches
  • Voice output (D, E, F) via loudspeaker or earphone jack
  • USB socket (charge transmitter charge, PC interface for firmware updates, data management
  • Modern, ergonomically optimised housing design
  • Low weight
  • 2.4 GHz transmission technology MLINK integrated
  • SD card for model storage
  • Long operating time up to 24h

The MULTIPLEX COCKPIT SX 9 sets new standards in the field of 9-channel hand-held transmitters.

This makes the COCKPIT SX 9 intuitive and easy to program through its app icons.The ideal remote control for RC surface models, RC helicopters and RC-Copter.
The COCKPIT SX 9 is 100% developed and built in Germany.Quality Made in Germany!

TFT  colour display screenClear, transflective colour display 3,5 ", 320x240 pixels, touch screen with meaningful symbols and large, easily readable digits/letters. Transmitter operating time up to 24 hours possible.

Simple and extensive programming possibilities via new model assistant 

Intuitive operation thanks to an ingenious touch concept with clear screens and many self-explanatory graphics.A comfortable model assistant with a wide range of options for adjusting the values via the touch screen.Easy adjustment via a slider, direct value input with alphanumeric keyboard, +/- and buttons for the fine adjustment ensure the simplest programming of your models.

Super comfortable model memory management

The COCKPIT SX 9 is equipped with 200 internal model memories, the model memory is stored on the internal SD card in the .xml format.A comfortable model memory management on the PC via USB mass storage is therefore easily possible.

Outstanding speech output

With more than 450 words, numbers and phrases, it is one of the most advanced systems of its kind ever installed in a hand-held transmitter.
The use of this system allows COCKPIT SX 9 pilots to take critical telemetry data and station functions without turning away the view from flying..The COCKPIT SX 9 will tell you the specific sensor values if necessary. Once an alarm is triggered, you do not have to look at the display to see what's going on, the COCKPIT SX 9 tells you.

Back channel / Telemetry

When a telemeter capable receiver is used, the current voltage of the receiver power supply is displayed on the display of the transmitter.If an adjustable minimum voltage is exceeded, an acoustic signal warns of a vacant receiver battery. without a sensor, the connection quality (LQI) on the transmitter display can also be displayed in% values.
An additional security solution!
In addition, up to 8 telemetry data can be displayed on the display (depending on the sensors connected to the receiver, eg voltage, current, temperature, etc.) (application examples: motor temperature, drive voltage, current consumption of the drive).The storage of the telemetry data can be found in the model instead of in connection with the optional MULTIPLEX FlightRecorder (# 8 5420).Display of the sensor values in the display is freely configurable, dynamic adjustment of the displays

Wireless teacher / student operation

The COCKPIT SX 9 M-LINK can be standard as both teacher and student transmitter.All L / S-compatible M-LINK transmitters can be used as a student or teacher transmitter.The optional COPILOT module (# 4 5184) is required for the teacher operation.The COCKPIT SX 9 operates with selective L / S operation.This permits the transfer of individual control functions to the student, either individually or as a whole, depending on the learning progress of the student.Only by touching the sticks the teacher can take over the model again.

Dual rate and expo phase-specific separately adjustable
For 3 axles (cross, height, side) plus Expo for gas.

3 timers

  • Timer 1: mm: ss start / stop switch selectable, alarm function, voice output, vibration
  • Timer 2: mm: ss start switch selectable, alarm function, voice output, vibration
  • Timer 3: hh: mm Transmitter operating time counter

You can find useful videos on menu navigation and programming at: MULTIPLEX FAQ Videos

Future-proof through software updates
MULTIPLEX is continuously developing the COCKPIT SX 9 software.With the MULTIPLEX Launcher you can always update your remote control at www.multiplex-rc.de free of charge.

Equipment: COCKPIT SX9

  • LiFe battery 3.3V / 4000mAh
  • SD card
  • 2 Proportional Encoders
  • 6 switches
  • 2 buttons

 

Specs

 

Width

210 mm

Height

60 mm

Length

190 mm

Weight

0.85 Kg

Transmission type

M-LINK

RC channels

9

Model memory

200

Language edition

Yes

Telemetable

Yes

Servo channels

9

Available from:

Next G2M Sailplane

The Next G2m is a fully moulded composite 2-metre 5 channel electric glider from the maker of the Euphoria and Simitri. Suitable for F5J or sport flying.

 

Features

  • Fully moulded composite carbon fibre and fibreglass construction
  • Thin 7.1% airfoil
  • Lightweight, stiff construction
  • 4 servo operation
  • 2 piece wing
  • Good access to the motor, radio, battery compartment

Made in the Ukraine, the Next G2M is a new lightweight, fully moulded electric glider for sport and competition flying. Featuring flaperons, rudder and elevator utilising 4 servos this model offers outstanding performance from a small package. The wings, stab and fin feature a foam core and composite skin construction which is both light weight and very stiff.

With its thin 7.1% section and plenty of dihedral, the NG2M will climb away in the smallest and weakest of thermals. The 2 piece wing and removable fin and stab make for easy transport and storage. The AU version of the NG2M is offered in a striking black, neon yellow and white colour scheme.

You will need a brushless motor of 200-250 watts, 30-32mm spinner, an ESC to suit the motor of 20-25A rating, a 2-3S LiPO, 4 servos of maximum thickness 11.5mm and a minimum 5 channel receiver.

Specs

 

Wingspan

1999 mm

Length

1389 mm

Empty weight

320 gm

Wing area

33.6 sq.dm

Airfoil

special 7.1%

Control functions

ailerons/flaps, rudder, elevator

Available from:

Horejsi Geronimo Glider

The Horejsi Geronimo is a 6 servo, ‘full house’ ARF electric glider suitable for F5J competition or general sport flying.

The 2540mm span makes it eligible for the F5J sub class with wingspan limited to 100”. The wing and tailplanes are made from high grade styrofoam covered with two layers of glass cloth and epoxy. The spar consists of carbon strips making for a light weight but stiff structure. The fuselage is a classical pod and boom design with a carbon/glass boom and a carbon/kevlar pod.

The recommended power unit is designed so that the Horejsi Geronimo will climb to 200 metres in just under 30 seconds; ideal for F5J competition or sport flying.

If you like this product, you should also take a look at the E-Flite Mystic Glider.

What you need

  •  
  • Motor
  • Electronic Speed Controller
  • LiPo Battery
  • Ultra Nano Size Servo
  • Propeller
  • 32mm spinner
  • 7+ channel receiver

Specs

Wingspan

2540 mm (100”)

Wing area

43 dm2

Length

1410 mm

Empty weight

~ 490 g

RTF weight

~ 780 g (depends on the equipment used)

Wing loading

~ 18 g/dm2

Wing airfoil

AG40, 41, 42, 43

Spinner dia.

32 mm

CG position

ca 90 mm from LE at the root

Controls

Rudder and elevator, ailerons, flaps, throttle.

ALTIS NANO Ultra

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ALTIS NANO Ultra miniature Altimeter for everyone

Available from:

Features

  • OLED integrated display
  • Customisable screens
  • Unlimited competition support
  • Integrated USB
  • FAI certified
  • Upgradable firmware
  • Telemetry support - high precision altimeter, pressure, PWM in/out value, F5J height and fast reacting vario with auto adaptive filter
  • Recording
  • Unlimited on field configuration
  • Altis Flight Manager software for Windows

Product Information

ALTIS NANO Ultra miniature Altimeter for everyone

No Compromise

Get all that you expect from an altimeter in an ultra miniature form. Unlimited competition settings, a live screen on integrated OLED display, telemetry, recording and more

Live Screen

The live screen allows you to read the data easily from the integrated OLED display all the time

Beat your Friends

Simply choose your competition from the list and show your friends whose the best pilot

Record and Analyse

Integrated flash memory allows you to record your flights and later to analyse them comfortably using Altis Flight Manager

Rich Telemetry

Support Have the flight data always in the view using telemetry of various brands, with fast reacting vario you didn’t miss your best performance

Specs

Cable Length

Approx. 6cm

Cable Length

Approx. 6cm

Weight

6g with JR cable

Power Supply Range

4 - 12.6V

Display

High contrast OLED

Recording Memory

7.91 MB (several days)

 

Dualsky 3S Li Po

Overview

A quality lightweight high discharge (150C) 3S LiPO

Product Information

Dualsky has produced a great battery for small electric models where a high discharge rate is desired. With the 150C discharge capability you can draw up to 72A from this 49g battery. And it can be charged at 12C (less than 10 minutes) 

It comes fitted with an XT60 connector that allows the high current draw but you can change it to something smaller in a lower current environment.

Thats all from the Thermal Circle. Happy Safe and Successful Soaring. Hayden Daley 2022.

 


 

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