Ever since the Futaba 4PL was first introduced it has been a favorite of ours here at BigSquidRC. What was there not to like? It had tons of high-end features (and performance) at a working mans price point.
Information has just been leaked on the new Futaba 4PLS. The 4PLS looks to come with a few upgrades over the older 4PL. For instance the 4PLS is set-up for use with telemetry and comes standard with a 2S LiFe battery. We’ll post more information on the 4PLS as we receive it, until then check out the official Futaba Website to take a look at some of their other fine products.
Have you seen the durability testing video that we did on the Futaba 4PL? If not, you can see it HERE.
The crew over at Hobbico have just released a promo video for eFest 2013. eFest is one of the largest indoor fly-ins in the world, and this year it is being held on February 9th and 10th in the epicenter of the rc universe, Champaign Illinois. Check out the video, and if you’ve never been to a huge indoor flying event feel free to make the trip and see it in person. HERE is the link to the official eFest website for more details.
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It’s time to hand out another Basher Approved Award. This time up we have the Futaba 4PL! We have had a 4PL around the office for a while now, and it’s been great. It’s taken a beating in and out of pit boxes, been dropped on the floor a half a dozen times, sometimes on purpose, and it just keeps going. You can read our original Futaba 4PL Review right there.
You can read all about our BASHER APPROVED AWARD as well as get more details about the winners, and see other products and vehicles that have achieved this elite status.
The crew over at Futaba have just released a video featuring their new 14SG 14 channel 2.4GHz air radio system. It’s a short video, but goes over all the major aspects of the 14SG like its ability to transmit and receive telemetry data. Whether you fly planes or heli’s the Futaba 14SG comes ready to handle the job. Check out the short video for all the details.
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THE Futaba 4PKS-R (Super R) 4 Channel 2.4 GHz FASST Radio Review
There can only be one “best” transmitter on the planet. Futaba’s entry into the uber-radio market is their legendary 4PK series and today we’ll be taking a closer look at the latest version, the 4PKS-R, also lovingly known as the 4PK Super R. Is it the best radio ever made? Is it worth the cash? Let’s see…
The guys over at Futaba have just released a video highlighting the updated features on their flagship, the 4PKS-R, also known as the Super R. In the video you’ll learn more about the Futaba Super R’s improved response time, dual ESC mixing for you crawlers, and gyro mixing for the drift scene. Click below to view the video and look for our full BigSquidRC review of the Super R in the next couple of days.
Have you read our 2.4 GHz transmitter shootout? If not, check it out HERE.
Our editor here, Brian, is all about the bling-bling. In fact, he’s attracted to a bling’ed out rc car like a moth to a porch light. If you know the feeling and want to rocket your rc bling factor to an all new level the guys over at Hiro Seiko now have Swarovski Crystal tipped screws for use in transmitters. You can buy individual screws, or a complete set for maximum bling factor on your Futaba or KO Propo.
Pricing is right around $6 per screw and they are available right now. They might be hard to get here in the states, but that hasn’t stopped you guys before. Hit up the official Hiro Seiko Website for even more transmitter bling parts.
TFIG, whatever you do, do Not click on THIS mystery link.
The latest in high tech servo’s from Futaba is their S.Bus High Voltage line-up. These servo’s boast simplicity during set-up and the ultimate in performance tuning. Futaba is recommending two of their new S.Bus servo’s for surface use-
* .15 speed/90 oz of torque at 7.4 volts
* Dual bearings and metal gear
* Street price: $60
* .15 speed/90 oz of torque at 7.4 volts
* Single ball bearing, plastic gears
* Street price: $40
Both of these servo’s are available right now, and you can hit up Futaba’s official WEBSITE for more information.
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The folks from Futaba have sent word that they now have a Stainless Steel Futaba Sports Bottle. It holds 26 ounces of your favorite drink (I want to see Cubby bring 26 ounces of DOM to the track!) and has a leak proof twist off top. You are going to own/carry one of these around with you anyway, you might as well support your hobby/radio!
There is some hot news out of Futaba today with the announcement of their new 4PK Super R 2.4GHz radio system. The Futaba 4PK series radios are generally regarded as the best of the best, yet Futaba has decided to make some upgrades taking the 4PK Super R to the next level. Upgrades include-
5% faster response speed
Dual compound foam on steering wheel
Overall lighter weight
The ability to mix dual ESC’s
Data transfer via cable
Street price is expected to be $550 with a release date of late September. Hit THIS link for more information.
Have you read our transmitter shootout? If not, HERE is the link.
Futaba has a new promotion going on. Buy a radio from a select list and get a free Futaba S3004 Servo! The best part is you can get this deal at your local hobby shop! Walk in and buy any one of the following radios, and you get the servo. From now until April 30, 2012!
Purchase any of these 2.4GHz Futaba radios and get the S3004 servo FREE:
FUTK1300 3PL 2.4GHz FHSS w/R2004GF
FUTK1400 4PL 2.4GHz S-FHSS w/R2104GF
FUTK2021 3PMX 2.4GHz FASST w/R603FF
FUTK3100 3PRKA 2.4GHz FHSS w/R203GF
FUTK4200 4YF 2.4GHz FHSS w/R2004GF
FUTK6000 6J 2.4GHz S-FHSS w/R2006GS
FUTK6001 6JA 2.4GHz S-FHSS w/R2006GS & (4)S3004
FUTK6002 6JH 2.4GHz S-FHSS w/R2006GS & (4)S3001
New from Futaba is the R614FS HV Receiver. It’s designed to be used with the Futaba 4PK and 4PKS and RC’s equipped with digital and brushless servos. The Dual Antenna Diversity selects the best reception between the two antennas.