The BigSquidRC Bash Crew finally got a chance to wrap our hands around the new flagship transmitter from Futaba, the 4PX.
The first thing we noticed on the 4PX was its new display. The new screen on the 4PX is amazingly clear, much closer to one found on a high-def tv screen than one found on an rc transmitter. The uber screen made the new menus look all that much better, and we found them easier to navigate than those on the 4PK series.
Other things we noticed on the 4PX-
The new aluminum frame on the 4PX gave it a high-end feel- it had some weight to it without being too heavy.
We also noticed a very nice trigger/wheel/grip relationship.
The new “belly button” on the rear of the base was also neat, it was easily triggered by a simple tap to the stomach.
The voice feature was neat and very easy to hear.
We could go on and on as the 4PX is loaded with cool features, but we’ll hold off on more for our review. Our full review is still several weeks away, until then you can hit up This Link for more details over on the official Futaba website, or you can be one of the first people on your block to get a 4PX by pre-ordering at This Link over on Tower Hobbies.
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Hands-on Futaba 4PX Gallery
After a bit of teasing, the Futaba crew has released full information on their new flagship transmitter, the 4PX. At the top of the list for features is a 3.5″ color LCD screen, it is 30% faster than the previous model, and it has the ability to handle up to 31 telemetry sensors. Some of its other features include-
* Works with T-FHSS, S-FHSS and FASST receivers
* Sports an internal aluminum frame
* Can be set up left or right handed
* Drop down wheel option and comes with 32° & 34° wheel adapters
* 15 grams lighter than the 4PKS-R
* Comes with two different grip thicknesses
* Two trigger options will be available
* Synthesized voice for telemetry data
* 40-model memory
* Includes crawler functions like 4WS and dual ESC mixing
* Software can be updated by consumer
* Large assignable switch located on bottom edge that can be activated by drivers body
* Grip has built-in vibration
* Built-in S.Bus servo/Futaba ESC/telemetry sensor programmer
* Adjustable, built-in antenna
The 4PX has a part number of #FUTK4905, a street price of $550, and they are expect to hit hobby shops in late August. Get more details at This Link over on Futaba’s official website.
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While most of us here in the states drive with a “pistol” type radio, that isn’t the case around the world. In fact, stick radios are still quite popular across the globe.
Our friends over at Hobby Media ran across the latest surface stick radio from Futaba while cruising the Shizuoka show. The radio is designated the T4GRS and transmits in 2.4GHz T-FHSS. You might notice it shares the screen, jog dial, and telemetry from the pistol type 4PLS. There is no word on when the T4GRS might drop here in the states, but we’ll post more information as it becomes available.
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Futaba T4GRS Close Up
The crew over at Futaba have been very busy lately. News came out earlier in the week about their flagship 4PX surface transmitter, now they are teasing a new Drone Transmitter. Our friends over at Hobby Media have posted pictures of a possible new drone transmitter that was on display at the Shizuoka show. The drone version has huge rubber covered sticks on it, as well as a vast array of switches, sliders, and buttons. We don’t have any information on when, or even if, it will become available, but should we get an inside scoop we will certainly share it with our readers.
The time has come for a new flagship transmitter over at Futaba, take a look at the 4PX. The 4PX takes over for the 4PK series of transmitters and is designed to be at the very top end of radio technology. Some of the highlights include-
* 3.5″ TFT color screen
* Voice telemetry
* Improved weight balance
* Aluminum frame
* Lighter weight
* Low wheel position with drop down option
* Wheel can be switched for left handed drivers
* Can use T-FHSS, S-FHSS, and FASST receivers
* 30% faster response than previous model
The 4PX is slated for an August release date and we will post more information when available. Hit This Link for more Futaba news on BigSquidRC.
Futaba 4PX Gallery
The Futaba crew has added 6 new S.Bus and S.Bus2 servos to their line-up. The new servos can give you an increase in power, they are made to take advantage of the power provided by 2S LiPo packs, and some of the models are water protected.
* S.Bus servos are highly programmable to optimize your install
* High voltage versions (HV) take full advantage of 2S LiPo power
* FUTM0131 – 133 oz-in & .12 speed at 7.4v
* FUTM0144 – 211 oz-in & .07 speed at 7.4v, water protected
* FUTM0719 – 54 oz-in & .16 speed at 7.4v
* FUTM0722 – 233 oz-in & .11 speed at 7.4v, water protected
* FUTM0724 – 111 oz-in & .08 speed at 7.4v, water protected
* FUTM0725 – 76 oz-in & .09 speed at 7.4v
These are available right now and you can get more information on Futaba S.Bus serovs at This Link.
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The new Futaba 10J is packed with features for you flying enthusiasts. It is the first “J” series radio to come with telemetry and it lets you download new software to keep it up to date. The 10J also has voice synthesis that lets you hear the telemetry as you fly, plus special programming for multi-rotor aircraft.
The part number for the airplane version is FUTK9200, the part number for the helicopter version is FUTK9201, and they both have a street price of $349. Both versions are expected to ship later this month and you can get more information at This Link on Futaba’s website.
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If you are anything like us, you can never have enough servos. It seems like every time we get in a new car we don’t have a an extra servo laying around to put in it. Such is life around the BigSquidRC offices.
Futaba has a Special Offer going on right now where they will give you a free S3004 servo with the purchase of a select 2.4GHz transmitter. When you buy a new 3PL, 4PLS, 3PM-X, 3PRKA, or 4YF before April 30th the good folks over at Futaba will hook you up with a legendary S3004.
To get all the details on the offer hit up This Link, to read more Futaba news on BigSquidRC just Click Here.
Most of you already know Brian, he’s our editor here at the BigSquidRC offices. Recently Brian handed me his personal Futaba 4PLS and his sons Tactic TTX240 and said to “surprise him”.
Well here is his surprise, we had them hydro dipped in a Spongebob Squarepants print. Brian is a huge Spongebob fan and we also know how much he likes making fashion statements at the local bash spot, so here they are. We have no doubt these are going to turn some serious heads the next time Brian goes bashing.
Special thanks to DWayne at RC Custom Lab Workz for his excellent work dipping the transmitters, you can check his Facebook page out Here. To learn more about the Futaba 4PLS hit This Link, and you can check out the Tactic TTX240 right HERE.
The Futaba 4PL/4PLS is an extremely popular radio among the basher crowd. With Team Grid RD’s new mount you can now have a drop down wheel set-up on yours.
The Grid RC drop down mount is CNC machined and uses a unique mounting system so you don’t have to tear your radio apart to install it, which in turn keeps your factory warranty intact. There is no word on pricing, but Grid RC has said a final production version should be available in a few weeks.
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Futaba has just announced a big sale on a bunch of their receivers, and we all know you can never have enough of them.
If you have been a hobbyist for very long, it is likely your rc garage went from one car, to five cars, to a lot more than that very quickly. The process of pulling out and re-installing receivers grows old fast, with the Futaba sale you can save some bucks and some time. Futaba has marked off up to $50 on their receivers. Check out This Link to see how much you can save on the Futaba receivers that you need.
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Always on the forward edge of technology, Futaba has announced their new line-up of S.Bus2 Servos. The S.Bus2 line is designed to be some of the best performing servos that money can buy. Some of their features include-
* The SV (high voltage) servos are designed for running 2S Lipo power without the need of a regulator.
* The BLS (brushless) servos offer 5 times longer life compared to a standard servo, plus extra holding power.
* SVi servos come with a removable connector so you can attach the length of cable that best suits the application.
FUTM0182 S3270SVi Micro SBus2 Servo- $59.99
FUTM0126 S3174SV Glider Wing HV Servo- $64.99
FUTM0180 S3173SVi Glider SBus2 HV Servo- $64.99
FUTM0137 BLS173SV Mini Airplane SBus2 HV Servo- $137.99
FUTM0184 BLS173SVi Mini Airplane SBus2 HV Servo- $139.99
FUTM0147 BLS274SV SBus2 HV Programmable Tail Servo- $154.99
FUTM0160 BLS671SV Mini 1/12 SBus HV Servo- $159.99
FUTM0186 BLS671SVi Mini 1/12 SBus2 HV Servo- $169.99
FUTM0143 BLS251SB Heli Rudder SBus2 Servo- $169.99
FUTM0148 BLS276SV SBus2 HV Programmable HS Servo- $194.99
FUTM0146 BLS273SV Heli FBL SBus2 HV Servo- $249.99
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THE Futaba 4PLS (4PL Super) S-FHSS Telemetry Radio Review
The venerable Futaba 4PL was perhaps the best radio system ever made for the bashing market. Well it’s deceased now, replaced by a newer model, the 4PLS (Super). Does the 4PLS live up to the high expectations? Being Futaba’s first surface radio with telemetry, did they get it right? Can it take an epic beating? Click the “Read More” button to find out… (And see the Durability Testing Video)