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Posted by Andy2No | May 26, 2013 @ 10:25 PM | 5,877 Views
One of my most successful and entertaining R/C toy upgrades so far is a Silverlit iWingz ornithopter (aka Air Hogs V-Wing Avenger), that I fitted a Deltang DSM2 actuator receiver in, from The receiver weighs about 0.4g, or a bit less without connectors.

Silverlit iWingz with 2.4GHz DSM2 DT / Deltang actuator receiver (2CH proportional)

Silverlit iWingz ornithopter converted to 2.4GHz with DT/DelTang Rx42 DSM2 actuator receiver (0 min 46 sec)

The Silverlit / Air Hogs ornithopters are pretty good already but the infrared remote system has obvious limitations - very poor range in certain circumstances, like outdoor lighting or the bright lights inside a sports hall at an indoor fly-in.

Wiring up the Deltang Rx was by no means easy - at least not for me, even though I bought it with sockets fitted for micro connectors. My hands are very unsteady, and the wires to the rudder actuator kept shrivelling and getting shorter as I tried to solder them onto a plug.

Anyway, the end result was good, and it's flown at quite a few indoor fly-ins since.

The DelTang DSM2 receivers have been mentioned many times on rcgroups, and can be posted to anywhere in the world, as I understand it. There are a bewildering number of choices for different types of models, servo versions, actuator versions, multiple forwards only and H bridge (fwd/reverse) built in brushed ESCs etc.

They are incredibly small and light, and are made by a talented individual (DavidT), not a big corporation. Well worth a look:

David has been very helpful in explaining the various options, and personally soldered the optional connectors onto my receivers at very little extra cost - something I'd never manage to do myself.
Posted by Andy2No | May 26, 2013 @ 10:01 PM | 4,581 Views
I don't start threads very often, so I thought I'd mention this one in my first ever blog entry - I probably won't be making those very often either.

Colt 10 EP Short Course Truck "Thunder SC" 1/10 scale 4WD

Colt 10 EP Short Course Truck "Thunder SC" - 1/10 scale R/C truck (0 min 0 sec)

I bought mine new on UK ebay, from Mtroniks (, which is a UK company that mostly makes speed controllers. The car manufacturer is Colt, who are Taiwanese, so there must be other people selling the truck internationally.

It's a cool toy. I don't know a lot about 1/10 scale cars, but it seems well made and robust. I'm sure it won't take a lot of effort to make it go quite a bit faster too