I have edited the first two threads to cover more material and be a bit more general - I am not saying, "use a 555 reciever only, that's it, period." It changed it to more of "there are many recievers you can use, and one of the most popular ones is the 555, akthough almost any one will work great".
Indeed. One of the fun things about this hobby is the research.
For my slowstick I chose a GWS flight pack with a 600mah battery and a hitec focus 3 fm radio. Total cost was less than $140. I bought the radio on ebay in like new condition. I was looking for "affordable excellence"
The reason I went with mostly GWs gear is that I knew all components would have the same connectors and were made for each other. Can you mix and match from different manufacturers ? Sure thing.
aeropenguin suggestions are a great idea. At this time I wish I had a radio with dual rates and expo and could hook it upp to my simulator.
Oh ....my charger. A wattage PF12. I like it since it can be used from the car or home since it's AC/DC input.
I also have a 2s/2p set of kokam 1020's.