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Old Feb 09, 2013, 10:56 PM
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There is so much legacy stuff in this hobby. It's hard to understand why so much of it is allowed to persist.

What's going to need to happen is a combination of the old crowd dying off, and the Chinese manufacturers to bring some fresh ideas in.

Because the old crowd just isn't getting it done.
Who is this old crowd you refer to, and what makes you think they have any say in the matter of servo connectors?
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Old Feb 09, 2013, 10:59 PM
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Old Feb 09, 2013, 11:01 PM
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Who is this old crowd you refer to, and what makes you think they have any say in the matter of servo connectors?
Heh hehe hehehhe. No kidding. He must have read some threads about clubs on RCG. cn has most of my money, and the 70+ guys don't have too much to say about it actually. I don't think China was interested in RC till about 20 years ago. If there are 'legacy' connectors, it means a lot of people are still using them.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:47 AM
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your not ruining your servos by cutting a bit off the plug.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 07:58 AM
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btown would have had a fit 100 years ago when automobiles used different fuels, different electrical systems, unique lights, odd size hardware.

If btown would abandon this hobby for just a little while and go into restoring antique bicycles, he'd be overjoyed to come back to the relative simplicity of 21st century RC.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 08:14 AM
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I'm sensitive to the OP's complaint. I've been in the electronics/high tech biz since the 1970s. But as I enter geezer-hood, I'm finding it difficult to assemble servo extensions by hand... which is no minor issue, as I have two builds stalled for lack of servo extensions, and I'll be damned if I pay $2.75 apiece for a nickel's worth of wire, pins and plastic. So now I'm waiting on a delivery from Hong Kong, but the Chinese are all busy celebrating, so I'll be waiting for some time.

Anyhow, I'm too cheap to mess with anything branded "Futaba" so that's not my particular problem du jour. Just venting a bit. Been snow-bound for days and haven't flown in a week. Grrr.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 09:24 AM
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As one of the 'old crowd', it occurred to me that Futaba got it right, and all the rest were just too lazy to copy a good idea.

Ever plugged a servo into a Rx the wrong way round ?, or had to dig out some information on which way up a connector should go ?.

Ever plugged a servo into an extension lead the wrong way round ?

Can't do that with Futaba stuff

So why the hell do I use JR and Spektrum
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 09:30 AM
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Apple has a huge market share with their proprietary i-crap. It doesn't seem to bother most people.
The Mac computers only have a 7% world market share.

The iPhones are losing market and do not hold the biggest share.

The iPad share is about 50% and dropping like a rock.

When a choice is offered, "most" people shy away from Apple.

And iCrap is a perfect name.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 09:39 AM
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Why don't we get mad about various brands or RC systems and their proprietary receivers2.4GHz receivers, yaas i know that each says that their technology is better than the others and that cheapy receivers are being hacked and sold.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 10:44 AM
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As one of the 'old crowd', it occurred to me that Futaba got it right, and all the rest were just too lazy to copy a good idea.

Ever plugged a servo into a Rx the wrong way round ?, or had to dig out some information on which way up a connector should go ?.

Ever plugged a servo into an extension lead the wrong way round ?

Can't do that with Futaba stuff

So why the hell do I use JR and Spektrum
You got me thinking .... and laughing!

The guys who insist on using a key on their servo connectors tell us that Model Match is stupid for radio systems.

Andy
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 11:22 AM
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Anybody remember 5 wire servos. Or servos the had their electronics integrated in the receiver. Those servos cost abot 1/4 of other brands. Then there was Heathkit and Kraft and Proline and who knows how many others.
We're pretty lucky these days. For the most part we have but two types to worry about--Futaba and so called universal. With about a minute of effort there is only one type.
Life is much simpler today.
BTW that type S29 servo is about 25 years old. I still have some S28's that are still very serviceable.

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Old Feb 10, 2013, 11:32 AM
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You got me thinking .... and laughing!

The guys who insist on using a key on their servo connectors tell us that Model Match is stupid for radio systems.

Andy
I have reversed universal plugs before, but in over a decade of computer radio use I have not tried to fly an airplane on the wrong model.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 11:34 AM
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Ford parts don't fit on a Chevy. A little research goes a long way..
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:20 PM
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I have reversed universal plugs before, but in over a decade of computer radio use I have not tried to fly an airplane on the wrong model.
That's a great record. Unfortunately, there are thousands of us out there that can't say that.


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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:51 PM
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I have reversed universal plugs before, but in over a decade of computer radio use I have not tried to fly an airplane on the wrong model.
I have not done it in the last decade, but I did it twice in the decade before that. Model match is a great safety feature.

Pride goeth before eventual human error...
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