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Old Jun 19, 2004, 01:01 PM
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Multiplex EVO Spacebox - A mini review

Multiplex EVO Spacebox - A mini review

It took a while to arrive, but my new EVO Spacebox finally arrived. I had also ordered the weather shield that snaps onto the Spacebox.

The photos are self-explanatory so I will offer some points that may not appear so readily in the photos.

The Spacebox is made of plastic, but has a faux carbon-fiber pattern. From a short distance, it does, in fact, look strikingly like real carbon fiber.

The palm rests fold up and and can be pressed down into the Spacebox cavity if you want full and open access to the storage compartments. In one of the photos, one of the palm rest is open and the other is closed.

Unlike the EVO insert-style tray, the Spacebox allows the EVO to lock firmly in place. You can turn the Spacebox upside down and the EVO will not come out.

With the EVO inserted and locked into place, access to the charging/pupil jack on the back is easily made.

Access to the side widgets is easy; there are wells along the side that allow for this.

The EVO Spacebox (unlike the Profi Spacebox) can be easily folded down without the need of any tools. The EVO Spacebox once assembled, can be broken down and even stored back in the retail box that it arrives in.

The weather shield is easily installed without tools and snaps into place. The antenna seal in the front of the weather shield can rotate to accommodate the various antenna swivel possibilties while still maintaining a tight water seal.

Balance feels a little "downward", but is not a hinderance.

My understanding is that the EVO Spaceboxes will still be considered a special order by Hitec-USA, but if there is sufficient damand for them, Hitec-USA will order them in sufficient quantity to be considered a stock item.

Personally, I really like the Spacebox. If you're a finger-tip flying, you might still be able to use the tray. For cold-weather soaring on the slope in the winter, the Spacebox will definitely make this type of flying more comfortable.

Fly Multiplex.

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Old Jun 20, 2004, 04:51 AM
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Nice mini review and you've answered a few of my questions as well. I've been looking for some decent pictures as I don't like buying sight unseen.

I use the tray for the Cockpit and it looks like a few of the flaws have been fixed ie a hole for the charge lead and the folding struts.

How quick does the rainshield go on/come off? Will it wear with repeated use. Access to the side switches looks a little cramped. Is it easy to drop your finger down and hit them OK?

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Old Jun 20, 2004, 07:57 AM
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The weather shield snaps into place. It takes about 15 seconds to install or remove. The elongated buttons around the side of the weather shield actually spin around to facilitate unsnapping from the Spacebox tray. Since the weather shield is plastic, I imagine that there is some type of lifecycle for the parts, but I cannot imagine it failing for several years with proper installing and removal.

Access to the side buttons is easy although it may not appear so from the photographs.

Since you're in the UK, I'd give Gordon Upton at ModelSpot.com a call and see if he has some in stock.

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Old Jun 20, 2004, 12:11 PM
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Hi Dave

I have a space box and cover I bought in a deal from someone. It is unused and I don't want it. Make me an offer if you like. Are you the Dave Kirk that used to be from Weston-S-Mare?

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Old Jun 20, 2004, 03:05 PM
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Can Hitec direct order these for US customers? Or can a LHS order through Hitec? I feel like I get much better flight control with fingertips, but I can't hold the radio well enough without a tray to get comfortable. I saw these a while ago but couldn't find a source.
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Old Jun 20, 2004, 05:06 PM
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Can Hitec direct order these for US customers?

Or can a LHS order through Hitec?
Yes.

Yes.

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Old Jun 20, 2004, 07:04 PM
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Hi joedy, great mini review, and I like the pictures. How much are these by the way in U.S. dollars?
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Old Mar 12, 2005, 12:08 AM
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Joedy Will the EVO mount in the box and work with the antenna straight out, or do you have to have it in the up and left position?

Thanks
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Old Jul 19, 2005, 02:58 AM
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Just received my Evo Spacebox. Initial impressions are that it is ergonomically fine but the support bar seems fiddly to fold and unfold. In particular I'm a bit concerned that the tiny plastic tongues on the rear of the tray which clip the support bar in place seem very fragile and likely to break. Can anyone who uses a Spacebox confirm whether this is a potential problem or do the plastic mouldings stand up well to continual usage. Also any hints and tips on folding/unfolding the supprt bar would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old Jul 19, 2005, 03:13 AM
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Thanks for the review - very helpful. How much?
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Old Jul 19, 2005, 07:38 AM
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I don't fold down my bar; I just leave it up.

I've been using my Spacebox for a year and I have not experienced any difficulties or problems.

One thing to keep in mind is that there is a latch that needs to be pressed in order to release the EVO handle from the Spacebox.

Check with your LHS or the online dealers for a quote. These were supposed to be special order items, but I think that they are now being ordered by MPX-USA regularly.

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Old Jul 19, 2005, 07:41 AM
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Joedy Will the EVO mount in the box and work with the antenna straight out, or do you have to have it in the up and left position?

Thanks
Glenn
Sorry for the late reply, Glenn.

The Spacebox will allow the EVO to mount the antenna both ways - straight and offset. You choose whichever you prefer.

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Old Jul 19, 2005, 08:55 AM
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No problems Joedy, I have one and love it. Going to bend my bar forward a little bit so that the front of the radio is up more towards me. I don't like the way it hangs down.

Yes Multiplex keeps these in stock now and you can order at any time. I wish they would get the plastic shield in though.

For anyone wanting the "Crossover Strap" they are not imported, but if you look here, http://www.qualityrcproducts.com/prod_harness.html you can fine a great strap. I have this one and it works great, super comfortable and anyone who has tried it agrees. Less than $30.00 shipped to my door and was here 2 days after I ordered it.

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Old Jul 19, 2005, 10:28 AM
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By the way, I have heard that marching band suppliers offer a comfortable cross strap that their drummers wear. They are supposedly cheaper.

I absolutely love my MPX "Kreuzgurt" (Cross-Over Strap). It really does make flying more relaxing and enjoyable.

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Old Jul 20, 2005, 06:36 PM
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Hi Joedy,

Where does one find the MPX "Kreuzgurt" strap?

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