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Old Apr 28, 2003, 02:26 AM
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Castle Creations Good Bad Ugly?

Anyone have an opinon on the Pixie 7P ? I am considering it due to its size but have second thoughts as to its toughness and survivability.

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Old Apr 28, 2003, 01:38 PM
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I ran the 7P in my Slowstick for 20 some flights, with NO problems. The s300 motor in that plane draws about 8 amps on the workbench, but draws less in flight. That plus the fact that the 7P is wide open to the breeze in a SS convinced me it would be ok there. And it was.

Then I tried it in a P-51. Same motor/same current, but very little airflow. Well, I burned it up. It was my fault. But the good news is that, Castle Creations offered to repair/replace it for $10.

Also they suggested that I upgrade to a pixie 20 amp for a s300 motor. So if I send them my old broken 7P and $20, they will send me a p20 in its place. What a deal. I'm a believer.

Any business with that kind of customer service, gets both my business, and my endorsment. (for what it's worth)
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Old Apr 28, 2003, 02:39 PM
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Pixie 7P is the only ESC I use (I only fly small stuff). I read about all different brands, and thought the 7P sounded like the perfect ESC for me. I like its light weight and great sophistication in a small package. I've never had a single problem with mine, and highly recommend it to others.
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Old Apr 28, 2003, 03:02 PM
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Been flying a Pixie 7 for alomost 4 years now with never an issue.

The 7P is simply updated but is the same basic ESC with programing features.
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Old Apr 28, 2003, 04:15 PM
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You won't be sorry if you get one. I've got the original 7 and the 7P and both have worked flawlessly since day one.

As someone else already mentioned, Castle Creations has a great replacement plan that works even when it's your fault with a flat rate replacement fee.

Castle is at the top of my list for controllers.
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Old Apr 28, 2003, 04:34 PM
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Its my favorite small controller, from my favorite esc manufacturer.
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Old Apr 28, 2003, 05:49 PM
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I have been using the Pixie 7P (2 of them) on a Gym-E and a Wing-e. I also swap them over into some of my blue foam planes. They are a first rate, high quality product. I also use the Phoenix 25 in my brushless SS. The only way to gooooooo. jmh
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Old Apr 28, 2003, 06:28 PM
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Castle is tops! Incredible company. After dealing with them a while back with a brushless esc, I would not hesitate to buy their products again. They really are one of the best companies out there.

Too bad car and computer companies are not as good as them.

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Old Apr 28, 2003, 09:17 PM
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After mailing them to see if it was ok, I've been using a 7p in a pico f on 3 Li cells and 3 servos.

12 hours now and counting, no problems at all.


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Old Apr 28, 2003, 10:45 PM
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I own..

Two Pixie 7's, a 7P, a Phoenix 10 and a couple of Pixie 14's No problems at all, great products with good control range and durability.
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Old Apr 29, 2003, 09:39 AM
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Echo! Echo!
I have 3 Pixies 7-p, a 20 amp, and a Griffen 55. All perform flawlessly
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Old Apr 29, 2003, 10:30 AM
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So LTChip, do you think people like them ?
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Old Apr 29, 2003, 07:42 PM
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Gee, you guys bring tears to my eyes!

Thanx for all the kind words... Looks like our hard work really does pay off!!

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Old Apr 29, 2003, 08:04 PM
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If those instructions are half as hard to get into those baggies as they are to get out...........you guys must get tired. jmh
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Old Apr 29, 2003, 08:12 PM
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Love my 7p. About a year now. Using it in an M100 powered Bleriot II on Qualcomms. My clu-d-sac flyer. No problems with it at all.
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