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Old Feb 01, 2012, 09:21 AM
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Wow, Spektrum has just announced an 18 channel radio.

Toy Fair 2012: DX18 von Horizon Hobby (1 min 11 sec)
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Old Feb 02, 2012, 12:37 PM
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It's our second. The DX10t is also and 18-channel radio.

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Old Feb 02, 2012, 02:17 PM
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It is? I either forgot that or didn't know.
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Old Feb 02, 2012, 03:43 PM
Submarines, etc.
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so...

why isn't the DX10t called the DX18?
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Old Feb 03, 2012, 06:33 AM
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But does it have twin sticks like the F-14 Navy and does it have more than the usual acro/gilder/heli settings!!! how about a some marine options!!! One of my club mates has built a twin stick Turnigy 9X !!! Total cost less than $100US.....

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Old Feb 03, 2012, 01:13 PM
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Old Feb 03, 2012, 01:14 PM
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But does it have twin sticks like the F-14 Navy and does it have more than the usual acro/gilder/heli settings!!! how about a some marine options!!! One of my club mates has built a twin stick Turnigy 9X !!! Total cost less than $100US.....

Bruce
Bruce,

Send those requests to Horizon in Germany. They "own" the radio and yes, Marine is one of the intended target markets. They need to see some interest before plunking down major cash on new molds.

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Old Feb 03, 2012, 08:58 PM
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It shouldn't require any changes to the case just repositioning for some switch locations and install the equivalent twin stick throttle setup, the major diff would be software designed for ship functions such as the various extras scale ship builders like to include such as anchor winches, lights, turrets, etc.

Cheers Bruce
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Old Feb 04, 2012, 12:53 AM
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Since it's 2.4, it won't work for all ships. It would be nice to have it control the forward planes in and out, forward torpedo tubes 1-6, missile tubes 1-16, ballast tank, etc. That's why 5 of my 6 subs are on a Futaba 6XAS on 50 Mhz. Sub #6 is the Thunder Tiger NEPTUNE.
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Old Feb 04, 2012, 03:40 PM
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It shouldn't require any changes to the case just repositioning for some switch locations and install the equivalent twin stick throttle setup, the major diff would be software designed for ship functions such as the various extras scale ship builders like to include such as anchor winches, lights, turrets, etc.

Cheers Bruce
The dual stick setup would require tooling of molds - that's where the money investment comes from. Certain software functions could be done to address the use of throttle trim and such.

I have already (in the code) provided for new model types for surface vehicles. Fully implementing them would be a big investment of time.

Being 2.4g, it's usable in all surface vehicles including all ships, but that also prevents its use in submarines because it doesn't penetrate well. The RF system binds with the aircraft DSM2 and DSMX protocols as well as DSM-Marine, so it supports all ARxxx and MRxxx receiver types.

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Old Feb 04, 2012, 06:49 PM
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18 channels....good grief....I can't even remember how to use my 7 channel radio without squirting myself in the crotch...
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Old Feb 27, 2012, 06:39 PM
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It's up on Horizon Hobby USA.

http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...0-md2-SPM18000

Hey Andy:

Why does it only come with a 9-channel Rx? Aren't they going to make an 18-channel Rx for it?
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Old Feb 28, 2012, 05:08 PM
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I don't know the why's of what goes into a box with the radios. As for them making a rx for it, I have to give a "neither confirm nor deny" answer.

The XPlus channels are on their own "receiver" - it gets a cable from the main receiver into it. It can have a separate power bus, like is done with the JR MatchBox device, so your XPlus functions are separate from the rx's power bus. That'll be real handy for the scale ship modelers so you can run more devices easier.

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Old Mar 31, 2012, 03:23 AM
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DX18 next to a DX8.............

Had the chance to have a play around with a DX18 the other day, so thought i'd share the sneak peek i had. I also have it next to my DX8 for a littler comparison.
It is a little bigger than the DX8 and the gimbals are even smoother, switchs seem good and easy to get to, yes a real solid feel in your hand. Well worth a look if your after a radio that can do "Everything!" I set it up to fly the Hawker Hurricane, but unlucky for me it was a mode 1 and i'm a mode 2 flyer so i never got to fly a plane with it, still it's a very nice radio thats for sure

cheers chuck

Spektrum DX18 next to a DX8 A Sneek Peek (1 min 19 sec)
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 11:00 AM
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A pre-production model in all black. Wow, how did you manage that?

Looks like the LCD screen is slightly larger, but they had room to make it even bigger.
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