My real point is that acceptable tradeoffs can be made for many of our aircraft components that allow us to either have more for the $ or save some $ for say our wives
PS - I have never had a battery above 130F (finger touch without having to pull away). I have had motors....
LI, New York, USA
Joined Mar 2003
There is a lot that goes into price and there is a lot that goes into reliability. And most of all, there is a lot that goes into TRUST!
A couple of notes:
If we look at USA market, the major radio brands are Futaba, JR, Airtronics, Hitec and Spektrum. Note that 10 years ago Spektrum didn't exist and now it is a major force in the RC market.
The spread of servo brands is larger than radios. There reports from many of the small electric pilots is that a lot of these under $5 9 gram servos are top notch. But I tend to buy Hitec for this size stuff for 2 to 3 times the price.
Today's no name product is tomorrow's brand name.
Some of the best rated RF/Receivers come from FrSky, a vitually unknown name only a few years ago. And many pilots flying expensive stuff are flying on FrSky. Their receivers are 1/4 the price of the "brand name" guys.
So, how do we judge good vs. bad and expensive vs. cheap?
When you buy brand named stuff you are betting on the reputation of the provider. But brand name stuff fails too.
When you buy low priced off brand stuff you are taking a chance on an unproven product or you are depending on the reports from other pilots that this stuff is really good and those brand name guys are ripping you off.
I have read posts by some pretty respectible names that when they try something new they put it in a beater plane, or a foamy or something they feel they can afford to lose. After they prove it there then they move it to something more valueable.
I typically by brand name for my pricy stuff. Why? Faith and trust.
But I am willing to take a bit more risk on my lower priced items or things that are more easily fixed.
When I went to 2.4 on my Futaba 9C I spent over $500 on Futaba FASST stuff. If I had known about FrSky I could have done the same for under $200 and gotten telemetry too. And this stuff is highly regarded by glider, giant scale and glow guys alike. They are on the verge of brand name status in the module and receiver market. And soon they will be coming out with their own radio.
So, if you buy FrSky, as an example, are you buying cheap or are you buying good?
And FrSky offers FASST compatible receivers. Great reports. So if I get those am I buying junk or am I buying just as good for 1/3 the price?
Probably depends who you ask and when you ask them.
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