Whelp, Its been awhile since I gave an update here so:
A co-worker that also enjoys this hobby parted ways with his well-used and well-cared-for JR X-388S Transmitter and a swath of other goodies (Rxs, extras antennas, perfect manual, etc.). It needed the gear switch and the trainer switch replaced. A simple trip to the Shack took care of that. I've already flown my PZ Corsair with it several times and have good practice messing with the programming. Also, a big thanks go to the fellas here that have given me so much information on this radio. I can actually replace the internal battery myself and that is a huge blessing. I've ordered the FrSky 2.4Ghz module to upgrade this with telemetry too. I'll still use the 72mhz module as the Rxs still work well and so many are going to 2.4 I may have the channel all to myself. My brother-in-law is a great guy that can seem to find anything anywhere. He happened to have a silver metal instrument(engineering not musical) case that fit the bill for a Tx case.
I've also been able to pick up a new motor and ESC for the Tummelisa so I look forward to flying her more than 1.5 minutes! Its going to be a great flying season.
The He-162 salamander has been slow-going but spring house work has been more pressing. Sick kids, new roof, taxes... yadda yadda... life just rolls that way.
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