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Old 03-22-2013, 02:33 PM
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I'll be the market soon for a new radio. I'm currently using an M11 great radio just really outdated now. So I'm looking for advice I've never used the M12 or 4Pksr and honestly I don't know anyone with an M12. Any help or comments good or bad appreciated. Thx
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I have always had Airtronics...CX2p, 3PS, M8, M11, M11X and now an M12. There was one point when i first got started that i had one of Futaba's higher end radios that i bought as a package deal with a car. I love my M12...I put the drop down on right away. Compared to my M11x it feels similar in my hand, i like how it comes with 3 grips, 2 wheels plus the different throttle/steering springs. It is a great radio, you wont be dissapointed.
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Thx man, what about ease of use as far as navigating though the menus and changing settings and so on? and what about a battery pack for it I don't see anyone selling it so are you still using AA batteries?
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Thx man, what about ease of use as far as navigating though the menus and changing settings and so on? and what about a battery pack for it I don't see anyone selling it so are you still using AA batteries?
It isnt laid out as simple as the M11 stuff was but its not difficult. The main stuff is grouped together and the more advanced stuff is grouped together as well. I haven't played around with any of the weird stuff and probably never will so i think its good to keep it separate.

I use this battery in mine: http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...ck-74V-2800mAh
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Thx again I didnt think about using MT-4 battery. I'm really leaning towards the M12 more so because I can use my current receivers as well and dont have to buy more receivers right away.
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Thx again I didnt think about using MT-4 battery. I'm really leaning towards the M12 more so because I can use my current receivers as well and dont have to buy more receivers right away.
That was another selling point for me. I also picked up the ProTek transmitter box and really like it. Solid construction.
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The Protek box is nice! I got it for my 4pksr.

Either way you cant go wrong. But don't the Airtronics rx's work with all the radios?
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Keep the comments comin' guys! I too am going back and forth between the M-12 and the 4PKS-R in a switch from Spektrum. I'll be needing all new receivers regardless of choice so your help and/or experiences are greatly appreciated. I don't really need any of the crawling features but if the other aspects of the radios lead one over the other, that would push me into the wiser decision.

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Get the M12 and don't look back. You would be very happy with it.
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Ya I think that's the plan at this point. I've already got 3 receivers for the M11 so at least I'll some brasher receivers. Besides I haven't seen a single Futaba guy chime yet.
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hi i had the m12 and i sold it and bought the futaba 4pk super R. i think the sanwa was to heavy and i did not like the menu. futaba is for me way better!
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I have the 4PKS and love it. I gave my son my 3PKS so I needed to think receiver compatibily for 12 cars..... That and the fact that Futaba has always made great radios over the years made me stick with Futaba. I still use a 3PB PCM radio when we bring a friend and it still works perfectly despite being 22 years old ! If you buy a 4PK-R you won't be sorry it's a great radio.

You won't regret the M12 either, I had a M8 and it was the best radio out at the time in my opinion. My first radio was a XL2P, which also still worked fine after all those years until it was stolen. Probably still works, Sanwa also makes a great product.

I would only spend my hard earned money on a Futaba or Airtronics system so for me it would be a tough choice if I had no compatible RX. Switching brands with a number of RX to replace is an expensive proposition.
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Get the futaba. I head nothing but issues with my m12. Right now it's a $600 paperweight.
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4pks-r more comfortable,lighter and more user friendly!!!
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