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Old 08-05-2008, 03:30 PM   #1591
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I bet you it's due to a third reason, which i believe stems from a single company pushing their own motors to get approved. They likely acted like the 'experts' where instead of giving objective truth they gave a biased opinion. the BL motor approval reasons just did not make any sense. all these companies with motors; castle, neu, aon, tekin, align, etc and only one design that was wind based gets approved?

I never did like Novak much. a fan and heatsink on their esc's led me to believe it was an inefficient design and I was right. I'm seeing reports of their sensored BL esc blowing up left and right. To the contrary, I haven't had a single problem with my sensorless ESC's.

sensored motor=too many parts to fail.
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:24 PM   #1592
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any1 put time in with a 21.5 on a MM or SW? have 1 still in my retired b4, and look to use it with a 21.5 if i can. in addition to brushed option

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Old 08-14-2008, 06:54 AM   #1593
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We'll never have a ROAR legal motor. They're all copies of Novak's design. We're not willing to copy what we consider to be an inferior motor, and definitely not willing to dumb down our motors so they can run in races based on rules from an outdated racing committee. The rules need to be updated to current standards...they're living at least 5 years in the past. Cars are the ONLY part of r/c where sensored motors are still being used...we stopped making sensored ESC's about 7 years ago! The #1 reason our motors will not be allowed is because sensorless brushless is much more difficult and expensive to manufacture, and those other companies either don't want to invest the money, or don't have the know-how to do a sensorless system. It's easier to write the competition out of the rules.
Exactly. Plus I don't ROAR could predict the following Castle products have and at the rate Castle is growing has a larger following everyday. If you can't beat them then just don't allow them to play in the sandbox.

ROAR has always been a day late and a dollar short. For the 20 some years I have watched them they always have catered to certain companies. They can act like everything is fine but all ROAR does is cause local racers more money to run at their home tracks and get zero in return other than to say I went to a ROAR race and spent extra money for nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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any1 put time in with a 21.5 on a MM or SW? have 1 still in my retired b4, and look to use it with a 21.5 if i can. in addition to brushed option

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i dont think it would be to pretty trying to get off the line, its bad w/ a 17.5 and the higher wind makes it worse..
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Old 08-14-2008, 06:36 PM   #1595
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We'll never have a ROAR legal motor. They're all copies of Novak's design. We're not willing to copy what we consider to be an inferior motor, and definitely not willing to dumb down our motors so they can run in races based on rules from an outdated racing committee. The rules need to be updated to current standards...they're living at least 5 years in the past. Cars are the ONLY part of r/c where sensored motors are still being used...we stopped making sensored ESC's about 7 years ago! The #1 reason our motors will not be allowed is because sensorless brushless is much more difficult and expensive to manufacture, and those other companies either don't want to invest the money, or don't have the know-how to do a sensorless system. It's easier to write the competition out of the rules.
I can not agree more with you.

I have been telling this here at local forums for 2 years already.

But now Joe I would to ask you something.

Let me tell you first that I use MM with 6900 motor in local races and have to use a diferent motor at nacional events. Started with MM esc but soon had to move to one that allow sensors to use with the Legal motor, because the startup sometimes is not perfect with MM esc. and that motor.

Let me tell you I am not a Top driver too, I stay in the middle of list.

But my questions is. Here in local forums some of the top drivers say to me they have tryed Mambas but they found out the system is very inefficient, develops a lot of heat, burn the motors and they have not runtime with them. They mention this in comparison with novak, lrp and speedpassion 4,5T brushless systems

I have not this ideia about Mamba system. Is there any good special reason for this or just those systems are more efficient?
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hmmm, a whole 2wd outdoor season on a single 4600. tire roaster, only played between 2T dependin on track size, ran same mild temps all year. hot/cold/clouds/sun. i'd roast b4 it did. and of the spectacular blowups, they were all the original LRPs. and hard to beat that speedo (maybe phelps' speedo can, but not the other companies lol).

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Old 08-15-2008, 03:02 PM   #1597
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Unhappy sidewinder castle link issue

I bought a new sidewinder 5700 combo and cannot get it to connect to castle link. It works for my other 2 setups but will not work with this sidewinder ESC. On the Castle website I saw this.

1.18 Final 03/24/08

* Bug: Some Sidewinders were not recognized by Castle Link. Issue resolved.


This would lead me to believe that If my ESC is a firmware lower than 1.18 it may not connect to castlelink at all. I emailed support on this issue and was asked what type of ESC it was and what version software, etc. After answering these questions and pointing out that it is still not working and that I saw this firmware issue listed I figured they would say send it in or tell me someway to update the firmware other than using castle link but instead they pretended not to know anything about any such porobelm and said:

"Should work as long as you have the latest software in there. Let me
check with the engineers and see if there are any known issues with the
Sidewinder not linking. When did you purchase that controller?

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Castle Creations"


and so far I have not heard back. Its only been 4 days but since its a known issue posted on their site it i assumed I would have gotten some response by now instead of a response indicating theres no issue. Anyone else have this issue?

It basically makes it useless for racing without being able to adjust any settings.
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Did you turn the ESC on once it was connected to the link?
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Old 08-15-2008, 04:15 PM   #1599
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yes, these were the questions support asked and I tried them all: It lights up grren when connected but states invalid controller connected.

"Which controller are you plugging in? Tried flipping the switch? Tried
plugging the ESC in, then the battery pack into the ESC?"


But the post on their website does seem to say that some Sidewinders of a firmware lower than 1.18 will not connect to castlelink wouldn't you agree?
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http://www.castlecreations.com/downl...idewinder.html

Version Number Type Release Date Release Notes
1.18 Final 03/24/08

* Bug: Some Sidewinders were not recognized by Castle Link. Issue resolved.

1.17 Final 01/22/08

* Force a full re-arm after manual programming
* Bug: stick programming would not allow you to change the motor type
* Minor bug: setting drag brake via stick programming showed a custom value of 1% below the desired value on Castle Link
* Minor bug: Loading and saving programming information to a file did not properly update calibration data
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I had the same problem with my Mamba 25 esc's. Where the esc would just blink and the program would say that too. After a couple of days of messing with them I decided to plug the battery into the ESC and then connect it to the link and "presto" the program reconized the ESC. Maybe that would help you.
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I had the same problem with my Mamba 25 esc's. Where the esc would just blink and the program would say that too. After a couple of days of messing with them I decided to plug the battery into the ESC and then connect it to the link and "presto" the program reconized the ESC. Maybe that would help you.
already tried that. Didn't work
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I hook up the MM or my Sidewinder with it turned off and not even hooked up to my car. I would try a different computer if you have access to one just to see if it might be that for whatever reason. I normally try to narrow the problems down.

If thats not the problem and the Castle link is hooked up correctly then the unit might have to be sent in.
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I tried it on my laptop and my wifes PC. I was hoping support would say to send it in but so far I have not gotten a reply from them.
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Have you tried to install the dotnetfx file on the Castle web site (LINK)?
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actually yes, even though my other 2 ESC work fine and I did not get anyinstall errors, I tried it anyway.
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