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Pierre06/03/2009 17:03:33
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Picking up from another thread, are these things still available? I was looking for a cheap speed controller for a little fishing boat I built for a ten year old, a while ago. My local hobby shop told me these things weren't being marketed any more. Had to buy an expensive ESC.
Anyone know where I could get these?
Thanks  - Pierre
Bob Abell06/03/2009 17:38:34
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Hello Pierre
MFA sell them, here in the UK
They are also being discussed in a recent thread.........Something about "electrics"..........a few clicks down from here
ashley needham06/03/2009 18:49:01
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Do they sell them separately tho` ??  I have an idea they only sell as a set with a motor, or at least, their website leads you to believe this.    Ashley
Glynn Guest06/03/2009 19:58:42
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         This note maybe too late and you have already wasted your time looking at the MFA site, BUT the MFA product is NOT a "Bobs Board".
Glynn Guest
David Meier06/03/2009 20:01:14
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Hi Pierre. Have a look at this site.
They have a 20 amp brushed ESC for $8.33 US and everything they sell is postage free. It can take a couple of weeks to arrive but they are reliable. I have bought a lot of things from them. You pay online through PayPal which gives you security with the credit card transaction.
Mike Pendlebury06/03/2009 22:54:20
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They are still made. I bought one from my local model shop a few weeks ago (Type PB3 2.5 to 4 amps).
The address on the packaging is
Bob's Models Ltd
99 Hobs Moat Road
West Midlands
B92  8JI
0121 7423949
ashley needham07/03/2009 08:21:52
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Glynn is dead right, the MFA controller is a resistive one, the BoBs board uses seperate resistors to achieve the same. Looking around, the MFA and hobbies  "mechanical speed controller" (which may be the same animal) are about £16, but an Mtronics 15A Viper ESC is about £22, so really not much difference there, however the mechanical ones cant compete in the fine control and efficiency stakes.   There cant be much reason surely for using a Bobs or resistive unit anymore???  (unless you make your own)   Ashley
Pierre07/03/2009 14:10:22
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Hi all
Thanks to everyone who responded - it seems that they are pretty much priced on a level with ESCs, which as Ashley says, rather negates the point.
David, thanks for that site, will definitely check it out - an ESC for $9 must be an excellent deal!
Mike Pendlebury07/03/2009 21:41:29
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I don't know where Ashley gets his from but the Bob's Model Control Boards are resistive and not separate resistors and mine was only £9-95.
ashley needham08/03/2009 07:32:06
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Whoops !   I have never used one !!!   I believe the term gets used for "that sort of thing", so was quoting from memory, obviously flawed. For the sake of education, what EXACTLY ARE Bobs boards then?? Ashley

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