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Radio Controller - Airtronics / Sanwa MT4

RC Controller Airtronics / Sanwa MT4 Review

Photo: Futaba 3PM-FS, Airtronics MT4 (aka Sanwa MT4) and Futaba 2PHKA radio controllers.

In the past 30 years I've owned many transmitters and radio controllers. And for me, I believe the Airtronics MT4 (also known as Sanwa) is the best value you can buy. It fits my hand like a glove and is very responsive, giving me a good feel and "connectivity" with my rc cars. Even my 10 year old daughter loves it, so now we both have matching Airtronics MT-4 controllers.

Here are some of its best features:

  • Very fast response and no glitching
  • Great ergonomics (large LCD screen, nice feel in your hands especially when applying the brake)
  • Throttle can be mechanically adjusted forward and backward, rotated to the left or to the right
  • Very lightweight at only 470 grams
  • Transmitter can be powered with 4cell AA alkaline, 6.6v Life or 7.4v Lipo battery packs
  • Telemetry allows you to remotely monitor engine temp and rc car speed
  • RX-461 Telemetry receiver
  • Comprehensive 100 page manual

As to real world performance, here's a short story. I bought the Aitronics MT4 just days before I was to fly to Singapore to compete in the 2011 Tamiya Asia Cup finals. I was racing in the tricky Tamiya F104 Formula One class, where there were 4 past champions in the line up. Despite being unfamiliar with this new controller, I managed 2nd place overall, my very best performance in the TAC Asia finals. And I believe the controller made a big difference.

Tamiya TAC 2011

 Photo: Me in the blue shirt. 2nd with the Airtronics / Sanwa MT-4 rc controller.

So if you are looking for a cheap radio control unit, I highly recommend the Sanwa MT4. It's simply my favorite.

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