> I don't know about the transpad, but I just bought a Quadpad from these
> guys and it is awesome.... very expensive yes, but the quality of this
> pad is great!! I figure that their smaller pad is probably of the same
> high quality.
I too bought a Quad-Pod. If I was going to limit myself to mid power I
would have purchased the transpad. The Quad-Pod is as nice as described
above. Yep, I spent nearly $200.00 on pad and launch rods.
For the controller, I got just a pricey. I bought a Pratt Sure-Fire II.
Almost $100.00, but that includes a battery. I'm set for any launch I
want to do, including clusters.
Here are the reasons I went this rout.
1> Our club waiver runs through 5:00 PM on Sunday, but most of the time we
have to tear down the range at 1:00 PM because if we didn't it would be
the guy hauling the trailer and me putting everything away (that's 12
pads, controller, tables, fencing, everything). Now I'll be able to set
my own stuff up and all us true die-hards can fly right up to 5:00 PM.
The Pad and Controller will cover anything I'm likely to fly and
set-up/take-down will take only a few minutes.
2> I like to launch on my own. This pad and controller will handle
anything I can cook up.
3> Many launches require flyers to bring their own pad and controllers
(misfire alley method). They've got waivers and everything. My pad and
controller will place no limits on me or other flyers.
4> I have all the equipment to do demonstration launches.
5> I might move to a place where there are no clubs. I have all the
ground control equipment needed to safely fly anything from MicroMax
through L power (maybe even an M). I can see starting a club around this
ground support equipment.
If I was sure I'd never need to use my own pad and controller for high
power, and that my personal ground support equipment would be strictly for
stuff G and under, I would have bought the Trans-Pad. I think I still
would have bought the Sure-Fire II. I'm sure the Veri-Fire is great.
It's been around a really long time. It's just that I prefer the
one-piece nature of the Sure-Fire II (its really portable too).
"Children are all foreigners." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson