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    coming back

    After several years absence I am getting back into the hobby. I still have all my old planes and equipment. Of course it has been sitting unused in my basement for quite some time, the last time I flew was 2005. I have started some engines, and to my surprise they fired right up and seem to run well. I have charged the rx and tx batteries, they are working on the ground, but i don't know if i can trust them in the air. I'll probably replace all the rx batteries, but I have a never used tx battery new in 2005 and my transmitter was also new then, and only used a few times. Since they have seen very little or no use could the tx batteries be trusted? The tx is a T6xas and has a voltmeter. I charged it about a week ago and used it for engine runs and it still shows around 10 volts. Any other concerns with engines, servos, airframes from sitting? I have checked and everything looks good to go, am I being overly cautioous? I've been getting some sim time, so I think my thumbs are ready! Comments please.
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    RE: coming back

    I don't think so. I would even go to the extreme of replacing the TX battery also. You never know, and it just isn't worth it. If cost is a factor, pick one or two planes that you could consider favorites and get new RX battery packs for them, and, by all means, replace the TX battery. That way you can start fresh without any lingering doubts about the quality of your electrical parts.

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    RE: coming back

    and don't forget to make sure all the hinges are still glued to the control surfaces.

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    RE: coming back

    Remember Tx batteries if you use dry cell have a limited shelf life. They only last about 5 years so I would change the batteries.
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