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DRAGON 12-15-2006 08:30 PM

DRAGON's Fasta review.........
 
OK, I'm going to do a review here but add things sporadically since I can't really use it on the field this very moment:

I have the smoke color Fasta LCD e-loader with 30+bps rof, 230 ball capacity, game timer, LCD screen, 18v, audio alerts, weighs 1 lb with batteries, low battery indicator, 20 minute auto shutoff & poly carbon shell -

Came in a nice red box with instructions. When I took it out of the box I noticed you can pretty much see everything inside the hopper. When you open the lid you can see the back side of the board through the plastic and it appears to have a removable chip or something inserted in the back of the board. Through the transparent body you can also see the motor, wiring and tab that activates the turnstile type 4 blade impeller that throws the balls down the feedneck. The body had a built in raceway similar to the Eggo except it looks a bit deeper and the sides are convex not straight up and down. Seems it would hold the balls in the raceway a bit better using this design. The motor runs clockwise rather than ccw like the Eggo. The balls are fed to the left not right -

Installing the batteries are a breeze compared to the Revy and Eggo. You simply slide the lower back portion of the door straight out, install the batteries horizontally and put the door back on. The batteries are not held in by the door at all. AMOF it appears if you broke or lost the door the batteries would still stay in no prob -

The feedneck is very interesting. It’s fluted like a fluted barrel. Seems that would help keep the hopper in place as compared to a flat surface. Nice idea -

I can see why they initially named it the Torpedo because the shape of the front and sides resembles a torpedo -

When I turned this thing on it scared the hell outta me because it made this loud beeping noise. The LCD screen deciphers a game timer that when activated will beep every 5 minutes when the timer is on. It also fast beeps at 1 minute remaining. You have the option of turning the beeping noises off if you'd like in a silent mode. If you leave the hopper on, it automatically turns off in 20 minutes. If you have a jam, you can push the minute button and it activates the impeller to unjam the ball -

The clear spring lid is nice and secure and has a nice ridge on it so you can easily get your fingers under it to open it. Much better than my Eggo lid that's hell opening and closing some times. People were complaining about it being on the top. I really don't see a prob with that or why it would hinder anything at all -

I wasn't quite sure I'd like the smoke color since I always get the solid black colored hoppers. I'm liking this color because it's a true black smoke and not a purple or brown smoke like some of the others I've seen. Think I'm going to enjoy seeing how many balls are left in the hopper rather than sporadically having to check through the lid -

The tab activation seems interesting since I never had anything of the such. There's no eye but a plastic tab w/a sensor on it in the feedneck that the balls touch as they go by that senses each ball. Every time it senses a ball going by it turns the impeller. No movement, it doesn't turn like the eye systems that can at times go off on their own until you manually turn it off if the eye is obstructed. This is almost like the intelli-feed system of the past. You can activate the tab with your finger to see how it works. I'm not so sure how durable this little tab is. I suppose time will only tell for that one. Think it'd be a bit tough cleaning up a puked ball up the feedneck with this system as well -

Well that's it for now until I test it on the field. I'll try to get some pics when I can as well -

Drefish99 12-15-2006 09:20 PM

Re: DRAGON's Fasta review.........
 
Interesting. I would be interested in some good pics. I want to see if it is a true force feed system like a Halo or a Reloader or a semi force feed like a eggy. My old Apache had a similar feed detection system. My worry is that it will be loud like a Eggy or an Apache. Is it loud at all when feeding the balls through?

DRAGON 12-15-2006 09:35 PM

Re: DRAGON's Fasta review.........
 
Don't know about feeding balls since I just got it and haven't even run any paint through it yet. Audible noise? About the same as my Egg I suppose. The inside as I mentioned looks comparable to the Egg with runway and impellars -

Death_Dealer 12-16-2006 06:48 AM

Re: DRAGON's Fasta review.........
 
good write .sounds like the hopper was well thought out ,hows the quality .

TheRedBarron 12-16-2006 08:29 AM

Re: DRAGON's Fasta review.........
 
Sheesh, get offline and go strap that thing to your gat :p after you do, could you rate it, next to the Eggy Y, EggyZ, Halo B?

Halucin8 12-16-2006 01:45 PM

Re: DRAGON's Fasta review.........
 
shoot that thang!! I ordered my lcd in black

DRAGON 12-16-2006 02:51 PM

Re: DRAGON's Fasta review.........
 
Barron, I would only be able to compare it to the Revy, Eggo Y & Z board only since that's all I have ever used/needed -

Some pics for you pictarr nutz:

Couple of shots looking through so you can see how simple the innards are. Looking to the left, that's the component that houses the tab sensor.....





LCD screen. Have mine set to 20 minutes while I was tinkering with it. The buttons are tough to depress so you know there'll be no inadvertently changing things by mistakenly pushing one of them.......



There's the tab that the balls hit to set off the impeller. It has some sort of sensor on it that may not be too recognizable from the pic.........



The turnstile type impeller and runway inside the hopper.....



A shot of the battery compartment underneath. With or w/o the door, I doubt the batteries will be falling out...........



Door on..........



Pic of the fluted feedneck. Nice design.......



Back of the board. The thing that I assume is a removable chip is the black & silver thing on the bottom there with the hole in it.........



That ought to hold y'all over for a while till I can test it with paint - ;)

DRAGON 12-16-2006 03:12 PM

Re: DRAGON's Fasta review.........
 
If I really wanted to get in depth, ya I would but I'm just presenting this to the members here to satisfy some of their curiousities. I'm quite sure in time there will be some comparisons positive and negative. Hey, you work in a shop and will prolly be getting some of these, right? I'll wait on yours lol - ;)

Oscum Guy 12-16-2006 04:03 PM

Re: DRAGON's Fasta review.........
 
this is kinda like my smoke ricochet 2kx. they both have a tab activation, a spring loaded lid on the top, a fluted feed neck, the same type of battery door, they have that little bump on the back, the same shaped lcd/led window, you can see everything in the hopper and are shaped alot alike. Mine is the led version but on the lcd version the screen/buttons are about the same. look at the pic n the link in my sig, you can see the similarities.

DRAGON 12-16-2006 04:36 PM

Re: DRAGON's Fasta review.........
 
All I see in your thread is 1 pic of a marker and a couple red x's. Didn't think it was a secret that these are made for Kingman by Ricochet. So ya, I'd assume there are similarities. How has yours performed thus far? -

Barron......just order a couple though there isn't a very large profit margin. You know everybody likes fresh stuff -


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