Originally Posted by fritzke
I remember the old days well, when a servo under an ounce was considered very light.
And then when 1/2 ounce servos showed up they cost $50 (or more!) each.
Bill Cannons radios were the only game in town for .020 multi channel proportional planes.
Anything that was anywhere near that light back in the old days was only single channel.
Yup, we have it good!
I bought my first radio in 1974, a Cox/Sanwa 4 channel AM set. In the frantic RC years to follow I flew various 1/2A models with the same 4xAA pack, half a cigarette pack receiver and 2 standard servos. The common theme was lots of wing.
In the mid 1980's I watched various small models with G mark .030's, TD/Pee Wee .020's struggle to fly with overweight airframes and either heavy gear, or what seemed to be notoriously cranky niche market micro gear. I still have an instinctive fear of any NiCad smaller than a AA, and add NiMh to the same list a decade and a half later. Most problems could probably have been avoided with one of today's quality smart chargers..
And now here I am puttering with small models more frequently again and the shelves are ripe, almost bursting for the picking. Just add money, it all seems to be out there. Well, except for small IC engines hanging in blister cards at the local store.