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Old 10-27-2011, 04:15 PM
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I got into model airplanes back in the early 60's. Control line models were king.RC stuff wasn't all that popular yet but it was really expensive.Who amoung you remember trying to fly a plane with a single channel. That means you had to control a plane using rudder only button.One blip for right two blips for left.The late 60's early seventies we saw proportional control and 4 and 5 channel radios. A lot of the airplane stuff was still being made in the USA. We even had to get a fcc licence to operate on 27mhz band.Arfs were just coming into the market place.If you wanted to fly you had to build your own plane(isn't that a novelity!).Fast foward to the 21st century and enter the age of high quality radios and instant arfs. At least the radios got better.
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Later we graduated to a radio where THREE clicks gave you LOW THROTTLE!

How's that for technology?
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My dad and I built the World Engines Blue Max 6 ch. together back in the day and A REAL Bridi RCM 60 trainer. A kit consisted of real balsa and real plywood and real plans too. Then came CA or Hot Stuff as it was called back then.

I've always enjoyed making balsa dust,,, cutting wood and causing my garage to smell of burnt wood from a dull band saw blade,,, Haaa!

In all my 45+ yrs(age 50 here) of model aviating around, when I first saw them arf's coming out I thought cool but upon closer looks at a few,,, well they haven t changed much since then,,, and that includes one or 2 giant arf companies that are out there too


Good thing for CARF and 2.4



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Later we graduated to a radio where THREE clicks gave you LOW THROTTLE!

How's that for technology?
Then came the "Galloping Ghost" multi-channel radios. Strange to watch the control surfaces jitter.
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I think it would be fun if some manufacturer came out with one of the old single-channel, push button planes just to show the current fliers how things used to be
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There is know one that old working there
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I think it would be fun if some manufacturer came out with one of the old single-channel, push button planes just to show the current fliers how things used to be

What I hated was forgetting to wind up my rubber. [:@]
Watch out. Here comes the comments!! [X(]
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Back in the 40"s I started out with drift wood and orange crates Learned building skills but did not fly very well[:@] Then I found out there was wood they called balsa Engines were inexpensive and radio"s were any way a few years later here I am, still in the hobby.
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I think my vintage transmitter had a tube in it ( ? ) Hey the tx had metal cases. One guy had FF called the Midwest Sniffer with a teeny Cox engine. It used a eyedropper fof a fuel tank.
I started with control line planes in the early 60's at a field in Union,NJ.They had some great contests back then;combat,scale,sport.
Man no computers,cell phones,ipads,ipods,gps,cable tv.How did we ever manage ?
















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Hell, I can ever remember RECEIVERS with tubes!
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Hell, I can ever remember RECEIVERS with tubes!
Betcha they kept ya warm in the winter
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I have seen photos of transmitters that had a rotary dial like an old telephone! [X(]

Here is an interesting Tx on fee-bay that I ran across:
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I don't see an ANT. Is that 2.4????


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I think my vintage transmitter had a tube in it ( ? ). Hey, the tx had metal cases. One guy had FF called the Midwest Sniffer with a teeny Cox engine. It used an eyedropper for a fuel tank.

I started with control line planes in the early 60's at a field in Union,NJ. They had some great contests back then; combat, scale, sport.

Man no computers, cell phones, ipads, ipods, gps, cable tv. How did we ever manage ?
We managed because we enjoyed the process of modeling as much as the actual flying. Our minds were the primary tool that used things like plans, glue, knives, sandpaper, and wood to "fly" the model long before it was ever completed. A completed model was only one of the last steps in the process.

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Hell, I can ever remember RECEIVERS with tubes!
Tubes? Ahh, yes, the transistor! A gift from Jersey. It even smells like Jersey when you smoke 'em.
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I want to take a DX7 and recase it into an older Kraft case. That would be cool.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:44 AM
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Damn, now I wish I still had all of my old Kraft transmitters!
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Damn, now I wish I still had all of my old Kraft transmitters!
I still do! Two of them

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Here's some of my leftoversThe wind up escapement looks, and is about the size of alarm clock guts. Gave you left and right rudder.
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Ahhhhhh........ back in the 60's when radio control was really a free flight with radio interference.

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Here is my forty two year old Orbit that I purchased from Brookhurst Hobbies Anaheim, Ca. in 1970. After a nineteen year sleep starting in 1993 as an illegal wide band it now lives happily agine with about forty flights after its metamorphesus to 2.4. Originally on 72.400 a now non hobby channel.

These flights have all been with this Midwest Aristo Cat a 1965 contemperary kit that I built for this radio. All the on board electronics are modern Hitec 2.4 and while this radio is a six channel it has no modern features including endpoint or servo reversing.

Memory Lane Projects are wonderful.

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