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Old 07-28-2017, 03:52 PM
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That's cool. I envy you. Thanks for sharing that. How are you doing the throttle, (three line handle) or RC?
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Old 07-29-2017, 06:56 AM
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Hi Tom
I control the throttle by RC. I use an inexpensive 3 channel RC car radio from Hobby King. I put a hatch in the bottom of the fuselage as far back as I can get the equipment to fit. Since an RC engine is heaver than a CL engine the weight in the back helps with the CG. I use a 250 mAh 2 cell LiPO battery. The car transmitter has a trigger control on the throttle so I simply hold the transmitter in my left hand and the control line handle in my right. Easy to get used to. For a profile model such as my Banshee, I install a hatch between 2 ribs about half way out on the right wing. the weight of the radio stuff eliminates the need to put in a tip weight. I install a cable in a tube between the servo and the carb on the engine.
I chose to use the radio approach as it's pretty simple and I didn't want to buy a new Roberts control handle / bellcrank setup and also deal with the additional weight and drag of the third line.

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Old 07-29-2017, 01:28 PM
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Hey steve, by the way welcome to the forum. Definitely could use some more throttle devotees here. Those endless touch and goes, what fun man. I fly a Magician (OS .40FP) and a Kaos (OS.35AX) originally with a trigger grip over the wire system but now 2.4 is much better. Because I need the free hand for maneuvering my wheel chair I use a two stick tranny hanging backwards so I can make the throttle changes when needed.

My newly minted controlline buddy also uses 2.4 but does like you with a pistol grip tranny.

I just finished the refurbishment of a Skylark that belonged to a friend many years ago, It
likely had a Fox before but I thought a nice little Saito .30 may work out. Any way will do the maiden in he morning.

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Old 08-21-2017, 07:05 AM
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Cox PT 19 for Christmas in 1972 when I was 12. I would love to get one on E-bay but always get out bid.
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:41 AM
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Actually had a dream about that. I didn't have one, but learned on my friend's. He was a good sport when I crashed.
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P-40 purchased at Disneyland in 1959...age 10.
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P-40 purchased at Disneyland in 1959...age 10.
Guessing you're talking about a Cox demo circle that was there to introduce C/L to the general public. Only know about it through Model Aviation mag. I was never there - it was too far away and was probably long gone by the time I came around.

Remembering a Cox PT-19 being used to introduce newbies to control-line at the Transpo Airshow at the then - very new - Dulles International Airport all the way on the other side of the country in the early '70's - also a guy flying a huge, C-124 Globemaster (IIRC) - 4 engines running and holding on to the handle with both hands while leaning back at an incredible angle. At the opposite end of the scale concerning line tension - also remember a demo of the then new, Art Scholl rendition of the Pee Wee .020-powered Cox Pitts Special which I thought flew well enough in mid-afternoon winds to want one.

Were they flying P-40's at Disneyland that day? Were you invited to fly anything while you were there? Do you still have or fly the P-40?

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There's U-Tube of the Disneyland flying circle action somewhere on the web. Saw it recently...

A member of my CL Club, Cholla Choppers of Tucson, flew for Disneyland for a while, Yeah, he was much younger then. So were we all.

Bart is most likely one of the featured Disneyland fliers in the U-Tube, but I don't recall it naming the guys. Interesting stuff, anyway.
They had practically a 'factory racing team' setup going. Always planes that started and flew (or were quickly replaced by one that did.)
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