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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    The old flying field years ago had a trash can, And there was always part of a plane in it..watching a crashed plane get field stripped can be painful to a rebuilder

    I once ended up with a Giant Stinger just because I kept trying to convince the guy not to trash it, and that he could rebuild it.. i didn't even want it, but there was to much left to let it be destroyed.


    Hopefully I didn't tell this story already on this thread :P

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    Most of the members at my club are cheap. Not me...I'm frugal !
    We had a trash can at one time and guys would race to it after someone dumped in a plane! I've done my share of stripping an unwanted hulk too!
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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    Aww come on man... we have heard of your "frugal" ways all the way down here in Maryland. Oh the hours we have talked about you. Your buddies have given you up sir....

    A recent crash victim where the plane was not found had night mares about loosing all that "valuable" equipment...(originally purchased during the Nixon Administration) I had a great big chuckle when I heard that one... He was not on my radar until that moment.


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    Most of the members at my club are cheap. Not me...I'm frugal !
    We had a trash can at one time and guys would race to it after someone dumped in a plane! I've done my share of stripping an unwanted hulk too!

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    This thread is funny, I have seen guys picking up old glow plugs and trying them out to see if they had a flight or two left in them. I had a guy try to talk me down on 72mhz receiver, from $10 to $5 and I told him I would get more satisfaction out of taking a hammer to it in front of him then letting him get a receiver I paid $100 for a few years back for 5 bucks. He looked at me like I was crazy!

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    Don't ever let this guy get near the "pay what you think it's worth table"

    He will take everything and leave $5

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

      Whhhat, leave the fallen at the site of the demise. I think not (no really usually avoid it). I would carfully bring the aircraft home then cut the tail off and pin it on the living room wall. Afterwords I'd remove cont. horns ect.. It made for a good conversation piece (oh that   it was a northstar,  radio falure,  uh ya bristol scout,  60 size eng way to big , clapped the wings together pulling out of a dive, Sig cadet,   stupit tree)
    thats workin, Woa woa woa, what, It was a ARF

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    I know a few... There is this guy that always brings crappy planes with crappy engines and always crashes them because of his crappy radio and engines. Yet he has a good 2.4 radio, he just likes his glitchy 72 better.

    Another guy, flys crappy planes, and while he dosent crash much, he is usually frowned apon. I bought my first plane from him, and it was just crap, but it flew so I guess it was ok. What is weird is that while he won't buy himself a good plane, he will easily shell out 1,000 dollars for a new 50cc airframe when his 14 year old kid crashes the most recent one.
    Trees have a tendancy to grow a few feet when airplanes try to fly over them.

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    As for myself, I will always look in the trashcans to see if there is any stuff, and go over any free stuff left on the table, but won't always take whats there.
    Trees have a tendancy to grow a few feet when airplanes try to fly over them.

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    Last weekend I brought home an old Superstar EP that had been sitting in the clubhouse for a few months.
    I'm not sure why. but it might make an interesting glow conversion.
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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    I had a friend that was so cheap, he used electrical tape from his company truck to strap on his 40 engine to the plane! Super glued the prop on the crank and taped the wings on!

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    This is a true to life story because it is my grandfather..................he was raised by his uncle because he was a complete orphan..........................he was not sent to school but he taught himself to read and write...................................then he married my grandma who like himself was an only child................they became rich in business..............so my grandpa had this habit of NOT throwing away his used toothpick but would pull out a very sharp pocket knife and shave the used toothpick and then put it back in his pocket to re-use next mealtime. Grandpa also cut the borders of newspapers so he can use the strips to write notes on. That folks is my real life grandpa. 'Nuff said. Larry.

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    Field stripping of a demised plane reminds me of buzzerds on a fresh kill.

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    You know you are cheap when you buy hair care products based on the size and the shape of the bottle. (fuel tanks)

    You know you are cheap when you save the sticks from corny dogs.

    You know you are cheap when you wash out the ketchup cups from Burger King.

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    Sounds wise and frugal, and if you want to impress you can always claim it as a GREEN, and RECYCLE thing !

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    My late grandfather taught me a thing or two about 'making do with what you have'. This was a man who made a living in the electric sign business and had lived through the great depression. He could rebuild blown out light bulbs......

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    watched a documentary one time about how the bulbs were lasting to long, so all the companies founded a group to test bulbs, and make sure nobody was building ones that lasted longer than the new short time they wanted them to last...


    Sure wish more cheap people would come in here and keep this thread going.... :P

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    Here is how things really work.

    I am sitting here contemplating fixing something that I can (and did) buy new for less than $20. I have taken it apart to find the problem (1/2 hour expended)... I found the problem, put it back together and noodled the solution (probably another 1/2 hour or more). I will have to talk to my buddies about it, get multiple opinions and then write it up on RC Universe... (at least another hour expended)

    Gather the material and tools necessary to make the repair... (another hour lost) Open the item and leave sitting on work bench as something new and urgent grabs my attention. (15minutes) Finally get back to fixing it as I need it yesterday.... parts are lost and spread around the work bench, some never to be seen again. Buy more replacement parts, put back on to-do list. (another hour) By now a year has passed, I am quite happy with the new version, the current to-do list is now relative to the distance to the moon. Total time invested 4.25 hours @ over $75/hour = $318.75 I can't just simply throw it away now... I have way too much invested in it.



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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    I am still going to build a Frankenstein plane out of crashed arf bits.. I need to get the word out I guess, I never seem to find any broken parts in the garbage anymore...

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    It seems as this is entirely an American personality trait.... I would have thought that RC builders from other parts of the world would have exhibited similar characteristics.

    Then again, the rest of the world is financially much better off and I am sure they don't need to recover the bits and pieces from crashed airplanes, or maybe they are much better pilots and don't crash to begin with... yes, that is it.

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    OK so this old wing is laying around the clubhouse and nobody... not even the cheapest RC pilot at the club wants it.. might as well put it to good use.

    More structural failure testing... how many stones do you thing it is going to take?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXD8aW-OeH0&list=UUowpVT1vZVQG8bwFAO51yHQ&index=2

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    Then, again, maybe they can't even afford to fly.

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    ORIGINAL: on_your_six

    It seems as this is entirely an American personality trait.... I would have thought that RC builders from other parts of the world would have exhibited similar characteristics.

    Then again, the rest of the world is financially much better off and I am sure they don't need to recover the bits and pieces from crashed airplanes, or maybe they are much better pilots and don't crash to begin with... yes, that is it.
    Gents,

    We Dutch modelers are realy cheapest of all. I am not extraordinary, but average.
    First look at the language, a lot of faults I think, but when you uderstand it, it's alright. Time is money


    Look at the photograph 1.
    My (second) transmitter, made in 1966 or '67. I used my first one to make this one because the transistors were very expensive in the past!! Sticks made of old tumbler and microswitches
    I lost my receivers and one servo so I needed a new one these days and built me one. Old School!

    How?
    Some pieces of epoxy circuit board, cut some fields with a knive, and soldered the components ot the top surface.

    The transistors are old germanium types. The superregeneratieve transistor, AF106 is from an old 40 years old radio tuner for example. Capacitors normaly are exchanged when reusing old radio systems. I don't, I use these again, the round blue capacitors, electrolitic are also from that 40 years old radio too.

    The four tone filter coils are as old as the way to Rome and incomplete so cheap, but, the relais are modern, from an old microwave. I adjusted the parts to make them sensitive to use, and added a third (normally closed) contact.
    The modulation transformer in the transmitter is hand made. I used an old power device transformer.
    The black coils of the tone selectiv filters are hand made too. Total amount of windings? About 1300 windings in the transformer and 400 in each coil of the receiver so 1600, is totall about 3000 windings, added some 150 of the squelch and receiver coils in the receiver.
    Servo's? Two old Simprop Tiny proportional servos, electronics removed and switches installed, made of a small fortune (LOL) of real silver wire.
    A lot of resistors and diodes are of scrap circuit boards of a telephone and radio.

    So, what do I have, for nearly nothing an investment?

    A four channel double simultaneous transitter and superregenerative receiver with relais output and two double channel centralizing servo's,
    Current draw of the transmitter, about 35 mA at 12 VDC and te receiver, 10 a 30 mA depending of the signals I transmit.
    Servos? Depending on load 50 a 100 mA for the short moments otherwise 0 mA. Accupacks? cheap NiHi for many many hours of control pleasure.

    Range, tested 860 meters, at ground surfac, but restricted by circumstances, probably more than 1000 m. In the air.... at least a mile,maybe two.

    Most interesting fact,
    All modelers are hopping around in a small 2.4 GHz RF radiobox with complicated radios, capable of control 50 airplanes each.

    I built for the same money 50 radios I can use in the rest of the radiospectrum!!

    Picture 2? The circuit bard of my new radio. A RF tube used of an old tv set, ECC83, Google for that. If I have one moment of a glitch I blow it away with an second cheap scrath built converter to have some 100 VDC added to the already existing 100 VDC plate tension.


    Photograph 3, cost reduction by using second hand plywood of a playing board of the kids, to make the transmiter casings

    Power too the people,
    Have fun.


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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    Sir it is a pleasure to receive your short wave CW broadcast... I am pretty sure, it took about a year at 1 bit per second to broad cast that to the internet.

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    RE: Cheapest RC Pilot Out There

    Even my "new" transmitter cost me a little "bit" each day to have fun with is after about 35 years, on_your_six
    Oh that engine was given to me, the owner couldn't handle it. the plane is scratch built.

    Merry Christmas

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    thats workin, Woa woa woa, what, It was a ARF


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