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Old 06-17-2010, 11:58 AM
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my very first system was a Kraft 2 channel with dual sticks. came with a cox cessna trainer with a 049 engine.
Old 06-17-2010, 12:06 PM
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Futaba 7FG/K FM. S128 servos.
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Mine was a single-channel escapement, long before Kraft was around.
Old 06-17-2010, 01:11 PM
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heathkit 8 channel - not only did I get to fly, I got to build the radio, too! 1973
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World Engines 6 channel, a long time ago.

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Old 06-17-2010, 01:57 PM
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Also a World Engines 6 ch, got it for Christmas 1974
Old 06-17-2010, 02:01 PM
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MRC 3 channel 1974
Old 06-17-2010, 02:13 PM
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World Radio Blue Max 4 channel kit radio. Built the radio and all the servos. Later I bought a Competition Series Single Stick 6 channel Pro-Line and two RX. One RX has never been used. I also have an Ace Silver Seven Single Stick I built from a kit along with all the servos, but have not flow that system but 5 times.
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The Blue Max was 1970 and the Pro-Line was 1971 version.
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First RC was self made Heathkit (don't remember how many channels- year 1971) with 3 huge servos (motor, rudder, elevator)! Progressed to a Cirrus (actually a Futaba or forerunner of Futaba?) 6 channel with servo reversing. Still have the radio and it still works! Nope, don't use it- just take it out once in a while just for memories of the good old days.
Heathkit is long gone. [&o]
Old 06-17-2010, 04:33 PM
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Royal 4 channel built from a kit.
good radio...........less than half the cost of a PCS
Old 06-17-2010, 04:50 PM
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Mine was a Berkley Aerotrol kit in 1950.
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FP-4TL, AM. It uses alkaline batteries.
S28 servos, they center better than my 3004's.
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:10 PM
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In the mid 60s I built a single channel escapement system from a kit, I don't remember what brand. Push once, left rudder, release and return to neutral. Push twice, right rudder, etc. Escapement was powered by a wound up rubber band.

The plane it was in flew off into the sunset (literally) on the first attempt and we never saw it again. Back to U-control.

Next try was in the early '70s with a pulse proportional system, single channel, this time the plane landed on a neighbor's roof. Back to U-control (again).

Finally in the early '90s I bought a Futaba FP radio and was able to actually make the airborne plane respond to inputs, up to that point everything had been free-flight. Even though radio gear was installed it had no effect.

It probably would have been easier if I had had a little money to spend on decent radio equipment.

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Old 06-17-2010, 06:20 PM
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My first was a Kraft 2 ch, in the new plastic case, brand new off the line (literaly off the line my mother was an engineer for Kraft.) This was about 1982.
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You've have the coolest mom in the world! An engineer, AND with RC radios? Wow.

My mom made chicken soup.
Old 06-17-2010, 08:09 PM
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Futaba T6XH FM. Still working and in use.
Old 06-17-2010, 08:19 PM
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MRC 4 channel with the white transmitter. The receiver made it through four crashes when I was learning to fly before it quit working. Actually the four crashes was my first four flights. That hurt!!
Old 06-17-2010, 08:22 PM
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First Radio was a Single Channel (Carrier Wave)
Citizenship FL27 TX on 27.255 mh one handed flashlight like only square, so you could hand launch and had a 3 foot 1/8 music wire antenna. Lotsa Batteries like 2 ea, 67.5 volt, 1 ea 15 volt and a 1.5 volt filiment battery.

Matching Citizenship Rx with a rubber band powered escapement. RX was of gas tube and was suspended per four rubberbands from each corner. Also lotsa batteries. A, B and C.

No throttle so you flew till it quit or crashed.
No Instructors just maybe a buddy and neither of you really knew how to fly R/C.

Lotsa fly aways - most always !

Oh, Yeah you needed a FCC issued Citizen Band Licence which was free in those days. Call letters and all.
Old 06-17-2010, 08:27 PM
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World Models 5 channel! 1976! Boy how the world has changed...

Also kinda kewl to see a few other World Model users have posted!

Later,

Ed

Old 06-17-2010, 09:10 PM
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Ace 7 ch built from kit as well as seven servos, don't know to this day why I went to the trouble of building seven servos. Still have it, but not working. Learned alot with that radio. Put it in a Ace High. Basicaly a 049 powered glider, two channel.
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Heathkit GD-19 built from a kit in 1969. 5 channels, huge KPS-9 servos, on 27 Mhz. When the CB craze hit a few years later, flying on 27 Mhz was risky.
Old 06-17-2010, 09:51 PM
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A tube Wag reciever and ground base transmitter working off 132V converter that would make the hair stand up on your arm if you got too close when I keyed it.
All stuffed into a Rudder Bug with Bonner s/n escapement...Rudder only.
When Bonner came out with the Varicomp escapement I used the s/n for throttle control............hi & low with a tin can flapper over the intake.
I thought to myself......it can't get any better then this??? Around 1957
Old 06-17-2010, 10:20 PM
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Futaba Skysport-4 FM. Not as vintage
Old 06-17-2010, 10:28 PM
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Early 1969 World Engines Blue Max. I flew off the steel reinforced runways at Lowry AFB and the Blue Max couldn't deal with the environment. Cost me 3 Ugly Stiks before i gave up and bought a Kraft Series 70 4 channel. Came with KPS-12 servos I believe, the small ones. Worked beautifully, still have the radio and still works fine tho not legal anymore. I had several models of the Kraft radios thru the 70s, good luck with all of them. Switched to Futaba Competition 7 in late 70s, have been flying various Futaba systems ever since.

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