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Old Mar 26, 2015, 07:02 PM
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Would any of you elder timers know if any one is still making escapements for rc?
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Old Mar 26, 2015, 08:28 PM
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Every great once in a while I'll see one on eBay. I'm pretty sure nobody makes escapements anymore, let alone know what it is! I make a rc airplane using an escapement back in the mid 60's when I was a 8th grader. I even built the receiver too! Being self taught with no adult help, my successes for rc were very limited at best. Nowadays you can almost be braindead to get an rc airplane to fly!
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Old Mar 26, 2015, 08:47 PM
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Boy ,the part about brain dead is true. We seem to have no shortage.I was flying back then also . Hey , just compare the cost of back then to now. It would take almost 3 hundred back then ,to just get in the air.I also learned on rudder only,single channel.A lotta disappointment, but when you finally succeeded there was joy.Man an .049 could really get going.
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Old Mar 26, 2015, 08:56 PM
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At a mere 68 I only "heard" about escapements.

But I may actually have some in an obscure place IF I can still remember where that is.

Several moves have disrupted their hiding place so gimme a bit of time to poke around.

I started modeling with a Cleveland Condor then a RED HEAD 35 U-Controler
and eventually an RC while in Thailand using a Logictrol on 27mhz.

Escapements were still on sale over there as well as Galloping Glitch but I refrained
and went for the Logictrol vs a kit built MAN , Cannon or similar.

I still have it too :-=)))
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Old Mar 26, 2015, 09:49 PM
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Everyone of sound mind escaped from escapements just as soon as they could.
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Old Mar 27, 2015, 04:33 AM
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I sent a few to the AMA Museum.

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Old Mar 27, 2015, 07:13 AM
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You could try asking in the Vintage and Old Timer forum. They're most likely lads to take your question seriously. http://www.rcgroups.com/vintage-and-...r-designs-209/

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Old Mar 27, 2015, 07:49 AM
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Gosh , I’ve got some butt banger actuators (Ace) , but none of the old rubber powered escapements ... Thank Goodness we’ve come so far (far away from those darn things ) ... we used to dream of radio gear that is common now ...
And in the best spirit of the Old Timers , if you couldn’t buy it , you made it !!! ... shouldn’t be difficult to whip up a rudimentary escapement ..
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Old Mar 27, 2015, 09:07 AM
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Here's some of my old stuff from way back. Not for sale.
A wind up, spring wound escapement. A little on the heavy side. Used to make small actuators, and you could probably use today on Galloping Ghost by getting a small relay and soldering a brass strip to the moveable part. Hook a pushrod to it, to the rudder and your good to go. Had a small 24 in ws plane with this using the Otarion rcvr.
Many more challenges back then.

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Old Mar 27, 2015, 12:12 PM
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Would any of you elder timers know if any one is still making escapements for rc?
Ok fellas, I'm intrigued!! I am just getting into RC at age 57 and have no idea what an "escapement" is. I would love to know...

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Old Mar 27, 2015, 12:37 PM
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Prehistoric servos.
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Old Mar 27, 2015, 01:07 PM
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Ok fellas, I'm intrigued!! I am just getting into RC at age 57 and have no idea what an "escapement" is. I would love to know...

Mikey
Here's a good video explanation - thank goodness those days are over. Valve receiver = tubes in US speak.

Vintage Elmic and ED SIngle Channel model RC Escapement Rigs. (2 min 34 sec)


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Old Mar 27, 2015, 02:31 PM
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Here's a good video explanation - thank goodness those days are over. Valve receiver = tubes in US speak.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpJZacj2v-w

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Wow!! After seeing this, it really makes one truely thankful for all the new technology we have now. Although I would venture to say, I bet they were just as enthusiastic about the escapement technology as I am with my new digital transmitter!!

Awesome, thanks all for the wonderful history lesson...
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Old Mar 27, 2015, 02:35 PM
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Here's a written explanation from Radio Control Handbook, H.G. McEnee, 1954.
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Old Mar 27, 2015, 02:46 PM
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Goebelmj, fyi, after escapements, came reed systems and 'galloping ghost', whichafter the modern digital/analog RC systems followed. The reed and galloping ghost systems were also finicky in there own ways. Yep, the modern programmable digital system is by far a lot easier and lighter.
Oh, here's the 2nd page I meant to post... darn computer!
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