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Old Mar 15, 2015, 03:12 AM
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Who is old? The 40 years was round figures. I started at least 48 years ago.

My first TX was a single channel one with one button. One click for left and two for right and we sometimes missed the right turn. Just had to click it at the right speed.

My transmitter had batteries that were so heavy the battery box and transmitter sat on the ground with a 9 foot antenna.

Then I got my first 4 channel basic Futaba which cost around $420 when I was getting about $10 a week. (might have been $20 to $40 by then)

So no one can complain about the cost of transmitters, receivers and servos these days. How time flies.

Wish I had an AXN 48 years ago. (foam was not invented - it was all balsa and tissue paper and dope - sola film soon after)
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Old Mar 15, 2015, 01:10 PM
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Who is old? The 40 years was round figures. I started at least 48 years ago.

My first TX was a single channel one with one button. One click for left and two for right and we sometimes missed the right turn. Just had to click it at the right speed.

My transmitter had batteries that were so heavy the battery box and transmitter sat on the ground with a 9 foot antenna.

Then I got my first 4 channel basic Futaba which cost around $420 when I was getting about $10 a week. (might have been $20 to $40 by then)

So no one can complain about the cost of transmitters, receivers and servos these days. How time flies.

Wish I had an AXN 48 years ago. (foam was not invented - it was all balsa and tissue paper and dope - sola film soon after)
I think my first transmitter was a 2 channel Heathkit that I built my self. Had to wind up a big rubber band for servo power and only had rudder and elevator. An .049 motor that ran wide open until out of gas then you glided in. If you ran out of rubber band before fuel you chased it. Climbed a lot of trees in those days.

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Old Mar 21, 2015, 03:16 PM
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I put the wing tips back on my AXN and took it slope soaring the other day. It actually flew pretty good. Will have to try the BF109 next time haha
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Old Mar 22, 2015, 08:26 PM
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Ok, It's ready to maiden!

I finally decided on witch receiver/tx system to use and finished up the Clouds Fly this evening. I am using the FrSky non telemetry system here I think it's the V8DRF receiver that came with my FrSky DJT transmitter module for the 9X. It has diversity antennas which you can see on the bottom of the fuselage just behind the wing. I cut a door under the wing on the left side and the receiver is mounted there. Stock Motor and servos. I am also building 2 Bixlers. One will be stock and the other a full dedicated long range FPV plane. I thought this plane would be a good trainer and I will add lights for night flying which is always fun when I go camping.

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