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Old Oct 28, 2014, 03:57 AM
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Crystal ball department - give the man a prize!

Indulging in one of my favourite ways of wasting building time this morning, browsing old magazines, I chanced to pick out the very first issue of Radio Modeller, dated January 1966. The magazine was started by Norman Butcher and Dave Hughes who had edited the old "Model Aircraft" mag upto the previous month when Percival Marshall sold it to "Aeromodeller" who promptly closed it down of course!

The item that caught my eye was a letter from John Crampton, a well known modeller of the time, the latter part of which is shown in the attached PDF. It described his unsuccessful attempts to produce a R/C autogyro, but the part that interested me was about his R/C electric flight experiments. It was his concluding paragraph which prompted me to post this, he said:

"This, however, is by no means the end of the story. there's plenty of development in hand. We can now press on and eventually we will see the most delightful, little, radio controlled, electric powered models flying silently around. They will probably be plastic and come packed in those gorgeous coloured boxes with cellophane windows!"

Viewed from almost fifty years later when full house RTF Spitfires and P-51s of 16" span and less are available to all for almost trivial sums, this is a staggeringly good piece of prediction. Especially when you remember that the normal reed or proportional outfit of the time weighed in at anything up to a pound and a half!
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Old Oct 28, 2014, 08:15 AM
So I'M meant to be in control?
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Definitely an uncanny prediction - even to the marketing facet of the packaging!

Much more accurate than the forecasts made on Tomorrow's World in the late 60s - I'm still waiting for my jet pack, or the car that folds up into a suitcase.....
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Old Oct 28, 2014, 01:35 PM
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Morbid, wasn't he ?



An uncannily accurate prediction though
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Old Oct 28, 2014, 04:51 PM
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Much more accurate than the forecasts made on Tomorrow's World in the late 60s - I'm still waiting for my jet pack, or the car that folds up into a suitcase.....
Not to mention the infrastructure, meant to develop and become refined to perfection.....
...nor do we wear cloaks....

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Old Oct 28, 2014, 05:38 PM
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Not to mention the infrastructure, meant to develop and become refined to perfection.....
...nor do we wear cloaks....

The space ships aren't too far from the mark really,
.....BUT mail!
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Old Oct 28, 2014, 06:07 PM
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1966?!?! Doesn't he know that electric flight wasn't patented until 1976???? (US Patent 3957230)

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Old Oct 28, 2014, 06:08 PM
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What would it mean to "go postal" with an interplanetary postal system?!?!?

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Old Oct 28, 2014, 07:09 PM
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1966?!?! Doesn't he know that electric flight wasn't patented until 1976???? (US Patent 3957230)

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Never get between a US "inventor" and a bucket of money!

The biggest impediment to free trade is the US patent office.
Patents are granted in the USA that would never be patentable in any other country.

....and they allow claims to be revised just before grant to cover any improvements a competitor might have made.
No other country allows this!!!
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Old Oct 29, 2014, 08:17 AM
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The late (Squadron Leader) John Crampton was an interesting character and I always enjoyed reading his occasional magazine articles especially the one about flying a much modified Super 60 seaplane around the Isle of Wight

Well worth Googling his obituary for a read.

Talking about wasting building time; in an idle moment this morning I happened to read, for the first time, the directions on the back of a bottle of Titebond glue. It says "clamp for 30 minutes and do not stress joint for 24 hours" Now I normally just clamp the parts together overnight so is there any good reason to release after half an hour and then leave for 24 hours before handling.


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Old Oct 29, 2014, 09:54 AM
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Patents are granted in the USA that would never be patentable in any other country.
Such as the patent for the comb-over hairstyle.

http://www.google.com/patents/US4022227

I'm glad you live in a perfect country They'd never allow a silly patent:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/...australia.html

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Old Oct 29, 2014, 02:25 PM
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Yes, I understood we would all be wearing silver suits by now?
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Old Oct 29, 2014, 02:57 PM
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You mean you're not....??????
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Old Oct 29, 2014, 04:09 PM
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In a not too distant past, THIS was The Future.....
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Old Oct 29, 2014, 07:05 PM
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Such as the patent for the comb-over hairstyle.

http://www.google.com/patents/US4022227

I'm glad you live in a perfect country They'd never allow a silly patent:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/...australia.html

Andy
Actually an "Innovation" patent is not real patent it is more like a registered design - it protects the appearance of the wheel, not the wheel itself.
It's just intended to stop identical copies.
As a patent it's pretty useless, although it can be used as evidence of prior art to stop trolls from grabbing a concept and sitting on it.
But I agree, Australia is not without it's crazy inventors, it's just that we don't generally grant them real patents.
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