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Old Aug 01, 2007, 11:27 AM
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The good old times

Hello to ALL from Zor,

This thread is being initiated for all model aircraft hobbyist that would wish to remember "the good old days".

You are invited to post your experiences of the past and decorate this thread with any pictures you feel are relevant to "the good old days".

Here are examples . . . . . . . .

The first three pictures are from a home made transmitter using old self centering switches from old telephone switchboard.

The fourth picture is of a home made "reed relay" using a strong permanent magnet. The reeds are made of Gillette razor blades.

More pictures are available if anyone is interested. Just ask.
Want to see a home made receiver all hand wired (no pcboard in those days)?

Have fun,

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Old Aug 01, 2007, 12:26 PM
SEC
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That's awsome Zor!

Love to see more.
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Old Aug 01, 2007, 04:48 PM
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That's awsome Zor!

Love to see more.
Hi SEC,

Wonder if you are an old timer.

This transmitter reflects the pioneeing days of RC.
I have more pictures of the reed relay. I will wait a day or so and find out if there is more interest in this thread.

Thanks for your interest.

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Old Aug 01, 2007, 11:40 PM
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More pics

Here is a couple more pics of that reed relay.

Size wise, the base is 1 X 1 5/8 inch.
The width of the reeds is 3/32 inch. and there is eight reeds.
Frequency used 400 to 750 hertz every 50 hertz apart.

Proportional control is the rate and duration of manually handling the switches on the transmitter. Proportional these days is a breeze.

Zor


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Old Aug 02, 2007, 06:59 AM
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Back in the early 60s, I used to watch those early RC models fly. I flew control line stunt at the time. I thought RC was boring. Boy have things changed !!!
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Old Aug 02, 2007, 07:54 AM
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I've got a small collection of old stuff including an add-on to convert a reed Tx to single stick! I'll pull it out and get some photos as soon as I get back from vacation.
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Old Aug 02, 2007, 07:54 AM
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Back in the early 60s, I used to watch those early RC models fly. I flew control line stunt at the time. I thought RC was boring. Boy have things changed !!!
Hello "TomCrump",

Thanks for posting.
Flying control line in the 60s was also some of my activities although I was more keen on RC experimentations.

I will shortly post a picture of an all aluminium control line powered by a diesel engine. I have to clean it up before taking a picture. It has been sitting in my basement for over 40 years .

It was "undestructible" . Made of "alclad alloy", the same stuff used on skins of real airplanes. It was a little heavy for its size, 20" / 22" wing span. Many loops ending in the ground just to fly again a minute later. A home made aluminium prop could be straigtened out in seconds.

Not so much fun these days when crashing an ARF or RTF that falls into dozens of pieces.

Hope you can post some pictures of "the good old days".

My best regards to you TomCrump.

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Old Aug 02, 2007, 08:06 AM
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I've got a small collection of old stuff including an add-on to convert a reed Tx to single stick! I'll pull it out and get some photos as soon as I get back from vacation.
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Hello Walt Thyng,

I am very anxious to see that.
Hope you have a great and safe vacation.

See you on your return.

All the best from Zor
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Old Aug 02, 2007, 08:40 AM
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Old Aug 02, 2007, 09:49 AM
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Reliability ! ! ?

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Old Aug 02, 2007, 12:06 PM
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holy crap...thats amazing, i love electronics but you have a lot of knowledge that most people take for granted. however all that aside i was wondering if you have
any pictures preferably plans of one of those old airplanes? i would like a plane that wont fall into a million pieces but isnt foam. thanks
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Old Aug 02, 2007, 12:43 PM
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Old Aug 03, 2007, 07:05 AM
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You guys with Reeds..... Wishing I had that kind of equipment as I wound my rubber band escapement.
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Old Aug 03, 2007, 11:15 AM
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This thread makes me wonder what will modeling be like in...40 years from now.

Mind Controled planes, made of I don't know what new material, powered by 20 000w new batteries with receivers as big as a stamp?

Anyway seeing what it was helps me understand what it has become.

Thanks Zor
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Old Aug 03, 2007, 11:45 AM
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