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Posted by hobiepilot | Feb 01, 2018 @ 05:26 PM | 2,564 Views
Hi everyone!
I've been a reader of many bits here on the forums, and finding good information without even loggin in. So I've not been a seriously active member here, and don't have enough time to post many messages to the forums. I have helped many in the R/C hobby.. for a long time now. My first R/C plane was a Goldberg Skylane 42, with a Golden Bee. I had to buy kits for the radios, because my paper route didn't make me very much money. Despite that, in today's dollars, I had the equivalent of $1200 invested.. in a single channel rig with rudder only, and a rubber band powered escapement. My World Engines Mule transmitter kit didn't work when assembled. Really hard to find highly experienced 15 year old electronic technicians back then. (But the super-regen receiver DID work fine.. at picking up every CB radio within 5 miles. So I borrowed a Citizens-Ship transmitter. The batteries cost $60 as I recall in 1966 dollars!! They were needed to operate the vacuum tubes inside the 15 lb transmitter. With all of that "technology".. who would have guessed, the planes usually just flew away.. and a bunch of kids and I would track them down, thru cornfields and bean fields. Once the Skylane caught a good thermal, and ended up in power lines 8 miles away. And I got it back!!! Well, I could bore all of you with stories from the good ole days.. but I'm pretty sure no one will read this anyway.

I did work at a great hobby shop for several years in High...Continue Reading