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Dec 14, 2019, 06:09 PM
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Dec 14, 2019, 06:16 PM
Brighto?
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Ok Scott, it's yours. See my PM.
Dec 14, 2019, 06:42 PM
Who let the dogs out?
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Well that's a bummer. Need to login to see it. Is that the mystery solved?
It was a post I made on RCMF Scott, a joke:

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For sale: Sanwa Sabre 2, only used once, modified for enhanced optics
Low budget props on Star Trek! (0 min 55 sec)


Sorry about the quality, I took it with my phone camera

Cheers
Phil
Dec 14, 2019, 06:45 PM
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Wow Mike! Did you really have 4 of those? They went in the blink of an eye. I'm glad I got one. I'll restore/convert it and probably end up giving it away
Dec 14, 2019, 06:55 PM
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Sure did. Holy mackerel did they go fast!

Now what to do with all those KPS-15's.
Dec 14, 2019, 07:02 PM
ZR, OOS in a trash lifter
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The Orbit Hawk II also known as the Orbit Compact 3 channel was never released. It used the same board from the earlier Orbit 3 channel Hawk that came in a plastic case. They were on the production line when Orbit closed. Millcot bought out the Orbit stock, and sold a few of these 3 channels before Ted Hollow threatened to sue them over it because he had purchased the Orbit name. There were enough parts to build about 75 of these radios according to Hugh Millgan, who owned Millcot. He eventually did sell some of them under the "Specialist" name, with different electronics which included a mixer for elevons; it was sold a a glider/sailplane radio.

Cannon moved to Henderson Nevada, and continued to produce micro radios on special order. Although he did update his systems to 1991 narrow band specifications, he never made the switch to FM, and only produced AM radios. By the mid 1990s demand for his radio systems dwindled. Sometime after the millenium, he finally quit making radios but continued to service them for many years. I believe he passed away around 2007/8, survived by Charlene (Charlie) his beautiful wife.

KPS-15s have to hold the record for the greatest amount produced of any made in USA servo.
Dec 14, 2019, 07:06 PM
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Airtronics


For Jay...There isn't a scratch on it. It came in a box (not original one) so has been protected. I don't think it ever flew. This receipt was in there too
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Dec 14, 2019, 07:10 PM
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KPS-15s have to hold the record for the greatest amount produced of any made in USA servo.
I prefer the KPS-15H, a much higher speed servo. Is there a mod to make the regular KPS-15II faster?
Dec 14, 2019, 09:16 PM
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Anyone have one of these laying around? It's an Orbit 4-8 "digital", a second generation from the Space Control/Orbitrol. Although it's 4 channel, the board is the same for the 6-12. I'd like to upgrade this to 2.4 to replicate my first RC airplane, a Dmeco Cub, OS .19 and Orbitrol. Can the board be used or is Arduino a better option?
Dec 14, 2019, 10:22 PM
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It was a post I made on RCMF Scott, a joke:



https://youtu.be/2EGxwUil530

Sorry about the quality, I took it with my phone camera

Cheers
Phil
Looks like Chakotay had the pared down 'camera'.

Can't fool us R/Cers!

Good, more Orbit and Cannon info.
Dec 14, 2019, 11:02 PM
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Mike, The board could be used. I don't know your background but Jay or Cal could go thru it for you and make sure its tuned and working. Either of them could also add a 2.4 module.

I think you should do the Arduino. Its more reliable and offers some basic features you will appreciate. Then you also put a small LiPo in there and save weight. Arduino and modern 2.4 will draw around 50 mAh. A small 500 2cell will obviously last a long time.

Just some thoughts...
Dec 14, 2019, 11:05 PM
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Arduino and modern 2.4 will draw around 50 mAh.
You mean 50 mA or is it 50mAh per hour?
Dec 14, 2019, 11:10 PM
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50 milliamps per hour. I guess technically 50 mAh is a capacity. Sorry for the slip.

The Engineer in me should write 50 mA/h

For the other radio nerds, I leave the Lipo's in my restored radios around storage charge. I know I can pick them up anytime and take them flying. I usually only fly 3-4 flights a day so it barely scratches their capacity. Then I just put them back to storage charge and forget them
Dec 14, 2019, 11:49 PM
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Message for Mike about Orbit


Hi Mike,
I did an Orbit analog 2.4 GHz conversion recently for Bob Bucher. Back in the day they were commonly referred to as an Orbitrol which was a combination of the names Space Control and Orbit. The digital single stick used the same case and joystick, just different electronics.

Look for the Space Control and Orbitrol history in the upcoming issues of Model Aviotion in Bob Nolls Vintage Viewpoint Column.
Last edited by jmendoza; Dec 15, 2019 at 03:46 AM.
Dec 15, 2019, 04:30 AM
My 1st R/C had 2 valves !
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Orbit/Cannon/Millcott.


Thanks Jay, I thought you would have the answers....

There are a couple of pics of the Millcott/Orbit 3 in the R/C-HoF.

Scott, do you think you can find one of these for your collection?..


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