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Feb 01, 2018, 05:26 PM
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New Old Guy?? LOL


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 School, helping many get into the hobby. I got 2 other guys to also build a big order, and we all assembled World Engines proportional outfits while in Vietnam! My Hawk 460.. was the first plane, that would do it all, without failures. Inverted flight? SURE!! Wow.. pretty cool when it all worked like it was designed to do! Later I formed a club and taught 80% of the member to fly and build. Well today.. just getting back into the hobby from a long break, I'm trading in my IC engines and big kits for LiPos and brushless motors.. and they are getting smaller.. and slower.. so the grand-kids can keep up with them. The day will probably arrive, when they find drones instead. And I'll cut them out of my will! LOL Just kidding...

So.. if anyone out there has a 6 channel reed "on the fritz", or needs to know how to tune a radio.. or make Galloping Ghost actually work.. I'll recommend a good shrink instead. I may need one too, having bought one each of most of the old radios I had way back when. It's been one amazingly interesting and rewarding hobbies.. and still kicking!! It's just amazing to have a servo in a blister pack, where the bubble and the cardboard weighs significantly more than the servo!! Cool stuff!!

Best Wishes to all... Jerry
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