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01-14-2010 06:26 PM  8 years agoPost 1
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I just got this from an estate this morning, pretty cool huh?
Talk about kicking it old school

The Citizen radio looks NEW in the box!! So is one of the actuators!
Those two I think I am going to keep!

The old white ace servos I would sell for 2 bucks each and the green Mc radio I plan on selling too.

Post your pics of your old radio gear if ya got it!

Before there were servos....

Reciever for the green radio

Which is worse, ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care!

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01-14-2010 07:03 PM  8 years agoPost 2
krashtagain

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That's some ooooooold gear . What's the time era ?

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01-14-2010 07:22 PM  8 years agoPost 3
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Dunno, I would just be guessing, there is no date in the instructions, but considering the color of the box, I think the radios are probably 1950s or maybe 60s?
I haven't yet been able to find anything on the net about them..

I am sure the white ace servos aren't that old..

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01-14-2010 07:39 PM  8 years agoPost 4
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Great find. Do yourself a favor. If you ever plan on selling it, dont do anying to it. I have seen more vintage stuff ruined because somone tried to "clean it."

-Steve

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01-14-2010 07:42 PM  8 years agoPost 5
spiacro

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WOW!!! What great history there.!


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01-14-2010 07:45 PM  8 years agoPost 6
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Your right, this stuff will be sold "as-is".
It was kept in a drawer so its pretty clean. The 2 free flight kits I got were in perfect shape

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01-14-2010 08:16 PM  8 years agoPost 7
jgunpilot

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I've got my first tube operated MaRCTone transmitter and receiver sitting on a shelf in my office right now to remind me of how hard it used to be. The receiver used a 45V drycell and 8 AA batteries.

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01-14-2010 09:52 PM  8 years agoPost 8
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The radios are late 50', early 60's, as are the escapements. I was messing around with single channel tone transmitters, receivers, and escapements at the ripe old age of about 10, and that was 46 years ago.

I have a drawer full of the ACE R/C commander servos, probably 20 or 25. They date from about 1976/1980. For the day and their size, they were a decent servo.

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01-14-2010 10:23 PM  8 years agoPost 9
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Any idea what the brown servos are?

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01-14-2010 10:40 PM  8 years agoPost 10
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The linear ones in the left picture look like Heathkit servos, I think.

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01-14-2010 11:20 PM  8 years agoPost 11
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pretty cool!

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01-15-2010 12:21 AM  8 years agoPost 12
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Hughes500Pilot, do you have more pictures of your collection?

Avant RC
Scorpion Power Systems
Thunder Power RC
Kontronik Drives

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01-15-2010 12:32 AM  8 years agoPost 13
Yug

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I love the early valve radio gear and it holds a special place in my heart. Anyone remember the unique smell of that stuff ?

Then there were reed relays. thank heavens it's now 2010

Vegetable rights and Peace

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01-15-2010 02:25 AM  8 years agoPost 14
TMoore

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The brown linear servos look like PCS servos which were based on Kraft mechanics.

Jack Albrecht from Airtronics will know because he used to work with Phil Kraft and Cliff Wierick.

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01-15-2010 02:31 AM  8 years agoPost 15
flawless1

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Look where we are now!!! What will be next?

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01-15-2010 03:04 AM  8 years agoPost 16
TMoore

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If only I could share.

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01-15-2010 03:11 AM  8 years agoPost 17
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CJAMES I have to agree those servos are either Kraft or Heath kit.

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01-15-2010 03:15 AM  8 years agoPost 18
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Yep, my first transmitter had a slew of controls . ON/OFF and a PUSHBUTTON ! Push once and hold for left turn, push twice and hold for right turn. Not much flying skill required, just good setup and trim.
Too lose altitude you just held it in a turn.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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01-15-2010 03:22 AM  8 years agoPost 19
steve9534

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Steve
Beautiful collection you have. That reed Tx with the orange flag looks like my first radio. I can't even remember who made it Controlaire or World maybe??? I also had a Kraft single stick at one time. Thanks for the pics. steve.

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01-15-2010 05:53 AM  8 years agoPost 20
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Too bad we don't have nice, refined linear servos today. Love seeing this old gear, though. Always fascinating.

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