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09-02-2013 03:53 PM  5 years agoPost 41
RGorham

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Terry,

Another great find on the MAN magazine. Love it!

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09-02-2013 04:28 PM  5 years agoPost 42
spiderco

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I had a couple of those X-cell bent frames back in the days, great helicopters.

fly til its dry

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09-02-2013 04:37 PM  5 years agoPost 43
dkshema

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what is the heli on the cover "firing" a bunch of rockets?
Artist's rendition of a BO-105 with rocket pods?

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09-02-2013 08:44 PM  5 years agoPost 44
GREYEAGLE

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It was Nut's Crazy - I gave up on em maybe 1980 ?? . Working all nite making blades and wrapping and balancing with contact shelf paper. Adjusting the pitch on a Cricket with crescent wrench's. Having a pocket of teeter spring's . Knowing sooner or later the technology would catch up I'm sure I have old photo's that may have a date on the back : We used Film Camera's

When most of the blades of the day where used up - we would swap with each other in the field : That one is looking pretty close

The best thing we had for a programed radio was a Y- Connector - Literally flying the rudder with your tongue just right - using mechanical mixer's. It was pretty Hilarious ! If you new some one that had a Mechanical gyro either he was RICH or Stole it from NASA.
Then with the battery's you could not pick it up

You did use some thing pretty close too a Foo- Sheild - The back of the truck Or let them bounce off the House.

The best I Ever pulled off -Was tanking up with a Load of COX Missile Mist - in One of the Cricket's. 40 % Nitro - It flew !!!

It went sky ward !!!! - At about 100 Yard's up in the sky the Motor Locked up Solid. I had No clue what the heck I was doing

I guess the First - Non - Rotation Non Auto:

We had cramp's for day's after that one

A Day later with a little hammer work and vice grip's re- bending it - it was good to go again

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09-02-2013 09:29 PM  5 years agoPost 45
Funky Trex

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Back then they had "super gyros"

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09-02-2013 10:34 PM  5 years agoPost 46
GREYEAGLE

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That's not even Old - Heck I'd still fly that
1st one I ever saw - Was a re-badged unit offered by Phil Kraft of Kraft Radio's - We would just look at it thru the Glass in the Cabinet.

Then wait too see who bought it -- so we could go see if it worked

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09-02-2013 10:47 PM  5 years agoPost 47
TMoore

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That's not even Old - Heck I'd still fly that
1st one I ever saw - Was a re-badged unit offered by Phil Kraft of Kraft Radio's - We would just look at it thru the Glass in the Cabinet.
Then wait too see who bought it -- so we could go see if it worked
This may come as a shocker to you but Phil Kraft was buying that exact KO Propo gyro and rebadging it.

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09-02-2013 11:34 PM  5 years agoPost 48
da20driver

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My first inspirations were the GMP videos. I still have them on VHS. I couldn't afford one of my own, so I got my hands on a friends Heli-boy around 85. Ended up with Schlüters in 91, a Junior 50 and then a Champion.

I bought out Harvey's Helis in Lake Charles soon after and ended up with a slew of GMP and Shlüter Machines, some scale. Loved the two Legends and wish I still had them.

It was awesome meeting and chatting with you at IRCHA Robert.

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09-03-2013 12:44 AM  5 years agoPost 49
GREYEAGLE

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The one I remember was at least 2 X that size and pretty tall. I've since then seen a few opened up with the spinning steel wheels and the center pick up.

You'd 1st turn it on then listen for the whine -then turn on the radio - You got like one decent flight -or Hover - then check both batteries.

Then when the 1st Piezo ? came out and programmable radio's I made a dumb decision to try it again . Decision became fuel cost = Gasser = Learning curve ala
+ Success !

???? Who made the Heli that had the speedometer flex cable that looped out then went to the tail ?? American Mantis ??

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09-03-2013 12:49 AM  5 years agoPost 50
TMoore

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Helis are just as cool now as they were back in the late 70's and 80's. Who remembers Bob Pinto?

This one is Ralph Geese, Bill Curtis and Robert Gorham. Bill and Ralph made up GMP East.

Here is the Schoonard gang.

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09-03-2013 12:51 AM  5 years agoPost 51
TMoore

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???? Who made the Heli that had the speedometer flex cable that looped out then went to the tail ?? American Mantis ??
That's easy, Horizon 60. Like this one:

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09-03-2013 01:02 AM  5 years agoPost 52
GREYEAGLE

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That was top shelf stuff ! with the HeliBoy and Mini Boy : major $$ for the time.

1st real Full out Forward flight I ever witnessed was a Kalt Barron .20 or .30 ? W/O a Gyro and wooden tail blades. Ugly grease /dirt and grass soaked thing. We where at a Mid West Sweet Stick Contest.

He started it and just as fast - blasted off - ( No Hover Business ) then doing full tilt wide open circuit's.

The landing was just as impressive :

OK NUFF of THAT : I wana Do THAT !!!!

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09-03-2013 01:29 AM  5 years agoPost 53
RGorham

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I must use facebook way too much because I have the reflex to click "like" when I see a post that's cool!

Terry, your posts are the winner so far and grey eagle your a close second! lol

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09-03-2013 01:55 AM  5 years agoPost 54
A. Bundy

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I remember going to club fields and it was a thrill to see forward flight and maybe if you were really lucky - a loop.

I had a Cobra,Cricket,and Concept 30 back in the day.The high rollers had Champions from what I recall.

The junk of now is really impressive.And no sims either.Airplane motors with a heli head pressed on.Blades you built.

Good grief.

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09-03-2013 04:04 AM  5 years agoPost 55
RGorham

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When I worked with my dad at GMP we would spend literally weeks and weeks carefully crafting parts just to get one prototype helicopter flying. Then the testing and modification process started. I must say it was a thrill watching a one of a kind, handmade R/C helicopter go into production.

Back in the 80's it took many hours to put a kit together properly and get it ready for flight. Today's machines you just bolt together and go with very little maintenance. Rotor blades are carbon fiber, balanced, cg matched and all you do is bolt them on and fly. Canopies are all pre-painted and so on. I kind of miss the precise craftsmanship that was necessary to properly build an R/C helicopter back in the old days.

Don't take me wrong, I enjoy today's machines but there really isn't much skill needed to make one air worthy anymore in my opinion. I guess on the other side of the coin we get to spend more time in the air flying. Watching the talented young folks these days, perfecting their craft of flying R/C helicopters is just mind blowing however.

Now scale helicopters on the other hand are an art form in my opinion. I respect the heck out of those guys.

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09-03-2013 04:27 AM  5 years agoPost 56
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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I didn't fly heli's in the '80's, but I did fly planks, and I thought that the transition from buying a box of balsa wood and paper plans to buying an Almost-Ready-to Fly (ARF) model was the best thing that ever happened to the hobby.

With today's RC helicopters that can be bolted together in a few hours, or repaired in a matter of minutes, the majority of hobby time can now be spent flying. The "builders" can still have their fun creating realistic scale models, but for the rest of us, the pain and hassle of having to build a flying model is mostly history.

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09-03-2013 12:52 PM  5 years agoPost 57
RGorham

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[quote]Helis are just as cool now as they were back in the late 70's and 80's. Who remembers Bob Pinto?

Terry,

I remember Bob Pinto. He used to come out and fly with my dad in the early to mid 70's.

The attached photos are one of me trying to build my first workbench when I was 7 years old and the other photo was my dads about the same time. Around 1966-1967 I think. Needless to say I am still at a workbench almost every morning 48 years later.He inspired me in many ways.

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09-03-2013 02:07 PM  5 years agoPost 58
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One of the best threads I have read in a long time! Keep em coming! You guys are true pioneers of this hobby and have helped carve what it is today for thousands of hobbiests.

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09-03-2013 06:13 PM  5 years agoPost 59
RGorham

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I am really enjoying reading this thread too. Good stuff from everyone!

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09-03-2013 07:09 PM  5 years agoPost 60
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The first Heli I hovered was t Dubro Whirlybird. I spent a lot of time with GMP machines my favorite being the legend. A picture of me with my first redesign. I took a stock GMP Cricket and added full collective pitch and Auto-rotation. I called it was a Super Cricket. It was about 1987. Those were the days.
https://rc.runryder.com/gallery/88762/Super_Cricket.jpg

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