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10-24-2013 04:14 PM  5 years agoPost 141
Simmer

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My first Gyro, enabled me to hover for longer than 5 seconds
$50.00 in 1979 that was a considerable amount of money then, for me anyway. Flew my Heliboy with an Apollo 7 Helicopter transmitter, (That I still own)

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10-25-2013 06:38 PM  5 years agoPost 142
RGorham

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When I first started with the GMP Cricket I didn't use a gyro until about six months into flying. My dad told me I needed to learn without a Gyro and learn to fly the tail rotor. Once I put a Gyro in it was great! Now I have Gyro stabilization on all the axis like most of us. Who would have thought things would come this far!

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10-25-2013 07:15 PM  5 years agoPost 143
Simmer

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Maybe Robert, thats why you have such skills To me, back then it was like trying to keep a marble on a glass plate in one spot.

Oh I spent some time trying alright, but I didnt get more than a foot or two above ground and not for long before I had to set her down. I was inspired by those who flew before me. Flying in New England, I bought from Toms hobby, Fisher RC and learned from Wally Saber, Todd?(Think it was todd, he used to be the Funnycar driver "Iceman" I had heard the Ernie build the three helicopters, crashed 2 (on purpose w explosives) and took the third one home. The movie company paid for the Kavan jet ranger models. Todd did the flying in the movie, (I cant confirm this though) These guys could fly rolls which at the time were so impressive, but now I know how difficult it really was back then.

By the way Towering Inferno was the top grossing movie in 1974.

Sad to hear news of his passing, we celebrate the man, in Stow Massachusetts every year with the Ernie Huber Memorial funfly.

I met Ernie there twice before he passed. What a genuine careing talented man.


Me at the 1981 Nats in Springfeild with my Heliboy,Bell 212 FG body from some outfit in Washington state. (Kraft Gyro installed

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10-25-2013 07:46 PM  5 years agoPost 144
Dave Willis

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I started without a Gyro also. Things have come a long way. I had a Kavan Gyro that had to be hard wired to the servo but I didn't know how to wire it up.

Dave

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10-26-2013 03:06 AM  5 years agoPost 145
Salesmanheliboy

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I had a blue Revolution 40 (the blue ones flew better then the red ones ).

No gyro; this was about 1978

I remember one of the guys made a very large vertiacl fin to help it track durring forward flight.

Man, I don't miss those days at all.

Tim

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10-26-2013 03:47 AM  5 years agoPost 146
Dr.Ben

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Tell everyone what that Kraft Signature Series radio cost back then Tim.

Ben

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10-26-2013 03:54 AM  5 years agoPost 147
Carey Shurley

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I had a series 78 system (a bicentennial 1978 edition), I seem to remember it was about $550 (with servos)

Before that I had a Pro-Line which was even more than that (also with servos). It had a killer machined single stick

anybody thinks setups are hard to do now...........please

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10-26-2013 04:46 AM  5 years agoPost 148
TMoore

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Back in the Kraft/Pro-Line days it was basically $125.00 per channel. A Kraft 7H was a high dollar radio back then that simply couldn't match what was coming from Japan.

TM

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10-26-2013 01:42 PM  5 years agoPost 149
Simmer

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My first radio was a World engines 4ch kit. My dad and I built it. Soldered all components in the rec. and tx. Dont remember but ill guess we built the servos as well. I would guess under 500. Heathkit style.

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10-26-2013 02:36 PM  5 years agoPost 150
Santiago P

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My first radio was a 1974 Futaba 4ch (3 servos) proportional. It was the 1st series with a square TX like the Krafts. I remember well it cost me $265.00. That was lots of newspapers sold back them.

Back them my interest was just flying RC planks, after a year of flying CL, which I still like.
Not sure if I have any photos, is going to take some digging.
anybody thinks setups are hard to do now
LOL, that's the best quote of this thread.

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10-26-2013 04:21 PM  5 years agoPost 151
Dave Willis

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My first "New" Radio was a Kraft 5 Channel with KPS 15 servos Cost me $225.00. No reverxing, No dual rates, No expo, No revo, No mixing, had Nothing but a switch on the tx for the 5th channel. Servo reversing was acomplished by which servo had the Dot or reversing wires on the pot. Used my tax refund to purchase from bussing tables at a steak house in Gatlinburg. I Still Have It! (Somewhere)
A World Engines Radio was my 1st radio, VERY USED.

Dave

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10-28-2013 06:58 PM  5 years agoPost 152
RGorham

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What I am amazed at is how stable and easy these helicopters have become with the advancements of electronics and rotor blade design. Even back in the day using an inverted switch I could not pose for a photograph like this in a relaxed state of mind with one hand off the TX. I'm having the time of my life flying these new style helicopters and this is 30 years later after I made the video that started this thread.

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10-28-2013 08:41 PM  5 years agoPost 153
Salesmanheliboy

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"Tell everyone what that Kraft Signature Series radio cost back then Tim.

Ben"

The cost was about $ 800.00 back then;
http://www.rchalloffame.org/Exhibit...it40/index.html

The article indicated the current value would be about $3200.00 (as of 2010).

I still have mine ( I'll take an even $3000 for it )

It was the dream machine of it's time; I had dual rates for aileron AND elevator !

Tim

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10-28-2013 10:09 PM  5 years agoPost 154
Four Stroker

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You young guys don't remember the old radios - Bonner, Citizen-Ship, F&M,...,analog proportional. But I am too young to remember tubes.

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10-28-2013 11:32 PM  5 years agoPost 155
RGorham

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If memory serves me correctly my first radio was in 1968 and I believe it had the letters PCS on it. It had these humongous servos with two arms that slid back-and-forth ever so slowly. My dad and I put it in an ugly stick and flew it together.

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10-29-2013 12:03 AM  5 years agoPost 156
Simmer

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ah very nice airplane the ugly stick now you can buy it prebuilt

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10-29-2013 12:27 AM  5 years agoPost 157
TMoore

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PCS was Proportional Control Systems which was a Kraft spinoff that Cliff Weirick ran.

http://www.rchalloffame.org/Exhibit...it20/index.html

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10-29-2013 01:56 AM  5 years agoPost 158
ICUR1-2

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2005-06 is about when I started but I have been swimming in torrent of changes since the beginning.

So I guess my question is what happened in 2000-05 to make em popular.

spending time, paying attention

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10-29-2013 03:14 AM  5 years agoPost 159
RGorham

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PCS was Proportional Control Systems which was a Kraft spinoff that Cliff Weirick ran.
That is the radio.

Thank you Terry!

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11-06-2013 09:53 AM  5 years agoPost 160
wjvail

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What I am amazed at is how stable and easy these helicopters have become with the advancements of electronics and rotor blade design. Even back in the day using an inverted switch I could not pose for a photograph like this in a relaxed state of mind with one hand off the TX. I'm having the time of my life flying these new style helicopters and this is 30 years later after I made the video that started this thread.
A couple of years ago someone here on RunRyder asked the question "how long did it take you to do your first loop". I thought about the question but before I could post I got distracted and had to walk away from the computer. That was fortunate because when I got back, about 10 people had posted and the general consensus was about 5 flights and a few weekends. Are you kidding me! It took me 3 weeks to build my first heli and years to pull off a loop! Hell it took me months and gallons to take off the sticks and whiffle balls. Now with todays simulators and helicopters, kids are doing in flight one what took me years.

Two weekends to do your first loop- that's bull*&^%. It took me two weekends to build my first servo tray.

Bill

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