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Old 02-03-2016, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by KillerChaos View Post
This is the first time I've heard the term, "Heathquits." I put about 500 flights on my Heathkit system and during that time, I only experienced one radio malfunction.
Good times, good memories!
I think a lot of the HeathKit problems were due to people building them up that were not very good at soldering stuff.

If my fading memory is correct, those servo problems were the result of using that variable capacitor as a feed back for the servo electronics.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by kyleservicetech View Post
I think a lot of the HeathKit problems were due to people building them up that were not very good at soldering stuff.

If my fading memory is correct, those servo problems were the result of using that variable capacitor as a feed back for the servo electronics.
I'm sure build quality had a great deal to do with reliability, or lack thereof. I'm a life-long electronics technician, so building the Heathkit was enjoyable.

Yep, it was the feedback capacitor version. Something like a KPS-9 equivalent as I recall. Big, heavy. I eventually replaced all of them with a newer Heathkit servo that had a feed back pot. Something like a KPS-10 equivalent. They were very reliable. Just had to clean the pots every now and then.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by KillerChaos View Post
I'm sure build quality had a great deal to do with reliability, or lack thereof. I'm a life-long electronics technician, so building the Heathkit was enjoyable.
You would have loved that Heath Kit color TV. I built mine up in 31 Hours, and it worked perfectly the first time it was plugged in.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:35 PM
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Well! I guess I'm not that old after all ( I'm 62). Although I started building plastic model cars in the early '60's, I didn't build my first R/C airplane until I was well into my 20's. With all of the horror stories I've heard over the years, I'm really glad I waited! My hat's off to all of the old heads who persevered through those early years of radio controlled models. You are true pioneers! Thank you, one and all!
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:57 PM
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I got interested in modeling at a very early age. Dad would take me out to his shop so I could watch him build balsa models and sniff glue with him. I was about 4 years old.

The modeling bug bit deep and by grade school, I was building my own plastic airplanes. Also, I was really into balsa gliders and balsa rubber powered airplanes.

By 6th grade, I was building and flying my own control line models. Started out with Cox .049's and topped out with McCoy .35's. I still have the 52 foot stranded wire control lines and handles. Did a little free flight, too. And I still have the Atwood .051 from my first free flight airplane.

But, I long dreamed about radio control. I just drooled over the thought of it. Then one day in early 1970, I saw an advertisement in a modeling magazine for the new 5-channel Heathkit system. I guess where I was? Vietnam. It was my turn to drive back to our base camp for resupply, so as usual, I stopped by the PX to pick up some items. I had about 30 days left in country, so I was cautiously beginning to think about going home.

So, I wrote my new wife about buying the radio with my last paycheck. She agreed, so I ordered the radio and it arrived at our apartment doorstep about a week after I got home.

That's one of the main reasons I hang onto that radio and take good care of it. I even still have the builder manual, complete with little notations from my wife on the borders of some pages (I guess I got pretty engrossed in the build). Heh!
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:03 PM
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Heathkit was the bomb back in the mid sixties. I remember watching my Dad build a Stereo Hi-fi. One night the soldering gun slipped and he almost burned his wedding ring in half. Can still hear the cuss words. Ouch!

My very first radio was a Kraft. Square bronze box circa 1979. Bought it after building a Joe Bridi trainer kit with an Enya .40. Took an exit from the hobby for 30 years and re-entered in 2010. This time with a Futaba 6EX. Wow ! Now using a Spektrum DX-9.

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Old 02-04-2016, 04:53 PM
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Oh yeah, the gold box. I used to drool every time I saw a Kraft radio at our RC field. I wanted one badly, but could not afford it.

And yes, today's radio systems are nothing short of fantastic. I fly two radios now: a Hitec Aurora 9 and a Spektrum DX-9. Both have been 100% reliable and no glitches. The programmability of both is simply amazing.

Speaking of that, I just finished converting my trusty 10-year old Bridi Killer Chaos to electric. Been working on it for about 2 weeks and finished it yesterday, except for the motor lead extensions.

I removed the Super Tigre G.90, long tuned muffler, throttle servo, motor mount, receiver battery and switch harness. The new electric system includes a Rimfire .80 brushless motor with slightly modified medium size motor mount, Castle Talon 90 ESC and Align 6S 5200 mAh LiPo battery.

It was a bit tricky getting everything to fit inside that super skinny fuselage and still get a correct CG, but it turned out real slick. No more mess. No more cylinder and muffler hanging out in the breeze. And above all, the entire, ready-to-fly rig weighs 9 ounces less!

Can't wait to fly it!
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Old 02-04-2016, 07:20 PM
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I had a Citizen-Ship FL transmitter and a PR receiver with a Babcock Mk I escapement in a Dmeco Live Wire Champion powered by a K&B .15.
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Old 02-05-2016, 08:43 PM
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Cox 2 channel-late 1970s.Since I learned to fly RC with this radio,I am flying
on Mode 1-Most flyers use Mode 2.
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Old 02-19-2016, 06:35 AM
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I started with a World Engines Blue Max. It worked but the servos couldn't center at all. There was no support from the seller either. (was there Mick?) Still, I learned to fly with it. Couldn't afford a Skyleader at the time.
Everybody I knew back then were Mode 1 fliers and I still am.
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:28 PM
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Used to think that I was somewhat unique in building my first "Carrier Wave" RC system from a mail order parts package. I found out that most of us old timers got our start this way. I had to adjust the transmitter's tuning coil with a plastic screwdriver until the neon bulb glowed. I made the transmitter box from galvanized sheet steel using tin snips and vice grips. It had two large glass tubes that required two double size D cells for filaments and two 67.5 volt batteries in series for plate voltage. They could give you a jolt. The "regen" receiver used a single glass tube and a sensitive relay. It had 1.5 and 45 volt batteries for itself and separate batteries for the rubber powered escapement. Getting all this stuff working was difficult and if you got the engine started, the vibration would jiggle the points on the "sensitive relay" and your escapement would stick in hard right or left or unwind. A successful flight was one where you made a couple of intentional turns and your model did not fly away or spin in.
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Old 01-28-2019, 07:18 PM
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I did build a Heathkit back in 1970 work the first and ever time. It was my father radio

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Originally Posted by kyleservicetech View Post
I think a lot of the HeathKit problems were due to people building them up that were not very good at soldering stuff.

If my fading memory is correct, those servo problems were the result of using that variable capacitor as a feed back for the servo electronics.
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Old 01-28-2019, 07:24 PM
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My first radio was a Orbit Reed set about 1965 , father and I built a SR Falcon and Eneya. 60

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Old 01-30-2019, 03:28 PM
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My first radio was a Orbit Reed 10 channel 1966 . My father and I built a SR Falcon and Eneya. 60

This Each channel was one direction, the last two was use for elevator trim.
In my next radio in 1967 was a new Orbit 6 channel proportion cost was $300.00 (adjust for inflation today $2,250.00) Use it till 1973 work great. Today I purchase a new 8 channel radio set for lest than $80.00 in December 2018.

Dave

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Old 01-31-2019, 05:23 PM
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The very first was a ControlAire Mule transmitter and ControlAire 5 receiver. Recall having to solder in the components to the transmitter circuit board and having it work the first time.

I had a Babcock escapement initially, later upgraded to a Varicomp. Once I 'felt rich' enough I purchased an Ace Pulse system and which I flew off and on for the next 10 years.

Somewhere along there I bought a 3 channel E.K. Logical system, the one with the with four wire servos. Still have it in a box somewhere, lost the antenna at some point but I think it was working OK when put aside. After that was a 6 channel Hobby Shack system which carried me until I left the hobby to raise a family.
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Old 03-29-2019, 01:16 AM
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My first was Orbit Reed 1965
The next 1966 Orbit 6 channel on 72 may
Today Radiolink T8FB a lot better price

Dave
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