as much as I desperately wanted a radio control system when I was a kid, I never bought an R/C system until I was around
15 years old, when a used 3-channel OS digital proportional
system became available from a man that lived a couple blocks away. Even the "cheap" $100 rudder-only escapement models
were out of reach on my paltry income from a paper route. So, it wasn't until a couple years ago, at age 50, that I finally
purchased an escapement from someone on eBay, just to see one up close. Some of the airplane kits I had, like the Carl Goldberg
1/2A Skylane, showed an escapement installation on the plans, with the rubber band engine and a rather large receiver constructed
of discrete transistors and large tuning coils.
While looking through the July 1957 issue of American Modeler, I happened across an advertisement for the very escapement
that I now own. There are no markings on the device - not a manufacturer name or model number. It turns out the escapement
is "The Single," from Bonner Specialties. It is a self-neutralizing 4-arm escapement which provides stronger action to operate
throttle, other auxiliary controls. Weight: 0.6 ounces. Price: $5.95.
I built a mock-up of an escapement installation for controlling the rudder in a single-channel radio controlled airplane,
and then made a video to show how it works (see below photos).
You can use the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation
calculator to see that $5.95 is $46.23 in year 2010 dollars.
Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain
some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey
through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo, MD. There
is a lot of good information and there are lotof pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might
even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around
1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server
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