Vintage Radio Control Systems

A lot has changed in radio control since I purchased my first system sometime around 1974. It was a used, 3-channel OS Digital system. The servos jittered to beat all, and the range was lucky to go as far as 1,000 feet. It was sent back to the factory for re-tuning and check-up two or three times, and it came back the same every time. In that day, all the transmitters and receivers had metal cases -and it's a good thing because one time I sent the transmitter on the top of my friend's 1965 Mustang while loading the plan into the car, then forgot about it until I saw it hit the road while looking in the side mirror. It had a couple scratches, but worked as poorly as ever.

Come to think of it, the OS 3-channel was not the first radio system I owned, but it was the first I bought. The first set was actually a single-channel Citizen-Ship Model SPX job that a friend of mine gave to me because he bought it and discovered he had no interest in it. My original is long gone, but I did buy one on eBay a while back just as a reminder of the days of yore.

While looking back at some of the editions of American Aircraft Modeler from the time I first joined the Academy of Model Aviation (AMA), I ran across a lot of familiar old advertisements. As with almost all other things electronics, the quality has obviously gotten better while prices remain the same or drop. It's been a good ride for modelers. In trying to find some of the old ads online, I could not locate any, so what the heck - I scanned some of the pages and put them here. I think all of the companies are out of business now (except Futaba). A lot of these RC systems can still be bought on eBay.

OS Digital 6-Channel
OS Digital 6-Channel
World Engines
American Aircraft Modeler 1970

OS Digital 3-Channel (this was my first RC system - purchased used to $100)
OS Digital 3-Channel
World Engines
American Aircraft Modeler 1970

OS Digital 2-Channel
OS Digital 2-Channel
World Engines
American Aircraft Modeler 1970

Micon Jr Transmitter & ELF Receiver
Micon
American Aircraft Modeler 19
Heathkit 5-Channel
Heathkit 5-Channel
American Aircraft Modeler 1968
See 1970 ad here
Heathkit 8-Channel
Heathkit 8-Channel
American Aircraft Modeler 1975
Hallco Galloping Ghost
Hallco Products
Galloping Ghost System
(see actuator detail)
American Aircraft Modeler 1968
Royal 2-Channel
Royal 2-Channel
American Aircraft Modeler 1968
Balsa Corporation of America 3-Channel
Balsa Corporation of America 3-Channel
American Aircraft Modeler 1968
Cirrus 3-, 4-, 6-Channel
Cirrus 3-, 4-, 6-Channel
American Aircraft Modeler 1975
Ace RC Adams Baby Actuator
Ace RC Adams Baby Actuator
American Aircraft Modeler 1968
Ace RC Sim-Plus Galloping Ghost Transmitter Kit
Ace RC Sim-Plus
Galloping Ghost
 Transmitter Kit
American Aircraft Modeler 1968
Min-X 2-Channel
Min-X 2-Channel
American Aircraft Modeler 1968
Cannon 2-Channel
Cannon 2-Channel
American Aircraft Modeler 1968
Futaba 5-Channel
Futaba 5-Channel
American Aircraft Modeler 1975
Ace RC Jansson Galloping Ghost
Ace RC Jansson Galloping Ghost
American Aircraft Modeler 1968

Hobby Lobby 5-Channel
Hobby Lobby 5-Channel
American Aircraft Modeler 1975

MRC 2-, 3-, 5-Channel
MRC 2-, 3-, 5-Channel
American Aircraft Modeler 1975
Hobby Shack 2-Channel
Hobby Shack 2-Channel
American Aircraft Modeler 1972
EK Logictrol 4-Channel (single stick)
EK Logictrol 4-Channel (single stick)
American Aircraft Modeler 1972
Ace 1-, 2-Channel Galloping Ghost
Ace Single-Channel Pulse Commander & 1-, 2-Channel Galloping Ghost
Click HERE for detailed photographs of the system and the entire Owner's Manual
American Aircraft Modeler 1972
Hallco 3-Channel Galloping Ghost Actuator
Hallco 3-Channel Galloping Ghost Actuator
American Aircraft Modeler 1968