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Kirt Blattenberger

Carpe Diem!

(Seize the Day!)

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 ...

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Vintage Radio Control Systems

 

Newest Addition (April 2019): Hobby Shack Cirrus Four, 4-Channel Radio Control System, circa 1976

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

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Plans Service - Airplanes and Rockets
Drones - Airplanes and Rockets
Modeling Resources

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) - Airplanes and Rockets

Academy of Model

Aeronautics

Tower Hobbies logo - Airplanes and Rockets

Tower Hobbies

Horizon Hobby logo - Airplanes and Rockets

Horizon Hobby

Sig Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets

Sig Mfg

Brodak Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets

Brodak Mfg