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by Bill Winter
from Model Airplane News
November 1962 
72in span
Tags: IC R/C LowWing
formers unchecked
got article :)

Submitted to Outerzone: 03/04/2016
Outerzone planID: oz7611 | Filesize: 1370KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: JJ


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Rookie - Multi-channel radio control trainer.

Quote: - "Thinking of multi RC for the first time, think your rections are too slow, think you would like some calm, peaceful multi-flying
for a change? Then think real hard on our trainer as it offers all this and even more as our author, real oldtimer in radio, had the same need ...the phonomenal thing is that the ship can be slowed down until it hangs, and it will never drop a wing. In fact, you can perform altitude killing little turns almost up to the landing spot at very low airspeeds. Takeoffs are automatic with uptrim in grass that traps the nosewheel jobs. And we can't fault our old K&B .45..."

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Update: Article pages, text & pics added, thanks to MikeB.

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Prophet by Dave Robelen oz plan 3120 seems to be a reduced version for .020 engine.
Pit - 14/04/2016
I lusted after this model back in the day. Having just graduated from high school (barely), I was working six days a week at a gas station, no possible way I could afford the required reed type radio system needed for a low wing model with ailerons. I could just manage to fly a single channel model with escapement control that already knew how to fly, you merely interrupted its flight path and celebrated a smooth landing within walking distance. The reed systems I saw at the time worked, sort of, but were a lot of trouble even for experienced modelers. None of the transmitters had any screws holding the back covers on. That's because you had to frequently adjust the tone pots inside to get the reeds to work properly in the receiver, compensating for changes in temperature, and maybe the phase of the moon for all I knew. It was all black magic to us at the time. You couldn't buy a complete reed system ready to fly and just plug it in and go. Noooo, the receiver didn't come with connectors, you were supposed to supply your own favorite type and laboriously solder multiple wires to each servo. Most modelers used the popular Deans connectors (yes, the same company that makes the red plugs used for electric power today). And they weren't any easier to solder than today's Deans connectors, just smaller. As it is today, soldering skills were learned the hard way, requiring you to search out some local guru to solder your maze of wires before your system would work. Nicads were just coming into use, all arriving loose in a box, meaning you had to solder more wires AND an on/off switch to get power to the receiver. Then there was vibration to contend with, sometimes causing the tiny reeds to vibrate in unison with your engine rather than responding to radio commands. A new model test flight always included testing the system for vibration while being held loosely by the wingtips, engine running to make sure no vibration got to the reed bank. I can't believe we put up with so much Bravo Sierra, but it was the only game in town.
DougSmith - 14/04/2016
Steve - Here is a scan of the MAN article that goes with the Bill Winter Rookie (ID 7611). This has been on my want list for many years - might be time to get to it. Thanks for your great site.
Mike - 15/04/2016
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