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Allan Bowker13/03/2013 09:56:37
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I was hoping someone would have a picture of the 'Jim Davis' Lancaster (possibly at Woodvale?).

I tracked its current location to the museum stores at San Francisco Airport


Eck13/03/2013 10:47:57
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Recognise the Cambria Pioneer in the 6th picture, Stu - I'm just finishing one off! Hope to maiden it this month.

Mike Etheridge 117/03/2013 12:43:55
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The old single channel transmitter.

This morning I found this wiring diagram for my old second hand transmitter I bought from a chap Alan Litchfield who was a radio ham /expert and worked for Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd. Alan sketched out the wiring diagram and I am amazed how simple it now appears. In 1962 / 3, I bought a Magregor Terrytone reciever for my Junior 60. You had to solder up the components yourself to a printed circuit board and then tune the reciever to the transmitter. This latter task Alan carried out on the day he sold me the transmitter.


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southern dragon 005.jpg

Edited By Mike Etheridge 1 on 17/03/2013 12:54:10

Erfolg17/03/2013 13:34:28
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I remember thinking how complicated things seemed. With terminology of super heterodyne, Terrytone, galloping ghost. and so many other terms, with little if any explanation. Then there were rubber escapements, electric etc.

I do remember seeing a Grundig variophone? and thinking, this seems a lot better. Plug in modules. But ohhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the price.

No wonder i did not start radio until the 70's with a Waltron Clubman set. I then went onto build an additional Waltron Rx and servos and Linwood servos.

How practical and reliable are todays Radio sets and by comparison very, very, cheap..

Panther31/03/2013 11:03:03
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I wonder if anyone would have a picture of the Blue Max Radio set (late 1960s) that I started with. Sold by Mick Wilshire from memory and maybe World Engines? It was a baulky TX and the servo centreing left a lot to be desired, but I managed OK until I got a Skyleader set. It was black and had a big blue Iron Cross on the front of it. The receiver had fly-leads and plugs were sealed with silicone rubber. First time I ever saw the stuff and it fascinated me. Just a nostalgia thing. I flew my Super 60 with it.

Allan Bowker31/03/2013 14:49:26
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227 photos

Found this via Google, don't know if this is what you are looking for though:

Panther01/04/2013 00:27:58
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Wonderful, Thanks Allan, that is it. I had tried googling as well but no results. Pity it is so dusty!

I will save the pics for posterity. Thank you for your effort.

Martin Harris01/04/2013 00:38:15
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Just googled "world engines blue max" - this page links to 4 nice (but small) images and I'm sure there are plenty more lurking out there...

Pete Christy who often posts on this forum may well have some info - he did some radio designing for Mick Wilshere - who in turn could probably be contacted via Motors and Rotors.

You might also try contacting Ali Mashinchi senior who is an avid collector of old radios and might have one in his collection...

Another one - a bit bigger. If you bought a digital set new back then you must have been rather wealthy or very serious about the hobby! I know my first 6 channel (4 servo) Sanwa outfit cost me a month's wages in the mid 70s when prices had dropped considerably!

Edited By Martin Harris on 01/04/2013 00:57:39

Kelly01/04/2013 00:49:08
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191 photos

Me 1974.Anyone recognise the  model?

Me 1974

Veron Fokker D8 48" wingspan

Tissue and dope covering

Webra deisel engine

Mc Gregor 2 channel radio, rudder/elevator


Panther01/04/2013 06:04:19
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Hi Martin. No, I wasn't wealthy at all. I worked as a apprentice mechanic on a pathetic wage and gave up smoking to buy British Postal Orders each week. I lived in New Zealand back then. Also did overtime to earn extra money. I think determination was the key. The servos were white and were called S4Bs from memory. I see in Kellys post above a Webra mentioned. I had a 1.5 diesel Webra and still have fond memories of that too. It was a fantastic motor but not for R/C of course. I had a few free flight planes back then too. I lived on a farm so had plenty of flying space. Thanks for the links.

Geoff Bradley02/04/2013 21:11:30
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146 photos

I realise this thread is for photos but I just had to include this link to a Pathe News item from 1951. It's interesting to see how health and safety has changed over the years - this is very frightening .


Quite a lot of interesting stuff on the site !!!!!

Mike Etheridge 102/04/2013 21:39:02
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The free flight display is no different to the free flight fun-fly most people look forward to at the Nationals in Grantham. It gets the biggest laughs every evening. The last time I was there in 2006 despite taking precautions, I was hit in the face by a free flight electric ME 109. It knocked out one of the lens from my glasses,it was quite a shock but I survived!


Edited By Mike Etheridge 1 on 02/04/2013 21:39:32

Geoff Bradley02/04/2013 23:12:22
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Scarey ... I must get down there this year - and take my crash helmet...and shield !!wink

Perhaps a suit of armour would come in useful as well !!!!! devil

Peter Miller07/04/2013 11:32:14
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Just found this one taken at the Nationals in 1958. I am in the middle. My team racer. ED Racer powered. Got through to ther 1/4 finals due to a bye, then disqualified for an over size tank. Good thin too!

team race crew 2.jpg

Simon Chaddock14/01/2014 00:28:51
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2941 photos

Me at Loughborough at what was then called the 'University Golf Course' firing up the Mills 75 with its scale 4 blade wooden prop on the front of a 48" span DH4 control line in the summer of 1969.The Mk1 finger!

It flew very slowly (just look at the line sag!) on lightweight nylon thread lines.

Slack lines!

But it looped well.

Originally built for FF about 5 years earlier but never flown. It was converted to CL as I didn't want to risk loosing my one & only engine!

I still has the Mills in it.

Edited By Simon Chaddock on 14/01/2014 00:31:28

Phil Green14/01/2014 15:51:57
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314 photos

Lovely thread!  

I dont have any photos of the early days, I wish I did  - starting with a KK Phantom Mite, a FF Ladybird later fitted with an OS Pixie... my oldest flying photos are around 1968-70 ish. Shame!

To all those who've posted single-channel stories and pictures - dont you fancy doing it all again? laugh

Honestly, its great fun & very rewarding!



Edited By Phil Green on 14/01/2014 16:14:45

John Tee14/01/2014 21:43:45
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65 photos

I can't find my photo at the moment, but at the 1978 Nats (my one and only Nats to my shame) at RAF Hullavington, I recall an all metal model of a Beagle Pup built by Sid Holloway I think. It was in an undecorated state. Does anyone know if it was meant to fly or static. If flyable did it actually fly?


john stones 110/02/2014 21:49:28
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js9.jpgjs4.jpgjs3.jpgjs1a.jpgfound some old pic's, scanned them so not best quality

Magnatilla, DB autogyro ish, Ripmax trainer enya 19, Precedent Bi Fly


Edited By Pete B - Moderator on 10/02/2014 22:26:30

Pete B - Moderator10/02/2014 22:35:28
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Moved your pics over to here, John, where you can wallow in nostalgia like the rest of us...wink 2

Snap with the Maggie, by the way! teeth 2:



john stones 110/02/2014 22:46:35
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thanks Pete

I did try, never thought of all our yesterdaysblush

yours is black and white, I feel years younger now wink

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