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Old 02-11-2014, 04:25 PM   #41
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I saw all but 5 and 6, but I knew people who talked about them.
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Well, poor me, because I remember the entire seventeen [some just barely]. I do wish the dimmer switch on the floor would come back, why take your hand off the wheel?
Me too, I am just so tired of my foot getting caught in the steering wheel when I need to dim the headlights.
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Me too, I am just so tired of my foot getting caught in the steering wheel when I need to dim the headlights.
Whoa! So that was you in the other lane about a week ago eh?
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Whoa! So that was you in the other lane about a week ago eh?
No, that was me, looking for the ash tray in a car that doesn't have one....
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No, that was me, looking for the ash tray in a car that doesn't have one....
Must be the reason that airplane over there is upside-down
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...We went by the ring of the phone to know if the call was for our house or someone else on the party line; ours was two long rings and one short. ...
This also applied to dial phones. We had to wait until the telephone company had enough capacity to give us a private line.
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Ever use one of these? Loads of fun!

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What about 6 volt positive ground systems in equipment/vehicles?

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A stereoscope? I never used one that was that nice, but had a lot of fun as a youth with the mass-produced 3M Viewmaster


I guess we were easily entertained. A wind-up balsa airplane would keep 3 of us occupied for hours.
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One of the shoe stores in the small town where I grew up had one of these. I'm surprised half the kids in town didn't end up developing foot cancer.
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I guess we were easily entertained. A wind-up balsa airplane would keep 3 of us occupied for hours.
You bet! I was one of those. And when I finally got enough money for a Cox Baby Bee engine I was in heaven.

In addition to airplanes, I had cars and boats powered with it. Didn't make me popular with the neighbors though.
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And when I finally got enough money for a Cox Baby Bee engine I was in heaven.

In addition to airplanes, I had cars and boats powered with it. Didn't make me popular with the neighbors though.
You got it to start reliably? I can't count the number of hours spent crouched down beside my Cox PT-19 trainer with a giant dry cell battery clipped on that glow plug flipping the prop trying to get it to go. It was a major victory when the earsplitting noise would start, mostly we'd just go home with sore fingers and smelling of nitro fuel. But, what a thrill when it ran!


And then there were Estes rockets!
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In the Boston Store Shoe Department... OMG... while we were kinda poor, one of the most exciting things to do was to be fitted for new shoes. It's a Flouroscope... You stood on the little step, and stuck your feet, (with new shows on) into the slot. There were three "hoods" that you, the shoe salesman, and your mom looked through. The XRAY showed yourfeet inside the shoe. The saleman used a built in pointer to show your mom the amount of space betweenyour toes and the end of the shoe. Since I didn't get new shoes very often, mom would alway say... get us the next bigger size.
Sometimes I had to stick a cloth into the toe for a month or two, until I "grew into" my new shoes.

Since that time, I've always wondered how much radiation I absorbed while mom and the saleman talked about the right size.

Sheesh, Janet, How old ARE you? As I recall, it was between the years 1939 to 1944 that I was fitted.
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You got it to start reliably? I can't count the number of hours spent crouched down beside my Cox PT-19 trainer with a giant dry cell battery clipped on that glow plug flipping the prop trying to get it to go. It was a major victory when the earsplitting noise would start, mostly we'd just go home with sore fingers and smelling of nitro fuel. But, what a thrill when it ran!


And then there were Estes rockets!
It was around 1950 when I bought my first gas airplane engine... It was a OK Cub 75, a huge engine that originally used a magneto and regular spark plug... but that was broken, so that's why I bought it for $2... another $.75 for a glow plug and I was in business... 'cept the only use it ever got was in the vise on the tool bench... hours and hours and hours of flipping the 7 inch prop with my bloody fingers... it would start... run for 5 to 45 seconds and quit... still remember that great airplane gas smell...
Graduated to an McCoy .049 ... crashed my first U control plane, then built a free flight that ended up on the neighbors roof.... A wonderful time of life...

Here's forum thread with model engine talk that should bring back memories...
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You got it to start reliably? I can't count the number of hours spent crouched down beside my Cox PT-19 trainer with a giant dry cell battery clipped on that glow plug flipping the prop trying to get it to go. It was a major victory when the earsplitting noise would start, mostly we'd just go home with sore fingers and smelling of nitro fuel. ....
Hah! That is exactly what I was thinking!

IIRC, it was my much younger brother who got the Cox airplane. I don't think we ever flew the $$%$#@#&&(*^^% thing, we struggled to get the engine to go past a sputter. Like Lucy and Charlie Brown with the football, it always sputtered enough to make you think you could get it running enough for a flight. A few seconds of full bore BBBBRRRRRRRRR!!!!, you'd get into position, and then..... sputter.... He lost interest.

If only we had the internet back then, I'm sure I could have got some tips to get it going. But then, we'd probably put our eye out!

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I don't think I played with those until the DS built one for Cub Scouts. Very smart for Estes to give out free starter kits to Cub Scouts. I ended buying a fair amount of stuff, and occasionally shooting them off. But that was such a fleeting thing, flights were a few seconds, maybe a minute before the parachute landed in a tree. I lost interest pretty quick, but it was fun while it lasted.

Those helicopters that have been in a few threads sure have me tempted though.

Every few years, I'll buy some rubber-band planes. For a few bucks, I have some fun for maybe a half-hour, and that's good enough. It's just kind of amazing what those little things can do under decent conditions. A few years back, the neighbor had some little compressed air powered plane. You'd use a hand pump to pump it up. That was pretty cool, I don't think they make those any more, lithium batteries took over on power/weight/cost.

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Graduated to an McCoy .049 ... crashed my first U control plane, then built a free flight that ended up on the neighbors roof.... A wonderful time of life...
That was it - an .049 engine. I guess that was cubic inches? What a tiny, tiny engine.

And in case anyone isn't aware, these were not radio controlled planes. These just had a handle and a couple strings/wires attached to the plane. If you got it flying, it would just go in circles around you. I guess you could pull the handle one way or the other to make the plane lift or dive - we never got that far


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Sheesh, Janet, How old ARE you? As I recall, it was between the years 1939 to 1944 that I was fitted.
I don't know, but I thought you were old enough to know to never ask a lady her age!

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If only we had the internet back then, I'm sure I could have got some tips to get it going. But then, we'd probably put our eye out!
I wonder if these are still sold to children? Highly flammable fuel, a plastic prop spinning at a few thousand RPM, incredible noise.

I had poor luck with the Cox .049 engines, but the little Testor's .020 engines seemed to start a little easier.

Those were really fun times. We learned a lot of useful things in very informal, unstructured ways--saving up to buy these things, taking them apart, patience, working with your friends to learn the tricks, etc.
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You got it to start reliably? I can't count the number of hours spent crouched down beside my Cox PT-19 trainer with a giant dry cell battery clipped on that glow plug flipping the prop trying to get it to go. It was a major victory when the earsplitting noise would start, mostly we'd just go home with sore fingers and smelling of nitro fuel. But, what a thrill when it ran!


And then there were Estes rockets!
I finally did figure out how to start it. A spring starter helped immensely. But the trick was getting the prime mixture "just right" - not too much or it would flood, or too lean and it would either not fire or just pop. Lean was better, then you could creep up on richening the mixture until it hit the sweet spot.

And don't even think about trying to start it inverted as some installations had the cylinder. The prime would just pool in the glow plug and it would never get hot enough.

I had four or five of those engines from various plastic airplanes/cars. One we were willing to sacrifice to a movie effect. Somebody had an old tired FF model and we put an M-80 firecracker in it with a very long fuse and launched. It was almost as good as what we expected.

Of course no one gave a thought to the possibility of starting a fire. We just got lucky.
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REally love the memories.................anyone remember the TV show, "I remember Mama" that I watched when I was a really little guy? Anyone else dig foxholes and play Army when you were a little guy during and just after the 2nd WW?

Keep the blog going, all, I really like all the memories we're creating for each other.

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