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The Futaba F-66 Radio Control

The model in the video below uses a 45-year-old radio control system (Futaba F-66) that only controls the rudder using a rubber band powered clockwork mechanism. The radio has one button which you press in the correct sequence to get right, left, or neutral rudder. If you listen closely you can hear the escapement unwinding every time the control button is pressed. The model has a 36″ span and is powered by a Cox .020 engine.

This is the first in a series of articles focused on the history of Radio Control Modeling.

I’d love to hear from anyone that has stories and or pictures that I could use for this series of articles. 

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