You're 100% correct. But I remember the beige box and a red/green
battery meter on a MRC (or memory is fading... International
Rectifier?) unit from when I was a kid too. Would've been early
Did International Rectifier sell remote control systems, or was it
always model rectifier?
And I may have been exaggerating about "early", the real early
pioneers did it using vacuum tubes as I recall!
I used to have a MRC transmitter but it was a 4 channel, 2 stick open gimbal
unit. My first used R/C helicopter came with a Citizenship radio, looked a
lot like Kraft parts. I had a LaTrax Corvette that had a transmitter like
the one in the picture except it was silver/gray color. I guess many of the
old wheel transmitters had pretty much the same box & layout.
Given its tiny diameter and enormous units, I reckon it's one of
those things you run over a map to find the RL distance between two
points on that map. (The wheel design has the advantage over a
ruler that you can easily steer it around bends and corners.) I've
got one myself somewhere (albeit a rather newer one!) - jolly
useful in the days before satnavs and Web-based route planners.
Richard Heathfield <http://www.cpax.org.uk
Email: -http://www. +rjh@
Hmm, I going to be a sea lawyer here then, and call foul. :-)
The game is to identify the object, which Howard properly identified
as a 'Sugar Cane Crusher'. The official name is a 'Cane Mill', so he
was pretty much spot on.
Mentioning that it was not sugar cane was a red herring....he never
said it was. He offered that they were 'making molasses', which was
Anyway, I think its just incidental that they were making molasses at
that fair...the item is a Cane Crusher, primarily used to crush sugar
cane, but often used to crush other things, too. :-)
(I'm not a real lawyer, but I play one on the internet)
I replied to this post over 5 hours ago and it has shown up yet,
hopefully this won't turn out to be a double post, here is what I
Had I known that it was a cane mill I would have posted a different
had been told that it was a sorghum press for making sorghum molasses
hadn't yet found one on the web. So I agree that Howard's answer was
correct. Also, thanks for the links, I'll use one on the answer page.
The first item this week, the long tool with a blade and U-shaped
hasn't yet been guessed correctly but as a clue I'll say that it's
to the cane press.
1553 - Futaba FP-T 2F radio control transmitter, maybe late 1970s.
Fairly dirty, so might have been used with gas powered cars - fuel, oil,
rubber dust from the tires, 1/4" off the; incredibly filthy things.
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