Genius takes on many forms, not
the least of which is the ability to concoct and compose an [almost] believable
a story describing in the utmost detail the technical workings of a complex mechanical
gadget. Items such as a mizule wrench, meta-phasic shielding, blinker fluid, a left-handed
screwdriver, and - one of my favorites - the muffler bearing, have been heard in
comic routines... er... routinely. No matter how many times you hear them you always
laugh again. Some are actually a
portmanteau and just sound funny while others are completely
made up (here is a random technology phrase generator for you).
This article that appeared in a 1966 issue of R/C Modeler magazine is amazing;
it pegs the B.S. detector from beginning to end. If you haven't seen the Rockwell
Turbo Encabulator video, take a look at the bottom.
The Digital Decabulator: RCM Technical Breakthrough
An Inverse Reactive Current Servo Developed By The RCM Technical Staff
It seems as though many breakthroughs are being made in our hobby. As proof of
this look through the last several months copies of the different model magazines.
Everything from the kicking duck to pulsed reeds are described as breakthroughs
even though some of the items were conceived as far back as "Air Trails." We at
RCM are embarrassed that we haven't come tip with a breakthrough of equal magnitude
and would like to offer this article to show how much we are concerned. We feel
that this article is equal to or exceeds any breakthrough published in the model
press over the last decade, and is our official breakthrough for 1966.
For a number of years, work has been proceeding in order to bring perfection
to the crudely conceived idea of a servo that would not only supply inverse reactive
current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would also be capable of automatically
synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Such a servo is the "Digital-Decabulator." Basically,
the only new principle involved is that instead of relying upon hydrostatic activation
of the negative control mechanism the machine has a magnetic amplifier thrust action.
The original machine had a base plate of prefabulated amuline, surmounted by
a malleable logarithmic casing in such a way that the two spurving bearings were
in a direct line with the pentametric gear. The ambifascient lunar waneshaft was
supported so that side fumbling was effectively prevented. The main winding was
of the normal lotus-o-delta type, placed in panendermic semi-boloid slots in the
stator, every seventh conductor being connected by a nonreversible tremie pipe to
the differential girdle spring on the "up" end of the grammeters.
"I forgot to switch on the what?" (Dedicated to Ralph Brooke!
Forty-one manestically spaced grouting brushes were arranged to feed into the
rotor slip-stream a mixture of high S-value phenylhudrobenzamine and 5% reminative
tetryliodohexamine. Both of these liquids have a specific pericosities given by
P 2.5C 6.7', where P is the diathetical evolute of retrograde temperature phase
disposition and C is Cholomondeley's annular grillage coefficient. Initially N was
measured with the aid of a metapholar refractive pilfrometer (for a description
of this ingenious instrument, see L. E. Rempelverstein in "Zeischrift for Elektrotechnistatichs-Donnerblitze,"
Vol. v11), but up to the present date nothing has been found to equal the transcendental
Electrical engineers will appreciate the difficulty of nubing together a regurgitive
pruwell and a supremitive wennel-sprocket. Indeed, this proved to be a stumbling
block to further development until, recently, it was found that the use of anhydrous
nagling pins enabled a kryptonastic bolling shim to be tankered.
The early attempt to construct a sufficiently robust spiral decommutator failed
largely because of a lack of appreciation of the large quasi-iestic stresses in
the gramlon studs. The latter were specifically designed to hold the roffit bars
to the span-shaft. However, when it was discovered that wending could be prevented
by a simple addition to the living sockets, almost perfect running was secured.
The operating point is maintained as near as possible to the h.f. rem peak by
constantly fromaging the bitumogenous spandrels. This is a distinct advance over
the standard nivel-sheave in that no dram-cock oil is required after the phase detractors
Undoubtedly the Digital-Decabulator has now reached a very high level in technical
development. It has been successfully used for operating noffer trunnions (similar
to ailerons). In addition, whenever a varescent skor motion is required it may be
employed in conjunction with a drawn reciprocating dingle arm to reduce sinusoidal
Of course some work is still necessary before it can be manufactured but the
advanced technician should find this article invaluable as reference material. One
word of caution! BEFORE STARTING WORK ON THE SERVO BE SURE YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND
Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form
of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey
through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo,