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Old 02-08-2013, 03:19 AM
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On eBay there is a very overpriced auction for some old Estes equipment. However there is a plunger type launch controller I have never seen before. Not that I am an expert but I've seen most launch equipment, but not this. Anyone care to ID it? See the attached photo. It does not appear to be vintage. NOTE: I am having trouble attaching the picture so in case that never works the auction ID is 321069281917.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:27 AM
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at first I thought Centuri servo launcher....but I am not sure, judging from the price it's made of gold
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:06 AM
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On eBay there is a very overpriced auction for some old Estes equipment. However there is a plunger type launch controller I have never seen before. Not that I am an expert but I've seen most launch equipment, but not this. Anyone care to ID it? See the attached photo. It does not appear to be vintage. NOTE: I am having trouble attaching the picture so in case that never works the auction ID is 321069281917.


Slot car controller?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-TRA...=item53f464f08d
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:14 AM
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that does look like it.....back in the day with a long Extension cord We used a Aurora N Scale train Transformer as a power supply at a launch...so maybe it got "repurposed"
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:36 AM
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Defininately not a Centuri Servo launcher controller. Looks like a repurpose of some other piece of electrical equipment of some type. Looks like a brand name or product name on one end (Tradesman?), and a voltage rating sticker on the other end (max 30 volts, or some such).


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Old 02-08-2013, 09:17 AM
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Looks like some cheap brand firework/explosives detonator/controllor.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:55 AM
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OK, so... I read what it said on the side of it... "tradeship" and added "plunger controller", and Googled it:

http://www.bscra.byethost16.com/control/cont13.htm


Really? In this day and age NOBODY here thought of that???
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:56 AM
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OK, so... I read what it said on the side of it... "tradeship" and added "plunger controller", and Googled it:

http://www.bscra.byethost16.com/control/cont13.htm


Really? In this day and age NOBODY here thought of that???


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Old 02-09-2013, 01:58 AM
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A magneto launcher (either like a hand-cranked army field telephone, or a "T-handle" dynamite detonator) would be very useful, as it wouldn't require batteries. If a magneto wouldn't do the job by itself, it could be used to charge one or more capacitors, which could be discharged to fire the igniter or igniters.
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