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Back To The Future - A R/C Transmitter for Planes That Doesn't Need Power!
In the movie "Back To The Future" at 21:11 Min. into the movie, when the doctor is controlling the DeLorean with a Futaba AIRPLANE Remote Control Transmitter, you can clearly see that the transmitter is off, and the battery level is at zero.
I have a similar model Futaba controller, and I can tell you there isn't enough power in the battery pack at 50% to run the thing, let alone 0%, even in an earlier scene (20:32) where the power LED is on, and the switch is in the "On" position, the gauge still reads 0%, and the LCD at the bottom is blank (the LED was probably filled in later when noticed).
Other things wrong with this scene:
Controls are used improperly: E.G. the right Y axis was used for the throttle, when it's supposed to be the left Y axis; Incorrect cross control (when the car is facing you, you push left to make the car go right).
Thanks for your time,
Hope this helps,
Special Requirements:
DVD and/or VHS of Back To the Future, A player for one of those formats, Some sort of monitor or T.V. screen.
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Nabeel_co on 07-21-2004
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Davo100 writes:
It is entirely possible that the Doc re-configured the controller to his own specifications. Given the Doc's penchant for tinkering, I would say it is VERY VERY likely he did!!!! Sorry, not a valid slip-up!!!!
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LBFilms writes:
Nabeel_co wrote "Just trying to make some thing to do that, is a waste of time, and is FAR away form current technology..." Well, in all fairness I would have to say that I couldn't care less about R/C items and I have no idea what the whole "cross control" thing is about...but I would also say that FARTHER away from current (or 1985) technology is the ability to create a time machine out of a Delorean. You're right...those people are actors and it JUST a movie. But, in all fairness, you believe that the Doc was able to create a time machine and not reconfigure the controller to his liking? I think he probably did..."suspension of disbelief," people.
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Nabeel_co writes:
In the movie he wasn’t even using the controls properly! He pushed the right control stick to the upper right to move the car straight back. Even if the controller did have an automatic cross control feature, it wouldn’t affect the up and down movements of the control stick. Even now a days there isn’t such a thing as automatic cross control on those kinds of R/C transmitters, or a manual cross control switch for that matter! Any one who uses R/C Transmitters and receivers on a regular basis, and knows a fare amount about electronics and computers, can tell you that THAT WAS A SLIP UP!, and there was, and still is, no way for the controller to automatically compensate for cross control. Just trying to make some thing to do that, is a waste of time, and is FAR away form current technology. BTW, Remember, these people ARE actors! And this is just a movie! Even I’ve made that mistake when fooling around with my controller when it’s off!
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