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    Diesel engines



    I grew up in Lafayette, LA, and watched and flew many a day at the old Hamilton School. Like many of you, I started in modeling flying Thimble Drome birds with Cox engines, it didn't take me long to move up to the big stuff. My first was a McCoy 35 stunt on a Ringmaster- life was so good back then. Toyed with Combat and Rat Race, but never amounted to much. Still, at age 65, soon to be 66, I well remember the sounds (I wear hearing aids now, what a surprise)of hot combat and rat raceengines and screaming and cursing. I'm not alone, I bet.
    And then just for fun, I tried a 15 diesel and was taken. I have since owned a PAW 15 and a David Anderson Drabant 15, now have a chinese copy of an Oliver Tiger 15. I am presently in the hunt for a used Oliver Tiger 15, any model/mark, in decent shape. I wouldalso like to find a used but in good shape PAW .15D. Remember the golden ruleof diesel fliers: if it doesn't stink to high heaven, then it's not a diesel.
    If anyone happens to need one, I have an older Fox 35 stunt, probably from the 60's or 70's. Will part with it at some unknown but terribly reasonable price.
    Some of the old timers, and youngers, were George Crain, Irvin Lauw, and George Hall. There was also a combat team that used to come in from some other town- they flew Qicker's, Voodoo's, and their own bird called a Banshee. Tough bunch with which to deal! If I could go back...
    Charles(Chuck) Smith
    Lafayette High School, class of 1964.
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    RE: Diesel engines

    Welcome back, Chuck!

    If you haven't noticed, there is an Everything Diesel forum here on RCU. Plenty of good info there.

    Diesels don't HAVE TO stink, but we do like it that way... About the only smell that can't be tamed is the ether in the unburned fuel. High quality kerosene, like Auto #2 diesel, and good castor (SIG may still sell Bakers' AA in gallon size), and a dash (3% to 5%?) of synthetic have very little stink. True, though, fuel stains are harder to wash out of clothes. If you have a "reasonable" supplier of commercial model diesel fuel, you are very fortunate. The diesel forum has plenty of ideas for brewing your own fuel, if you don't have a source of commercial model diesel fuel.

    All the best in 2012!

    PS: Weren't we all the fat kid in glasses in the Yearbook? Well, maybe not: I didn't need glasses for another 30 years or so...
    \\BEST\\LOU
    Lou Crane, Sierra Vista, AZ

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    RE: Diesel engines

    Hi Chuck, go to this forum for diesel buddies with lotsa info:

    http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/forumid_87/tt.htm

    I hope you find a used Oliver Tiger that is affordable; used ones

    are extremely collectable and will cost you $250-$300.

    For what it's worth, a good C.S. Oliver repro will out turn

    an original mkIII by 1,000rpm. I did the test myself.

    I pitted the repro against an Original Oliver mkIII, run just 15 miutes apart.

    I used the same prop and the same fuel. The CS engine

    actually turned 1,050 rpm faster than the original engine.

    However, the Original Ollie is fabricated to a much higher quality.

    I recommend that instead of the "Real Ollie", You find a new or used

    PAW .19 TBR instead. The .19 TBR is a twin ball bearing, very easy handling

    engine that has the same power as a Fox 35 stunt. It also has noticably

    more power than the PAW .15 TBR. Good luck;

    Tony


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    RE: Diesel engines

    I'm not sure if they are still available new, but I picked up a Rustler Olly repo. Really nice motor. Not as powerful as a Rothwell (but what is?) Ian is a forum member over at Barton control Line Forum
    http://controlline.org.uk/phpBB2/index.php
    Send him a PM and he'll let you know what's available & prices.
    Regards
    Greg

    Elwood: They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God.

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    RE: Diesel engines

    You can also buy a brand new Oliver from Tom Ridley. About £185, so probably cheaper than a used one, and can still be considered a genuine Oliver.

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    RE: Diesel engines

    Where can I order Ridley Oliver engines?

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    RE: Diesel engines

    Thanks for the info; much appreciated!


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