Extreme Speed Prop Planes Discuss the need for speed with fast prop planes (Screamin Demon, Diamond Dust, Shrikes or any REAL sound breakin'''' plane)

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Old 09-10-2008, 09:29 PM
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What'd you guys do? Finally finished up a year old gallon of 15% Omega. (Thats the pink stuff Vic). So old it looked like Wildcat.
$23*&^$%ing bucks for a new one! Good thing I found that leak in the tank on the old stuff last week.

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Old 09-10-2008, 09:51 PM
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I wish we could buy Omega or similar fuels in Oz for such a low price as $23
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Old 09-10-2008, 11:34 PM
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I think with that, has made up my mind for an engine for that Long EZ I just got. Now I need to go find all the poop on the one I thought I wanted last year.
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Yeah, 3 days ago I had to buy another gallon of Cool Power 15, like you said about $23!!! I was floored. What the heck is the deal? I'll definately be doing a lot more electric.
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I buy my Byron by the case (who knew it was pink too?) When I do this the LHS cuts me a little slack. Last time around it was $60 for the whole case.

CH, I guess you're changing to panties and electric power.
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Old 09-11-2008, 08:56 AM
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Since I've been flying electric my fuel lasts longer, I have maybe four or five gallons of CP 15%....

If my house gets broken into now I know who did it!!!
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:39 AM
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I bought a case of powermaster (6 gallons) at the start of the year at $15 / gallon.

I'm down to my last gallon, I hope I make it...
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Powermaster is usually around $22 a gallon for 15% here in CA. When I first heard of the nitro shortage a couple months back I bought a case of 15% Omega for $17.99/gal. and I felt lucky to find it.

I've seen gallons of PM 15% at races this year with price tags as high as $28/gal.
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Evan, your CP swill is safe right where it is.

I haven't used much PM before, I'm pretty much a Byron guy.
The only time I change brands is at a race where fuel is provided.
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Its apparently not the nitro that is really driving the prices.........

The FAI fuel is over $20 a gallon too. Nitro is only driving $3-5 of the cost.

Methanol is not all that hard to come by.

Ethanol use to be a "Cheap" alternative - but thats not cheap anymore either.
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North America still is a country of cheap fuels for our IC model engines, relatively...

We pay about 40 % more for the gallon than you guys - be it with or without nitro. [sm=spinnyeyes.gif]
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Due to my current location, fuel has been a problem. So I was buying cases of it when I could. But last year, I decided to start mixing fuel. You can have the oil shipped to you without any hazmat charges, and the methanol is easy to find locally because of go-cart racers. Methanol is only $2.5 to $3 a gallon, and you can buy 5 gallon jugs to hold it from any speed shop.

Fortunately I had 6 or 7 gallons of 65% fuel left over from my F1 days, so I am currently using that up by mixing it down to 10% fuel.

My main goal was to avoid the high prices, and the high hazmat charges. Since 85-95% can be cheaply purchased without paying high shipping or hazmat, it has kept my gallons under $10.
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Shoot. on the plus side here, one good reason to switch to gas is there is always a car around-I'm sorry Lord please forgive me!
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since i have small and large moki's that need only fai fuel i am currently looking into buying 5 gal amounts of methanol. add some castor oil and i should be good to go.

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untill recently the largest glow motor I was running was a 48 on a 4* 40. Now Ive got a showtime 90 with an OS pump 1.204stroker on it an them gallons are starting to disappear alot faster. Ive also got a mustang with a webra .91 on the way and I shudder to think of what its fuel consumption will be.
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