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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    No, it's not you. I just tried both sites and no connection. I wouldn't worry too much, it's probably a server on the blink. Been there many times.

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    Mitsu1,

    PM me with more details. I'm about 100% sure this would be a software glitch somewhere.
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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    Just to let people know about my experience with copperhead aviation. I recieved the engine two and a half weeks after I ordered it which is not that big of deal except that I ordered it on oct. 18th and it was supposed to be shipped priority mail which takes three days or less(according to the post office) so it should have been here no later than the 23rd. I called on the 24th nobody answered so I left an Email. I was told it shipped on the 24th. It finally showed up on nov. 2nd and the date on the post office decal on the package said shipped 10/29/07 so thay did not not ship on the 24th like they said. The next problem was that I ordered 1 1/4 stand offs to come with it. They were listed on the packing list in the box but were not there. The bolts that hold the muffler on the engine were missing too. I tried calling every day after recieving the motor and no one will answer the phone so I have left three voice mails with my name, phone number, and my order number and to this day I have not heard back from any one. I have left three emails with all of my information and no one will reply. This kind of problem would be a minor issue with any other company because they would at least answer the phone and try and resolve the issue. The motor has a warranty but if you cant ever talk to someone if it breaks it really doesnt mean much. This is the first time I have ever complained about a company online but these guys have frustrated me to no end. Before I purchased the engine I had a few questions about its dementions and they were quick to email me back but now that they have my money they have washed thier hands of any customer service. I just hope it runs good or I just flushed $380 down the towlet. I would stay far away from company

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    Wow Looper .... I don't represent the company, but this just seems so out of character from my experiences with the company. I know Tim has been in China overseeing operations there (Not sure if he's still there??) ... or who has been left in charge of domestic operations, but when I bought 9 months ago, nothing like you described ever happened with me.
    .... Best wishes with your engine, as mine has perfrormed flawlessly, and has power more in line with what I'd expect from a 50cc than a 45.

    Daryl

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    Mfuess

    I sent you a pm
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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    I agree with Mitsu1, I have never had any issues with Tim and/or Venom........must be a mixup somewhere.

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    Try Mike Pilkenton mailto:team_omp@yahoo.com
    He might be able to help you out .
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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30


    ORIGINAL: w5kfg

    Mfuess

    I sent you a pm
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    Hey Bill!

    I just got back from a trip... I'll respond to your PM.


    THANKS!


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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    I hope that my experience is not the norm. for copperhead and from reading other posts its not, but they sure have frustrated me. The engine looks great and I hope it runs as good. Maybe someone from venom will read this and pm me so I can get what I paid for.

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    With Tim's absence in reply on these posts it seems that it is Amen to the Venom 45 production line. Sorry to surmise that as it's a great engine in the making. Teething problems we can all understand and somehow mutually resolve yet lack of communication is a death wish in the making!

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    I must agree ... that no activity on the message board is a little disheartening. The Venom 45 is still though a very, very nice, and trouble free engine for me. I hope Tim shows back up soon. When we last communicated, he alluded to some very exciting products in the pipeline.

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    Is the Venom engines being discontinued? I have seen no activity

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    No I think the Venom 45 is a brilliant piece of engineering in the making. Sure it's got bugs and we can all understand that new product can only develop by addressing the existing problems to get ahead. However, lack of communication and the loss of a superb engine brain like Mark Fuess in regards to warranty, is just plain suicidal. Since Mark left the team, as indicated some posts above. Tim's communication has also deteriorated. Maybe he is over committed by spreading himself over too many business avenues, short of capital or plain bi-polar! I hope he snaps out of it and gets back to the forum with some positive input otherwise we can say AMEN to a brilliant experiment, the venerable Venom 45
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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    OK, I'll chime in here...

    The Venom 45 is basically a nice engine. YES, it does have some issues... But so does DA, BME, 3W and other Engines. In my humble opinion (ONLY) Tim has way too many irons in the fire, and he "can" be very difficult to reach at times. I have experienced it, and many of you have experienced this as well. Regardless of reason, customers get very nervous when their investment (engine) isn't working right. And... when someone doesn't respond to their phone calls or e-mails to their liking, relationships get stressed.

    My philosophy is very basic, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you".

    I wish all you customers, Copperhead, & Tim all the best.

    I'll drop in from time to time to see if I can assist you somehow.

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    Tim,

    Just a thought to add to the Venom engines.

    1. Center drill & tap the prop shaft/stud for the spinner bolt. This would lessen problems finding a spinner nut and the possibility of not having enough threads for said nut. (some prop hubs are thicker than others, as we all know)

    2. Add a 2 1/2 " standoff to your current lineup. I know I need 2 1/2" for my Wild Hare Extra 300. Some others may need more length too. If you can't go with a 2 1/2", then a 1/2" to stack in with the 2" would be great. I guess you'd need to find 3" bolts too, but that shoud not be too much of a problem...microFastners should have 'em.

    That's all I can think of for now.

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    Oh, another question: What carb does the V45 have on it? I found the numbers someplace, but can't put my fingers on 'em now.

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    I am looking for a way to use a 3 1/2 " spinner on my Venom 45.

    Is there a nut that fits available..?

    Thanks,

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    The spinner adapter nut size you need is 10X1mm. Go back and read pages 16 - 17 of this thread.
    A good source for the item is here

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30


    ORIGINAL: dubflyer

    I am looking for a way to use a 3 1/2 " spinner on my Venom 45.

    Is there a nut that fits available..?

    Thanks,

    Dubflyer
    It is a semi-10x1mm, but not a perfect fit. If you have a 10x1mm die or thread chaser you really need to re-work the threads to make them right.


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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    Hi there,

    I have a Venom 45 that I traded for with a person here on RCGoups. It is new but I think it is too big for the plane I am building. I would love to trade it for something a little smaller and thought I would throw this out here (even though I know this is not a for sale thread). I would sell it for a very good deal if anyone is interested. Looking for something in the 26 cc range, MVVS or Evolution would be ideal.

    It looks like a very nice engine, just too much for me. I am still new to gas and I did not realize what I was getting. thanks, my apologies if I should not post this here.

    Steve steveo64@earthlink.net

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    Hello All
    I too am somewhat concerned that Tim is not replying or posting any type of update on this site. If one has warrenty probs is it just fix it yourself?? I think Tim could at least update one way or the other.... has anyone tried that carb plate fix to stabilze air pressure with cowl on?? if so please post.. I think it is offered by TBM engines and is about $7.95......I bought another engine a DL50 and the customer service has been super,,,this was bought just in case of issues with the venom and no way of getting it fixed......just my thoughts...

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    RE: Copperhead Venom 45

    Hi all



    I had a very bad experience with the Motor Venom 45 and the company that sells this motor COPPERHEADAVIATION

    I bought this motor and installed on my plane YAK 54, after the first flight (I’m an experienced pilot) the carburetor parts were loose and

    lost, I got the parts for repair and use it again for 2.5 gallons.

    Last weekend during my flight the motor started making weird noises and then stalled.

    I safely landed my plane and while checking the motor, it was very easy to move by hand with a clank noise..

    After all that my friend and my self tried to communicate with copperhead aviation (Tim Folk) by phone, e-mail, messenger and fax

    we tried 2 days to contact them with no success (note it was not holiday, neither weekend)

    So I decided to open the motor and guess what? The crankcase was broken …



    There is not option for me other than throw away the motor or make my crankcase by myself with 4140T steel.. thanks god I have a machine shop.



    That is the reason I had this bad experience… judge by yourself.



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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    I have similar problems. I purchased the v45 sept 2nd 2007and have not even been able to put on a plane yet. When it arrived the long shaft was out of round. Finally got hold of Tim. sent it back for warrenty work. Two weeks went by and I happened to get Tim on the ph and he told me that someone at his business had shipped my engine to someone in NY while he was in China. He happened to answer the phone when I call abt 1 1/2 wks ago and told me he had my engine running on the bench as we were speaking. He replace the crank, bottom crank case and new bearings and would ship it next day priority mail. 3 ph calls later and still no engine. [] I don't know how he is staying in business. I hope when I do get it back that it will run forever

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    Did you ask him what the hell is going on when you had him?

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    RE: Copperhead Aviation Venom 45-30

    Mitsu1
    All he told me was that he was in China. Someone else on here mentioned that he had to many irons in the fire. It seems to me that someone who owns a factory in China could afford to have a secetary or someone to answer phones. I hope that when and if I get my engine back, I don't have any more problems with as I don't know who would be able to get parts or do service work on the V 45
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