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Old 09-23-2017, 07:25 PM
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:34 PM
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Works out to 110 mph on paper with 8" pitch and 13,800 rpm. YMMV
that 11,800 was peaked, the guys on the "Extreme Speed Prop Planes page" told me I would have to richen it up around 400, 500 RPM,, but it should unload that much in the air..

BTW, with that pipe the engine jumps to peak RPM almost instantly,, neat
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Old 10-07-2017, 11:00 PM
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Gas and electric are easier, cheaper, cleaner, and more convenient than glow. Naturally this has hurt the market for glow engines. Glow still has performance advantages in some applications. Electric lacks endurance and gas lacks power/weight in certain applications. Glow may die out with the people who were forced to learn them, much like actually building your model. I wont recommend glow for new modelers because I know its more work than they want to invest. Fortunately, there is a lot of very good NIB engines out there if they decided to stop making them.
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Old 10-08-2017, 12:07 AM
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I think glow is the best option , if you have good engines like OS and Saito they are very reliable and easy to use , they are the lightest option on 40 -60 size and makes cooler sound ,and you dont have to charge batteries between each flight just fuel up and fly. They also vibrate less than gas. Electric takes away some of the charm of modeling i think.
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:30 AM
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Adding CDI to a glow increases both power and flight times, it just adds a little weight. Something I may look into for my Mustang, which is my largest Glow at 1.25. Since it can run leaner, it uses less oil, so the plane doesn't get as slimy, no more so than an oil rich gasser.
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:49 AM
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Get one plane with a popper on it, tune it like you mean it, and fly that every so often just to show them you do know how. There is nothing sweeter than a well tuned Saito. I have one on my Somethin Xtra, and always get compliments on how smooth it runs.
I love your sig. It's fantastic and funny.

I love the old guys at my club too.. they're full of one liners like that. I told them I had retracts on my T-28 trojan, but I said it like this "yeah this baby has flaps and the landing gear retracts" and some smart mouthed whipper snapper yells over from the fight light, "They ALL retract!" lol. In context with your signature it's so true. Then they were helpful enough to remind me of a gear check pass before attempting to land just to make sure the gear was all down. So far so good on those.

Soooooo... the Popper.

I want one and I'd like to run this by you guys:

Here are my requirements.
1. It needs to have a wingspan no longer than 60 inches.
2. As much as I like glow engines and all, the cost for fuel is more than 5x the price of regular unleaded, but since this is a glow forum, let's pretend I want an engine .40 or higher that has a gasoline equivalent in case I need to swap it out if nitro goes to $150 a gallon.
3. I think I'd prefer a trainer over a low wing just because, while I can handle a low wing aircraft, I like the stability of a high wing.
4. I don't want to spend all winter building it while abandoning my family in the process (I do that... a lot.. need to stop) so I'd prefer an ARF.
5. I guess it can be made from foam or balsa. I hear they have gas powered foamies.

What do you think?
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Old 10-08-2017, 07:03 AM
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I would suggest a LT-40, but it has a 70" wing. I have a Saito FG-11 which is the gas version of I believe the 62, in it now. Prior to that I flew it with an OS-52. Then there is the Sig Somethin Xtra which is a mid wing, very fun to fly plane, and while it is no trainer, it does float well, and is tame on low rates. It also can fly well with an FG-14, which is a gas conversion of their 82. I have a Saito 72 in mine and it is a joy to fly. I have flown it so much the wings wiggle, yet still flies great.

Or you could go with an evolution 10CC which is a 2 stroke gas, if you don't mind the ugly noise they make, and find a plane that it will fit in. My planes are getting bigger as my eyesight is getting smaller, so my engines are growing up. I have a pair of NGH 38CC 4 stroke gas engines waiting for the B-25 to be finished, can't wait to hear what they sound like in a pair.
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Old 10-08-2017, 07:16 AM
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Glow won't fade away in my house/hangar/boathouse/garage. Gas engines are for yard work - I'll never use gas model engines. Ever. They are all proving to be far more cantankerous than glow engines are. The problem threads dealing with these engines shows plenty of problems with their cheap manufacture and finickyness.. I'll pass on gas.
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Old 10-11-2017, 02:00 AM
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Ihave 30cc limit,smaller is glow and bigger is gas and ihave couple alfa model electric planes with 3s1300mah batterys for winter use.
ithink that 20cc gas and smaller is under power and over weight.
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