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Old 09-14-2017, 11:57 AM
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I don't know,but it seems like glow engines are fading into oblivion. Back in the early 1980's, here is what was readily available;; Fox,Enya,Webra,Rossi,Magnum,YS,Thunder Tiger,Supertiger ASP,Etc. Now it seems like OS,and Evolution are about it. Its' all going to electric now.
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I recently bought a new Saito 1.00, a new Saito 1.25, an FG 11, a Saito FA .40a, An OS .56 Alpha and OS .62v and a Laser 1.00. Glow is alive and well at my house.
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I don't know,but it seems like glow engines are fading into oblivion. Back in the early 1980's, here is what was readily available;; Fox,Enya,Webra,Rossi,Magnum,YS,Thunder Tiger,Supertiger ASP,Etc. Now it seems like OS,and Evolution are about it. Its' all going to electric now.
Glow is old technology and has been on the decline in the USA for a few years now, Magnum is supposed to be making a come back but yes OS Evolution and Saito are about it and if you notice these companies are starting to move more toward gas too.
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ASP is still selling a lot of engines, as is OS. There will always be a niche for these gems.
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Novarossi and Norvel (NV) Fora, Profi. MB.
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don't forget !! some of OS engines are made in China !!

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don't forget !! some of OS engines are made in China !!

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Great, someone likes to make them.
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great, someone likes to make them.
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lets not forget... OPS, CMB, Picco, K&B, RJL, YS, HB, HP, Top, AA Engines, FW, TecnoPower engines,

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And my personal favorite, JETT.
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And my personal favorite, JETT.
I wonder how Dub fared after the hurricane down there. Nothing noted on his website or in the support forum either.

+1 for Dub Jett engines. Novarossi is a close second for high performance engines.
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... and don't forget Rimfire 65cc, EFlite Power 160, AXI 4120/18.
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OS China built .95-v, a work of art and runs like a Swiss watch.
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One of Dub Jett's finest. BSE .35 turning an 8x6 APC; not peaked. Made in the good ol' USA.
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Who is selling Magnum now that Hobby people is gone? There are still a lot of us diehard popper flyers around. Nothing better than the smell and sound of a glow powered Saito running on 15% Wildcat 2&4. Larger planes are going gas mainly due to the cost of Glow fuel. I can't wait to hear what a pair of NGH38CC sound like running in sync. Four Stroke Gas with straight pipes.
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There's also the RCV sleeve valve four strokes.
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The new Magnum guy. https://www.mikegoesflying.com/produ...plane-engines/ I want to get another .15 and maybe a .25 soon. The Jetts are pretty nice.
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I wish I had a nickel for every prognosticator who has pronounced the demise of the glow engine. I could retire now.
And if I had a nickel for every prognosticator who has pronounced the demise of balsa airplane kits, I could buy my own island to retire to!
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Glow engines are suffering the same fate a cars.
There used to be tons of car manufacturers.
Studebaker, Willys, Packard, Desoto, Duesenberg,
Stanley Steamer, La Salle, Saturn, Nash, Scion, Kaiser,
Mercury and hundreds more are now all history. Pretty soon
it will be impossible to find any cars or glow engines at all.

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Dub did just fine. No flooding in either his home or his shop.
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Dub did just fine. No flooding in either his home or his shop.
Fantastic news. Thanks for posting that.
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Glow engines are suffering the same fate a cars.
There used to be tons of car manufacturers.
Studebaker, Willys, Packard, Desoto, Duesenberg,
Stanley Steamer, La Salle, Saturn, Nash, Scion, Kaiser,
Mercury and hundreds more are now all history. Pretty soon
it will be impossible to find any cars or glow engines at all.

Jenny
Many of the automobile names you listed are just brand names used by different car manufactures at times so even though the brand names were dropped the cars that carried those name were still around with different names at least
for a while. Take Sicion for example it was a Toyota brand and some of the cars are still available under the Toyota brand name, I dont think cars are going anywhere but glow engines are a old technology so they are not in demand like
they were twenty years ago. Because the demand is not there many companies stopped making them and other companies stooped importing them .

There will always be people that want glow and there will always be a way to get them but as time goes by I think we will see less and less of a selection to choose from.
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Hi!
The "problem"(if it is a problem...) with glow engines being outdated in favor of electric motors , seems to be world wide fenomen, at least in the western world. More new comers today are beginning their R/C career by buying instead of building , their first plane , and that being a plastic plane powered by an electric motor. Glow engines is something they dont see working and why use anything that cumbersome when it's so easy to just go electric, turn on a switch and everything is working. You don't have the hazzle with understanding how the engine works and you don't have to clean the plane fter every flying session.
More people today are not interested in being members in a club as before, at least it is so here in Sweden and I think it's the same over in the US too. AMA is on the decline and so are many more national R/C plane orginisations.
I myself am biased, I prefere glow engines! I like the sound and the smell of glow and diesel engines running on castor oil and I like R/C planes being powered by every type of combustion engine as they show that the person that handles them "know something"! Electric motors are more like "toys"! You don't have to have any knowledge to handle them.
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I tend to agree, Electrics are toys, takes very little knowledge to make them work. To properly size electrics for a build, there are calculators out there. Companies are also now sizing electrics in such a way that they will be easier to compare to a glow now. There is an art to fine tuning a glow or gas engine, and the sound they make just adds to the experience, especially when it rips the prop on a fly by.

The other reason for the decline are communities banning old school RC flying because of the noise. Many of the flying fields that were around where I live are long gone, replaced either with housing, or soccer/baseball/football fields. To find a decent field you have to travel long distances away from cities. The closest to me where I fly is on a private airstrip where we lease a small section to fly off of. It is a really nice quiet area, but the strip we have is short since we don't fly off the main runway. We do fly gas, and I'm probably the only one who flies small planes, and the only one flying glow. The others just fly gas and have given me their leftover glow fuel, so I wont need to buy any for quite some time. One of the guys gave me 3 glow engines, and has a box of parts for me too. They fly DA and DLE instead.

I love the smell of Wildcat too, and that all adds to the experience.
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One of Dub Jett's finest. BSE .35 turning an 8x6 APC; not peaked. Made in the good ol' USA.
.25 novarossi apc 8x4 standard muffler 19200rpm.
and ihave 1 fora.21 combat engine ,very light and powerfull.
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