Register

If this is your first visit, please click the Sign Up now button to begin the process of creating your account so you can begin posting on our forums! The Sign Up process will only take up about a minute of two of your time.

Results 1 to 8 of 8

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Moorpark, CA
    Posts
    24
    Gallery
    My Gallery
    Models
    My Models
    Ratings
    My Feedback

    Currently Available Fuel

    I have several O.S. 46FX ABN engines. Some have been used a lot and a couple still new in the box. I have been out of flying for a few years and have become unfamiliar with the fuels available today. A quick trip to my local hobby store and all I saw was Cool Power and Powermaster. However, neither mentioned castor in the blend, which I think ABN engines need. And all of the fuels seem to have only about 17% oil. I think 20-22% used to be more common. Anyhow, the question is what fuel should I use to break in the new engines and what fuel in them once broken in? Thanks a lot.

  2. #2
    downunder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
    Posts
    4,420
    Gallery
    My Gallery
    Models
    My Models
    Ratings
    My Feedback
    Avoid the Coolpower because it's only 17% oil and all synthetic. Check out the Powermaster fuels web site at http://www.powermasterfuels.com/inde...&id=6&Itemid=8 and down at the bottom under Control Line you'll find some very suitable fuels which your LHS should be able to order in for you. Personally I'd go for the GMA 5/22 which is a castor/synthetic blend and use it for both running in and flying.

  3. #3
    Sport_Pilot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Acworth, GA
    Posts
    13,404
    Gallery
    My Gallery
    Models
    My Models
    Ratings
    My Feedback
    At todays fuel prices suggest that you mix your on.
    Glow Head Brotherhood #15

  4. #4
    1QwkSport2.5r's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Cottage Grove, MN
    Posts
    5,116
    Gallery
    My Gallery
    Models
    My Models
    Ratings
    My Feedback
    Quote Originally Posted by Sport_Pilot View Post
    At todays fuel prices suggest that you mix your on.
    +1.
    GlowHead Brotherhood #3
    Using Dynamite, Enya, Fox, Jett, K&B, SH, Super Tigre, Thunder Tiger, and Traxxas engines.


  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Ivyland, PA
    Posts
    2,075
    Gallery
    My Gallery
    Models
    My Models
    Ratings
    My Feedback
    You can add oil to your coolpower to bring it up to 20%. Castor and synthetic can be shipped without a hazardous material charge. A gallon of castor is around $16 and a gallon of synthetic is around $24. Sig, S&W and probably many others will sell and ship gallons of oil.

    Alternatively your LHS might be willing to order the fuel you want. It might take a long time to come in with their next regular truck delivery. Otherwise you would incur the hazardous material charge, which is high.

    Blending your own is even better, but you will need a local supplier of methanol and nitro. Race tracks sometimes will sell methanol to modelers. I don't know where to get nitro.
    Last edited by JPMacG; 12-21-2013 at 09:07 AM.

  6. #6
    1QwkSport2.5r's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Cottage Grove, MN
    Posts
    5,116
    Gallery
    My Gallery
    Models
    My Models
    Ratings
    My Feedback
    Quote Originally Posted by JPMacG View Post
    You can add oil to your coolpower to bring it up to 20%. Castor and synthetic can be shipped without a hazardous material charge. A gallon of castor is around $16 and a gallon of synthetic is around $24. Sig, S&W and probably many others will sell and ship gallons of oil.

    Alternatively your LHS might be willing to order the fuel you want. It might take a long time to come in with their next regular truck delivery. Otherwise you would incur the hazardous material charge, which is high.

    Blending your own is even better, but you will need a local supplier of methanol and nitro. Race tracks sometimes will sell methanol to modelers. I don't know where to get nitro.
    I order oil from SIG, their pricing is $23/gal for castor, $40/gal for Klotz and add shipping. They charge me $10 per 4-gallon case for shipping. I ordered my last gallon of nitro from Amazon for $55/gal and FREE shipping, and methanol is $2.65/gal. I make 5 different fuel blends costing between $10 and $20 per gallon. For what mixed fuel costs at the hobby shops around here, it's ludicrous to buy premixed fuel. Methanol comes from an oil company (gas station) that also sells race gas and nitromethane. The nitro only comes in 55gal drums though. Glow fuel is $25-$40/gal around here depending on what kind of fuel it is.
    GlowHead Brotherhood #3
    Using Dynamite, Enya, Fox, Jett, K&B, SH, Super Tigre, Thunder Tiger, and Traxxas engines.


  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Ivyland, PA
    Posts
    2,075
    Gallery
    My Gallery
    Models
    My Models
    Ratings
    My Feedback
    I just checked S&W's website. Castor is around 24 and synthetic is 40. My previous figures were wrong. For someone who lives nearby (like me) they will give a nice discount if you pick it up at their factory.

  8. #8
    1QwkSport2.5r's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Cottage Grove, MN
    Posts
    5,116
    Gallery
    My Gallery
    Models
    My Models
    Ratings
    My Feedback
    Quote Originally Posted by JPMacG View Post
    I just checked S&W's website. Castor is around 24 and synthetic is 40. My previous figures were wrong. For someone who lives nearby (like me) they will give a nice discount if you pick it up at their factory.
    It costs more in gas than it does to ship to my house from SIG. Even if I drove the wife's car that gets 33mpg. It would be nice if I was closer.
    Last edited by 1QwkSport2.5r; 12-24-2013 at 11:03 AM.
    GlowHead Brotherhood #3
    Using Dynamite, Enya, Fox, Jett, K&B, SH, Super Tigre, Thunder Tiger, and Traxxas engines.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:07 AM.

SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.