This is the ULTIMATE R/C ENGINE TEST / DISPLAY STAND. I have been making test stands in my spare time on and off since 1988 and this stand is the final culmination of experience and suggestions by fellow modelers. Each one of these stands is built one at a time so therefore each stand is unique to the others. They are quality constructed out of furniture grade hardwoods and measure 8 1/2 X 10 1/2 X 6. Many have tried to copy my stand but none have been able to duplicate the quality or the use of materials that are incorporated in my stand. I also try to keep my stands as simple as possible with fewer moving parts. The more complicated it becomes, the more likelihood problems will develop. As the old saying goes, keep it simple stupid!
Special features of this stand is my use of the sliding mounting blocks which hold the engine in place on the stand. They slide horizontally so almost any size engine can be accommodated (see picture with ruler, the blocks are almost 5 inches apart). The lock in feature of these blocks keep them in place making engine installation easier. The engine is locked in place in the mounting with 2 1/2 X 1/4 X20 hex cap bolts up through the aluminum T-track, mounting blocks and cap and secured with 1/4 X 20 hex head nylon insert lock nuts. The front edge of the mounting blocks is higher to prevent any possible forward movement of the engine while is is being run, this is a safety feature.
Another special feature is on the rear of the stand where there is a t-track with two captured 1/4 X 20 hex head bolts allowing the throttle and fuel tank Assembly's to slide back and forth horizontally for adjustments or to be completely reversed depending on where the throttle is located on any particular engine.
The fuel tank holders height can be adjusted and locked in place with a phenolic knob by simply tightening it after the height is established. Its position can also be reversed with the throttle. The 10oz Dubro fuel tank is not included.
The throttle control assembly can also slide horizontally in the same T-trac and can also be reversed (see photos) depending on the throttle location on the engine. This eliminates bending of the push-rod, it no longer matters where the throttle on any engine is located The throttle is a simple friction controlled mechanism, by simply tightening the phenolic knob which tightens two blocks of wood against the push-rod causing friction, it can also be locked in place at a set rpm.
Almost any engine can be set up on this stand as you can see in the photos, you can even set up those small tank mounted engines by drilling mounting holes in the front of the mounting blocks and securing the engine with small socket head screws. I honestly don't know how large an engine this stand can handle, One of my customers said he used it to break in a Saito 1.80 without any problem at all and felt he could go larger. Of course safety is of primary concern, you definitely should start by securely fastening the stand down to something substantial, next make sure the engine is secured tightly under the mounting blocks and there is no movement, and last but certainly not least is a properly balanced propeller. After starting engine make all adjustments from behind for safety sake.
The base is made from 3/4 furniture grade Cherry plywood (THE ONLY PLYWOOD USED ON MY STAND) it is trimmed with Solid Cherry Hardwood as are the Mounting Blocks. The Throttle Control & Fuel Tank Holder are made from American Beech hardwood, and it is is all polyurethaned for fuel protection. The stand can be screwed or clamped down using the pre-drilled holes to a deck, bench or something substantial and the engine then test run or broken in. This is a great item for breaking in new engines. It is also nice enough looking that it can be used as a display stand for that favorite vintage engine. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FIRST TWO PHOTOS ARE THE ACTUAL CHERRY STAND.
The first prototype of this stand went to a man in New Jersey in early Jan. of 2008 after his suggestion of using the sliding dovetail (which I no longer use) on the rear of the stand as well as the front, well the stand became too busy so I toned it down by using the T-trac, and now I use the trac's, both on the rear as well as the front. He loved it because of all the adjustment possibilities and had to have it, but he wanted me to number it number 1, date it and sign it, and suggested I keep doing that, so each stand is numbered, dated and signed in a small spot on the bottom.
The Engines & Fuel tanks shown in the photos are not included.
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