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Old 06-20-2021, 03:55 AM
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Default Brodak .049 engine

Looking for details, performance, and reviews of this engine. Can anybody offer advice?
Old 06-20-2021, 07:38 AM
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I've got one NIB but never run; I remember folks on-line reporting low power output around the time it came out (purchased at 10th annual Brodak fly-in '06).

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Old 06-20-2021, 07:46 AM
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Thank you for the reply. I'd like to try something other than old cox parts assembled into a "new" engine. Are there any other engines of the same or nearly the same size?
Old 06-20-2021, 10:01 AM
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I don't know of any new engines; I've been keeping my Cox engines going with occasional purchases from Cox International in Canada - especially including glow heads and props in nearly every order. I've also bought what appear to be new, old stock engines from them. Yet, even their supply appears to be dwindling now to my dismay...

I certainly would like to see something new for 1/2A - and even glow in general - but I'm pessimistic and think that scrounging is going to the only way to move forward from now on - unless I can improve my machine skills drastically (have doubts this would happen for me).

What depresses me: logic dictates that scrounging for stuff is no assurance of a good find, is finite, and will come to an end too.
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I think you are correct....sadly. 049's were a lot of fun whether attached to a plane or an oily rag.
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Old 06-20-2021, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Lifer View Post
Thank you for the reply. I'd like to try something other than old cox parts assembled into a "new" engine. Are there any other engines of the same or nearly the same size?
Yes there are a few good ones still being made. Some are much more powerful like the Fora. MP Jet, Norvel (NV) and PAW from England are some others. I doubt they will be in a local hobby shop, they would need to be ordered.
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Old 06-22-2021, 07:59 PM
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The Brodak engine is a poor choice in my opinion. It is heavy for it’s weight and power, just not worth the effort. It’s the venerable Cox Surestart or Black Widow that you should be looking for in my opinion.

You would do well to ask fellow modeling friends in your area for Cox engines and parts. Many longtime modelers have a shoebox full of 1/2A stuff laying around and they are often eager to give it to someone that will use it.

Once word got out that I like 1/2A stuff, folks gave me all the Cox engines and parts I could ever use. I have dozens of Cox engines of all different sizes, most in very good condition and most were given to me because I enjoy flying them.

Newer modelers often don’t realize just how popular 1/2A was “back in the day”, millions of the little jewels were made by a whole slew of different companies with Cox the most prolific. I read somewhere that Cox alone made over 25,000 engines a week for many years.

Rest assured that the engines and parts are out there and all you need to do is ask around a bit. They are dead simple to repair and run, with plenty of help available here and elsewhere online. Some of my best runners were the worst looking when they were given to me, just a little time and care they run perfectly. It’s rare to find one that is worn out, most were run for only a few flights and then stored away. In fact I have one that I ran almost weekly for two years and it still runs very well. Properly set up and cared for they are incredibly reliable, inexpensive and fun to fly with awesome performance.

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