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Old 07-27-2020, 03:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Hobbsy
The field is near Thornburg, Va. 41.1 miles from my house, with a nice Club House and shelter with electric power.



Nice. Mine is forty miles down the road too. Gives me plenty of time to get my nerves up.
i have grass strip at the local airport too, but that is too easy. Lol
Me and the new Saito three cylinder are not getting on well. First of my radials to violently trash talk the back of my gloved right paw.
Little does it know, I have carpenter hands.
It will comply.
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Old 07-27-2020, 06:23 PM
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Completely disassembled the 150 carb and found a tiny clear substance stuck at the spraybar slit and some minute debris in the inlet. Cleaned that up, ran it again and retuned. The lsn and hsn needed 1/2 turn in but power is still down 1/2 hp and it still won't idle below 2200. It's spinning a 15x8 at 8900 peak, should be spinning at 16x8 at that rpm.

Rechecked cam timing, rockers were dead even at tdc on the exhaust stroke. Tore down the engine and found the front bearing seal had popped out of the bearing but nothing else looks off. Bearings are new and smooth, compression is excellent, leakdown is excellent, no intake tract leaks detected, new ring, new valve springs, new fuel, new glow plug. Hmmmm

is there a chance that cam could be one of the older cams ?

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Hey Lonnie,
remember I said I balanced my old but new out of the bag wood Master Airscrew prop ?
remember I said it's balance was way off ?
remember I said I had to add a lot of glue ?
remember you said the hole could have been drilled off center ?
I checked !
you were correct !!

I removed the nose cone, and only one of the tabs on the back plate was touching the prop, both tabs should be touching the trailing edge of each blade, and only one is. it's off about 1mm,.. 1mm doesn't sound like much at the tab, but at the tip of the blade it must be off close to 3/8".
I can fix it with some work

Lonnie, you had it on that one
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Originally Posted by Glowgeek
Completely disassembled the 150 carb and found a tiny clear substance stuck at the spraybar slit and some minute debris in the inlet. Cleaned that up, ran it again and retuned. The lsn and hsn needed 1/2 turn in but power is still down 1/2 hp and it still won't idle below 2200. It's spinning a 15x8 at 8900 peak, should be spinning at 16x8 at that rpm.

Rechecked cam timing, rockers were dead even at tdc on the exhaust stroke. Tore down the engine and found the front bearing seal had popped out of the bearing but nothing else looks off. Bearings are new and smooth, compression is excellent, leakdown is excellent, no intake tract leaks detected, new ring, new valve springs, new fuel, new glow plug. Hmmmm

Lonnie, your engine is doing just fine, Clarence Lee got 8.800 with a Zinger 15 x 8 and 8,400 with a 16 x 8, Mike Billinton got 9,270 with an APC 15 x 8.

I have the very first 150 sold by Horizon, to my knowledge there has never been a cam change. I have my 150 chucked up with a 16 x 8 Xoar, the fancy one, I'll run a regular one too. I am not allowed outside when the weather/health conditions are in the red.

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Old 07-28-2020, 03:25 AM
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Well my Saito sickness continues.
found this awesome spaceman.
there’s vary little discoloration in the exhaust port like this engines been run a couple times and then that’s it.


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Sweeeet
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Nice find, congrats.

I just had to make a rear facing vent for my little 30's, one done so far, I tried to make it smaller but it's not much smaller. It looks good though. The stock vent is 4mm not 5mm like the larger ones. That helped some.



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What is the story on that 30? It appears to be a bit of a Frankenstein engine with the black cylinder.
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I like that look, silver case, black cylinder, silver rocker covers

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That fa30 is Sweeeet
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for the 150 Horizon's site says, quote> "16x8 APC @ 8800"

https://www.horizonhobby.com/product.../SAIE150B.html
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Yes, that's right Jim. Reports of the 150 spinning an apc 16x8 at 8800 to 9000 are out there a plenty.

On my high time 150 with weak power I found two problems.

First, the rear bearing was intermittently spinning on the crankshaft. Not enough to cause wear so I center punched the crank to tighten things up. This problem would not have caused power output issues.

Secondly, the rear bearing had spun in the case and built up an aluminum ridge on the bearing seating surface. I didn't catch that when installing the rear bearing, looked like it went in all the way, but no. This definitely could have caused diminished output power as the crankcase expands while heating up. It also would cause idling issues as things tightened up. I used an exacto to cut the ridge and a freshly sharpened screwdriver to scrape off the ridge. The bearing then went in all the way but only had a slip fit so I used a very thin film of JBweld to encourage the bearing to stay put.

Test runs tomorrow.

In an earlier post I made the claim that the 150 had a larger crankshaft than the 180. Not true, just me being me.

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it's good that it will set over night

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Yes, at least. I actually epoxied it yesterday morning, so two nights of curing. I said JBweld because that would work fine but the epoxy I actually used is designed for anchoring very large machinery to concrete floors, specifically turbine generators. It's designed for extreme compressive loads and requires a 72 hours cure time before reaching full strength. A nice feature is that it stays exactly where you put it, no runs, no sags. A friend from the industry gave some to me, I have no idea of the manufacturer or what it's called. I call it BA epoxy!

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That will be the last bearing that engine will ever need.
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The story, I sent my first 30 to William Robison for his Saito Notes he was compiling. As a little joke he sent it back with a painted cylinder. So, when I bought the second 30, I painted it also. They're slated for a twin if I ever get around to building it. The twin is called the 50 Caliber, (twin 25's).


Eureka model 50 Caliber

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It looks good with the black cylinder. The .50 Caliber is a good looking twin. Its never too late to change your mind.
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Originally Posted by acdii
That will be the last bearing that engine will ever need.
Lol, you mean the last bearing it'll ever get? Nah, laquer thinner is the ultimate epoxy remover. An overnight soak and a little heat, the bearing will just fall out. Test runs on the 150 this morning.

I recently bought a set of rocker covers that had JBweld on the tops to keep nose overs from scarring them. Overnight soak, done. Unfortunately they were scarred underneath the epoxy anyway. Great seller, refunded my money before I even asked for it. That went a long way towards restoring my confidence in fellow modelers.
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Originally Posted by Hobbsy


Eureka model 50 Caliber
AKA rocket! I hope those reflexes are still up to snuff.

Once unloaded in the air a couple of 10x9's will pull that slick little girl along at around 70-75 mph. Good times 9x10's even faster. Woohoo, giddy up and yeehaw!

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Saito fa150 Test Run

APC 16x8 (sport)
F plug
15% Nitro/17.5% oil
8700 Peak
1700 Idle
2.486 hp (calculated)

Ring is still quite new, might see 8800 or more later. I'm quite happy with it.

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Good test, thanks
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Looking forward to your 150 test results Dave, when it cools off of course.
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Originally Posted by Glowgeek
Saito fa150 Test Run

APC 16x8 (sport)
F plug
15% Nitro/17.5% oil
8700 Peak
1700 Idle
2.486 hp (calculated)

Ring is still quite new, might see 8800 or more later. I'm quite happy with it.
those numbers tell us alot about that engine. like> that engine would be very happy to turn a 17x5 on a big slow flying plane. or a 15x9 on a mid size faster sportster

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A 15x10 on a P51 or Spit would be sweet too.
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LOL it sure would

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