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Post  ian1954 on Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:10 pm

This is probably one of the finest engines produced by the late Gordon Burford. It was a very powerful engine for its class in the day and the only Australian engine in my collection.

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Pity it isn't a diesel!
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Post  rsv1cox on Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:46 pm

Beautiful engine Ian named after a deadly Australian snake. Do you plan or running it, or are you like me setting aside these special engines to keep and admire?

Bob
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Post  Oldenginerod on Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:12 pm

We Aussies are very proud of Gordon's achievements in engine design & construction.  I have no experience with his glow engines, but have five Taipan diesels.  My favorite is the Tyro 1.9cc.  I've had it since high school.  Bought it cheap off a guy who couldn't get it running.  It's an easy starting, beautiful running engine.
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This one I reported on a while back.  It's a 1cc.  Haven't got around to cleaning it up and running it yet.
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This is his earliest Taipan glow.  Very clear design features "borrowed" from the OK Cubs.
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Every Aussie modeller growing up in the 60s & 70s probably had a Taipan, or certainly knew someone who did.
Sadly, Gordon's son Peter only built one engine after his father's company stopped production, the PB.033.  
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Obviously built for the niche market.  The website is still up, so looks like it may still be in production, but the price is mighty inhibitive.
http://www.peterburford.com.au/
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Post  Oldenginerod on Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:23 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Beautiful engine Ian named after a deadly Australian snake.  
Bob

Yes indeed Bob.  We have a few in the top ten deadliest snakes list.  Inland Taipan is considered the world's most toxic.  10 times more venomous than the Mojave Rattlesnake.  50 times more venomous than the common Cobra.

We watch our step affraid

Gordon obviously wanted to make an impact with the choice of name.  His earlier engines were called "Sabre" but he was taken to court by North American Aviation, makers of F-86 Sabre jets, so he had to change the name.
Did they really think that their market might have been jeopardized by Gordon using that name? Huh...
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Post  duke.johnson on Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:21 am

I have one of these. Great running engine. I've run mine on a combat model and currently on a carrier model with a carb. I don't have the muffler and I think mine has a metal backplate. My understanding is the Cox conquest parts interchange. A friend and I both built the same carrier model, mine with this engine and his with a conquest. They both reached the same high speed times.
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Post  ian1954 on Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:22 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Beautiful engine Ian named after a deadly Australian snake.  Do you plan or running it, or are you like me setting aside these special engines to keep and admire?  

Bob

I run most of my engines before a good clean. This will be no exception but I doubt that I will ever fly it. I reserve that for engines that are repairable or easily replaceable.

I like all the Taipan engines - the castings are superb but they are a bit or a rarity here - especially in this condition and 40+ years old.

It needs a little TLC to restore to "shelf queen" but the effort is worth it for an engine like this one.

The only poisonous snake we have here is the Adder and ...

"No one has died from adder bite in Britain for over 20 years. With proper treatment, the worst effects are nausea and drowsiness, followed by severe swelling and bruising in the area of the bite. Most people who are bitten were handling the snake. Treat adders with respect and leave them alone."


However, we are more like to die if we visit the hospital for treatment!

http://www.rentokil-hygiene.co.uk/specialist-disinfection/healthcare-cleaning-services/superbugs-caught-in-hospitals/




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