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Post  66 Malibu on Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:14 am

Check out the Russian VA .020 engines for sell on eBay today for BIN $29.95 plus shipping !!!!
He must have a lot since he's sold a few in short time.
I always wanted one mainly for the curiosity value and I got it today ...
Search VA engines...
Best deal I've ever seen for any VA much less a .020...
FYI...Steve
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Post  badbill on Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:13 am

Good for a collector only, no plugs available Mad
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Post  66 Malibu on Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:26 am

Yes Bill,
I did take unavailability of plugs into consideration before I placed my order.
Since the VA .049 is interchangeable with the Cox TD .049/.051 with regard to glow heads and mounting holes, I'm gambling that the Russian logic will continue on the .020.
The description read that mounting holes were the same as the TD.020 flat back mount.
I figured a 50/50 chance that the Cox .020 heads may work.
This is the gamble you take with orphan out of production engines.
At any rate I'll get something I can enjoy from now on for the price of about 30 seconds of fun at Harrah's casino.

Steve......
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Post  Surfer_kris on Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:00 am

It would love to have a few of those, the shipping cost is kind of a killer though for me...

The VA .049 MkII does not use the Cox .049 head (unlike the Mk I), so I have made a Turbo plug head for mine instead. That could possibly be done on the .020 too, if there is enough room. I think Andy W (on RCU) also made a few carbs for these, when they first arrived some ten years ago (or more?).

Below are a few pictures of the .049 MkII RC, it will spin an APC 5.7x3 at around 19500rpm on 10% nitro Smile




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Post  66 Malibu on Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:45 pm

Kris,
Thanks for the info on the VA .049 Mark II glow head.
I've long wanted to get a Mark II but they seem to be few and far between and evoke vicious bidding when they show up for auction.
I remember an old contact buddy who said he had one years ago but he didn't remember if his dog ate it or it's lost in his sock drawer ?
Maybe if I can get it, I'll pay you to make another turbo or a nelson plug version glow head.
With your machine skills and tools, I'd ask you to make some turbo or nelson plug heads for TD.09's if I could.
Bet you could sell some here.. I'd be first in line for a couple...

OH yes, as I write this, The Ebay seller has sold 24 of the VA. 020's !!! He must have a bunch...
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Post  GWILLIEFOX on Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:44 am

Thanks for putting us onto the VA .020s.  Dave Acton who is selling them is one of the principals at PAL.  They have had many fine represent made by VA; new designs,  too.  Dave is president of the Brooklyn Skyscrapers, one of the oldest model airplane clubs anywhere.  Look up their website and enjoy it.  Their history is a history of model aviation.
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Post  66 Malibu on Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:37 pm

UPDATE....
My VA.020 arrived today and the glow plug IS NOT compatible with the Cox .020 glow head.
It is a small drop in plug and clamp design.
With some quick eyeball comparisons, It looks possible for a good CEF lathe man to machine down a .049 Merlin or a Glo-Bee drop in plug to work.
What ever the outcome, I got another pretty charm for my charm bracelet.
It'll look good with it's two bigger VA .049 Mark I brothers.
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Fighting the metric system one inch at a time !!!!
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Post  Ken Cook on Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:17 pm

It sounds to me like it's a Nelson drop in. Driskill lists the clamp but not the plugs. He refers to them as the flat element style. Bob Matte might also have a easy solution or even the plugs.  Seeing that this is associated to free flight it wouldn't hurt to contact Doug Galbreath. Bob Matte shows his mods here which is the plug I'm referring to as the Nelson drop in. http://www.flyfreeflight.com/Site/Cox_020_Rework.html
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Post  66 Malibu on Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:18 pm

Ken,
Thank you for the information about Mattes and Merlin !!!
I went to the Merlin website airplane product page and couldn't tell what I needed so I went to the Merlin price sheet.
They had a picture of the Glo-Bee flat coil and it looks just exactly what the VA.020 has.
I'll find if it works or not by ordering a couple or three and see if the spare parts dilemma is solved.

Thanks again.
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Post  Ken Cook on Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:31 pm

Steve, Glo Bee was a company in itself and were the first I believe to provide the flat coil element plugs. All Kelly is the owner of Merlin plugs and he incorporates the Glo Bee name to his drop in plugs. I don't know if Al owns the rights to the Glo Bee name what I do know is that the Merlin plugs are not even close to being the same as the original Glo Bee style. The outside diameter is different . I'm pretty certain that the small Nelson drop in plugs were a original Glo Bee. While Larry Driskill still sells the clamp, he did have plugs about a year ago. They're no longer listed on his site, but it's worth a shot at contacting him if interested. https://www.kittingittogether.com/

Doug Galbreath is a well known free flight builder and he would certainly know or offer his advice to this solution http://www.the-printer.net/DookCat.html


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Post  66 Malibu on Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:49 pm

Ken,
Great intel !! I'll order some from Merlin and see what's what.
Then I'll post what I find for anyone else who might have picked up a VA .020.
The eBay listing is gone now after 80 engines were sold !!! FWIW
Thanks Again,
Steve................
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Post  Surfer_kris on Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:05 pm

First I want ot thank Steve for posting about it here and of course I want to thank the seller for a great deal and service. Two of these engines are now in my hands.  Very Happy
With combined shipping it was a very sweet deal in total, in spite of the extra tax and stuff that we always need to pay here.

I only had time for a quick look at them tonight, my wife is yelling at me as I write, wondering what I'm doing...  Rolling Eyes

The engines are complete with extra head shims and piston shims (I assume), including two different intake venturies. The thread of the intake looks like a standard M5 so it should be quite easy to modify the intake or adapt a carb etc. From what I remember in the past these engines are said to be low compression and that seems true for mine. I didn't manage to get the conrod of the crank-pin, in order to check the piston attachment but it looks to be the threaded type that they also used on the .049 MkI. The head tool of the cox .020 fits the head clamp, and I removed one of the head shims, to run with a single shim. I think one could easily remove a little bit from the head in a lathe in order to increase the compression ratio further (or raise the piston a little if I manage to get it appart).

The engine is the smallest true ABC engine that I've had my hands on thus far and it looks very well made. The piston felt a little tight and rough in the bore at first but would go through TDC with a sharp flick. I gave it a short run today, with the smaller ventury, a graupner 5x2 prop, and 10%nitro (20% all castor) fuel. The engine starts easily on a port prime, but one has to careful as one can overprime it if too much fuel stays in the port. The fuel draw was not very impressive at first but I might simply need a smaller tank that sits closer to the engine. The needle ended up at 3.5 turns for a good start, peaking out at about 3 turns. The needle seems very uncritical and the engines handles very nicely, compared to a cox .020... cheers



So a big thanks again Steve, and I hope we can all update this thread with our findings, mods and tuning tips for these little gems! Smile


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Post  Ken Cook on Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:09 pm

Steve was the initial poster here so he takes the credit for this find. My son after reading this, purchased one and it arrived the other day. Very cool little engine. I have to offer my thanks as well because that price was amazing for that engine. Ken
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Post  1/2A Nut on Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:52 pm

What is the weight less prop?
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Post  Ken Cook on Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:50 pm

VA is ,84 oz. Cox Pee Wee is .81 - the prop screw
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Post  1/2A Nut on Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:34 pm

Thank you Ken, so 25g not bad at all.
Folks please share your flying vids and any bench tests!

The pee wee is a rough comparison as it has a fuel tank and heavy
back plate plus rear induction so power is down.

A TD .020 of mine is 27g with an aluminum carb body, aluminum back plate,
throttle sleeve, prop and spinner here are some results:

Unloads a 3.75x3 at 31,257 rpm
Static Test Carbon 3x3 / 30,764 RPM / In the air best pass 37,304 rpm
Unloads a 3.5x3.5 at 30,742 rpm

Here are some weights with throttles, spinner, odds and ends per engine.
To compare last engine is my lowest weight TD cylinder with reed valve induction .049









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Post  66 Malibu on Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:42 pm

Thanks Kris and Ken for the kind words...Glad you all picked up an engine or two to have some fun with ..
I got slowed last week due to family stuff so I placed my order with Merlin today to try to get compatible replacement plugs for the VA .020.
Researching the Mattes web site for the best info, I ordered the Glo-Bee #10 Black drop in plug plus some other stuff.
When it comes in, I'll find out if it fits and let everyone know......

Steve...............
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Post  Surfer_kris on Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:50 am

What are the glow Bee #10 drop-in plugs meant for, the Nelson clamp or something else?
I doubt that it would fit right in but it could possibly be machined down in a lathe. The VA head drops into the liner a little, in typical ABC fashion.

AndyW on RCU was turning down Cox .049 and .020 heads as replacements, using the stock head clamp. That was more than ten years ago by now, and I don't remember all the details...

Here is one of his movies from the time;

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Post  Ken Cook on Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:24 am

I looked at the plug closely last night, I discovered that a Norvel plug could work by taking .020" off of the outside diameter. The base would also need to be turned down which has plenty of material to do so. The VA plug seals due to a shoulder cut on the base of the plug. If a Norvel plug is to be used, the compression may slightly be lower due to the hemi portion of the plug. I want to give it a try. I just may have to remove a head gasket.
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Post  Surfer_kris on Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:48 pm

Here is a comparison with an AP .061 plug. It could possibly be made to "fit" but I don't think that there is enough material in the AP plug to create the same squish band area as the stock plug has....

It might be possible to make a turbo head for it though. The thread of the clamp looks like a M12x.075 thread, i.e. a fairly regular metric fine thread.



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Post  Ken Cook on Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:51 pm

Kris, the Norvel plus does have enough area but the dome of the hemi is quite higher. I read somewhere on the net that the stock plug has this .020 very under compressed. I haven't confirmed those findings. But I was thinking that if that was the situation a Norvel modified might make that worse. However, depending on how deep the shoulder cut was made to drop the plug height below the top of the cylinder may improve this. It appeared by glance that there was enough room to do so.
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Post  Ken Cook on Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:51 pm

Kris, the Norvel plus does have enough area but the dome of the hemi is quite higher. I read somewhere on the net that the stock plug has this .020 very under compressed. I haven't confirmed those findings. But I was thinking that if that was the situation a Norvel modified might make that worse. However, depending on how deep the shoulder cut was made to drop the plug height below the top of the cylinder may improve this. It appeared by glance that there was enough room to do so.
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Post  66 Malibu on Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:49 pm

FURTHER UPDATE...
I received the Merlin Glo-Bee #10 drop in plug and IT DOES NOT fit the VA .020 !!!
Maybe as Ken mentioned , it might be possible to cut down a Norvel .049/.061 plug to fit.
Otherwise, the VA will be run little or none, but since the OEM plug was probably made for high performance fuels it might last a long time with Cox 25% fuels.

FWIW ,Steve
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Post  Ken Cook on Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:36 pm

Steve, in doing a little research it was mentioned that the plug had this engine in a very decompressed state. This is actually good because it would certainly offer the plug a longer lifetime. This also tells me that the nitro could be increased quite a bit which I would bet that's what the free flight crowd was doing. Their engine runs are typically short.The Norvel plug would work. I would love to get a little lathe time over my friends house but that usually doesn't happen for me until the colder months. My flying partner is currently shaping up for the NATS so I really don't want to bother him right now. I still feel that Doug Galbreath could shed a bit of light on this subject.
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Post  66 Malibu on Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:48 pm

Thanks Ken...Always great intel !!!
If You need a couple of new Norvel plugs to try out on the lathe, let me know.
I'd like to get one machined if it turns out to be possible.
If I get some free time here shortly, I'll email Doug the printer.
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