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Post  Ivanhoe on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:23 am

I've just won this on EBay for $10, looks a little rough, but at that price I'm not worried, I'm wondering if it's a Black Widow? It wasn't listed as such, just as a Cox .049,



Can anyone tell? no-one else bothered to bid, so I'm assuming its not, Oh well, I'll not cry too much!



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Re: Black Widow?

Post  John Goddard on Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:01 am

Well Bugger me sideways Wilf
That's my Black Widow complete with 'odd' cylinder.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIjoM0DzfMc

I'm very happy about that cos it means that some
must've made their way here built like that.
So far (and this is the problem with the woefully
lacking internet 'info') it's a pre 1983 back plate
with who knows what. The only clear thing is it's
not clever putting too much trust in the sparse
web info out there at the mo.
In my opinion.
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Post  Ivanhoe on Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:26 am

John Goddard wrote:Well Bugger me sideways Wilf
That's my Black Widow complete with 'odd' cylinder.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIjoM0DzfMc

I'm very happy about that cos it means that some
must've made their way here built like that.
So far (and this is the problem with the woefully
lacking internet 'info') it's a pre 1983 back plate
with who knows what. The only clear thing is it's
not clever putting too much trust in the sparse
web info out there at the mo.
In my opinion.
Smile

So, it IS a Black Widow! I'm very pleased about that! a £6.00 Black Widow! It remains to be seen what condition it's in when it arrives from the States, but basically it seems a good buy to me! That strange looking head had me worried, but as you say, obviously they were built like that.

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Re: Black Widow?

Post  SuperDave on Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:20 am

Aside from the slitted cylinder it looks just like the one that I have in hand at this moment including the cylinder head. I know mine to be correct because I bought it new.
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Re: Black Widow?

Post  mr_cox on Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:22 am

Got two of them that are exactly the same. They only had a bigger plastic spinner. They came with slitted cyllinder, mounted on a graupner airplane.

The slitted cyllinder is original
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Post  nitroairplane on Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:37 am

Bastiaan, Do yours have metal backplates too?
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Re: Black Widow?

Post  microflitedude on Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:46 am

Was it intended to be used as a "pusher" as well?
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Post  nitroairplane on Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:50 am

NO I can say the 1st one is not original.
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Re: Black Widow?

Post  Ivanhoe on Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:10 am

nitroairplane wrote:NO I can say the 1st one is not original.

What's not original, Indra?
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Post  nitroairplane on Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:15 am

Ivanhoe wrote:
nitroairplane wrote:NO I can say the 1st one is not original.

What's not original, Indra?

THe thrust washer.
It is brass.
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Re: Black Widow?

Post  Ivanhoe on Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:19 am

nitroairplane wrote:
Ivanhoe wrote:
nitroairplane wrote:NO I can say the 1st one is not original.

What's not original, Indra?

THe thrust washer.
It is brass.

Ah, right, I'd never noticed that!
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Post  nitroairplane on Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:21 am

Yes that means it is most likely a pusher or someone was using an electric starter on it.
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Re: Black Widow?

Post  mr_cox on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:37 pm

Here are mine BW with the Golden bee's

They have the metal backplate and are 100% original.

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Post  nitroairplane on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:38 pm

But those engines mostly have brass driveplates and I am sure they should not.
Probaby frankenstein *st*s creations lol
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Re: Black Widow?

Post  mr_cox on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:42 pm

Could you see on the picture what mine have?
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Post  nitroairplane on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:49 pm

mr_cox wrote:Could you see on the picture what mine have?

yes all apart from the top left golden bee have brass driveplates.
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Re: Black Widow?

Post  mr_cox on Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:07 pm

How strange, cause the black widows are fabricated like this by cox! (Not sure about the queen bee.) They where not pushers.

What is the diffrence with the brass driveplate?

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Post  nitroairplane on Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:13 pm

Most are not brass.
They have less friction than normal ones.
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Re: Black Widow?

Post  John Goddard on Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:37 pm

I am a fibber. My drive plate is hidden by the starter cam thing and is a hex.

No
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Post  nitroairplane on Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:39 pm

John Goddard wrote:I am a fibber. My drive plate is hidden by the starter cam thing and is a hex.

No

Well then it is not a brass one as i think none of the brass ones were hex.
Another reason it cannot be original on newer engines.
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Re: Black Widow?

Post  werida on Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:00 pm

Oops!

That's the problem with two accounts (werida for eline and mr_cox for me) on one pc Wink

Deleted this post and post it again on my own account.

Sorry!

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Post  mr_cox on Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:02 pm

I just dont get it anymore.

It would be coincidence if i obtained two black widows, that both came from a diffrent seller, where modified exact the same way. they both have the slitted exhaust ports and the brass plate.

I got an picture in the manual from the airplane which on of them was supplied with (early 80's), where you can see the slitted ports. However those pictures do not contain the brass plate. But I do think they where originally equipped with them.

I will get on black widow hunting on ebay soon. Now I just want to have a normal original, big exhaust port and normal driveplate engine as a runner.

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Post  nitroairplane on Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:20 pm

Bastiaan I think some
Must have been made with slit, some must have been made with brass drive plate but the slit ones came with a hex prop driver as that is the era because the two parts co incide.
Thai is confusing for me too I feel I must check my sources of knowledge.
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Re: Black Widow?

Post  mr_cox on Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:31 pm

I got one nib with the slit ports, from the leisure dynamics era.

THe runners i photograpphed where from the early 80's and came with the big spinner. Maybe they foresaw at graupnet that electric starters would be used on the big spinners and equipped them with the brass plates.
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Post  nitroairplane on Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:33 pm

Oh ah because graupner/taifun were the European cox dealers
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