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Post  Tee Bee on Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:04 pm

I spent some time working on my Cox engine display shelf today.  The engines displayed here are some of the favorites in my collection, the result of many years of collecting and using this junk.  Some of these are never-run OEMs.  Some are restored old hand-me-downs.  Some are modded for performance and aesthetics.  Some are well-used favorites which have provided many fun flights on airplanes over the years.  The clear acrylic display stands are meant for displaying minerals, fossils, etc. and can be found affordably on ebay in packs of 25.  Thanks to rsv1cox(Bob) for the suggestion!  I spent some time today drilling them to mount the engines and moving more engines from storage and onto the display shelf so I can enjoy them more.  Everything also got a good dusting and spiffing up.  This is the result of the weather being too windy to fly today on my day off. Smile Supposed to be windier tomorrow, so I guess I'll take a motorcycle out for a bit.

Waiting for things to calm so I can fly Troy





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Post  1/2A Nut on Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:53 pm

Small Cox Logo Wonderful job Troy, look at all those shinny engines! Small Cox Logo

Yessa been windy here too just that time of year snab nabbit!
Good time of year for a fast TD 15 plane able to slice and dice that wind up!

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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:18 am

Looks great Troy, colorful and well done. Those plastic display stands really stabilize those round bottomed engines.

I'm from an era when you could walk into a hobby shop and buy those little gems for the package price, and I often did. To bad I didn't have the foresight to buy two and put one away.

At least two are sitting in trees somewhere in New Hampshire, victims of intentional or unintentional fly-aways. One, I chased with my car until I lost it, or it lost me.

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Post  getback on Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:41 am

Good Job on the clean up and display Troy , you got some colorful engines for sure ! Is that ole timer in the last center an Elfin Diesel? Easter Bunny Nice!!
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Post  Tee Bee on Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:56 am

Thanks guys! The non-Cox that snuck in there is an original Deezil diesel. About 10yrs ago, a neighbor saw me out test running some Cox engines and came over to check it out. He said his dad had built FF model planes in the 50s/60s and he told me about this engine that he would run mounted on a 2x4 to entertain the kids from time to time. A few days later, he had found the engine and wanted me to have it. I made the little stand and it's been on that shelf ever since. It's complete except for the fuel tank. The little Norvel that was there for years got booted to make room for more Coxes but the Deezil stays!
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Post  Tee Bee on Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:25 pm

The display saga continues. Being proud of all the shiny little powerplants, I quickly realized that I couldn't really appreciate them in the relatively dark corner of the room. On the way home from work today I pulled the motorcycle into Lowe's and picked up a LED light bar designed to mount under kitchen cabinets. Drilled a couple of holes, routed the cord, and BAM!!! This shelf is now the brightest spot in the living room. I bet my wife will be ecstatic when she gets home. affraid





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Post  Kim on Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:38 pm

Tee Bee wrote: I bet my wife will be ecstatic when she gets home.

Yeah...the babes always go crazy over this stuff...

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Post  balogh on Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:46 pm

Troy did you get these engines already anodized by the previous owner (I do not think blue and purple were stock colors from the factory), or have you anodized them? Either way, they are awesome. Andras.
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Post  Tee Bee on Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:02 am

The anodized engines are from diferent sources.  Some of them were done by a guy named Jim Price from Oregon.  He loves to polish, anodize, and such to make them purty.  I bought a couple from him outright and then ended up sending a few to him for the full custom treatment.  I think he may attend SMALL this year to see what all the fuss is about and to meet up in person.  Anyway, some of the others were built/custimized and colored by Tim Wiltse many years ago when he was still around the hobby.  He built some fast running and good looking Cox engines at the time.  His rear rotary engine never really lived up to the performance expectation we had hoped for but his highly modded reedies certainly did.  The purple-cased engine was one of his reedies, a Skyline FX 049.  It has many hours of flying on it but the piston/cylinder fit finally wore down.  It powered my old Skydrill for many flying sessions.  It still makes a nice display and I have one more NIB, a blue one, that he made for me around 2008.  It will eventually end up on a plane. He black Medallion .09, one of Jim Price's pieces, is earmarked for a Sig Hummer whenever I get it built.
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Post  roddie on Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:53 am

Very nice display of engines Troy!! I'm waiting on "mild weather" actually.. so I can paint my latest builds. It's 50F today.. but there are flurries in the forecast for later-on..
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Post  Tee Bee on Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:27 pm

The 20mph wind gusts have been the biggest issue here. I'm leaving town this weekend so I'm sure the weather will be great for flying while I'm gone. Smile
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Post  getback on Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:30 pm

I had some dealing with Jim Price very nice person Vet i am sure and gives to the wounded warriors funding . He gave me a bunch of free bees and mad it sound like he wanted to do counseling with me or something anyway i didn't quite get it and did a not so good reply ( not nasty ) but have not talk to him since but do see his engines for sale > I regret what had happened but life goes on . Easter Bunny
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Post  Tee Bee on Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:50 pm

I've never met him. Bought a couple of engines from him which led to some interesting dialogue. He seemed interested in my Cox powered planes, builds, and flying vids. Said most of his custom work ends up with collectors who never run them. Wants to see more of his stuff actually flying. Sent him a couple of engines for him to work over. The Medallion .15 was done exactly how I wanted. I gave him artistic freedom on the Med .09, requesting it just look "bright". It turned out nice with purple and gold. He says he's hoping to travel from OR to Little Rock, AR with his son this summer to attend SMALL. He's been talking about possibly machining some heads and carb setups for Cox engines. Asked if I would be interested in some beta testing. We'll see what he comes up with.
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