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Post  Davenz13 on Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:04 pm

No I have never raced F3D but growing up in close proximity to three aerodromes, one military, couldn’t help but induce a fascination and fondness for aircraft. While holidaying in the US in 2016 I visited 16 Aircraft museums, restoration facilities, aircraft manufacturers and aerodromes including Reno (but unfortunately not on Race day, maybe next trip).

Although I like watching pylon racing, both full size and scale, collecting pylon engines wasn’t my intention.
It all started years ago with just one, a Czechoslovakian MVVS 40 rear intake rear induction engine. It looked so aggressive with its pointed aluminium spinner it looked like it was doing 100 mph just sitting there. No longer competitive it was obsolete and cheap and I’d told myself I’d be happy with just that one.
Then it’s like when you buy a car, suddenly everywhere you look you see the same car, well I started to come across more pylon engines, (not my fault, they just kept appearing) Rossi, Picco, Nelson, Super Tigre, OPS , Jett, K&B and some makes I’d never heard of like IR (Ravel Ibragimov) MB (Metkemeijer brothers) Cyclon (Alexander Kalmykov) and IKO (Ivo Konečný).
And so the amount began to climb so that as well as a small collection of Cox engines (40 at last count) my collection of high performance engines is now nudging 60 of which 23 are 40’s. So far, I don’t have an IR, MB, or Cyclon 40 (I have an AC-29) as these are very rare and very expensive.
I think IKO’s are still manufactured and I went as far as making inquiries but I haven’t had the courage to ask how much they cost.
Here’s a photo of one from their website.

I have three pattern engines but I have been able to resist the temptation to add more.... so far lol!
if people are interested, I’ll drag some more engines out and post pictures.
No plans for them other than cabinet display. I know that annoys some who would rather run them but each to their own.
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Post  getback on Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:12 am

NIce Dave even if you don't use them they are an eye full , like you said looks like going a 100 mph just sitting there , i have been to a couple of the fly in Q 500 and Q 40 races not far from my house and also one of the Nelson mag. fissillates Down the road .. You think i would have went there and checked it out But i don't know if they like talker and not takers lol! https://aeroracingengines.com/contact.html Sure i would bee interested in seeing more of your collection !! Why wouldn't I ?? This Site Rocks!
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Post  GWILLIEFOX on Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:50 am

A subset of my collecting interest is throttles.  So many ways to skin the cat!  Starting in the 50s when navy carrier and RC got popular no one knew what really worked, so everything was tried.  Fox and Supertigre especially.  Just coupling intakes and exhaust valves produced lots of schemes.  The IKO is a slick example!
















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Post  GallopingGhostler on Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:31 am

You indeed have a few rare exhaust throttle setups, GWILLIEFOX, a few that I knew nothing of, particularly the McCoy .35 Red Head CL/FF conversion to RC. Here's another RC exhaust baffle setup for the Fox .15X slant plug head:


This OS Pet .099 has an interesting RC throttle that is two position with two different orifice holes, standard for full throttle, smaller near pin hole size at 90 degrees to the larger on the throttle barrel for lower throttle / near idle. It was intended for quick blip two position (hi/lo) escapement bang-bang control.



Later the 3rd and final Pet .099 version had an all aluminium crankcase with steel cylinder insert came with a true linear variable adjusting carburettor.
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Post  Davenz13 on Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:44 pm

It’s always interesting to see what various minds come up with for solutions to the same problem. Huh...
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Post  ffkiwi on Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:11 am

GallopingGhostler wrote:
Later the 3rd and final Pet .099 version had an all aluminium crankcase with steel cylinder insert came with a true linear variable adjusting carburettor.

Err no-it didn't...the Pet-III had exactly the same type of R/C throttle as the Pet-II-the only difference being the shape of the carb body-which was cubic rather than the spherical shape of the Pet-II throttle....the key working part-the barrel-was exactly the same type-a full bore size opening with a fixed smaller idle hole at 90 degrees-there was no throttle stop or idle mixture adjustment, and the throttle unit plugged into the venturi and was retained by the transverse spraybar in exactly the same fashion as the Pet-II. The NVA though was a different design to the earlier Pet-II unit, having a friction ratchet spring and brass needle thimble rather than the aluminium split thimble of the Pet-II

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Post  getback on Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:23 am

Bill , Nice examples of the early baffle/throttle engines , it is interesting to see the ways manufacturers were going at the problem in hand . Thanks for sharing !
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Post  GallopingGhostler on Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:21 pm

ffkiwi wrote:
GallopingGhostler wrote:Later the 3rd and final Pet .099 version had an all aluminium crankcase with steel cylinder insert came with a true linear variable adjusting carburettor.
Err no-it didn't...the Pet-III had exactly the same type of R/C throttle as the Pet-II-the only difference being the shape of the carb body-which was cubic rather than the spherical shape of the Pet-II throttle....the key working part-the barrel-was exactly the same type-a full bore size opening with a fixed smaller idle hole at 90 degrees-there was no throttle stop or idle mixture adjustment, and the throttle unit plugged into the venturi and was retained by the transverse spraybar in exactly the same fashion as the Pet-II. The NVA though was a different design to the earlier Pet-II unit, having a friction ratchet spring and brass needle thimble rather than the aluminium split thimble of the Pet-II
Chris, perhaps a bit of misinfo Huh... (may be a big bit of misinfo Embarassed ) on my part but not intentionally. drunken I read somewhere that the square carb body had a true barrel in it, but per your observation was just a different exterior than the "art deco" earlier one. Goes to show that not all said on the Internet forums is gospel truth. I'm thinking that but haven't tried it myself, but think that similar to the Cox choke tube throttle, but gently varying the main hole opening might get closer to true throttling. This has yet to be seen.

Here's the smaller hole I was referring to that is 90 degrees to the main larger one.



I've seen some fit the Type II carb body to the Type III Pet crankcase, but I found the holes to be about 1/32nd off requiring filing the carb body mount holes. So far I'm unwilling to do that.

I have several of the later 1964 OS Max .10R/C, now they have a true carburettor and are excellent throttling engines, very well behaved. If one gets a good one in sound condition, I've found they are no louder than an unmuffled Cox .049 reedy at peak throttle, but sound muffled at less than that. With only the rotating exhaust baffle plate for idle back pressure and no muffler they weigh only 3.1 ounces, make an excellent upgrade to that half-A plane.



It has slightly over twice the HP of the Cox sport .049 reedies, (0.142 BHP at 13,900 RPM muffled on 5% nitro, but higher unmuffled) but with its very smooth linear throttling is a joy to fly.
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Post  ffkiwi on Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:19 pm

The Pet was of course OS's lowest priced engine-so built down to a price rather than up to a standard....and the R/C carb fitted (I managed to obtain a NIP one from 'gatafish' quite recently) was certainly no worse than than fitted to the typical 1.5cc diesel of the era-such as the AM15 or ME Snipe....and when all is said and done-not far removed from a current PAW diesel carb (at least on the smaller models)-how well they worked I intend to find out in the near future. The Pet-II was a remarkable success-Peter Chinn is on record as stating that some 300,000 were produced-which is a very high number for a single model (excluding the Cox/Wenmac/OK Cub 049 types)-and furthermore the dies were worn out as a result-necessitating OS producing new ones-and taking the opportunity that that presented to redesign the Pet to bring it into line with the then (early 70s) OS house style-though I suspect the Pet-III was nowhere near as successful sales wise as the Pet-II!

The concept of a fixed small airbleed in the throttle barrel seems to work adequately in quite a few cases-though I suspect quite a bit of experimentation occurs to determine the best size of the airbleed hole....I note that some of the PAW throttles use a fixed airbleed (through the body) and the MP Jet 061 throttles have a fixed airbleed option as well-though theirs is through the barrel [there is also a TN version-I have both types among my MP Jets...]

I grew up in the early 70s with Pet-IIs-they were quite common in NZ-both second hand and new in the model shops-and were nearly universally loathed as hard to start when cold-and impossible when hot!   Of course this was an era when electric starters were virtually unknown-and it was hand starting by flicking only....not to mention a very limited range of fuel options-with 10%...Modelair 'Methane 1000'  being the hottest fuel you could buy here-not for us antipodeans the luxury of your Missile Mist, Blast etc. I recall our club secretary somehow laying his hands on a box of Cox fuel-which was 15 or 20%-and bring it to the field-it disappeared in a blur-despite being twice the price of the club fuel!....of which there was nothing wrong-75/25 glow, std diesel-at IIRC $2 a bottle. Needless to say the Cox Babe Bees and OS Pets that abounded back then ran a lot better on the Cox fuel...

As for your comments on the Max-10-I couldn't agree more-for the time (64? 68?) it set the standard for small glow engine throttling-I ran mine in the Tyro on a yellow tornado 9x4...(I shudder to think of that now-but hey I was only 15 at the time) which probably helped the idle from flywheel effect! If you take a close look-you'll see that there is a bulge on the front of the Max-10 throttle casting where an airbleed adjusting screw ought to go....apparently OS found they weren't necessary, and left them off the production throttles-despite the development and prototypes having them....

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Post  GallopingGhostler on Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:01 am

Chris, you give an interesting bit of history in the OS Pet .099 engines. I did a little further research on engine articles in Sceptre Flight. Here's something of interest, regarding improvements of power from the 1951 OS .099 twin exhaust to the 1964 OS Max .10R/C.


A little surmising by observation, the nitro levels used help to explain discrepancies in performance, with each new model, power output was improved. The latest version Pet is power wise on par with the Max, but my experiences of the Max was a very user friendly engine to hand start and run. The Pet III would probably make a good control line engine.

One of the articles, the November 1960 Aeromodeller, answered my question. The choke style throttle on the OS Pet can vary RPM by modulating the larger hole. However, if moved where both holes, the smaller and larger were each partially exposed, engine would cut off. The article didn't say what RPM was obtained when the choke barrel smaller hole was fully exposed, but I imagine it was probably a slower speed that was higher than idle.

Also, because the needle valve is below the barrel, there was a noticeable delay when throttle would open, that it would take a couple seconds for the engine to pick up speed. This was after the engine was idling for 10 or 20 seconds. This may be to advantage with say an escapement engine control where it was bang-bang engine high speed-low speed. A gradual ramping up of power would help buffer the immediate changes from low to high.

My experiences with the OS Max.10R/C with exhaust baffle plate, after such idling, it would immediately ramp up to power without any hesitation. Also of interest, back in the late 1970's, I had a dog of a time getting my OS Max to run using a standard short Fox idle bar plug. Changing to a Swanson Fireball short hot standard plug cured the problem, hand started up as easy as a Cox reedy. Same problem was mentioned with the OS Pet II using the OS short idle bar plug. I've found from running various engines, these smaller displacement engines just like the Cox don't need idle bar plugs to run reliably.

I don't know if the Cox .049 Sure Start choke tube throttle experiences similar delays to power ramp up after long idling. It may power up quicker, just more of a curiosity on my part.
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Post  ffkiwi on Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:45 am

Agreed generally in principle-but note that 'Aeromodeller' and 'Model aircraft' engine tests rarely agree-and more to the point are not necessarily comparable-Aeromodeller's engine tester (from ca 1951 onwards till Dec 1965) was the well known all round Aeromodelling writer Ron ('R.H.') Warring, whereas 'Model aircraft' used the services of the equally well known-but more engine oriented Peter G F Chinn from the mid 50s on until Dec 65 [he may have been involved earlier-but the early 50s MA tests are uncredited] when Aeromodeller absorbed 'Model Aircraft'-starting with the Jan 1966 issue-from that date on Peter Chinn did the engine testing-and was already-from ca 59 -doing the engine tests for Model Airplane News.....so tests published in either are directly comparable in methodology.

Part of the problem arose from the intense rivalry-particularly in the 1950s-between the two British publications (they were after all competing for the same market)-and this in particular was marked in their engine tests where neither was particularly accepting of results published by their rival....and veiled comments would be made in each about the other's work. This obviously got to Aeromodeller more than their rival as they got their own specialised test dynamometer made-the somewhat infamous 'eddy current dynamometer' [or 'Warrings new guessing machine' as PGFC termed it!] which was announced with a hiss and a roar in great detail in AM around 54 or 55-and the retests of popular motors using this new system returned results about half what had previously been published-to I suspect the chagrin of RHW-no matter how brave a face the magazine put on it....and no doubt PGFC enjoyed every moment of their discomfort....personally I think they simply messed up the calibration or made a simple mistake in calculations as over the next couple of years-the results returned to comparable levels to the MA ones-though usually slightly less power and at slightly lower rpm than the same engine tested by Peter Chinn.

What testing system he was using I don't know-I assume a reaction rig-nor do I know whether-after Aeromodeller absorbed Model Aircraft-whether he shifted to using their dynamometer-or continued to use his own equipment....

So I would not place an enormous weight on the various test results for the OS Pet and 10-other than indicative-due to both the differing methodologies and fuels used
by each tester....and likewise the very early AM engine tests-from 48-51 or so, done by Lawrence Sparey, before Ron Warring took over-the shape of the BHP curves alone from those early tests suggest that the testing methodology and measuring system was less than optimal ...likewise I do not know-because AFAIK it has never been published-whether Ron Warring took over the equipment used by Sparey-or whether he constructed his own along similar lines.

I think we can place reasonable faith in the Chinn tests of the Pet-III and Max 10...the early ones...well....

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PS I should have stated my early experiences with the Pet (I don't have any recent ones-a situation as mentioned in a previous post I intend to rectify!) were exclusively in a control line situation-sp small dia high pitch props-7x5, 6x6...not especially conducive to easy starting....let alone on straight fuel.....that being said-I don't recall them running badly on it-just being pigs to start!
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Post  Davenz13 on Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:44 am

Finally got one for my collection, a 2003 Profi MB40 F3D Pylon engine, unrun, with spinner and prop, out of Switzerland.
In it's day one of the creme de la creme of F3D engines.
Guess it's cheese on toast for me for the next few months lol!

awesome looking engine though.

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Post  getback on Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:59 am

that is Awesome , One mean looking machine !! Cheese and toast an't all bad , be sure to put your beauty in front ! Clapping
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Post  Davenz13 on Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:22 am

Had a time to spare so grabbed a couple of OPS engines to post.
When I started to collect I  began to compile a list of engine abbreviations but OPS seemed to have their own engine abbreviations and I found it very confusing trying to figure it out.
I contacted William Hughes who is an importer/distributor for Mantua Model/OPS (B&L Hobby Supplies, Inc.) asking if he could fill in the gaps for me and he very kindly sent me the following which may be of some help to others.
• ABC = piston sleeve system (aluminium piston, chromed brass cylinder)
• AAC = Aluminum Piston, Aluminum Cylinder, Chrome Plated
• BB = Ball Bearing (referring to the Ball Bearings on the Crankshaft)
• BSE
• FIRE = Front Intake Rear Exhaust
• FISE = Front Intake Side Exhaust
• PYL = Pylon
• RCA – Radio Control Aero
• RCB = Radio Control Boat (Marine water cooled)
• RIRE = Rear Intake Rear Exhaust
• RISE = Rear Intake Side Exhaust
• SLA = FISE  
• SLP = RISE
• SPA = FIRE
• SPP = RIRE
• STD = Standard (Normal Exhaust Timing)
• VAA = Air or Car Speed (OPS)
• VAE = Air Speed (OPS)
• The OPS Engines were/are made in a ton of variations.   You can pair up many of these designations to create whatever type or configuration suits your needs;
• SL       Side Exhaust
• SP      Rear Exhaust
• A         Front Intake
• P         Rear Intake
• VAE     Air Speed
• RCA    RC Air (RC Carb Aero)
• RCB    RC Boat (RC Carb Marine)
• CAR    Car Speed
• VAA     Air Car Speed
• STD    Standard (STD Venturi)
• PYL     Pylon

• For instance, you could purchase an OPS .40 engine built as a: Aero, Marine... front intake, rear intake, rear or side exhaust, Std or RC Carb. for Pipe (VAA or VAE).  This is one of the things that I feel brought the old OPS Company in to problems.  They made too many variants of their engines. Even though they are all very good, it can make life a bit confusing.
• If you go to:  www.mantuamodel.com  (Mantua Models Italy) under the link to OPS Engines you will find scans of the OPS #6 catalog. It has old photos and part numbers.

2010 OPS 29 (4.9CC VAE Speed with tuned pipe.



The newspaper the pipe was wrapped in gives a clue to it's age.











The beautiful finish on the OPS engines



OPS Super 65 Class D Control line Speed
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Again the beautiful finish on these engines

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Post  getback on Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:45 am

BEAUTIFUL ENGINES Dave !! That is a heck of a list of configurations you can get through OPS . The finish is Nice as you say . I got something i want to post as soon as i wake up and get to it , not as nice but probably the hottest engine i have . Very Happy
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Post  GallopingGhostler on Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:22 am

Very nice, Dave, those OPS are truly gorgeous pieces of model machinery. And, thanks for the abbreviation compendium.
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Post  getback on Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:31 am

OK dave as i promised , man i had to dig this out OS Max 45 F ABC






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Post  getback on Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:36 am

And a OS 60 MAX H was in there to..


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Post  Davenz13 on Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:53 pm

Thanks for digging that out and posting it Eric.
If you don't have a use for it yet put it out on display.

Any engine with a pipe looks cool. Thumbs Up
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Post  getback on Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:13 am

That's on my list of things to do after i get new glass for the display cabinet, Funny thing about that engine is a friend at the time was trying to fly it on a Biplane and had put the prop on backwards , and the damn thing almost took off till he realized it didn't pull like it should and brought it back for inspection . Very powerful engine and that was 30 yrs. ago ! RC Plane
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