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Post  Iceberg on Sat May 04, 2019 6:02 pm

I have a .09 teedee. It is in reasonable condition but I think the cylinder is slightly worn. I haven't tacked it but I guess it will barely run 14,500 with a 7x 4.5 prop. It runs fairly consistent but seems a bit slow? I was wondering if a new cylinder might fix the issue? However there are .09 spi cylinders and non-spi cylinder. Which is the better choice? Better performance or durability?

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Post  66 Malibu on Sat May 04, 2019 6:47 pm

Before you go any further, disassemble your engine and soak it in fuel or 91% Isopropyl alcohol, reset the piston and rod, and find a 7 X 3.5 prop.
You may just have a gummed up engine.
SPI is the way to go for a Tee Dee .09 unless you throttle it or use a muffler.
Both SPI and non SPI .09 cylinders are pretty scarce and pricey now days.
I'd guess it's not worn out.
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Post  Iceberg on Sat May 04, 2019 6:55 pm

Hi Steve
Thanks for the suggestion. The motor is 35 years old. I did open it all up and it looked pretty good and the slop in the Piston ball wasn't too much but it had a little. I'll open again and clean again to see. Great prop wash though really kicking some bhp out just seemed a bit slow. I trimmed down an 8x4 to 7x4 only way to get that over here in Korea whet I am. Using existing items. Fred had kindly sent some 8x4 for my Texacos. I had one left over. Fred had suggested trimming the ends. Thanks Fred!

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Post  1/2A Nut on Sun May 05, 2019 2:21 am

14,500 / 7x4.5 prop:
21.5oz thrust / .223hp - 166.4w / 62 mph pitch speed

6.5x4.5 est / 15.7k
18.7oz thrust / .221hp - 157.4w / 67mph pitch speed

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Bench
Cox Tee Dee 09 RC / 6.25 x 3.25 Glass "NN" combat prop
Static Peak: 18,733 rpm /25oz thrust / .234hp / 175w / 58 mph pitch speed

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Best pass 128 mph / APC 4.75x5.5E / 24,467 rpm.

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Static 5.5x4.5 / 17.3k / 12.34oz / 74mph prior to launch
Unloaded 24,467 rich / 104 mph pitch speed

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APC 5.25x6.25E
Wavescope: 232.07 kmh / 144.2 mph /down wind  / 23,821 rpm
Static 17.1k rpm at launch / 9.52oz / 101mph / .167hp / 125w

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Post  Iceberg on Sun May 05, 2019 3:11 am

Hi 1/2 a nut
If the chart you sent is correct then what my .09 spinning the 7x4.5 prop it is spinning might not be too bad. I guesstimate at 14,000 or so from the exhaust note. My .15 medallion spins the 8x4 at 14,100 really sweet but maybe as your chart shows the .09 can swing the 7x4.5 at 14,500. Maybe no need to change the cylinder yet! Love the performance and in my books it MUST be correct.

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Post  balogh on Sun May 05, 2019 3:56 am

My 09-s spin the APC7x4 prop at around 15.8k on the bench and unload around 17k on the air so yours is delivering power in the same ballpark. Whether a cylinder is worn is determined easy with a slow movement of the piston towards TDC and checking the blow-by at the exhaust ports in the meantime. At high rpm-s even if the cylinder is worn the time for the gases available to escape with blowby is very limited thus a sloppy piston fit does not automatically mean too much performance loss. With low compression it may need an electric starter to get her going though.
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Post  Iceberg on Sun May 05, 2019 6:06 am

I changed the 7x4.5 prop for a 6x4 prop. I ran the .09. It ran well. Maybe little less smoke but not tremendous amount faster. Maybe still less than 15k on the bench. I think the 7x4.5 kicked out better prop wash than this?
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Post  1/2A Nut on Sun May 05, 2019 7:32 am

Check your plug see if the element is in good shape. Also the 14500 data was derived from you stating 14.5k
The Scimitar series master airscrew 7x4 will unload better than any other nylon 7x4 / 6.5x4.5 is a good mix
of speed and thrust.
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Post  Iceberg on Mon May 06, 2019 7:40 am

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Interesting the smaller props actually have better performance then the larger prop. According to your stats. Faster run and better thrust.

Maybe a 6" prop might be worth a run with the .09?

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Post  aspeed on Mon May 06, 2019 8:53 am

Most of the .09 and .10 motors recommend a 7-4"  If you want to go faster add more pitch and less diameter as mentioned 6.5 - 4.5 would be good depending on your plane of course.  A 3D plane may want an 8-3.... From my notes here, my TD .09 got 16,400 with a skinny blade Master Airscrew 7-4 prop.  There are some wider blade ones too, they might turn up a bit less.  For comparison, an ASP .12 turned 15,000 on a wide blade MA 7-4, and an AP .09 matched the TD in my examples, all with no muffler.  I don't think there is really anything wrong with your motor anyway.  You could check a Sceptre flight review and maybe find an old article where the power band is, and prop it to slightly less than that.  It is around 20,000 (edit) to be happy.  Anything smaller is just hard on the poor old motor.


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Post  1/2A Nut on Mon May 06, 2019 9:45 am

Also all props are not alike as mentioned 7x4 loading can vary greatly.

Links to vintage testing with older style props:
http://sceptreflight.com/Model%20Engine%20Tests/Cox%20Tee%20Dee%20049%20&%2009.html

http://sceptreflight.com/Model%20Engine%20Tests/Cox%20Tee%20Dee%2009.html

http://sceptreflight.com/Model%20Engine%20Tests/Cox%20Tee%20Dee%2009%20RC%20and%20051%20RC.html


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Post  balogh on Mon May 06, 2019 11:17 am

Sceptreflight is also accessible from here i.e. CEF, go to the very bottom on Instruction Sheets...
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Post  Iceberg on Tue May 07, 2019 7:50 pm

So I tried a 6x4 on the .09 and didn't notice any rpm improvement.I put the 7x4.5 back on and it ran pretty much identical rpm as the 6x4. I think it just tipped into 16 k though. It could be that with the running about 5-6 tanks of fuel the cylinder is getting nicely cleaned up so noticed about 1k+ additional rpm.

After all 35 years have passed since it ran around the block. I think that 16 k isn't too bad. However Cox in the manual that came with it claims 17,100 with the 7x4. Maybe a couple more tanks will see it climb a bit more.

I was quite interested in the stats though with props pitches and thrust 1/2 a.

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Post  1/2A Nut on Tue May 07, 2019 11:09 pm

Something is wrong check your glow plug. The 6x4 should have made more rpm.
Is it a thin walled cylinder? Is the coil shinny, is your fuel fresh?
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Post  Iceberg on Wed May 08, 2019 12:17 am

The glow plug is after market with a K&B plug insert. The fuel is 25% 10% castor. I use it in all my other motors and it runs sweet?
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Post  1/2A Nut on Wed May 08, 2019 12:39 am

Never ever never use just 10% castor with cox engines the engine is running hot is why it wont make peak rpm.
Mecoa aftermarket plug produces  less compression is the other issue. Minimum 15% castor oil always.
Engine is thermally restricted and low on compression use one head shim with that adapter will help.
Stop running the engine with a peak NV it is wearing out faster.
I always and forever will use 20% castor and always get peak performance with very low wear.

At 16k it reaches a temp it can not over come regardless of prop as you have found it sags into a
thermally controlled running state.The NV has to stay richer just to keep the engine running steady.
1/2A fuel  is the only way to go. 25% Nitro / 20% Castor has never let me down on hot summer days.

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Post  Iceberg on Wed May 08, 2019 1:48 am

Hi 1/2a
Thanks for that. The fuel also has synthetic as well or course. Sadly I have no other parts like shims or anything for the .09. I have a few parts for .049 because of some that helped. But no shims or other parts for the .09. Yes I feel the compression it's a touch low on the Mecoa head.

Great run times incidentally.

Appreciate the great comments.
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Post  1/2A Nut on Wed May 08, 2019 2:00 am

Thank you yes figured you had a blended oil %, what is the total content?
You will find 1 shim is all you need with the Mecoa plug adapter.
The Cox engines tend to nuke the synthetic oil leaving 10% castor
sticking around for the the next heat cycle. Peak NV settings can be
obtained with less fear of wear but more so thermally the engine
can handle the leaner setting for more rpm.

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Post  aspeed on Wed May 08, 2019 7:43 am

It may be varnished up a bit too. Scotchbrite and acetone or laquer thinner can take care of that.
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