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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:23 am

I ordered several quarts last November, still on backorder. I keep in touch and am being told it will get done.

If this is a sign of things to come I would consider placing an order. Either they will produce more to compensate or at very least you will be able to stockpile.

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Post  fredvon4 on Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:01 am

The cost of my 2 gallons of 100% Nitro were $54 ea , free shipping a few years back

Nitro is used in industry so still a needed commodity .....but one or more sources had disasters as well as china tariffs and or imbargos

Current cost of 1 gallon Torco delivered approaching 90 dollars

Methanol locally still reasonably cheap

Many oils and blends are readily available and stable prices last 10 years

a few gallons of Nitro can be stored indefinitely out of direct sun (UV degrades the chemical)

I highly recommend to stockpile the base elements BUT still buy commercial fuels when possible....

reblending is easy.... for Cox use start with high nitro low oil car or heli fuels....best bang for the buck
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Post  Ken Cook on Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:01 am

I think the writing has been on the wall for nearly a decade. When you begin to discover that most of your desired nitro accessories are becoming more and more difficult to obtain, this certainly sends a message that directions are shifting. I was at the R/C field yesterday, not one nitro plane was in use. When I do see anything engine related, they're usually gasoline.
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Post  andrew on Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:36 pm

Ken Cook wrote:.......... I was at the R/C field yesterday, not one nitro plane was in use.........

There are only a couple of other guys in my club that continue to fly nitro. Fuel is becoming scarce and very expensive -- if you have to order on-line, hazmat charges are killers. The nearest hobby shop in my area that now sells fuel is 140 miles away; that makes for a long and costly drive in itself. I've been casting around looking for nitromethane and methanol in bulk with the possibility of mixing it myself.
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Post  OhBee on Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:50 pm

Ya well ...I've had my fill of these troublesome electric planes myself and am going BACK to nitro. You need a degree in advanced electronics repair to keep electrics usable! Don't need the hassle!
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Post  roddie on Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:30 pm

Maybe just a slow period for Sig. I've always ordered "quarts" from Sig.

My most recent fuel-order;

SIG champion fuel 2018_f10
SIG champion fuel 2018_f14

From the left-side; that's X2 qts. of Champion 35 then X1 qt. castor.. then X2 qts. of Champion 25.

It's not cheap.. but then.. you can't take it with you.. can you.. ?


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Post  NEW222 on Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:58 pm

I miss teh Sig Champion fuel here. All we can get here locally is stuff by Morgan Fuels. And even then, sometimes they don't stock what I would like, and won't bring it in even. SO I pretty much stay with the Omega 5% for my larger nitros, and I luckily found an older gallon of Omega 25% on my last trip to Grand Forks.
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Post  1/2A Nut on Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:22 am

I went to the Sig site and started checking out 35% nitro there was no warning of a back order.
Perhaps the warning only shows after you pay. I did not take it that far.
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Post  getback on Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:29 am

I did that same thing Brad , wondering if it would say but didn't lOL I may put in an oder although i have a couple bottles of COX fuel left . Very Happy
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Post  Kim on Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:43 am

BWUA....BUBBBBUWA....BWAAAHAAHHAA!!!!
From the Halls of Montezuma (Iowa, that is)---
Sig is SHIPPING FUEL !!!!!
GET SOME, CAUSE I AIN'T SHARING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:28 pm

When did you place that order Kim?

I just received the shipping notification today. I ordered Nov 11 2019
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Post  Kim on Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:37 pm

Cribbs74 wrote:When did you place that order Kim?

I just received the shipping notification today. I ordered Nov 11 2019

Umm, not sure, I THINK in late April.  It was a phone order, and shipped on June 25th.

I just got notification today of some 35% Quarts being shipped that was ordered on July 1st.
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Post  daddyo on Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:01 am

I know what you mean about the Hazmat fee, $37 extra for a gallon of fuel to California.   Yet I can buy a gallon of ant spray for $10 total with free delivery from Amazon.  Doh!
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Post  getback on Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:53 am

Way to stock up Kim , that should get you through the summer lol! This Site Rocks!
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Post  Kim on Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:34 am

getback wrote:Way to stock up Kim , that should get you through the summer lol! This Site Rocks!

Yeah, so as not to make myself look TOTALLY like a jerk for hoarding fuel, a good chunk of it will be sold at cost to my flying bud Patrick, who still pops up once in a while with his 1/2A's.


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Post  MauricioB on Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:54 am

Kim wrote:BWUA....BUBBBBUWA....BWAAAHAAHHAA!!!!
From the Halls of Montezuma (Iowa, that is)---
Sig is SHIPPING FUEL !!!!!
GET SOME, CAUSE I AIN'T SHARING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ohh Kim, to complete that photo, there in the middle you need a good glass of beer !! Beer Cheers drunken
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Post  sosam117 on Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:59 am

Yes, glow fuel is getting harder to get, but you guys should try to get diesel fuel for your model airplane engines!
Davis Diesel fuel is gone. Red Max hasn't made diesel fuel since 2010. Last time I got diesel fuel from Tower Hobbies was in 2008.
Dr. Diesel stopped selling diesel fuel last year.

So the only two places to get premixed diesel fuel is from Aerodyne or from Model Technics Ltd. (in England).
Aerodyne only sell the fuel in qt. sizes to keep hazmat fees low and good luck getting a can from Model Technics

So you glow guys have it tough? Wait, things are going to get tougher, just like us diesel engine guys.
You'll need to brush up on your chemistry and probably start mixing your own?

It was easy years ago to get the nitromethane.
I went with my dad to the local drag strip (US. 30 - where the great ones run-run-run). Ask one of the racers for a gallon of nitro.
Pay him some cash (per gallon of nitro) go home and mix out own glow fuel.

Over the years it was getting tougher to get the nitro at the drag strip. The racers were restricted to the amount of nitro they could purchase for the year. Because of the bombing of the building in Oklahoma in 1995.
So, no more cheap nitro at the drag strips.

Currently for diesel. I get cans of John Deere starter fluid to get the diethyl either, purchase Sig's castor oil, and purchase the Kerosene that's used for garage heaters and I still have 2 qt. of amyl nitrate (just incase) for an ignitor improver.

The starting fluid is not straight either, it has some other stuff added inside the can. So, it a best guess as to the either content.

Internal combustion model engines are slowly getting pushed out by electric motors.
The only way to see a glow or diesel engine maybe will be only on old youtube videos?

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Post  sosam117 on Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:12 am

Guys,
It my be a good idea to store you fuels in metal cans instead of the plastic bottles?
The metal cans will not absorb moisture like the plastic bottles will.
So, If you don't use your fuel up this year, you may want to think about it?

Why do you think Cox put their fuel in this little metal cans?
The could have put them in little bottles to reduce cost?

I have always put my fuels into metal cans for use and storage.
When you empty out a metal acetone can (quart or gallon) rough up the outside with sandpaper.
Paint the outside white and mark it (label it) "Glow Fuel" -- 1/2A or 4-stroke or 25% nitro (something you'll know)

This will keep the fuel fresher than leaving them in the plastic jugs over the winter (and is safer).

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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:21 am

sosam117 wrote:.

Internal combustion model engines are slowly getting pushed out by electric motors.
The only way to see a glow or diesel engine maybe will be only on old  youtube videos?

sosam117

That's sad.

I remember when I bought gallons of glow fuel in colorful tins, before they went to plastic bottles. Built one end of my flight box around them. Now, I have two half empty quarts and an unopened quart of Brodak 5%/29% and that's it.

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Post  sosam117 on Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:49 pm

rsv1cox wrote:
sosam117 wrote:.

Internal combustion model engines are slowly getting pushed out by electric motors.
The only way to see a glow or diesel engine maybe will be only on old  youtube videos?

sosam117

That's sad.

I remember when I bought gallons of glow fuel in colorful tins, before they went to plastic bottles.  Built one end of my flight box around them.  Now, I have two half empty quarts and an unopened quart of Brodak 5%/29% and that's it.  

Bob

Bob,
I have a photo that I am saving for the engine of the month.
It has in it a old Cox foam plane, the old 72mhz radio, the old Cox starter kit and a metal can of Cox glow fuel.

Tried to get the grandson interested years ago with this plane. It lasted a year, then was no longer interested.
So, I packed up the plane away until covid-19. Ran across it in the crawl space and decided to refurbish it.

You'll see all of it next month (Aug.) for engine of the month.

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Post  GallopingGhostler on Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:40 pm

sosam117 wrote:Why do you think Cox put their fuel in this little metal cans? They could have put them in little bottles to reduce cost?
Used to be that all fuel were in metal cans. Never saw plastic in the 1960's and 1970's. Over time one by one, they went to plastic because of cost.
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Post  daddyo on Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:36 pm

I just found out if you buy nitro fuel in quarts instead of gallons there’s no hazmat fee.  Got some coming in the mail from Sig for this weekend.
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Post  rsv1cox on Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:58 am

GallopingGhostler wrote:
sosam117 wrote:Why do you think Cox put their fuel in this little metal cans? They could have put them in little bottles to reduce cost?
Used to be that all fuel were in metal cans. Never saw plastic in the 1960's and 1970's. Over time one by one, they went to plastic because of cost.

They made them in little cans to fit inside boxes that featured various Cox models.  But they made them in several different sizes.  Wish I had kept all my empties over the years.

SIG champion fuel P1010375

I have a few collected over the years, found these.

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I'm sure someone here collects them.
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Post  sosam117 on Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:46 pm

rsv1cox wrote:
GallopingGhostler wrote:
sosam117 wrote:Why do you think Cox put their fuel in this little metal cans? They could have put them in little bottles to reduce cost?
Used to be that all fuel were in metal cans. Never saw plastic in the 1960's and 1970's. Over time one by one, they went to plastic because of cost.

They made them in little cans to fit inside boxes that featured various Cox models.  But they made them in several different sizes.  Wish I had kept all my empties over the years.

SIG champion fuel P1010375

I have a few collected over the years, found these.  

SIG champion fuel P1010376

I'm sure someone here collects them.

I have one of the Cox cans with the young kid flying the plane ( the can in the middle photo)
It still has fuel in it. Still good, used it yesterday to run a Enya .049 glow.

Not original Cox fuel though.
I like using the can for flying and don't have to take a big container to fly my .049 engines

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Post  GallopingGhostler on Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:58 pm

Fairly common back in the 1970's were also Duke's (Fox) Missile Mist and K&B 1000. Can't remember the exact K&B numbers as it's been a while. (Older I get the brain cells seem to be fizzling out.)  Old Bugger I'd choose one with adequate nitro content of at least 15%, more the better.

These seemed to be more common in the hobby stores (even military exchange stores) than Cox and competitively priced. I would buy these in quart cans, which fit in my Hobby Shack medium flight box for my half-A and A stuff. Get a huge 1.5V round cylinder starting battery, (they were reasonably cheap back then) no power panel needed, life was good.

Fuel production meant that at one time, Fox and K&B company were manufacturing giants especially in the stuff larger than 1/2-A.
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