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Post  dragnse7en Sun Oct 23, 2022 7:09 pm

Hello there everyone

I'm a new member here who's been active in almost everything RC since 1982, and with my left-handed way of thinking, I thought I'd jump into rc nitro glow engines.  It felt like it was the right time to jump into the world of glow engines, being older, more experienced, and having a lot more loot to blow on my hobbies vs back in '82 when I was a novice kid with a meager part-time grocery store job, trying to do the same thing now.

I've been a fan of Cox engines from the start, mostly as a result of the company's massive success worldwide a full generation before me.  With the technological advancement of electronics for rc; smaller servos, no more freq crystals or radio impounds, etc, the appeal for getting into this scene became more attractive to me.  I have a lot of basic knowledge for these motors but have never put it into practice or have run into problems that I would immediately know how to resolve.

Anyways, for those who are fans of the Tee Dee .020 engine and are active on eBay may have seen one of these motors listed on that site for sale for some time in Ukraine.  Of course, we all know the current affairs going on in that region of the world, which frankly sucks for everyone.  I served in the US Army for 7 years active duty and am a Persian Gulf War veteran, so I can relate to war.  As matters grew worse over there in Ukraine, I felt compelled to help out any way I could, so I pulled the trigger and bought the engine on September 30.  

I understood that there's a war going on there, so shipping/ mailing goods in & out of hostile territory has its unique challenges.  Every time I'd see the news about Russia doing something evil in Ukraine, I would mumble to myself "Don't you bomb my motor you cabbage head fish egg eating midget Putin!"

Over two full weeks of utter silence happened with the tracking number for shipping, which was last reported as being packed up in a shipping container bound for the US. Then, out of nowhere, I got 3 text updates in a row on its progress - it was moving thru the system with light speed!  The notifications came to me on 19 Oct, and it arrived at my doorstep the following Saturday.  Yes!  I was surprised because I wasn't expecting the motor until late November, or not at all.

The listing didn't do the Tee Dee any justice. Although the snap starter spring is a bit bent (it happens) and a sun-faded mounting backplate, this lil' cranker is in fantastic shape.  I'll be sure to make every effort to see that this particular motor runs again, and will power some kind of popular single engine private plane from that country.

I wanted to share this with everyone who has served in the US armed forces and enjoys this hobby because only they know why I bought it; not the impression that I'm "rescuing" it to get some kind of strange fame or media coverage for doing it.

I uploaded a quick video on youtube as a special message to Mr. Vasilik, who sold it to me.

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Post  Admin Mon Oct 24, 2022 12:04 am

Welcome to the forum and thank you for your service Hand Shake .

That is a great story, I see those engine listings from Ukraine from time to time.

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Post  balogh Mon Oct 24, 2022 12:28 am

A great story..as things go in Ukraine it was in fact a rescue that helped this engine survive the unpredictable. My country neighboring Ukraine, and inside the EU, is not in war, but it takes at least double the time it took your TeeDee,  to get something shipped between the US and here.

Ukraine has been known as a country active and even successful in competition airplane modeling, so finding a TeeDee there is not even that surprising.

What surprised me is an ebayer from Kazakhstan, wedged much deeper in the former Soviet Union than Ukraine, who sells premium COX and other engine stuff on ebay from that country...I wonder how that stock got and accumulated there?

The seller carries high marks in his sales history.

https://www.ebay.com/str/oxenea003?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=wCU4VdC2SMC&sssrc=3418065&ssuid=rP7YBAVdSR2&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY
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Post  cstatman Mon Oct 24, 2022 1:40 pm

get a little fuel, and get that puppy on a test-stand.

ALSO! super extra points for "cabbage-head"

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Post  dragnse7en Mon Oct 24, 2022 3:12 pm

cstatman wrote:get a little fuel, and get that puppy on a test-stand.

ALSO!   super extra points for "cabbage-head"

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Thanks Smile I thought someone would get a laugh.

I can post a video of a test run on this beauty for you all some time this week. I have some special items to add to the engine first . . . . Smile
Stay tuned for more!
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Post  getback Tue Oct 25, 2022 7:42 am

Interesting story on the engine and receiving it , hope you have some Fun with it . Small Cox Logo
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