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Post  GallopingGhostler Thu Apr 20, 2023 10:58 pm

For me, the spring starter wasn't a problem, nor was it a weight issue. I just followed the Cox instructions, engage end over prop, one back turn no more, release. Once in a while it started backwards, but the starter helped it to go in the right direction most of the time. Tossing a rag into the prop stopped the engine for me if headed the wrong direction.

Back in the day, 1970's, the 5.25x3 white nylon Top Flite prop was my go-to prop. They were sturdy, readily available, cheap, and provided good thrust with the Pee Wee. However, they were notoriously out of balance, requiring me to sand the back side of the heavier blade until it balanced. I had one of those balancers using one edge on each side of a double edged razor blade.

The little engine is a torquer and although it ran at a slightly lower RPM than with the factory 4.5x2 prop, it had the same thrust and about a minute more run time. Otherwise, my single channel rudder only flight would be over in about a minute and a half, kind of short.

Always kept an extra glow head with me. After about a month of flights, the glow element no longer looked like wire but ash. Such were the effects on running with 30% nitro, which I ran most of the time. I could fly with 15% nitro, other times used 20%, but loved the speed my little rudder only planes flew on the 30%. These little buggers are happiest on high nitro fuel.
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