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Post  Cox International on Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:39 pm

We received an engine, which is obviously a Space Bug, but the insert states “Thermal Hopper”

The box cutout and insert fit the Space Bug perfectly but not the Thermal Hopper.

What comes to mind is correct packaging but wrong imprint on the insert.

Anyone else ever come across this or has an explanation?

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Post  Admin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:49 pm

I believe that package is for the Thermal Hopper with the cage mount.

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Post  Cox International on Wed Feb 11, 2015 3:47 pm

That's what I thought until I tried it with that engine.

First, the insert cutout is a different one and, second, the "cage" is smaller that the box cutout and the venturi is fully inside the "cage"; whereas the cutout in the box supports the venturi at the very edge.
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Post  Admin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 3:52 pm

Shown with cage mount
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Some examples of engines sold in packages similar to yours.
http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1955-cox-thermal-hopper-049-cu-model-292211091
http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-cox-thimble-drome-049-thermal-460036592

and then there is also this which I'm guessing is just the card cut to fit the rear intake.
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http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1955-cox-049-thermal-hopper-engine-457538893

The vac-u-form bubble pack is likely the same for the Space Bug and Thermal Hopper to save costs.


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Post  Admin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 3:53 pm

Cox International wrote:That's what I thought until I tried it with that engine.

First, the insert cutout is a different one and, second, the "cage" is smaller that the box cutout and the venturi is fully inside the "cage"; whereas the cutout in the box supports the venturi at the very edge.

Hmm, maybe someone had both engines and the inserts got swapped?

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I find it hard to believe that it would leave the factory that way but I suppose it could be possible.

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Post  Cox International on Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:11 pm

Admin wrote:Shown with cage mount
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The vac-u-form bubble pack is likely the same for the Space Bug and Thermal Hopper to save costs.

Hard to tell from your small picture but this is what mine looks like

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I conclude that the Space Bug box was also used for the TH with cage; whereas the cutout where the SB venture went was left "unfilled" and whereas someone switched the inserts.

That would make sense now Smile
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Post  Admin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:23 pm

Sorry for the small pictures, that's all I could find at the moment.

Here's a sold eBay listing of one with a cage mount.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-VINTAGE-COX-THIMBLE-DROME-THERMAL-HOPPER-049-MOUNT-MODEL-AIRPLANE-ENGINE-UC-/381084226457

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Post  ian1954 on Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:30 pm

I looked at mine , a while ago, and came to the conclusion the the plastic cases were the same. It is just the card insert that differs.

I also think that someone managed to swap the cards in a collection. Better check mine next time it comes home!
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