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Old Apr 21, 2014, 08:52 AM
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New here!

Hi all! I was turned on to RCGroups by a couple of brothers here who have flown for years in the area. They said it's a great group and that I'll fit in, I hope! I thought I'd start here as I fly all nitro planes with the exception of a little foam glider for the park when I can't get out to the field. I've been flying since the mid '80's, seems there were a lot more people flying then compared to now. I saw an Astro Hog thread, cool! I have two and a Hog Bipe. Anyway, not sure how active I'll be, don't fly as much these days either with business booming and traveling so much. Still trying to get the feel of how a board like this works too. I'm interested in the classifieds, more selling than buying so I'll have to figure out how to get pictures posted.
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Old Apr 21, 2014, 09:12 AM
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Welcome!

Start by forgetting the term 'nitro plane'...
To run it's engine does not need nitromethane, which is merely an additive to the fuel.

It's a glow engine, or a methanol engine.
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Old Apr 21, 2014, 09:31 AM
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I have to agree with Dar. I think the Nitro thing came from the car folks not us flyers. No matter, it seems to have contaminated the lexicon badly. It is sort of like sayig your electric powered airplane is a LiPo plane.
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Old Apr 21, 2014, 10:47 AM
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Welcome to the forum. I think that you'll like it.

I do not fret about using "Nitro", "Glow", or some such thing. But a "Turbo-Charged LiPo Plane" might be overdoing it.


But where did the term "Nitro" first get attached to a RC car? I would bet it came from one of the RC car companies. Probably Associated at the time. It just stuck afterwards. I see if used with RC helicopters too.
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Old Apr 21, 2014, 10:56 AM
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That would definitly be an overdue! Never reall got interested in electrics, I've been a 4 stroke guy for years.
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Old Apr 21, 2014, 11:03 AM
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Was just over in the trader talk, boy it seems that group eats it's own! I might think twice before doing a lot of trading.
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Old Apr 21, 2014, 02:34 PM
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Hi, don't worry about the correct term usage here. Everybody knows what your talking about, some people have some weird hangups on this nitro thing. Welcome to forum, this is the place to seek and offer advice.
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Old Apr 21, 2014, 07:02 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Ya there are a few bunches that have their ways, you will figure them out soon enough. Selling stuff gets people hot under the collar if the first come first served thing isn't followed. Unless the slower guy offers more......... You will get lots of advise here, most of it good, some great. It saves a lot of fiddling around and doing things wrong.
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Old Apr 21, 2014, 08:23 PM
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Yeah, we got weird hang ups. I even have a techroline engine in my car since I run it on Chevron fuel with techroline additive. Hey since I use 20% castor oil in my glow engines and only 10% nitromethane I must be using castor engines. Or oily engines.
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Old Apr 21, 2014, 08:56 PM
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umm so why are gas engines not called spark engines. when I was a kid I had glow engines now I have grown old I have nito engines LOL
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Old Apr 21, 2014, 11:06 PM
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They ARE called spark ignition engines. What kind of nitro??nitropropane, nitrobenzene. trinitrotoluene? Nitro doesn't narrow it down very much. When I was a kid we used nitrobenzene until it was banned by the AMA as a carcinogen.

I'm 66 and have been using GLOW engines since 1954 and I'm still using GLOIW engines. They have a glow plug and run on glow fuel. What would you call an engine that runs on FAI fuel which has no nitromethane in it? A Non Nitro engine??
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Old Apr 22, 2014, 04:13 AM
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Nitro- non-nitro-glow, gas ?? How does that describe an engine ?

It's actually an OS, Super tiger, Saito, Zenoah, etcetera..
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Old Apr 22, 2014, 08:08 AM
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40 years ago we called them nitro engines/motors. The uneducated called them gas. That was before the cars were popular as well as the new style gas sparkies. Of course we used no methanol, just nitro, Klotz and 5% castor. I think the glows are a semi diesel. I read that somewhere years ago.
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Old Apr 22, 2014, 11:39 AM
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While we are at it, a gas engine would be the CO2 driven ones, I guess.
Petrol would be a more correct word, at least in english speaking countries...
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Old Apr 23, 2014, 08:11 PM
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British countries maybe. Like the boot, bonnet, and hood. Not in Canadese ;D. I guess you would be right with gas and CO2.
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