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Old Jan 07, 2013, 12:32 PM
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Heinz, on my screen, I can clearly see X-3 on the side of the crankcase, so it's 2.5 cc.
I think Alags are under-estimated. The X-4 and X-3 that I had, decades ago, were nice engines.
Brian
You are right there Brian - if I remember rightly the original prototype of George Fuller's legendary Dixielander used an Alag X3.
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Old Jan 08, 2013, 09:31 AM
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Recommended engines for the beautiful Dixielander.

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Old Jan 08, 2013, 10:45 AM
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Recommended engines for the beautiful Dixielander.

Heinz
Yes, the Alag X3 is on the list and, as I said, was originally used by George Fuller. Despite their power output the heavier ball race motors such as the Oliver and ETA15 were not a good match for the Dixielander, you really needed a light 2.5/3.5 diesel or .19 glo; until the Cox TD15 came along by far the best - and most popular - option was the AM35, light and powerful. The advent of the TD altered everything, and a TD15 (or Cox Special 15)/Dixielander was a marriage made in heaven! With a 1.5 the Dixielander was not competitive, but being so simple to build and easy to trim it did make an excellent "first" pylon model.
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Old Jan 09, 2013, 09:32 PM
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Ko .099

Here is the engine shown in post no. 2858 on page 191. Renovation to running status is complete.

Except for cylinder, crankshaft and single ball race, working parts are new custom made. It will run better than new. The cooling jacket and propeller driver need to be re-anodised red. NVA is also not correct. A correct pattern replacement will be made up.
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Old Jan 09, 2013, 10:28 PM
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That's a great looking muffin.
Brand new!. Will you be able to get the crank case cleaned up and looking as nice?
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 12:24 AM
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I have access to glass bead, nut shell, and other media blasting, which would give the case a nice 'uniform' matt finish.

For the moment I am happy to leave the case with the evidence of many years active service. I have considered linishing up the stack end faces. Using the 'oiled fine glasspaper on flate pane glass' technique. However as cast they were not perfectly straight.

It is sort of cute. Looks like a cross between a 60's PAW 149, and ED Super Fury 146, with Fox influence on the backplate.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 03:18 AM
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It is sort of cute. Looks like a cross between a 60's PAW 149, and ED Super Fury 146, with Fox influence on the backplate.
Not so much a PAW... The vertical carb. is very like the Enya 15D Mk I, it even has the two spraybar positions.
I think you're right not to bead blast. This engine shouldn't have a "uniform matt finish" and it's great the way it is. It looks slightly used, but original. Transforming it into looking "new but non-original" wouldn't be an improvement!
A rare engine, I look forward to the running!
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 03:54 AM
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Hi Fiery,are you going to do the anodising yourself or send out to have done professionally.Geoff.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 04:46 PM
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Geoff, If you can recommend an anodising specialist in Australia, I would be most appreciative.

The fellow I previously patronised specialised in anodising parts for custom / hot rod enthusiasts. Unfortunately he closed his business to earn serious money in the mining industry. A common story 'Downunder' nowadays.

The engines shown in post no. 3503 on page 234 have been tidied up. They were given to me from an estate. While well used, they were all worth restoring to running condition.

Here is the ED Bee Mk 1 Ser. 1 (?) shown in that post. As received it felt soft when turned over. I had some luck. Not much to do on it. All fits were good. However, the contra piston was fitted upside down! Jon Fletcher has 'tickled' it. The NVA is his pattern reproduction of the original. Beautiful workmanship. A reproduction (RW?) tank bowl was sourced from John Goodall at Bamopro in the UK. The old 'crystal' bowl had a terminal crack. A pity, as otherwise it was nice.

I will post photographs of the renovated KO .099 (and Bee) running, once our mid-Summer heat wave abates.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 07:06 PM
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Yes Fiery I use a guy for G rants full size aviation gear that he makes and he is over at Mortdale in Sydney,does a very good job ,but then he would have to as he's got to sign off on it . Seems to do all colors ,but it's like every thing else ,if the preparation is rubbish so is the job ,and it's not cheap . A couple of my friends set up there own tank and did some very nice work but they don't advertise it so its obviously time consuming .I have a chrome tank and now I ONLY chrome ,I don't lap and I don't lap to finish ,the customer doe s his own taper ,size ,and finish and fits own piston.Its too time consuming and people don't want to pay for the effort,plus there idea of what's right and what's not is different to other people . I have 2 or 3. EDs the same as yours which were basket cases .I think I had 3 crankcases 2 cylinders 1 backplate and I made the rest but not tanks ,yours are nice ,did you buy ? Ithink D Owen had some blue ones once but I tried and didn't fit mine as I made my back plate/ induction from pictures so measurements weren't the same. Geoff.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 09:31 AM
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Thermic Trooper w/ CS Mills .035
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1469892

Steve has built and flown a very enjoyable diesel powered model.
For those wanting a throttle, CS now has an RC carb for a few of their little diesels.
John
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:48 AM
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Diesel engines

Hi folks
For about 20 years one of my hobbies was building and flying replicas of old model engines. I never built a glo engine, I did build a few diesels, but my real love was ignition engines. I thought it might be a bit of fun to post pictures of some my my own-built diesel engines without their names, just to see how good the guessing is. Some will not be possible to identify [unless you are one of the Motor Boys] because they are my own designs. Have fun.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 07:08 AM
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Davies Charlton D.C. 350

I do not know if the engine has been posted before.
For me, he is surprisingly modern.
From "Aero Modeller" Nov. 1950

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Old Jan 15, 2013, 01:33 PM
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Krafty, welcome to the thread.
What a marvelous collection of diesels you have made.
These are just amazing little beauties.
I would love to see each one in more detail, with perhaps your description of size, weight, materials used and perhaps how you did some of the work.
Just amazing! Thanks for these wonderful pictures.
John
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