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Old Mar 12, 2012, 10:38 PM
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Glow Engine test stand

Does anyone have any plans or ideas for a good sturdy engine test stand? Its time I build one because i'm tired of having to slap engines on a plane just to test run. I have something in mind just from watching videos but it never hurts to ask. I learn alot on here. I apologize if there is a previous post on this but I could not find anything.

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Old Mar 12, 2012, 10:48 PM
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Chief,

the simplest test stand is a block of wood bolted down to something sturdy like a workbench or fence post. it works and all but when it comes to testing engines I always think safety first. so I broke down and bought one of these:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXR587&P=ML


it was pricey but its a nice hunk of aluminum that holds my engines down tight. it also fits up to a 35cc, so if you mount this good and secure youre set for just about anything.

I mounted mine on a "sawhorse" type stand i made out of 2x4s. Ive run everything up to .91 sized four strokes on it and it does the job.
you can see it in use in these two videos:
Rebuilt Saito .91 (1 min 39 sec)

O.S. FS 70 Surpass II - after a week in the lake. (4 min 24 sec)
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Old Mar 12, 2012, 11:06 PM
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Go to Mecoa.com and search under accessories for 2 sizes of engine test stands. They have pdf files to download, I used the large/heavy test stand and it works great!
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Old Mar 13, 2012, 01:22 AM
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Thanks guys.
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Old Mar 14, 2012, 12:03 AM
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I made this one out of some scrap metal. Mounted in the stand is a os 91
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Old Mar 14, 2012, 03:10 PM
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i like that stand Ken. i esp like the fuel tank stand
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Old Mar 14, 2012, 09:34 PM
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Old Mar 14, 2012, 09:36 PM
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I made this one out of some scrap metal. Mounted in the stand is a os 91
I notice you even have some springs in there im guessing to help eliminate vibration. Very slick.

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Old Mar 15, 2012, 12:05 AM
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Very, very nice Ken.

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Old Mar 15, 2012, 01:51 AM
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Test stands

This was made commercially, I think in the US, some 10 years ago. Wood is some pressed hardboard or whatever it's called and very very tough. Got four of these, this one is set up for old ignition engines. But as you can see in the last pic, I do have several different front plates for 20cc down to a Cox, quickly interchangeable with just two bolts. I do use a Black&Decker foldable workhose to put this on.
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 05:14 PM
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Hey Reginald,

I like your test stand lots of great ideas built in.

ChiefBerard,

The spring are part of the unistrut nut keeps them in place.
I can post more pictures if you like to build one.

I almost bought the same stand as GeetarJoe posted but had fun building this one and the price was right about five bucks.
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 08:52 PM
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This was made commercially, I think in the US, some 10 years ago. Wood is some pressed hardboard or whatever it's called and very very tough. Got four of these, this one is set up for old ignition engines. But as you can see in the last pic, I do have several different front plates for 20cc down to a Cox, quickly interchangeable with just two bolts. I do use a Black&Decker foldable workhose to put this on.
Thats perfect.
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 08:54 PM
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Ken, I ended up ordering the stand from Tower Hobbies but I wouldn't mind seeing a few more pics... It looks like a good project that I may want to take on. I could use two engine stands... Haha

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Old Mar 15, 2012, 09:45 PM
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ChiefBerard,

I think you will be happy with it. And sure I dont mind showing off a little it's all part of the fun
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 02:50 AM
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Thats perfect.
One feature is that I can adjust the height of the fueltank, important when running a larger or smaller engine.
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