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Posted by brokenenglish | Dec 20, 2018 @ 11:26 AM | 5,305 Views
This video shows a short running session with one of Leon Shulman's Drone fixed compression diesels. This is the ball-bearing model, produced from 1948.
A super old engine and a real "blast from the past"!

Drone BB (2 min 43 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Feb 25, 2018 @ 02:09 PM | 5,941 Views
This video is the result of my desire to use a legendary McCoy 60, running on spark ignition, without all the drama of high performance competition flying.

McCoy 60 RC (4 min 3 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Jan 29, 2017 @ 03:33 PM | 9,453 Views
Progress is a bit slow on my building projects, so I thought I'd post this video showing a 1949 O&R 60 Special, running with an RC carburettor.
Perfect for a medium size Old Timer plane.
You'll see that the throttling is surprisingly good, especially considering that I'm not changing the timer setting.
It's a superb old engine, that's perfectly usable today... Have a look!

Posted by brokenenglish | Dec 29, 2016 @ 03:19 AM | 9,534 Views
I just shot this little video of starting and running an ED "Penny Slot" 2cc diesel.
The Penny Slot was the first engine produced by ED, in 1947, and they're still good, usable runners today.
ED Penny Slot (6 min 44 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Nov 04, 2016 @ 02:40 AM | 9,869 Views
This is just a simple attempt to show the qualities of the little PAW 100 RC diesel. This engine is about 30 years old, and the current version is marketed as the "PAW 06 RC".
I think anyone not used to diesels will probably be surprised by the excellent idling that can be obtained with a small diesel. I don't think you could get that kind of idle with a small glow.
In other words, this engine makes a great upgrade for any plane that was designed for say a reed-valve 049, or just about any small old-timer or scale model.
Have a look... It's a great little engine!
PAW 100 RC (6 min 9 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Aug 24, 2016 @ 09:33 AM | 10,744 Views
This is one of those planes that took a long time coming... I started the build in 1993. For various reasons, mostly domestic, I didn't finish it until 2008.
For the last 8 years it's been waiting to get flown and, finally, last week, I got round to it!
After all this time, I wanted a record of the first flight, so I shot this little video using a cheap key-ring camera velcro'd to my cap...
As you'll see, the plane is covered with tissue and dope, and it's powered by a beautiful old ED diesel (a 1952 ED Racer), that hadn't been run for years!
Please ignore the date/time display on the video... It's just that I don't know how to set the camera...
Junior 60 first flight (3 min 51 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Jul 31, 2016 @ 04:13 AM | 10,419 Views
I've been teaching myself to fly serious RC over the last 4 years (starting at 73 y.o.!). Before that, I could only very nervously nudge old timers around the sky.
Anyway, progress has exceeded all expectations. After starting with a PZ Radian 4 years ago, and working through several excellent models (mostly HK but with a Wot 4 electric foamie as well).

So this is the current state of progress. This Wot 4 is easily the best ARF I've ever had. The photos were taken early yesterday morning, at our club field. So far, the plane has had around 20 flights and there's not a mark on it. The first flight was done using an Irvine 40, and all subsequent flights have been with an Irvine 53. Fantastic!

I hope this combination of good luck and being careful keeps the plane flying for a long time...
It's a super plane!

Now I hope to get a few more old engine videos done...
Posted by brokenenglish | Dec 07, 2015 @ 06:04 AM | 11,706 Views
About six months ago, I acquired a superb 1937 Ohlsson Miniature. It obviously hadn't been touched for decades but, apart from needing a good clean, it was in just about perfect condition.
The running session got delayed by work commitments, etc. but I finally got a reasonable video (I hope!). Here it is.
Some of the subtitles are in French... This isn't a Google accident, we have quite a few French followers...
1937 Ohlsson Miniature (3 min 54 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Oct 01, 2015 @ 11:29 AM | 11,816 Views
This is just a little fun on the bench with a super old E.D. diesel.
I've tried to show a reliable method of starting in just one flick, every time, and it works...
E D Mk IV 3 46 (4 min 35 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Aug 03, 2015 @ 01:59 PM | 12,748 Views
This video shows all the initial running of a brand new PAW, from opening the box right through to achieving first-flick starting and excellent running/throttling, etc.
And it really is a great engine.
If you think big diesels should be started using an electric starter, or whacked with a stick, have a look at this...
A reasonable shove starts this engine in less time than it takes to pick up a starter...
PAW 49 TBR RC (9 min 43 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Jul 05, 2015 @ 10:00 AM | 12,327 Views
This doesn't have anything to do with RC, or even toy planes or engines, but it is a major part of my life...
I can't be the only person here who likes guitar music so, while I get my act together for a few engine running or plane flying videos, I thought I'd post this video of my daughter playing guitar...
Some of the RC forum gentlemen might like it...
Laura Cox - Damaged - John 5 cover (3 min 9 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Feb 15, 2015 @ 03:55 PM | 13,796 Views
Hopefully some people who have problems with diesels may see this video on youtube. I hate reading about guys using electric starters on diesels (especially if they think they know what they’re doing !!!), or whacking engines with a stick... Oh dear!
Long-time diesel operators will probably get a smile out of it... Good!
The video is an attempt to show the complete process of resolving a difficult engine starting situation. This super old PAW is locked solid with congealed fuel residue, and the mid-winter temperature is only 1 or 2°C.
The engine is more than 25 years old, and hadn’t been run for around 10 years, so I used it to shoot a video of « sorting out an engine that’s completely gummed up », in unfavourable conditions.
It took around 3mn 30sec to get the engine running properly (mostly just to free it up enough to be able to flick it), which I thought was reasonable in mid winter, plus another minute or two to achieve first flick starting...
Finally, I’ve put French sub-titles on the actual engine running part, so you’ll get a free language course as well!
PAW 149 RC TBR (9 min 56 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Oct 10, 2014 @ 08:14 AM | 13,842 Views
The late Arne Hende's "replica" engines are well known, and their quality is far higher than we've been getting from Chinese and Russian sources in recent years.
In fact, many of them are "super engines"!
My own particular favorite is the 0.6cc Drone, which is a great performer.
Only 0.037 c.i. (in the usual "American" units), this tiny Drone turns a Cox TD 09 propeller very well indeed.
I intended to put it in a plane (a miniature Super Buccaneer), but I think the engine is too powerful for the kit that I have!
Have a look:
Operating the Arne Hende miniature Drone diesels (5 min 58 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Aug 03, 2014 @ 05:12 AM | 13,908 Views
One of my early aeromodelling memories is that around 1952/3, a school friend was given one of these K Vultures. We tried all one afternoon to start it, without success. From memory, we had the engine very overcompressed and flooded, and we lost a lot of blood, either because it was so difficult to flick or because it backfired and bit our fingers...
It's so much easier now. In fact, this engine is quite easy to start. I think one of my other Vultures is probably more powerful, but I chose the last production model for the running session because it's the only one of my Vultures that I hadn't previously run. It's a nice engine, have a look:

Posted by brokenenglish | Jun 30, 2014 @ 02:57 AM | 14,471 Views
This is a short running session with the smallest engine I possess.
You'll see that it's very easy to operate and a fully practical, usable engine. You can take it to the flying field and fly it, totally unlike most very small engines that are only really intended for collections and might run a little if you're very careful!
This K Hawk isn't much bigger than a Cox 010, but it turns a 6x3 propeller very well. It was made and on sale in 1948 and, for me, in terms of easy operation, nothing better exists at this size even today.
Here it is:

Posted by brokenenglish | Jun 03, 2014 @ 01:56 AM | 14,948 Views
This is a very early Comp. Special, and is exactly the way it should be. ED made quite a few changes over the years, so many Comp. Specials will be a little different, but this is the first one...
Also, many (most) parts are interchangeable with the earlier Penny Slot and the side-port 2.49 models, so there are very many hybrid engines around that have been assembled from different donor engines...
The Comp. Special has always been one of my favorites. It was the engine that first made me realize, way back in the fifties, that many diesels should, and do, start with just one flick...
One slight negative comment... in the video, I'm running the engine a little too lean. After the video, I opened the fuel needle another half a turn, and the running was sweeter... OK, I learned the lesson... Videos should not be rushed. In future, I'll take more time to set up the engine...
Anyway, here it is:

Posted by brokenenglish | May 01, 2014 @ 01:36 AM | 14,660 Views
The Oliver Mk II made a huge advance in the performance of 2.5 cc competition engines. The 2.5 cc class was, and still is, the premier international class for FF and CL competition, so when, in one go, it raised the existing accepted standard of around 0.25 bhp (or even a bit less), to over 0.3 bhp, it was literally in a class of its own...
It was the first 2.5 cc engine to exceed 0.3 bhp on test and was the engine that first established the Oliver as being « superior », setting the pattern for almost 10 years of Oliver domination of the premier international class. A domination that, it has to be said, was based on pure engineering quality.
I think the Mk II aero version was only made from 1952 to early ’54, so there aren’t many around today, and those that exist are mainly sitting in glass showcases...
Anyway, among those who like interesting old engines, not many will have seen an Oliver Mk II running, and I never could resist an excuse to play with a super engine... so the video is here:

Posted by brokenenglish | Apr 10, 2014 @ 01:51 AM | 14,915 Views
I removed this PAW 19 from the Vic Smeed "Electra" airframe, to give the plane a "winter service" after a lot of flying last year.
This video shows the little running session, before putting the engine back in the plane.
I don't need max. power for flying, so I prefer to run the engine a bit "rich".
More power, and maybe even better allround performance, could probably be obtained by a little twiddling of the fuel needle...
Anyway, here it is, a super engine for "no problem" flying of model planes:

Starting and running the PAW 19RC TBR model diesel engine (3 min 48 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Mar 30, 2014 @ 03:01 AM | 15,061 Views
I just felt like running this old (but maybe new) DC Wildcat Mk III.
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed, I've known wilder cats than this...
Many other late forties diesels are better runners.
Maybe it's just that the engine may still be "new", i.e. not run in.
It's been in my possession for more than 40 years.
Anyway, you can judge for yourself, it's here:

Running a DC Wildcat 5cc Olde English diesel engine (1949) (3 min 31 sec)

Posted by brokenenglish | Feb 23, 2014 @ 02:48 PM | 14,180 Views
This video shows a short running session with a very early Dyno, one of the world's very first diesels (1939/40 vintage).
The engine is a low serial number in the first series made, so it really is one of the first...
The main impression is that the Dynos were extremely well made, with really excellent fits and finish. Many diesels being produced in China or Russia today are not nearly up to the 1939 Dyno standard!
This engine would be a perfectly practical flyer, even today.
So if you like superb old engines (historical even), that run well, here it is:

Starting and running a vintage Dyno diesel engine (2 min 32 sec)