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Posted by Kmot | Aug 17, 2011 @ 01:02 AM | 9,011 Views
I have been wanting a curio cabinet to display my customised engines in. I had priced some at the local furniture stores, and they are are all waaaay out of my budget range. Ridiculously so!

So once in a while I would peruse Craigslist and eBay for a deal. Well I finally found one!

A local seller had one that was just the right size to keep my wife happy, and just barely adequate for me but sometimes ya gotta compromise.

But I am very pleased with it, and I scored it for only $45 bucks. It is a mirrored, oak and glass 'half-hexagon' style and has three glass shelves. My radial just barely fits and I had to take the spinner off to get it inside. On my other engines I had to take the propellers off. But they still look good inside and it is really neat to finally have one.

Here it is when I got it home, without the shelves installed yet:

And here it is with the three shelves installed and some of my engines already in place:

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Posted by Kmot | Aug 14, 2011 @ 07:11 PM | 10,542 Views
Here are all the custom engines I have built so far:

Saito FA-45

Saito FA-40 MkI

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Posted by Kmot | Aug 10, 2011 @ 07:39 PM | 10,471 Views
Here is my latest customized engine. The Webra T4-60 was a unique design for it's day. Definitely out of the ordinary compared to all the other four stroke engines that were around in the 1980's.

This engine was locked up solid with dried castor oil residue, and so I overhauled it and painted and polished the various bits.




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Posted by Kmot | Aug 04, 2011 @ 06:31 PM | 8,488 Views
I am refurbishing an old Sig Kadet Senior airframe that I have had for about 5 years now. I bought it mainly for the engine, and initially toyed with the idea of flying the plane but I lost interest and put it in a storage shed.

I have recently come to the conclusion that todays modern radio components are not as solid as the radio gear from a decade or two ago. So I decided to put this plane together to use as a "test mule" to fly new radio gear (Read: Cheap China stuff) for a few flights to be sure it will function properly before trusting it to fly a new 'good' plane.

So, this plane will be the "beater bird", so to speak.

Here it is, before stripping the covering:

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