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Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Yesterday @ 01:19 PM | 738 Views
...tips on my preference of simple, effective, cheep engine cleaning. Here goes:

If your engine is very rusty, consider using a rust-remover and rinsing it off before cleaning. The LA's Totally Awesone Cleaner may remove tad bit of rust, but not much.

Set aside time to clean your engine. I prefer a day off work with 4-5 hours of free-time.
Point is, there's no need to be in a hurry! Accidents happen and parts get lost. Be careful with chemicals.

I do not have an ultrasonic cleaner. I use a plastic tub i bought at GoodWill for cheap...
My tub is at least large enough to cover a small disassembled engine (say, a Saito fa-56 size) with one bottle of LA's Totally Awesome Cleaner.

One may prefer a second bottle of cleaner for a medium engine (.91). Or just turn air-exposed parts over during soak. Depends on container size (skinny and tall will cover more).

Really, you can use the tub of cleaner on more than one engine! The cleaner will get darker but it should work.

Items needed:
-New bearings. Why not?
-Gaskets and O-rings (if needed)
-Valve adjustment tools
-screw drivers and hex drivers
-Always have extra bottles of cleaner, $1 at Dollar Tree
- Q-Tips or pipe cleaners for carb and intake drying
-Clean light-colored towel for lying parts upon. Nothing fancy.
-Old clean rag or two for drying parts.
-Paper towels, can be cheap
-Tweezers or something to grab parts out of tub
- 3-in-1 oil (or your preference) to remove bearings & stuck parts....Continue Reading
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Dec 09, 2017 @ 11:59 AM | 640 Views
For a good hamburger try:

-Ground Beef (70/30) or Ground Chuck (80/20).
-Start with a 2.2 oz. puck of beef and smash into 6-inch circle. Or something like that.
-Use Lawry's Seasoned Salt.
-Consider butter on bun and cheese.

This may produce a burger similar to Steak 'n Shake. I hope. (I have yet to try it)
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Dec 07, 2017 @ 02:00 PM | 1,043 Views
Firstly, I think Saito should sell an 'FA-112V' V-twin (based on the .56B). Or at least bring back that wonderful FA-100T opposed twin. With pipes, no mufflers

I think Saito could sell certain engines as kits on a made-to-order basis:
-The FA-56B, the FA-82B, and the FA-115.
-Bring back the FA-91S as a 'Classic Kit' engine.
-I would enjoy the beautiful FA-150B as a kit! But i do not know if it would be profitable in this form.

-Included tools: Gap Tool and Valve Adjustment Wrench only. Glow Plugs sold separately.

Knock off about 1/9th price for kit engines with a limited warranty for parts.
Include disclaimer explaining that these are kit engines and performance relies on the assembler

This would be experimental for Saito. I think the kit engine market is more a niche, atm, for Saito. But has potential...
The FA-56B may be a good engine to test such a market. It is popular but also has been discontinued for sale in America according to the Horizon Hobby website. It is a respected engine with enough power for certain small balsa model airplanes. Sounds nice too!

Saito could attract non-modelers to this 'kit engine' market! There are 'mechanical' people out there that would be interested in this. This may ultimately lead to more sales in the model engine market as non-modelers discover RC Model Airplanes.

Saito could use YouTube for advertising their kit engines. Short and sweet.

You don't even need nitro in your methanol/oil fuel to run Saito engines. But a little nitro may make tuning easier

Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Nov 17, 2017 @ 07:12 PM | 1,312 Views
Did you know that Corsairs had six .50 machine guns or four 20mm guns? Want to sit back in your comfy bed, eat popcorn, and learn about the PBY Catalina? Do you like F4F Wildcats or giant flying boats? Jets? Have you heard about the NASA X-Planes?

You gotta check out this playlist on YouTube. It's great! A lot of the video is older... but you will learn about some crazy awesome stuff. Totally worth it

The playlist is a bit difficult to find, so remember what it's called if you decide to type it in the YouTube search bar. It is the playlist with 98 videos**

Remember, it is a playlist and these videos are actually from several YouTube channels all collected into one list. However, you may simply press play for hours of entertainment

**(It does look like some of the videos are being deleted, likely by YouTube copyright or Channel deletions... so watch them while you can)

Grab a drink & take a load off...
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Nov 16, 2017 @ 06:28 PM | 1,121 Views

Not mine. Must be an early version... Also noticed a nice clean older FA-40 on the 'bay.

Tuning is easy. I am too tired today to try the tachometer again... busy job day
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Oct 31, 2017 @ 01:26 AM | 1,342 Views
It is nice to have a place to chat (er, post) with other fellows who understand model aero engine collecting.

I have slowed down recently.
I hope to get back to 'restoring' a handful of my used engines. I can take my time, no real hurry

I have a few on my radar. If i didn't have to buy dumb things like shoes and food...
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Oct 05, 2017 @ 12:57 PM | 1,546 Views
If anyone's Cub is 'dropping out the sky' they may want to play with the CofG.
I remember using a 1300mah stock lipo and fiddling with the CofG in zero wind. The Cub would float like a feather. It was dreamlike

Many of these RTF planes are set up to be a tad nose heavy for n00bs--the manual often states to set the battery a bit forward. Often setting the battery back +/-1 inch results in proper flight. Ymmv

I have even heard the horizontal feathers to be set improperly [on different RTF models] to better aid n00bs. But i cannot say for certain or which models ...besides the initial release of the UMX P47. Maybe it was a fluke, dunno

I may remove my VG's to promote sportier flying. This may require filling the void.

The VG Void... hehe

Also, am thinking of adding more area to the Rudder.
I like lots of Rudder Authority. Useful for getting out of gravity incidents. I noticed this while nearly piling my aerobatic & 3D foamies.
Numerous times, Rudder has saved my wallet.

This model Cub is fine stock.
But it is a nice 'test subject' for experimentation. Mine is a bit discolored and bit up from Kittynado. So if i pile it, not end of the world.

The world may Pile
I resist
that nincompoopishness

Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Sep 29, 2017 @ 09:37 PM | 1,745 Views
Lol... so I finally got around to mounting my Saito FA-72A for some testing.

I mounted it to a sawhorse, which was already occupied with my FA-50 mount on its opposite end

A special thanks to my brother-in-law for helping me cut the cheese ...er wood... with his saw.
I used 'Whitewood' (3/4" inch thick by about 9" long). Whitewood is a bit soft (hey it was cheap). I recommend tougher wood, like Oak or Plywood.
But it looks like it'll work for now.

I just eye'd the wood work for the .72. It was easy.

I used 6-32 x1&1/2 screws, washers, and nyloc nuts for the Whitewood engine mountage.
And used larger 1/4 x20 x2 screws to mount it all on the Genuine Burro Brand sawhorse. I wish the 1/4 screws were a tad longer for bolt usage. But it should be OK for now.

I recommend bolting the screws with washers and nyloc nuts when possible.
Also, be sure and check the assembly often. Easy to lose fingers...

I plan to add more foam under the fuel tank.
I need to check .72 valve clearances. Should be rtr soon
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Sep 27, 2017 @ 09:48 PM | 1,591 Views
It was dusty/nasty after sitting in my friend's garage. It is not assembled.

It looks much nicer after wiping it down

I would rather it be a tail dragger. I may add a skid in the rear
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Sep 23, 2017 @ 07:12 PM | 1,595 Views
I got a new idea for a 3D airplane design: 'rotor' placed in right or left wing. Or both...

So when hovering, can use rotor in favor of, or in addition to, Aileron control.
Kind of like a helicopter.

This should aid in controlling torque roll. I call it: ROFLcopter

I will post a crappy pic soon
Edit: Pic uploaded
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Sep 23, 2017 @ 02:58 PM | 1,629 Views
So i had a few awesome RC Cars/Trucks back in the day...

1) Team Associated Nitro RC10GT Plus RTR (Stadium Truck)
I kept snapping the diff gear 'axle' otherwise simple truck with a nice reliable Thunder Tiger .15 glow engine. Because of this issue, i gifted to a friend. I wish it had a gear diff..

The Thunder Tiger .15 was my most reliable 2-stroke rc car engine. Not a screamer, maybe 30k, but one of my favorite engines. I liked the way it looked too.

2) Traxxas T-Maxx 2.5 RTR
This was a beast. Nitro 4wd, mechanical reverse, 35+ mph, 8 shocks.

I jumped a ramp and performed a controlled flip, landing on all four tires.
It had large tires with tractor style treads that had good grip.
You could add throttle or brake mid-air to control pitch like a dirt bike!
The tires would last a loooong time too. But who wants to rebuild 8 shocks?!

Fidgety engine... Traxxas claimed 40,000 rpm on the 2.5 but i was always twiddling with it. If i ever got 40k, and i bet i did, it was overheating...

I let a friend borrow it who kept it outside. My fault, i was supposed to retrieve it. It got rained on and forgotten. Not a big deal, i had a blast with that crazy truck.

3) Team Associated Nitro TC3 Team Kit
I built this kit with a beautiful OS .18 CVR-XS that would light up all four tires on demand.
My friend said he thought it was hitting 65mph. 2-speed with some blue ano'd aluminum parts.
I think it was at least 60mph. I painted a nice 2004 Subaru Impreza rally body in Blue Metallic....Continue Reading
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Sep 17, 2017 @ 08:32 PM | 1,865 Views
... been working on a project

Saito FA-72A with the pipe that Gary made me
The Ultimate fidget spinner.

It is destined to go in a used Easy Sport ARF that i have yet to assemble.

This is actually my 2nd .72. It looked RTR as i recieved it.

Hopefully i will mount/run it soon.
I want to hear it!
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Sep 14, 2017 @ 06:33 PM | 1,778 Views
Here is a pic of my low-time K&B Sportster .28.
It looks to have been bench run only.

I saw a friend run one and liked it; the sound and muffler is nice for a 2-stroke.

It came with instructions, an e-mail letter, & some notes including the test run data. This shows its history, which is sweet.

I heard some modelers had trouble with air-sealing one of the larger model K&B engines ...dunno if it was a fluke. I think this one should run nice

Manual states up to 15% nitro until after break-in. I will have to check on the oil requirements...

When i stare at the box & build of the engine, it reminds me of the good ol' days
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Sep 12, 2017 @ 05:47 AM | 1,756 Views
...have not flown in months. Been busy with 'Life events' and such.
Played with Simulator at lhs the other day, did well.

Wife is doing a little better and has been asking to go fly (she watches)

I usually fly my mini and micro planes but would like to take my Gen1 Sukhoi, Jug, or Ultimate2 out to a place in the country.
Those '2200' planes are a bit much for the little parks we visit.

I may join a club this year, but it's already Fall.
Boy, i do like Fall! It went from 95F to 85F here, and i hope it drops to 75F. The shade during 85 degree weather is a joy.

I must have 'overdid it' yesterday because i did not feel like getting out of bed today. We have been moving and stuff.
I didn't get to sleep 'til late last night --additionally we have more errands later.

Just no way i was going to work today ...sometimes a working man just needs an extra day off.
Why? Because Americans are supposedly the 'hardest workers'.

I doubt that is true. I heard Japanese workers really put in some hours. Some of thier products have given American companies a run for thier money. Ford

I planned to make a little onboard flight video with my Jug (E-flite P47) but have not made the time. Maybe later this month before the trees lose thier color

I need to see some blue sky

I have my 'work bench' set up at our new place. Finally i can continue working on my engines and start assembling my used Easy Sport 40.
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Sep 04, 2017 @ 05:42 PM | 1,775 Views
I am finally getting my 'work shop' together
...more like a tool pile lol

I AM SO DANG HAPPY because I successfully removed the bearings from my oily FA-72 (#1) using a $30 1000W Top Flite Heat gun, oil, blocks of wood, rubber mallet, and socket wrench parts.

This is a big deal to me. I have never done such a thing--it was easy.

No Arbor Press needed, so far.
It would be nice. Maybe later.
I could have used an oven but prefer a heat gun.

Now i will give this engine a decent cleaning. I bought it used--it looked clean but was filled with some stinky oil--probably Klotz.
The 2 bearings are crap but thats okay.

I remember looking at the nitro glow 4-strokes about 10 years ago. I admired them but found thier price and complexity intimidating.

After seeing the ultra-complex full scale aero engines used during WWII, i find these little 4-strokes much simpler.

These 4-strokes are fun, sound rad, have better mpg, and can last a long time on one glow plug. Piston Rings are ideal for low cost. The engines can last a lifetime with proper care.

Used engines can be affordable. Often they may need some TLC. This is where the specific tools become handy

It may be no surprise that new bearings are needed with used engines. Unless the seller said otherwise...

Bearings are not a small job. It becomes much easier once ya get some experience
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Sep 03, 2017 @ 08:53 PM | 1,679 Views
Here are some pics comparing my standard .40-.46 size glow plane to a standard '2200' size electric.

Also got the E-flite Viking 280 there.

The standard glow plane dwarfs the standard electric... of course the bars are always being raised with Electric.

The Easy Sport 40 is not assembled yet. Planning to mount the featured Saito FA-72A make 'I' on it.

I just want a different engine mount than the one i have--its a heavy fiberglass mount that may suit larger engines better.
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Aug 31, 2017 @ 07:34 AM | 2,525 Views
Well, i got around to running my Saito FA-50 with a Xoar 13x4 wood prop (nice prop).

It was interesting, tried not to rev it too high.

Edit: I was having trouble keeping an idle.
So i have been thinking what i had done wrong....
Well, I figured it out! I was turning the Idle screw the wrong way
Lol! It was me not the engine

It's usually something simple... these engines are made well and should work well.
I am excited to mess with it some more. Going for a low idle with the 13x4.

Wifey is not so well anymore... and i have just not had the time to RC much this past month.

But! I have been working on some rc stuff lately. I recently cleaned up my messy work bench for one....

I am am eagerly awaiting some time to mess with more engines.
Work gets in the way, lol.

All good
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Jul 20, 2017 @ 05:25 AM | 2,536 Views
My wife is very sick...
Please pray for her.

Her name is Carli.
Thank you.


Edit: Wife is doing a bit better and is home after spending many days in hospital.

Thank you for your prayers!
Please keep her in your prayers, she has her own personal struggles.

God bless!
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Jul 11, 2017 @ 09:02 AM | 14,956 Views
I acquired a used FS40 for cheap. Project engine.

Peter Chinn Test:
weight: 12 ounces
10,200 with 10x6 Top Flite Maple
8,950 with 11x6 Top Flite Maple
8,000 with 12x6 Top Flite Maple
bore/stroke: 21.2 mm x 18.4
bhp: 0.455 @ 11,200 rpm
torque: 50 ounce @ 7k rpm
-bearings used throughout
test conditions: 10% nitro, 11 Celsius, 75% humidity


Needs a an o-ring for the rod housing, a low-speed needle, and a throttle arm.
And bearings.

These little gems are known to be smooth and sip fuel.

This will be a long-term project, since parts may be scarce.
I will check with one of my friends, he has great FS40 wisdom
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Jun 27, 2017 @ 02:00 AM | 4,012 Views
Here is a crashed Cheerson CX-20.
It looks like throttle was left on causing the motors to spin.

The motor shafts burned the prop hubs during that wonderful spinny-spin action

The motor shaft nuts are all missing. Dunno about those...

My friend gave this to me.
He said it was discovered in a family member's front yard.

The motors look good, but i have not tested it.

The most interesting thing, imo, is that this human blender was equipped with APC 9x4.5 MR propellers!
Kind of like my FlyZone Tidewater's 9x4.7 SF That is a ton of prop!