I’ve started this new thread at the suggestion of Ed Holly of Australia, who would like to have the opportunity to discuss the home construction of model diesels with other like-minded individuals. Let’s hear from those of you who are still game to have a go at making your own engines!
I’m sure that many of you remember the vulcanized asbestos gasket material that was so widely used for model engine head gaskets during the “classic” era. However, that material has long been unavailable now, due mainly I think to quite legitimate health concerns relating to asbestos. Some of us laid in a stock while it was still available, but that’s mostly gone now. I’m almost out myself.
The question is – has anyone out there found a suitable alternative material? The old vulcanized asbestos sheet material was particularly good at sealing large surfaces having slight irregularities – typical of the cylinder/head interface on many engines. Is there an alternative material that works as well?? Please post here if you have any suggestions!
I’m writing an article which mentions the Mills replicas and other engines manufactured in Calcutta, India by the Aurora Model Manufacturing company (Suresh Kumar). Does anyone out there know for certain when these engines first appeared? I know that it was in the 1970’s, but the exact year of their introduction would be helpful.
Thanks for looking!
Paul Venne has requested advice regarding potential approaches to the removal of mottling on the crankcases of an old OS Max-S 30 RC and an OS Max-H 40 RC. We all encounter otherwise nice engines with mottled cases, so this is of general interest. Any suggestions??
Greetings! Noting that a lot of folks quite rightly don’t know where to look on this site to add a comment on a topic for which there’s no established thread, I’ve set up this new thread which is intended as a place to post any and all comments on any subject for which no specific thread currently exists. I will monitor this thread regularly, and if a topic comes up that appears to warrant its own thread, I’ll create a new separate posting for that topic.
Hope to hear from some more of you!!
At the request of my friend and colleague Gordon Cornell, I’m trying to learn more about the life and work of George Fletcher, best remembered as the chief engine designer for International Model Aircraft (IMA – FROG) and (briefly) E.D. All that I know so far is that he worked for Davies-Charlton (D-C) Ltd. in the late 1940’s and then worked briefly for Alan Allbon during 1950 prior to Allbon’s near-collapse as a result of the infamous Purchase Tax ruling. In around 1952 George replaced Bert Judge as IMA’s chief engine designer, remaining there until 1962, when he mover briefly to E.D. Along the way he remained active as a hands-on aeromodeller, winning the Knokke no. 2 Trophy (C/L Scale) in 1960 with his fine SE5A.
Gordon has a recollection that after the “original” E.D. company folded in 1963, George may then have gone to work for Dr. Joseph Ehrlich of EMC motorcycles fame. Can any reader add anything to our knowledge of George and his activities?!?
I’m working on an article about the Silver Swallow engines from China. There has been some correspondence on this blog site under other headings, but it seems that it might be helpful to create a thread specifically for those engines. Does anyone out there have any knowledge of these unexpectedly nice little engines? In particular, information regarding serial numbers and the glow-plug models would be much appreciated!
Paul Venne has sent an inquiry regarding the needle valve for a FROG 349 R/C in his possession. Can anyone advise Paul? It looks like the spray bar is not correct. It is a double hole and the holes are only about 1/4 of the way across the carburetor barrel opening and if oriented side to side they look very restricted or flow resistant. Paul’s question is – is this original??? On contemplation, it seem that if both holes are in line with the axis of air flow it might run, but Paul wonders. Anyone have experience with a problem like this or specifically with this engine in R/C form?
I recently became aware of a Chinese-made engine of which I had no previous knowledge. This was a T.Y.C. 2.5 cc diesel. It’s a fairly simple plain-bearing radially-ported design which appears to be rather similar to its Chinese Yin Yan/Silver Swallow contemporaries. All I know so far is that the T.Y.C. engines were reportedly manufactured in the early to mid 1980’s. Does anyone out there know more?!? If so, please respond!! All input gratefully acknowledged!