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The Powered Model Thread

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Nitro, May 1, 2014.

  1. Nitro

    Nitro Admin/Immoral Turpitude Staff Member Admin V.I.P Member

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    This is a thread dedicated to powered hobbies.

    Here is a place to discuss air,water and land based toys.

    Radio and other control forms are welcomed here.

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    I used race radio control cars in the late eighties. these are similar to what I had. Pictures 2 & 3 is the only one I have left.
     

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    I used to design and make my own components for them as well. shock mounts and chassis plates in GRP.

    I don't have any photos of my revised designs
     

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    Welcome to the crazy world of powered models

    We will welcome all forms of powered models here,airplanes,helicopters,cars,boats,trucks or maybe something we have not even seen yet.

    My primary focus is on U-Controlled flight and antique models and engines.

    At the request of Warwick C,I started this thread to showcase some of my antique model engine collection and he decided that all types of power models should be represented here. I have quite a collection of Cox glowfuel (nitro) engines including a new first year production run (1957) Cox .049 engine still made today. The collection includes some very special offerings from other manufacturers. My interest in U-Control flight stems back to "Jim" Neville Walker's time in 1938 when he applied for the patent for an airplane controlled by two strings in a captive circular pattern. He is considered to be the father of this type of flight,the only other types were left on the shelf as they proved to offer little control and were cumbersome. I have two versions of Walker's original "Fireball" almost ready to fly airplane that is displayed in the original US patent drawings for U-Controlled flight. Almost ready to fly took about 6 hours to put together and required painting,so the instant gratification kids would not like them. As a member of John Brodak's "The Flying Circus" U-Control club in the town next to mine,we have discussed reproducing these models in John's model airplane kit factory.
    John has been given permission to do this,and I have all the paperwork,drawings and an original unbuilt kit with more documentation than I have ever seen in one place. I just hope we live long enough to bring this airplane back.




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    Jim Walker with his original flying club showing off many Fireball airplanes ^
     
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    1956 was the year Leroy Cox decided to build his first new model engine using all his own parts...his previous venture used some parts from other engine makers to build his own to sell. 1957 rolls around and production began on the first .049 Cox engines that are still produced and sold today. The sales records show that the engine was produced in quantities of a million units a year for over 50 years...there are no known actual facts as the original company changed hands many time and the figures got lost in the shuffle.

    I was fortunate to have found one from the first year of production,second revision that had never been started to add to my collection pictured below

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    1/2A Cox .049 in U-controlled flight
     
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    My traxxis 1/8 scale revo
     

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    Yay! I got another customer! welcome to this little part of the forum and thanks for your offering
     
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    Traxxas funnycar pic captured at Charlotte...I spend more time in the pits than watching the races
     
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    Gilbert Thunderhead .11

    Gilbert made a construction toy for years that utilized metal girders and assorted parts called the Erector Set .

    In the early '60s they produced model airplane engines as well.

    Shown here is my representative of the .11 cubic engine in new condition.

    There were two offerings from Gilbert,the second being a smaller .07 cubic version.
     
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    Crashmobile by Lakeside Toys

    My childhood brought me some very special toys.

    My original Crashmobile was tiny but fun.

    I was able to find this deluxe spring motored car and add it to my toy collection.

    These toys were unique as the car's body exploded on impact with another object.
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    this must be cool to have, I can remeber traxxas starting out with electric statium trucks.

    the suspension looks to be interesting too.


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    The Force Dragracing cars are supposed to be a lot of fun...
     
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    When I was mucking around with them they were rather primitive. a couple pieces of GRP and U channel for a motor mount.
    Sliding pillar front suspension and relying on the GRP to flex for the rear suspension.
     
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    I hear you can do burnouts and then launch the cars from the christmas tree...
     
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    I would not be surprised about the Christmas tree. I did not know about the burn outs, they could be now be using rubber tires instead of foam as they use to.

    This must be pretty good if it is an R/C one

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    They had a Traxxas show in Charlotte ,doing jumps flips and stunts in front of the grandstands at the races...the stunt pilot was bragging about how strong the models were then flipped one 4 times and it landed and broke...he had to do a lot of back-pedaling to explain that the repairs would be inexpensive as hundreds of buyers already had cars they bought there at the races...they are pretty tough cars,but then again...laughs
     
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    The next offering is a simple kit car powered by CO2 cartridges like the ones used in pellet guns.

    They were very inexpensive by today's standards and made of balsawood and thin plastic.

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    Next stop is a Cox .049 powered tether car in the works. It has a pull-start Cox engine off a dunebuggy and model airplane wheels and tires mounted on hi density polyethelene supports with springsteel axles. The mounting plate is aluminum and was made by hand. I am going to attempt to belt drive it when finished. The original car was a diecast bank and I have estimated the top speed to be over 50 miles per hour tethered to a central mounting bearing.

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