any idea what this is?
The vertical stabilizer isn't stock -- it's a good deal larger than it
used to be, I know that ... but other than that, I don't know what
this plane is or where it came from.
It flies like you'd expect ... pretty tame.
The pull start on the engine is remarkably convenient :)
| Hey Doug - that's a "Flying Start" with obvious improvements (landing gear,
| see thru nose!). Was sold by Hobby Shack, I found it in a Feb. 1995 RCM
| magazine ad. They list the engine as a Magnum XL-15, BB/ABC and it sold for
You nailed the engine as well, so I suspect that you're right on the
money. As for the improvements, I'm not sure about the landing gear
(it was like that when I got it) but the transparant nose is my doing.
I kinda like it, so I don't think I'm going to change/improve/fix it. :)
Of course, just like every other glow engine I have, the engine has
issues. It starts up just fine, runs for a few seconds to a minute or
so, then dies, going from `fine' to `dead' in a second -- no
sputtering or anything like that. Haven't even gotten to adjusting
the low end yet -- can't get the high end right. Time to take the
fuel system and carburator apart, see what's wrong ...
| "Doug McLaren" wrote in message
| > any idea what this is?
| > The vertical stabilizer isn't stock -- it's a good deal larger than it
| > used to be, I know that ... but other than that, I don't know what
| > this plane is or where it came from.
| > It flies like you'd expect ... pretty tame.
| > The pull start on the engine is remarkably convenient :)
| > Of course, just like every other glow engine I have, the engine has
| > issues.
| If every glow engine you have has issues, have you considered that it
| may not be the engines?
Of course I have. Of course, these engines are on several different
planes, and each one seems to have different issues. I've even tried
different sorts of fuel, leaving only one constant -- me. :)
| Sounds like it just isn't getting enough fuel.
Right. In the case of THIS engine, I suspect that there's some crud
in the carburator, fuel line or tank. Haven't gotten around to it,
but will take apart and clean everything out soon.
Glow engines just like to frustrate me. They're great when they work,
but I just seem to spend far too much time futzing with them -- and
I'm not even one of those guys who tries to tweak out the last few
Oh well. At least my gliders and electrics like me :)