The big names that come to my mind are:
OS for everything
Norvel for 1/2A up to .25 -- they get good reviews; I even have one but
I haven't fired it up.
Mecoa has collected most of the 'also rans' under one roof; they have
HB, K&B, etc.
Fox is still in the business.
Saito for 4-strokes.
There are more, but I mostly fly electric...
Glow engine manufacturers:
MECOA (including K&B, HP, HB, RJL)
This list should include most of the glow engine manufacturers still in
business. MDS may still be manufacturing engines, but I don't know of any
current distributors for their product. This list does not include gas
Thanks everyone for the great response. One more question - I live in a
remote area, and hobby shops here are few and far between. Any
recommendations for an online supplier of engines and supplies in general?
Oh, sorry - I live in Lebanon, Oregon. There is a hobby shop in Albany,
about 10 miles away, but I said "control line" and they gave me dumb looks.
There are probably some good ones in Salem, that is about 40 miles. I make
it to Portland from time to time, but I prefer mail order/ebay when
Thunder Tiger offers a fairly full range of 2-stroke and 4-stroke glow
engines ranging from .07 cu inches to 1.2 cu inches in size. Thunder Tiger
engines are very high quality, easy to tune and maintain, and are more
economically priced than other premium 2-strokes.
You can find a complete catalog of Thunder Tiger engines along with spare
They offer fast shipping, very good
service, and low pricing on Thunder Tiger and Ace Hobby products. Shipping
is free for orders over $150.
Ed, the owner, is a friend of mine. His focus is on CL Stunt and he
carries pretty much the entire Sig and Brodak lines along with some
things from other companies making CL equipment. His web site needs
to be updated as he is out of Sig Magnum kits. He is very helpful and
if you need it is willing to spend the time with you to sort out
Eugene Toy and Hobby. There is a plethora of control line activity in
Oregon - as well as the largest C/L competition outside the Nats. That
would be the NW Regionals where every C/L event in the book is flown.
This link will get you started: