Quarter scale model of the Dormoy Bathtub, winner of the Rickenbacker trophy at the American National Air races in 1924. A rather rare and unknown airplane amongst aircraft enthusiasts, I did build this one in 1999 from Model Builder Magazine plans by Hank Iltzsch. Main structure is built-up from archery arrow shafts, the triangular shape of the fuselage implied that I did have to work ‘in the air’ the way big ships are built and although the material is different...
... it was a frustrating experience that compares with the building of the Blériot fuselage. The fuselage could not sit-up until the landing gear was finished. The fuselage sides and back are not balsa but Solartex covered. Power is given by an Os Gemini 120 Twin Mk-1. Full description and pictures can be found in the 2000 March/April edition of Flying Scale Models magazine
So Cal Coupé cl speedcar shown with highly detailed static GMP model
So Cal Coupé is powered by an OS Max-FX 46 with K&G gearbox, tank and fuel shut-off
Russian cl speed car with twin-axle KMD 2,5cc diesel
Maserati cl car from the fifties ( no repro )
Maserati is powered by a Webra 2,5cc diesel from the early fifties
Martin Flash Mite cl car with McCoy 19 glow
Propellor Pusher car with an Enya 19
Contol line all aluminum Mustang with Enya 09
This wooden cl speedcar with a twin-axle Russian 2,5cc diesel was built by Ivan Prior from England with RLE painting
Ohlsson&Rice 3/4 HP 2 cycle utility engine mounted on an Octura boat mount
Alfred Meiss 135cc Inline 3 using Zenoah cylinders Germany
OS Live Steam Stephenson Rocket at 1/11th scale for 5 inch gauge track that I am still finishing. This Rocket was the first train to run from Manchester to Liverpool. This model can easily pull an adult person and is intended for garden use. Weight is 9 kg
L.C.Mason designed Mastiff opposed flat four of 24cc from 1975 GB
Some visitors have asked for some inside pictures of the famous Aero 35 Inline so here they are. Designed by John Piston and August Savage from 1963. I just love the names . . . August Savage previously designed and made the Savage Inline in 1946. The great engine designer/tuner Clarence Lee also made a few inline engines that are also as scarce as hen’s teeth, my good friend/collector Danny Claes from Belgium does have one in his collection.
Left : smallest Dooling to date is this 019 by John D.Ellis from the USA Middle : Arne Hende 09 version and at right the original 29. Note the glow plug sizes : LtoR :the one made by Ellis next the Russian made one and the original size Champion VG-3
Casting of the carburetor body I had to make for the broken one of my Gerald Smith Lapwing
Another casting this time for my Gerald Smith Magpie
Con rod casting for a Bantam OHV 6cc
Coffee mug modeled after the RJL 61, a re-issue engine of the Phil Kraft 61. These mugs were made to order in Hawai for RJL Randy Linsalato Industries
V-Twin Four Stroke of 20cc capacity made by an unknown Italian master builder
Four stroke ignition conversion prototype of a Cox 020 that I am still finishing
Cox 4 cylinder inline using 049 cylinder/pistons from a MEB plan
Edgar Westbury designed Seagull Twin 10cc with missing carb casting awaiting a total rebuilt
Laser opposed twin by Lloyd Ressler ser.nmbr. 01 of only two built
Freshly restored Eljo 90 water cooled overhead valve magneto ignition boat engine from the 60’ies
Enya 12O Racing fourstroke Japan
RCV rotary-cylinder-valve engines, where the cylinder is provided at it’s bottom with a conical toothed gear running in a crankshaft gear thus effectively rotating around.
Nova diesel a Dutch design by Ing. J. Van Leeuwen dating 1943 and first published during WW2 in the Dutch magazine De Modelbouwer
Another OS beauty this OS Max 55 HZ 3-D helicopter Ltd Edition of 2010
This all aluminum Lotus by Riko with a Fuji 2,5cc with clutch/gearbox was purpose made in small quantities for the Nissan Seiki Car Co circa 1968. It was never commercially made available but given to select Nissan employees.
Control line model of the famous Miss America salt lake speed car, powered with dry-fuel rocket motors, made by Richard Stizennieczny of Germany
Another R.Stizennieczny rocket-powered speed car
Profile cl racer with a custom built Cox 010 by RLE
McCoy control line cars, the one at left is a repro by Nylint and does have an ‘all plastic’ fake McCoy engine
Cigar Special cl by Doug Parker USA ser.nmbr. 01 Cox 049 power
Cameron Rodzy cars original at left and RLE rebuilt/paint at right
Ohlsson&Rice 29 Midget cl cars
Lovely wood-bodied Austin 744cc midget cl car by Ivan Prior GB
Left : Cox Thimble Drome Special Right : Cox Thimble Drome Champion
McCoy Nike cl prop car with 049 diesel
Cox Corvette 049
Kyosho Morgan 4/4 Cox chassis RLE conversion
Highly polished Cox Champion awaiting RLE twin-engine conversion
Jetex powered Firebolt cars . These cars do have two eyelets, one front and one aft underneath the chassis, trough which a very long thin wire was inserted that was set up in a deserted street so kids could race their cars like the full-size dragsters.
Gohl Mercedes Gull Wing and Ferrari 348 table-top racers with Cox 010 power
Lotus cl car by Testors
Unlimited race boat will be fitted with a Fury Twin
Hydrocar : full working hydrogen-fuel-cell powered car, only H2 and 02 and a solar panel are used to drive this one.
This casting kit will one day be transformed into the Blériot/Anzani trident 3-cylinder
Cheap and simple cl amusement GB
The OS Sirius is now fitted with an original OS exhaust collector ring
In my experience these are the sweetest running four strokes that OS ever produced, at left the opposed flat four 240 and at right the 320 version, both can be idled down to a mere 500 rpm
Saito Twin V-inlines 2009 Japan
Hobbs 075 Ltd Edition by Richard Hobbs, son of famous Mills designer Mike GB
Wasp twin .604 of 1946 USA
Japanese G-Mark engines Lto R : 30 Twin, Radial 5 and .12 Twin
Vega side-valve 4-strokes from the late John Harbone 1980’ies GB
ELF flat-6 cylinder 60 glow rep of 1951 and ELF model 1 single cylinder ignition rep of 1935/39 nicknamed ‘Corncob’ both Dan Calkin designs USA
M & M rep piston-valve of 1939, reed-valve induction with fuel bypass via a sub-piston in the center of the main piston
Kalt 4-stroke from 1977 Japan
Zeiss diesel nicknamed ‘U-boot’ of 1954 from the then East German Zeiss factory more famous for their lenses and camera’s , engine has fragile magnesium casting
HP 61 designed by the late great Paul Bugl. This engine does have a unique floating-bell rear rotary valve. HP stands for Hirtenberger Patronen, an ammunition factory since 1860. The HP was the first to use schnuerle-porting also called loop-scavenging, invented by Adolf Schnürle in 1926. The faster a spent charge in an engine is replaced by a fresh charge the more efficient it is. Prior to loop-scavenging, a domed piston or deflector on top of the piston was used.
V-twin engine of unknown manufacture
Fox 35 and Fox 19 Split-Case of 1953 Duke Fox Manufacturing USA
Saito FA-90 and FA-450 radials Japan
Buco Twin 61 from the early 80’ies Swiss
JR 3,5cc by Dutchman Jack De Ridder with original box and factory plexi shop stand
HB Helmuth Bernhardt 61 Stamo that was intended for the Graupner Bell helicopter
Two classics, the Jaures Garofali Super Tigre Bluehead 60 and the OS 60 Blackhead
OS Monoblock car engines
OS Monoblock car engines
This is what boys dreamt of in the 1930’ies, the green/yellow Puss Moth of 1939 and the silver Interceptor Mk-4 of 1932, no practical lightweight model engines yet, let alone radio control. These models used a rubber string for motor, the fuselage was put into the thick cardboard box that contained a winding device , turning the propellor thus winding X turns on the string. Even a tiny Shell oil bottle is included for lubing the rubber. Planes were made of very thin alu and thick printed paper.
World smallest glow and spark plugs : at left the Russian micro glow plug by Alexander Ossovick, next the micro spark plug with purple isolator from Dutchman Johan Van Zanten from whom I learned to make my own, one of which is shown with white isolator and next is a Champion VR-1
Some of the materials and tools I use for making these tiny spark plugs, the white stuff is some kind of Teflon, steel 6-sided bar and tap and die.
Leroy Cox made these tie-clips and key-fobs for publicity reasons
WREN 54 turbine that I built from a factory kit. This engine does run up to 165000 rpm and is started- up on gas until warmed-up and then run on Coleman white gas (named petrol in Europe or kerosene in England) The sound is scale-like and this engine put’s out nearly 7kg of thrust ! GB
The WREN engine shown with electronic data terminal, special fuel pump and electronic module. Electric starter is mounted at the back.
Pegasus 2, the very first radio controlled hot-air balloon in Belgium taking off from the huge market place of my home town Sint-Niklaas, amidst full-sized brothers on 3 september 1978 for the annual WW2 liberation festivities. I did make the envelope from the at that time very expensive gold/silver rescue foil ( as used on the legs of the moon lander ). I used a contemporary picture but still have the balloon up in the attic.
How to make a fuel tank for the rare Danish Bensen-Thorning diesel 2,4cc of 1949
In 1978 I published my first very modest book on model engines
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Two Laser V-Tins by Neil Tidey GB
Zorro engine from Spain
Airstar excentric compression diesel intended for free flight from 1947 GB
Delmo 2,65cc diesel from 1945 France
Enya 240 V-Twin Japan
Miss Belga swamp boat that I built way back in 1975 and had loads of fun with. OS Max-10 RC powered. Belga is a Belgian make of cigarettes.
Gerald Smith Skylark with magneto ignition GB
Park Hawk ornithopter or flapping-wing-bird designed by Sean Kinkade whom used to live in Belgium for some time. It is electric powered and can be put into glide or flap mode during flight. Steering is done with the tail that can move up-down-left-right. This bird does fly really scale like and quite a sight to see in flight.
I did build these Taylor Cubs from Czech Juro model kits. Both are powered by a Gasparin G-24 and are free flight. They are a delight to fly and are trimmed to climb and descend in a spiral. Why bother about RC ?