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Colin Ashman15/11/2012 12:47:16
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On the Steve Webb web site ( sole importer in the U.K. for Enya ) they claim that the SS30 R/C " In several tests was proved to be more powerful than some 40 size engines on the market " Can this be true? Claimed power output is a fairly modest 0.7 HP

I haven't been able to find anything on line to support this and Enya themselves are not making this kind of claim.

At the bottom of the page they also say " Let the 35X make your flying fun " So I'm wondering how accurate this description is

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kc15/11/2012 16:57:07
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Yes. Colin it is true! I have an Enya 30SS plain bearing and it gives more power than my OS 40FP and I flew it in the same plane. Actually I changed the engines over to make the plane qualify for ' Small Models day' at Old Warden decades ago and was surprised how good the 30SS was in a 40 size model ( own design scaleish equivalent to a Wot4 ).

The Enya SS plain bearing engines are very underrated ( by that I mean unappreciated ) and my two 40SS must have done thousands of flights during the last 24 years and wont wear out. Excellent buy. Only slight snag is the older 40SS were maybe a little noisy, but later silencers are bigger and have a baffle which should cure that. I have always run mine on straight castor fuel- -no nitro.

I havent used the 30SS that much but its a very powerful but tiny engine. Needle valves interchange with the 40SS ( well the old straight ones do )

Biggest snag with these plain bearing engines is they wont wear out and so you have no excuse to go and treat yourself to a shiny new engine. Look out for bargains secondhand because most modellers are unaware of how good they are.

Edited By kc on 15/11/2012 17:02:25

Mike Etheridge 115/11/2012 17:42:15
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I like Enya engines and have an SS30,SS40 plus older Enya 35 ,45,19 and 09. The SS 30 I have had for a number of years an RM Trainer and it does go well!

MJE

Colin Ashman16/11/2012 09:01:52
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Thanks Mike and KC that's very helpful.

Colin Ashman16/11/2012 14:24:00
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Christmas has come early.

Just thought I'd let you know that after some high powered negotation with SWMBO, I ordered an SS30 from Steve Webb today on the strength of your recomendation. Couldn't wait for a S/H one to come up on EBAY. Thanks again for your help.

Cols

Paul Marsh16/11/2012 15:33:56
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I've got a 30SS. Powerful for it's size, although a bit noisy. Got it a few years from SWM, with a 40SS, both have more power than the equivalent OS40FP at the time, and still do.

Wasaforumite16/11/2012 15:39:32
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I had a SS30 Ball Raced version and it was a superb engine - a real powerhouse. I built the earlier version of Peter Miller's Mini Mustang and it was a great combination. Sadly, I was flying on a fairly windy day and had to do several go-arounds to get the right landing approach and ran out of fuel at the worst possible moment. The plane slowed up on the final turn and tip-stalled into the ground. Very unfortunately, on the ground was a discarded metal gate! the plane was a total write-off and the engine crankcase was broken. However, can thoroughly recommend the Enya - probably the best 30 you can buy. You will love it I'm sure.

Mike Etheridge 116/11/2012 16:22:17
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There is an SS 30 on E-bay for sale!

MJE

Colin Ashman16/11/2012 17:35:40
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Well damm me, I checked EBAY this morning and didn’t spot that. Still, I’m not disappointed, Herself has been out most of the day, I’ve spent the time balsa bashing in the garage, and on top of that I’ve bought myself a bright shiny new motor. What else could a grown man ask for?

All I need now is for Wales to beat Samoa tonight to make it a perfect day.

Cols

Mike Etheridge 116/11/2012 19:36:39
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Colin,

My SS 30 was new even though it was purchased through E-bay. i have bid on an Enya 45 but it looks like it could go for a high sum.

Had little time for modelling today as I had domestic chores to sort out including un-blocking a drain.

I don't tend to follow rugger but my twin brother always does as he was briefly a Bristol / Gloucester/ Cheltenham scrum half with one appearance as reserve for the South West of England. (1970)

MJE

00117/11/2012 07:40:48
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The thing about Enya engines is that they will run and run. I had a Enya 40 plain bearing that was passed from trainer to trainer, eventually it was put in a (heavy) Aircore trainer and I know it had 179 flights in that - from a very dusty airstrip in Spain. When sold on it was still going strong.

Later on I had an Enya 41 four stroke - brilliant powerful engine that waseasy to start.

Mike Etheridge 118/11/2012 23:19:40
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I have just won the e-bay SS30---I hope it works!

MJE

Mike Etheridge 109/12/2012 12:24:34
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Well the SS30 arrived with the wrong (Too small) silencer. Having bought a replacement silencer for my Enya 35 (Fitted in a Weston Cougar) for about £30 last year I decided to look on E-bay for an SS30 silencer and sure enough there was an SS30 engine to be sold as 'repair or spares' as the engine was apparently 'seized'. I got the latter engine but low and behold it also had the wrong silencer which would not fit, but I managed to free up the engine by warming the cylinder head for about one minute with an electric kettle and then added WD 40 plus '3 in I' oil.

So I now have three SS30's and only one silencer----Colin you made the right decision to buy a new SS30!

kc09/12/2012 13:49:15
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In what way is the silencer too small? The instruction leaflet says the 30SS , 30SSBB, 30Ring also 25BB all use the M251 silencer. This is the earlier type which is not the later quieter type, but should fit.

Make sure you use new capscrews if you refit an Enya silencer--they easily round off inside when you fit them a couple of times and then they jam on and cannot be removed without lots of butchery. Even replacing with ordinary slotted bolts is better than reusing old capscrews.

Mike Etheridge 109/12/2012 17:12:22
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KC,

The silencers are from different engines. The bolt fixings are not spaced wide enough and the silencers are physically too small and do not match the engine exhaust ports . My first SS30 was purchased as new with the correct silencer so I can still use the two recently acquired engines which I got for very low prices by borrowing the one exhaust .

The first SS 30 is fitted to a 1980's RM trainer a plane I have owned for 15 years. The second SS 30 will suit a fun flyer acquired as a repairable wreck from Phil Claridge , and the last I may be able to fit in my old Junior 60 as an alternative to the ED Racer depending on the bearer spacing.

I will photograph the engines / exhausts.

Mike

00109/12/2012 17:36:25
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I wouldn't use WD40 or any similar liquid in a model engine, unless you are going to completely dismantle it and clean it out. it just frees up the rust and turns it into grinding paste.

Mike Etheridge 109/12/2012 17:59:15
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Point taken on the WD 40, but I have dosed both engines with 3 in 1 oil as I do with all my motors.

The pictures below illustrate the two silencers I receIved. Both have the wrong profiles and the wrong fixing spacing. I have included the RM trainer picture which includes the first SS 30 I purchased but the silencer may not stand out sufficiently.

MJE

R M Trainer

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002 enya ss 30.jpg

kc09/12/2012 18:27:47
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Neither of those look like genuine SS30 exhausts to me. The one with what looks like a priming port is probably much older than the SS series which I think were about 1985 onwards. The other one does not even look like any Enya exhaust but more like an OS FP type, maybe an OS clone.

Both the engines seem to be SS type but the plain bearing type, which means you dont have to worry about rusty bearings anyway ( they are bronze or similar ) The ball bearing SS are 'fatter' behind the prop driver & almost the same diameter as the prop driver.

Tom Sharp 209/12/2012 19:06:17
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I have one of the Enya silencers with the priming port, this I bought around 1980 and it wasn't new then.

Mike Etheridge 109/12/2012 19:28:20
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KC and Tom---you are right on both accounts.

As for WD 40 undermining rust I can't say that any of my motors have suffered from it despite cast iron pistons and cylinders in some of them---My flying often rusty though!

Edited By Mike Etheridge 1 on 09/12/2012 19:29:14

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