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Trevor Grace 117/09/2019 13:21:27
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i intend to build a 48-50 inch w/s flying wing type model using a irvine 53 and wondering if anyone could give me an idea on the size of 3 bladed pusher prop. looking at about 3lb -3 1/2lb flying weight

many thanks.

Nigel R17/09/2019 13:28:28
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you sure you're going to need a .53 in something weighing 3-1/2lb?

anyway, I thought the rule of thumb was, standard prop size, minus one inch diameter.

Trevor Grace 117/09/2019 14:01:00
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hi Nigel R. thanks for your reply, i went electric a few yrs ago so lost touch with the i.c. world, the engine (brand new) has been sitting in my shed all of this time. Not making

exactly a flying wing but a star wars type twin fin long nose job. Will be making it up as i go along but loosly based on the KR84 TORTUGA Robodrone.

Martin Harris17/09/2019 14:07:16
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If "push" in the thread title refers to the engine, be very cautious with an Irvine. The needle valve is extremely close to the propeller arc - Irvine users regularly get a slap on the knuckles while making adjustments to engines fitted with conventional props. If you try this with a pusher prop it will almost certainly inflict serious injury due to the blade coming at you at a chopping angle which pulls the blade into whatever it contacts.

I was bitten (twice in one day) back in the 70s by a pusher driven by a little Veco .19 - I still have the scars to remind me. I shudder to think what an Irvine 53 would be capable of.

Edit: Just spotted your last post after posting this and it seems to confirm it's a pusher.  I would seriously advise against the Irvine unless you can arrange a remote needle adjustment.

Edited By Martin Harris on 17/09/2019 14:17:05

Don Fry17/09/2019 14:51:47
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I too have the scars of adjusting, in my case a pre Scnurl (spelling?) ported plain bearing 40. So a tidier to the power of the Irvine. When I had a 53 Irvine it was as big as ever I flew alone. I had eternal debates with myself as to wheather I could get to casualty if it bit me. And working behind the engine was tight. I ended up with a simple expedient, slow needle, stop engine, and adjust. Main needle, Ok with caution,

On a pusher, I would not touch those needles if it's running. Have you thought of the launch, a chuck, excepting one of those underhand discus affairs also brings digits to the slicer.

Denis Watkins17/09/2019 15:02:44
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With the Irvine Trevor

You could fly a 6lb model with a 10 x 6 3 blade prop

These models are usually driven by .36 - .39 motors

Trevor Grace 117/09/2019 15:04:48
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hi guys the remote adjusting needle valve will be no prop, what has got me foxed at the moment is the exhaust to prop clearance.

Don Fry17/09/2019 15:14:19
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True, but I bet it's a dose of fun on a 53.

Trevor Grace 117/09/2019 16:12:35
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hope so as for the props, had a fight with a 20x8 a few years back-guess who won.

Nigel R17/09/2019 16:18:06
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"what has got me foxed at the moment is the exhaust to prop clearance."

Just point it forward. It'll look a bit funny but will work fine.


a) find a dustbin, or a pitts type, or some other compact silencer type

b) fit a pusher pipe (weston do them)

re, Tortuga drone, try:


note, prop in correct (!) place

a bit smaller than you are looking for but could easily be scaled up a bit

Trevor Grace 117/09/2019 18:51:08
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thanks Nigel R. I will check the Weston link.

ps you have got the wrong plane the TORTUGA -KR84 is on the and type in TORTUGA

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