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Chris Berry20/10/2020 20:46:29
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I've recently noticed I'm lacking any spare glow plugs and have happily been using OS F plugs in most of my 4 strokes including the six lasers and 2 ASPs i regularly fly.

Having searched all the usual suppliers it seems no one has any OS F plugs and very few OS plugs of any kind.

What do people recommend as an alternative, as I've used F plugs for 10 years now and never needed to use anything else.

Thanks

jrman20/10/2020 20:51:04
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Ripmax probably forgot to add them to their order.wink

Brian Cooper20/10/2020 20:54:56
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Try using the Model Technics Supercat 4-stroke plug, available from Just Engines.

They are very good plugs, and cheaper than OS-F plugs too.

Richard Wills 220/10/2020 21:00:51
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rcjapan.net

Solly20/10/2020 21:01:06
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WestonUK do a 4 stroke plug, I use them and they seem fine.

kevin b20/10/2020 21:01:47
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Posted by jrman on 20/10/2020 20:51:04:

Ripmax probably forgot to add them to their order.wink

Is that why they are not answering their telephone ?

Jason Channing20/10/2020 21:30:07
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model technics glowplugs just dont compare to the OS F, good but not the same, i ve tried them in OS and YS and rpm, top ends just are not the same. all my OS come from RC Japan who are very quick, have used Ebay and all the plugs I have received are very good.

 

Edited By Jason Channing on 20/10/2020 21:31:24

Jason Channing20/10/2020 21:32:50
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Ripmax currently have 4 people working everything due to C19, given the circumstances they ae doing very well, even if they have low stock?

Martin Arnold 120/10/2020 21:51:15
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The comparatively new Enya 4C plugs are excellent, have found them to be at least as good as the OS type F.

Don't think the shortage is down to Ripmax, there were a few Japanese and Chinese sellers of the type f on Ebay and they seem to have disappeared.

**LINK**

Edited By Martin Arnold 1 on 20/10/2020 21:57:40

David Ovenden21/10/2020 07:00:13
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Still some OS F plugs available from eBay sellers in Hong Kong etc. Prices vary but some seem not too bad if you buy a card of 12. Share amongst clubmates?

kevin b21/10/2020 09:51:41
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Posted by Jason Channing on 20/10/2020 21:32:50:

Ripmax currently have 4 people working everything due to C19, given the circumstances they are doing very well, even if they have low stock?

It was not a complaint about Ripmax. I have always got on very well with them and had excellent service. Over the last few months I have regularly chatted with them, due to a transmitter problem, which I am waiting for Jim to return to his workshop so that I can get it sorted out. Unfortunately, like most distributors, they have little or no stock on the shelves and little knowledge as to when their orders will arrive. This is one of the problems with putting all your eggs in one (Chinese) basket. Supply chains all over the world are broken and it will take a (very) long time to sort out. Modern business models do not take situations such as these (and weather) into consideration. Accountants are only interested in numbers, not people.

Rant over !

On a positive note. I know that quite a few U.K manufacturers in the model making industry are extremely busy with obtaining materials being the only problem for some of them. Model shops are doing ok with old stock disappearing off the shelves at a rapid rate. We are also seeing a huge increase in the number of people getting involved in practical hobbies.

kevin b21/10/2020 09:52:44
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Posted by David Ovenden on 21/10/2020 07:00:13:

Still some OS F plugs available from eBay sellers in Hong Kong etc. Prices vary but some seem not too bad if you buy a card of 12. Share amongst clubmates?

Sorry mods for going a bit off topic. blush

Robert Parker21/10/2020 13:38:46
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Just ordered some OS F type plugs from King's Lynn models, more stock arriving mid November so don't panic

Regards

Robert

Chris Berry21/10/2020 20:32:50
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Thanks folks.

I eventually found some OS F plugs in Austria, so ordered some. No stock at all in UK.

Lima Hotel Foxtrot22/10/2020 12:08:48
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Posted by Chris Berry on 21/10/2020 20:32:50:

Thanks folks.

 

I eventually found some OS F plugs in Austria, so ordered some. No stock at all in UK.

Beware of sweeping statements! Addlestone models have them in stock.

Edited By Lima Hotel Foxtrot on 22/10/2020 12:09:50

Jon - Laser Engines22/10/2020 13:38:30
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A few months back I tried ordering some F plugs for work as i use them to test our engines. Took a while to track some down but i did eventually get them. Ripmax bring them in, and as already mentioned they are a little under pressure.

Although not the point of the thread, if you need a plug for a laser the model technics supercat wont work so shoot for the OS F. If you cant get one a need a stop gap an OS, Enya or model technics 2 stroke plug will work but the F is the best bet.

Paul C.22/10/2020 13:46:46
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Hi Jon, just out of interest do you know why the supercat does not work for you ? Never realised that there would be so much difference 4 stroke plugs.

Paul.

Jon - Laser Engines22/10/2020 18:39:08
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Posted by Paul C. on 22/10/2020 13:46:46:

Hi Jon, just out of interest do you know why the supercat does not work for you ? Never realised that there would be so much difference 4 stroke plugs.

Paul.

Nope. To be fair i didnt test it very extensively, but in my brief test i found that the engines ran slow, hot, and were generally grumpy. As the OS F worked fine i just went back to recommending those.

Paul C.22/10/2020 18:53:46
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Cheers Jon 👍

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