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Ianb18/09/2011 09:28:21
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I am scatch building a 3 channel Keil Kraft Super 60
Can some one please tell me the most suitable size engine to use 2 stroke or 4 stroke?
Thanks Ian
Braddock, VC18/09/2011 09:44:04
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I'd try and get hold of a second hand OS 35 FP, or an enya 35 but ensure that it's the non bb engine and ensure that all the components are included eg silencer, silencer bolts, carb etc. I'd prefer the OS though.
Some folks use cooking 40s which have the benefit of a larger range of props, once again OS or enya plain bearing jobbies.
Any of these engines will run until the cows some home and, ok they're on the upper level of power for the model but they are so reliable and if you have to put noseweight in to get a good c of g what better way!
IMHO the ball raced schneurle port clones eg sc, asp and magnum are too powerful and should be avoided if at all possible, as should the 32s, 36s and 39s with ball races. Fine engines in all other respects though.
The plain bearing engines can be abused or misused and will come back for more in my experience.
Ernie18/09/2011 09:59:05
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Hi Ian,
It's one of these questions that polarise opinion...
Personally, I'd go for a four stroke. They tend to be more reliable, if less powerful. They will swing a bigger prop than a two stroke, and are certainly quieter. And the noise is just sublime
There are not too many really small ones available The OS 30 springs to mind. They are more expensive than a 2 stroke, 'cos they're more complex
Ernie18/09/2011 10:06:48
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Hi again Ian, I forgot, there are cheaper 30s than OS....The ASP 30 is about £60
cheaper than the OS
Frank Skilbeck18/09/2011 10:07:49
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I flew my Ben Buckle Super Sixty with the following engines
PAW35 Diesel
Irvine 25 Blackhead (plain bearing type)
OS 40 fourstroke
It was some time ago but I recall they all flew it fine, but I'd say a 40 size fourstroke is the best match, or if you want a two stroke something like an OS35/40 FP would probably be fine.
Bob Cotsford18/09/2011 11:00:51
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Judging by my 84" Eros' performance on an 48 Surpass, Franks suggestions should be about right unless you want vertical take-offs. Built light, a 30 4St might be ok but might limit it to light weather use.
Ernie18/09/2011 11:57:45
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Hi Guys, my thinking re. a 30 four stroke, is that the last thing I want is an overpowered Super Sixty.
With mine, I could lay the tranny on the ground (not too far away) and it would fly lazy circles round my head
David Davis19/09/2011 08:42:17
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You could consider a good old Merco 29 or 35. They're quite cheap on eBay. Mind you, you'd need to do something about the silencing!
Ben B19/09/2011 09:00:25
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I'd go for a 30 size four stroke personally (although I have a soft spot for the OS FP engines as a 35 was my first ever glow engine). In my opinion the advantage is noise (or lack of it), vintage planes are about relaxed flying, more suited to the gentle throb of a 4 stroke than the buzz of a 2 stroke.
And the reason for 30 vs 40?
SC3FFS : £100
OS40FS: £180

Peter Miller19/09/2011 09:31:54
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I flew my first on a Fox 25.
I flew aerobatics with my second which was a four channel model fitted with one of the first Saito 30s in the country .
An OS FS 40 would be fine, original or Surpass. Based on my Saito experience an SC 30 FS should do nicely.
remember that these models are flying on the wing, not brute power. KEEP IT LIGHT!!!!!
Andy Green19/09/2011 10:32:54
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Hi Ian
This would do nicely. And no its not mine.
SORRY NOT RC - but you get the idea. 

Edited By Andy Green on 19/09/2011 10:33:53

Peter Miller19/09/2011 10:38:30
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I flew an 84" span Taibi Powerhouse on the PAW 29.
Djay19/09/2011 13:28:26
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I fly mine on a 27 year old OS 48 Surpass fs swinging a 12x6 prop.
it flies fine and with the big prop you can fly very slowly and sedately.
full throttle is not overpowered on this engine and is a perfect match.
Mark Lubbock28/09/2011 14:26:53
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We flew one many years ago (late 70s) with a very clapped out Oliver Triger 2.5 diesel, it was nylon covered & had old type full size radio gear & flew fine.
Anything with similar power to a 30 four stroke would be fine-in my opinion a 40 2 stroke would be over the top. You can always use the throttle though.
David Davis28/09/2011 16:51:35
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It appears that the consensus is for a 25-35 two-stroke or a 30-40 four-stroke but according to Keil Kraft advert on the back page of my 1966 edition of the Aeromodeller, the Super 60 will fly on anything from a 2.5cc to 5cc. (A 15-29.)
I'm not sure what to put in my Charity Mass Build version. I have the choice of a Merco 35 which is traditional and British. It used to campaign a Telemaster 66 so the Super Sixty should not be a problem. I also have a brand new and un-run Enya 29, but these have cast iron pistons in cast iron bores and take an age to run in; mind you they're bullet proof once the run-in process has been completed. Finally I have an HP VT 25 four-stroke which is nice and quiet but not very powerful.
Guess I'll build the model with a paxolin plate and test out the HP first but put one of the others in if necessary.
John E ( Puffin Models )20/12/2011 06:13:49
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We used to fly the standard Super 60 on OS FP 25s, and the power was just perfect for them. The aileron versions needed a little more power (for the higher air speed to make the ailerons work properly), and our choice was the OS FP 40, but actually a lot more power than was needed, though they would cruise on near idle for 10 minutes or more, and then pick up as soon as required.
I agree that the Merco 35 is perfect, but put a short piece of silicon tubing on the needle valve to prevent air leaking down the needle valve thread, and provide fantastic throttle response. Actually, the cast iron piston of the .29 and .35 stopping and starting 20 thousand times a second creates a LOT of vibration - the Merco 40, although not of the same time, is far more refined because of the lighter alloy piston.
David Ashby - Moderator20/12/2011 06:16:46
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I can't believe I'm hearing you say that John
Peter Miller20/12/2011 08:23:01
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20,000 rpm out of a Merco 35!? What were you running it on? A 7X10 wood and 50% nitro?
Myron Beaumont20/12/2011 08:27:38
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He's talking about each end of the stroke as being a "start stop" event ie 10,000 rpm
Jim Carss20/12/2011 09:59:30
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Flew mine on a bog standard OS 20 with no problems,My Super Scorpion is now flying on the same OS 20,but I must agree the 4 stroke sounds better.

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