A plea for new event or project photos
The Super Cyclone engine’s original tank
was replaced and an O.S. needle valve was
installed. The model is a Foote Westerner
and the photo was taken at the Southwest
The Internet has advantages and disadvantages. I like Model Aviation’s Digital Library because
I can share volumes of information
beyond the limitations of this column.
I often refer to columns I and
others have written when it adds to
the subject matter, but people often
forget that the entire world isn’t
computerized and many are excluded
from this “inside” information.
New Photos Needed
Although I intercept many attached
email photographs, it is growing harder
to find previously unpublished ones.
Good, clear, 4 x 6 mailed photos are
still welcomed. Check the “Sources”
listing for my contact information.
Here’s my plea: If you’d like to
share photos of your favorite event or
project, isolate one or two and forward
them to me with a note verifying that
they are exclusives.
The usual rules of good photography
apply: no beer cans or rusty bicycles
lying in the background. The odds of
publication drop if I happen to notice
an AMA number missing from a wing!
Spark ignition engines are sometimes
intimidating, even for people already
flying Old-Timer (OT) aircraft with
glow, diesel, rubber, or electric power.
Adding to that trepidation is the fact
that most old spark engines should
be hand started to prevent damaging
the lower end. With a good, solid
ignition system, you can get the same
reliable start and the
performance of a glow
The spark coil and
ignition setup is probably
the most mysterious
part. I know of only two
sources for new spark
coils. Larry Davidson and
Woody Bartelt both offer
new, lightweight coils (see
“Sources”), along with
spark plugs and other OT
supplies. If anyone knows
of another supplier, let me
Woody offers an
original system consisting
of coil, condenser,
high-tension lead, and simple wiring
instructions. Larry supplies similar coils
and modern, transistorized systems.
The transistor systems operate in
conjunction with the coil, adding
reliability and reducing spark noise for
This Atwood Champion competed closely with the Super Cyclone.
AUGUST 2013 www.ModelAviation.com