Tips n Mods

2T Glow Engine Tuning

Typical OS Two Stroke Carburettor

Two Stroke Glow Engine

There is a popular saying, “Takeoffs are optional, but landings are mandatory,” and for us RC pilots this is most relevant.. If your engine is not properly tuned, the landings or possible "deadsticks" can become very interesting to say the least.  Landings need precise throttle control as you begin your descent on approach.  Deadstick aptly named if your engine quits is to be avoided at all costs especially if you are downwind and have little or no chance of attempting to glide back to your field unless you have significant height when it happened.

Although questions on tuning glow engines does create many and numerous answers, just search the internet as you will be presented with hundreds or more.  However, here is our guide to setting the engine up right which we pass on to our members.

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MX2 Foamies - Upgrade

With the weather not being helpful and being confined to being indoors I thought now is the time to do some just jobs and modifications I have had on the backburner for a while.  I am surprised at how quick they can mount up especially when you have quite a large number of aircraft.  There is the 4 foot wingspan Ripmax Mustang to figure out why it flew like a heli and was left in the Club container for nearly a year, when the MK1 I had flew great from day one and lasted 2 years plus, and that includes two Bygone Days Events piloted by WMAC member Dave Bright who only knows full throttle and off.  Then there is the MX2, of which I have four, two orange (Century) and two blue/green (Hobbyking).  The former are Century UK versions and the later are Hobbyking versions.  Both these models are discontinued as of May 2014 although there are still stocks around at time of writing.  Limited spares from Century but none and never was from Hobbyking.  Originally I bought two models on the basis that I would have one for spares as I watched the amount of spares available reducing quite dramatically.

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Century UK MX2 Issues

Century UK MX2 Issues.  This article is more of a heads up for those of you with this model or thinking of purchasing one.  You don't expect too much for the price but hope it wil give you some decent length of service.  When it is flying it is great fun and fairly lively which you should expect from an aerobatic model.  Being mainly a scale flyer, I purchased the MX2 to practice aerobatics, get used to large control surfaces before committing my more expensive models to the airspace.  My thoughts were if I break it I can probably patch it up and not have lost a lot of money, especially if I can retreive the LiPo and receiver.  With this in mind here are few anomalaies to be aware of.

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Riot EP Upgrade

Riot Blue - limited edition

The Riot electric trainer type model from Century UK (aka Red Devil in the USA) is quite a tame model to fly which in turn enables novices to get into the air quite quickly and also a quick, car boot model to thrash around for experienced flyers.  An article on the Riot has been previously covered and can be found on the website.  As an OEM it is quite useable and the ability to replace parts or repair the model is always an advantage especially for new pilots.  I have written this article in response to our members who have purchased this model and have requested information on the upgrade.  The Club's Riot trainer has also been upgraded.

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