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Friday, December 16, 2011

Vintage Model Diesel Engines eBooks

This Series of eBooks can be read on your laptop or tablet computer (e-Reader).
The books are packed with up to 250 pages of pictures, live links to our videos and information about this eclectic collection of  model diesel engines. 

This series of books is all about vintage diesel model airplane engines and includes facts, pictures, restoration tips and videos of a large selection of classic engines. 

Part 2


Copy Right Info

Operating Diesels
Russian MK17 page 7
Elfin 2.49 page 10
MVVS 2.5 page 12
BUS F 1.25 page 13
ED Competition Special 2.0 page 15
FROG 1.49 Vibra-Matic page 17
Taifun Rasant 2.5 cc - MK 1 type III page 18
Dyno 2.0 cc page 21
Russian MK 16 page 23
Super Atom 1.8 cc page 24
Pfeffer 0.6 cc page 26
Gotham "DEEZIL" page 28
ED Bee MARK 1 page 32
PAW 2.49 CC page 33
Irvine 20 ABC page 35
Russian  KMD 2.5 cc page 38
Elfin BB page 41
Russian MK 12 2.5 cc page 42
Super Tiger G 31 1.5 cc Tuning for Power 4 page 47
Mills 1.3 cc Diesel page 49
Super Tiger G 15 2.5 cc page 52
Eisfeld DV 2.5 cc Diesel page 55
Making Home Made Diesel Fuel 58
Russian MK 16 Rebuild Project page 61
Amco 3.5 cc BB page 72
Allan Mercury 3.5 diesel page 83
Taifun Foxie page 85
Frog 80 page 89
Engel Rebell 1.5 cc Rebuild Story page 93
Sabre 1.5 cc Rebuild Story page 104
ED Bee MK2 page 128
Kestrel 1.9 page 129
Pfeffer 2.5 cc page 131
AMCO 3.5 cc BB Rebuild Project
Amco 0.87 cc MK1 Refurbishment Project page 136
JENA 2 cc Team Racer page 145
SIM 2 Polish engine 2cc page 151
JON 0.3 cc Rebuild Project page 158

Part 2 Table of Contents
Russian UCTKAM Model 2.5 cc D
Indian AURORA K-2.5
British Irvine 20 ABC
German Webra Model MACH I
Polish Jaskokla 2.5 cc
British AMCO 3.5 cc PB Rebuild Story
German Webra 1.5 cc RECORD
British Frog 100
U.S.A. Herkimer OK 075 Diesel
Russian MAP 2.5 cc Diesel
Allbon Spitfire MKI 1cc Rebuild Story
Jena 1cc model diesel rebuild project
Taifun Hobby MKII 1cc
Frog 150 Mk 3
Boddo Mills Twin Rebuild Story
Mills1.3cc MKII
Russian Rhytm 3,2cc Special

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Vintage Allan Mercury 3,5 diesel - YouTube

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Allan Mercury 3,5 diesel
Circa 1960
 A nice find complete with original box and papers

 Unfortunate the big end is worn out and needs a new rod and bushing

Design History:-
Designed and manufactured in England in the late 1950's

Design Features:-
Short stroke design;
radial porting;
front through the shaft induction;
iron piston; and
steel cylinder liner

displacement 3.5 cubic centimeters


Nice powerful diesel from around 1959. Engine is in nice condition. They had a red head and a pinky version. It's a short stroke design, so it's also a nice "finger-biter"... but when revs  are up...it has a lot of power. It came with the original box, with the manual....so that makes it for me very special item.

I must make a new con-rod for this little gem, because making a bronze brush alone will not leave enough thickness on the big end. So a new rod is needed and I will make him little bit thicker, to have save thickness for a red-bronze brush....A nice job for the nasty winter.. I will update the clip ,when the engine is running well!..

Thanks for interest in diesel-mania...more stuff on its way!
Allan Mercury 3,5 diesel - YouTube "


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Monday, December 12, 2011

Vintage Amco 3.5 cc BB Rebuild Project

AMCO 3.5 cc BB
Circa 1951

Design History:-
Designed and manufactured in England in the mid 1950's

Design Features:-
Rear induction;
twin ball bearing supported crank shaft;
5 fluted fuel transfer passages;and
high power to weight ratio.


Engine Type: Diesel
Fuel: Ether/Petroleum/Oil
Cylinders: 2T
Cylinders: 1
Displacement: 3.5 cm³
0.34 HP
The Anchor motor company in The Newgate, Chester, Cheshire
Sadly my engine doesn't look as good as the one pictured below but, I can do something about that with a little effort.

 This is what we started with

One of my two famous Amco engines, this one is the later BB version. I was running the other plain bearing one and was amazed with the noise that it makes when runs. I produces a deep sound and is a very very loud one. I don't want even to think of putting my finger into that prop arc when that engine is running.....I did exactly that with my KMD exactly 1 year ago by mistake.....I actually stopped the engine that time with my finger while it was turning at 13000 rpm......well I can say that I will never forget that experience! It was a very nasty cut to my fingers.....and yes, it grows back together in time and after all that, I still love the KMD, ha,ha...but with the Amco, I am sure it will be an even worse experience!
The Anchor motor company in The Newgate, Chester, Cheshire, was founded in the 1930. They produced a lot technical stuff before getting into model engines. They had a good start with the Amco 0,87 in 1947 and then again with the Mk II in 1948. Those were popular and good engines. Amco in those days had a good name with the modelling customers. In 1949 the story continued with the arrival of the 3,5 cc ("finger biter"). After some small problems in quality control, it was a huge success.....after a litany of broken shafts, cracked pistons and failed wrist pins the company introduced in august 1951 their new BB version.
This was an entirely new design which featured a twin ball-race crankshaft and rotary disc valve induction. The output was 0,34 HP at 13,500 RPM from an engine weighing only 156 grams, which is quite remarkable when we consider that the plain bearing engine was even less, at 126 grams.
The first plain bearing 3,5 cc Amco was a sensation, because of its extremely high power to weight ratio. Nothing had come even close to matching it in those days. Only the AM 35 in 1955, also with the same stroke and bore like the Amco......but there is another story behind one to....for another time!
I hope that you like the rebuilding series and looking into the history behind these famous engines.......more engines waiting......stay tuned......and check for my other clips.

Play the video to follow the rebuild process step by step and witness the end product running strong again.


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AMCO 3.5 cc BB Rebuild Project

Table of Contents

ItemTitlePage Number
1Engine data3
2Engine disassembly7
3Bearing removal12
4Propeller drive removal12
5Cleaning parts13
6Engine run-in15
7Final observations16

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Russian MK 16 Rebuild Project

Russian MK 16
Circa 1954

Design history-
Twin ball race first designed by V. Petukov of the U.S.S.R. in 1954. and improved over 2 decades.


Engine type:Diesel
Fuel:ether / petroleum / oil
Basic Data
Displacement:1,47 cm³
Bore:12,8 mm
stroke:11,4 mm
weight & Dimensions
Other Information
Model year1965
U.S.S R. (C.C.C.P.)
U..S.S R. (C.C.C.P.)

Russian MK 16 Refurbishment Project:-

 Early example of MK 16 engine
 Early and later types of MK 16 engines shown
 This is what we hope to create by the time the restoration is completed
 This is what we are starting with

Hello again for a very interesting episode. In this clip I show you, how I make my pistons self. Its a part of the rebuild of my MK-16, circa.1956.
I use always old car engine camshafts.With that material( high grade cast iron) I got good results in the past. I have done a lot pistons so far, but in the beginning, I lost a lot work, because the experience was lacking.The diesels got more closer tolerances than a glow engines,because of the high compression.
The old MK-16 was in very bad shape, impossible to be a runner in that condition.The rear disc was worn out, the 2 bearings, very bad, even one broken....the prop collector was not from this engine (and broken also) and the most important thing, it had no compression at all.
I buy a lot special tools,what makes it possible, to do this work. But its still a kind "on the edge" job. Its not easy to do it with this hobby equipment.
In 2 evenings with each more then 2,5 hours, It was finally done.
...But I make a mistake ( also in the text,ha,ha) ... I should first make the final size with the grinding as first...and after that,drill the wrist pin hole. .Because the holes have a influence on the grinding pattern, its more accurate to grind a closed surface.
Because of that mistake, I got extra work, to get the piston lapped well and sealing well.Its now OK, but next time I must not forget it...save much time, and far better result!
Watch this longish video if you would like to follow the process step by step.
Part 1 Video

Russian MK 16 Refurbishment Project Part 2

 Picking up from where we left off; the next step is to ream the rear disc to accept the larger disc shaft from the donor MK 17 engine.

Below: the rebuilt engine on the test stand after a very lengthy rebuilding which included; the making of a new set of pistons; changing the main bearings and extensive repairs to the rear rotor valve  
 The moment of truth
Fuel mix with extra oil added and a 8 X 8 Propeller fitted
 A Runner again

In the second part you can see actually the most part of the making. Some people think its a lot of time for such a small part...It is of course,but I got a running engine for my collection back for it.And every engine rebuild is different.Nothing is the same,...that's the nice thing.And I learn o lot from it!
Thanks for the interest and  drooping in.
Moore stuff is waiting...soon here of course!
Ratings and comments are welcome.
Part 2


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Table of Contents

ItemTitlePage Number
1Engine data4
2Repairing rear rotor disc6
3Making new piston 10
4Observations part 119
5Finishing new piston and wrist pin20
6Piston lapping procedure30
7Fitting the wrist pin33
8Running-in procedure34
9Final observations37

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