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« on: August 12, 2012, 06:41:55 PM »

My old Tom Thumb with Cox TD.010 built in 1993 was looking very tired after many years of flying, so I put the wings and tail into a plastic bag with lacquer thinners, tied the top and left it overnight.
Next morning peeled off the old Esaki tissue, gave it a light sand and recovered it with nice new red Esaki lite.

Guess it's ready now for another 19 years......but how about me?Huh??
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2012, 07:01:20 PM »

gossie,
Nice job on the re-tissueing! 22" span?
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2012, 07:37:57 PM »

Had that former covering been proofed after doping. Howard ?
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2012, 10:26:00 PM »

Yes it had Jim. It was polyester that seemed to work okay.
 But the reason it needed sanding a little was to get some of it off.   The thinners never got quite through the fuel proofer I guess.
New tissue got a coat of dope then a coat of polyester.

Yes Dave, it is only a baby at 22in span, and needs the prop. on the .010 backwards and running as rich and slow as it will go.  It all gets a bit exciting when the motor leans out at the end of the tank.
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 11:38:02 PM »

Howard I'll see you one Tom Thumb and raise you a Pomilio from the same stable (Vic Smeed) and era-mine powered (as your should be!) by a Bambi 0.15

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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2012, 09:50:26 PM »

Your a show off Chris.  Nice model you have there NOT powered by a Bambi.......but I won't tell anyone else.  LOL.
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2012, 11:06:04 PM »

I beg to differ Howard-it IS powered by a Bambi-just a VA one, not a DC made one........

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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2012, 04:47:55 PM »

I beg to differ Howard-it IS powered by a Bambi-just a VA one, not a DC made one........

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Okay.  The head is a different shape.   I do remember you saying how nice the VA version was.   Easy starter and nice runner.

Will an Allbon Bambi head screw onto the VA version Chris?
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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2012, 01:20:35 AM »

I don't know Howard-I'll try it and get back to you. Actually both my VA Bambis are what I call the 'early' version, with the flat style head and deep crimson-almost maroon-anodising. There was a later version (coz I've seen them on Ebay a couple of times) with the classical Bambi 'rounded' head and scarlet red anodising, which is a much closer replica of the original DC one. I don't know anything more about this variant-how many were produced, and in what period, and where it fits into the VA production series history-if indeed it IS a VA one (though described as such in the Ebay listings). Personally-other than the appearance, I have no complaints about the first VA Bambi-its by far a better starting and handling engine than the original...

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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2012, 06:00:37 PM »


Okay.  The head is a different shape.   I do remember you saying how nice the VA version was.   Easy starter and nice runner.

Will an Allbon Bambi head screw onto the VA version Chris?

Well Howard-I dug out one of each and tried the experiment-the quick answer is 'No!'  [so is the long answer.........!] the VA Bambi head won't screw on to an original, and an original head will not screw on to the VA Bambi

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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2012, 09:26:49 PM »

Short and long answer both the same......I like that. Grin 
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