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Old 03-18-2010, 04:07 PM   #1
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I am working on a scale fixed wing project and am trying to find a suitable fuel tank. The space I have to work with is 4 3/8" L maximum, which is the distance from the rear of the firewall to the front of the instrument panel. Width and hight aren't an issue. I have lots of room to play with there. I also have a hole in the FW that can accomodate the neck of a bottle if necessary. The volume I am looking for is around 18 fl oz or 500 mL.
I have looked at all the usual offerings from Sullivan and DuBro and they are all too long at the volume I need. There is a possiblity of a tank from Graupner but I haven't been able to find any dimensions.

I also notice that a number of Nitro helis use a fairly square tank and
was wondering if one of them would work for me. Again though, I can't find any published dimensions anywhere.

If anyone has any suggestions I would be grateful.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:00 PM   #2
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Re: Looking for a short fat fuel tank

You might try your local camping/outdoor store. One of my helis uses a Nalgene bottle for a fuel tank. These things come in a surprising variety of sizes - used to use them for backpacking.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:12 PM   #3
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Re: Looking for a short fat fuel tank

So about 10cm high and 8cm diameter? (500ml)
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:43 PM   #4
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Re: Looking for a short fat fuel tank

What about soldering up your own custom tank from K&S sheet brass? Its always an option!

Barring that, try the Naglene bottles like suggested. You will find something suitable - or even a rubbermaid or tupperware drink box/bottle.

You can make your own fittings or if you arent handy they can be bought.

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Old 03-19-2010, 02:14 PM   #5
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Re: Looking for a short fat fuel tank

I needed a short tank for the same reason as you, something to fit and be somewhat hidden behind the dash of my 1/4 scale J3 Cub.

What I was able to find was a Graupner 500 ccm short tank (17.6oz)

I thought this just might be what you're looking for but I checked the dimensions on mine and the length is 4.750"....just 3/8" over what you require.

The tank has two protrusions on the front, one each side of the cap. Perhaps it could be modified to shorten it to what you need?

You could check out their website and see if they make a similar one but just a tad shorter. Anyway, the Graupner part No. is: Best-Nr 1340.

Great Hobbies has them listed for about $10.00. Hope you find what you need!
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:39 PM   #6
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Re: Looking for a short fat fuel tank


This may sound like a dumb question, but if width and height aren't an issue, why can't you mount the tank sideways? (Unless the width is over 4 & 3/8 I guess.) (I'm a heli guy and maybe Airplanes need it inline?) A lot of helis use the tanks mounted crosswise in the frames.
FYI I have in my hands a Graupner tank # 1340 , same as Gary Maker, it is 500 cc (17.6 Oz) , and measures 3 inches wide, 2 & 3/4 inches tall, and 4 & 3/4 long (including the nose-like protrusions) Also have 2 of the Nalgene bottles in 500 cc , one is about 2 & 7/8 square, and 5 & 3/4 long with cap, the other is about the same length, but rectangular ( 2 & 5/16 by 3 & 3/4 inches) Of course the Nalgene types have no fittings, and would need to have them added. Also, no bubble for a vent line.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:42 PM   #7
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Re: Looking for a short fat fuel tank

I have what you're looking for!
It's a used, good condition, 500ml,3 line,oval(ish) shaped tank,out of a long gone "OK Models" ARF,3-1/8"Wx2-3/4"Hx4-3/8"L. The stopper(3 line) is approx. 7/8" dia. and protrudes from the tank approx. 3/8". The stopper is centered on the 2-3/4" height and 3/8" off-center on the 3-1/8" width. It has no bubble for the vent so it(tank) can be positioned how you want it. Being 4-3/8" long and given your dimensions, you won't have any room for foam on either end.
The only problem is that the "shipping from Ont. to BC is probably worth more than the tank is worth...
If you're interested,I'll find out Mon. what it'll cost to ship and we'll take it from there!
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Re: Looking for a short fat fuel tank

looking for a short, fat fuel tank hey?

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