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Old 06-07-2013, 11:32 PM   #1
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Hello everyone

Got a 40 size glow I want to run on a test stand and need to know if they can be started with a chicken stick. I use one for my 049's since I need my fingers and have seen what the prop can do to stuff it eats. Have not got a chance to get a starter and am dieing to try the engine for the next build.

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Re: 40 with a stick?

Yes should be no problem to start with a stick. Might be a bit of work if engine is new or hasn't been run much.
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Re: 40 with a stick?

I'm not a big fan of sticks in the area of a prop (visions of wood & prop splinters dancing in my head) but lots of guys use them for all sizes of engines.

I've been hand starting model engines for about 50 years from .049's all the way up to converted chainsaw engine & can still count to 10 without taking my shoes off!

Proper prop prep and engine priming are paramount which ever way you go.

Get rid of those razor sharp factory molding edges when you balance your prop and mount it so that you come up on compression at the 2 o'clock position.

Prime the engine through the carb or the exhaust, turn it over by hand (by rotating the prop and the airplane at the same time) till it is wet all through and dump the access out the muffler.

Now hook up your glow starter, grip the prop blade firmly in your fist and rotate it past compression. You should feel a good solid bump. Keep slowly rotating it like this until the "bump" is almost gone.

Now it will start on the next quick flip with the method of your choice.

Hope that helps. Merv
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