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Old 03-08-2015, 05:17 PM   #1
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I have worked in LHS for the past several years. I don't think we sold more than 10 or so glow enegines in 2014. There is no longer a glow trainer package (such as the Alpha 40) available from Horizon. A local competitor says that they will no longer be carrying glow engines once their current stock is gone.
I have been a lifelong "glowphile", but even I am no longer flying glow. I am just sick of what it does to nice airplanes. My last three purchases have been electric. Gas seems to be gaining in popularity, but was never a viable option for me because of the smell in the house. Fellow flyers says it doesn't, but it does smell. Thought?
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Re: Is Glow Dead?

I've gone gas with my helicopters and it was a learning curve to plug the exhaust, bag the carb, and bag the fuel cap on the helicopter. No smell in the house... my wife would notice it right away if it did.
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:30 PM   #3
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Switched to all electric going on 5 years ago and don't miss it at all .
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Re: Is Glow Dead?

Glow may not be dead... but I think that it is dying.

Lots of reasons - cost of fuel, the difficulty in tuning the engine, noise of the engine etc.

Let's face it the entire hobby is changing. ARFs are now the dominate type of Aircraft. Kits and kit builders are a novelty, gas and electric are the mainstays at the fields.

Similarly Stick and tissue planes have given way to foam and monocoat. A BIG plane used to be a .60 size now 33 - 42% are common.

Do we even want to mention the revolution in radios??

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Wet Fuel is NOT dead in My fleet. Playing with Internal Combustion Engines Glow or Gas is a BIG part of the hobby to Me.

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Old 03-08-2015, 07:03 PM   #6
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After ten years of flying turbines this year I have bought a few pylon racers with Nelson engines and the sound, smell and even the sludge is what I love. Zero interest in electric. I will be done with rc before I convert to electric. While I enjoy my habu it still sucks by comparison. The price of glow fuel has become ridiculous though.
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Hi Pianodude, you may be right but I think there are lots of good used nitro motors out there yet that are being recycled for $$. I prefer the 4 stroke motor and find that they are lasting a long time for my kind of flying. Yes, the fuel is expensive. How much fuel are you selling there, has that dropped too? I have also gone to gasoline and like the cost savings and reliability there. The electric is sure convenient but I'm scared to death I will be lucky enough to have a fire with a pack. For example I'm up 11 floors now, where would you store or charge a few 3 cell 2200 LIPO batteries? I really enjoy building the electric powered models about 60 - 70 inch wing spans. Can't even imagine electric in the big planes. Fantastic power for those who do though. Glenn
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I predict a comeback on glow engines in the future. Electrics are handy but the model just doesn't have the character with almost silent flight.
Gas engine's are great but can only be made so small.
Alot of these small gassers which are basically a glow engine converted are not proving to be very reliable.

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Old 03-08-2015, 08:37 PM   #9
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I was a die hard 4 stroke fan, I owned one of the first Saito 80's when they first came to market, and lived through the broken flanges. I watched them improve through the years and ended up with several engines:

Saito 80
Saito 150
Saito 300 TTDP
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All fantastic engines. I enjoyed 4 strokes due to the instant response with larger props. They made for interesting "freestyle" hotdogging back in the day.

Move forward 25+ years.
I finally sold all of my 4 strokes, and am now glowless.

I converted my CG Chipmunk to electric, my Tigermoth is electric. My other 3 planes are giant scale and are all gasoline.

The main reason for converting the smaller airplanes to electric is, simplicity. Just charge and fly, no mess, no cleaning, silent, and similar to better performance.

So in essence, glow died for me.
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Re: Is Glow Dead?

Glow Engine Brotherhood is alive and kicking with me.....have a couple lekkies ( not the answer for me) interest in gasses either. Love the smell of nitro and I have most of my fleet setup so the exhaust is diverted in a way that minimal slime gets on the airframe. Have a couple I don't even need to wipe down, they just don't get slimey.

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