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Old 09-16-2003, 11:00 PM   #11
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Thanks Keven and thankyou to all for your input and comments. I am not very familiar with large engines and all of this is very much helpful! The big stuff also comes with a much bigger price tag and I don't want to needlessly buy props only to find that they are not suitable! You know what I mean!
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Old 09-17-2003, 06:27 AM   #12
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Gary, the Bolly is a unidirectional carbon prop with solid blades (fibres run continuously from tip to tip - extremely strong, but heavy too)

The Mejzlik is a mix of carbon woven cloth and some long fibres (on the back) and the blades are hollow like model heli blades.

As far as I know neither makes a wood blade (but I know a guy that may copy them out of maple to try out next season )

I agree with Kevin, treat yourself and your engine to a nice prop. With the larger planes you dont break them as easily (nosing over is a lot less likely)

The manufacturer should recommend a size to try first, they should know what they are talking about... or talk to a guy like Mike Clemmens that both makes props and also flies them, and is around many guys using the different sizes of engines. I like his design a lot, it is a good prop IMO.

As far as flexing, sure, the carbon props are VERY stiff and especially the Bolly. A good wooden prop (made from a good selected piece of hard maple or beech) will also be very stiff but a wee bit more prone to flexing. I dont think it makes much difference myself.
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Old 09-17-2003, 07:27 AM   #13
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MSC Props

I'm flying a 30% Lanier Edge 540T with a ZDZ 80 single. I was using Forte props in the beginning, with little success. I fly out of a somewhat smaller field, and needed the prop to help slow me down on the landings. I talked with Mike Clemmens, and he suggested the prop to use on that engine is the MSC 25x10. One thing to remember about the MSC props is that they are a true diameter, ie 25x10 is 25". The Menz props, a 26x10 is about 25.5". Regardless, I put the MSC 25x10 on, and I have been very happy with it. I'm turning it under 6k (about 5900), I never rip it, I can fly horizontal with the throttle pinned, without stressing the airframe at all. The vertical is very good, and the downline braking is great. the blade is quite wide, and very stiff. It is wooden.
Plus, it is made right here in Canada. That is what I really like. Mike was very helpful with the prop selection.
I have also picked up a No Limitz (Mejlik) 26x10, but have not tried it yet.
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Old 09-17-2003, 01:17 PM   #14
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For raw pulling power in engines at and over 35cc, I have found the Bolly the best. If one is marginal on power, a Bolly can can some life to the power side.

On my lastest engine, the MVVS 1.6 gas, I have tried about 8 different props, each one having some pro and cons, flying buddies will usually let me try their props (if I break, I buy) so I can experiment a bit with out buying a lot of different props.

I have found Zinger Pro's consistent for their price
APC - not usually used in bigger gas engines >35cc
Menz - good
Mezilk - perforamce like zinger.
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Old 09-18-2003, 04:54 PM   #15
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Unquestionable Bolly Props ARE the noisiest prop on the market.

the trade off is that they are also ( one) of the best power producers available.

I tend to concur with te advise to go with a good quality wooden prop, for starters. There are a number of good manufacturers around and the final decision is obviously yours. Ask around, look around to see what other guys are using, then "go for it " !!
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