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Old 07-13-2004, 09:33 PM   #1
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I was just thinking, how come there is'nt a lot of people with smoke pumps in their airplanes?

Also, how much does a pump sell for?
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I was talking to somebody about that and they said that It had cost them around $200 after the smoke oil, pump, extra battery, ect. He said that it added around 1-2 pounds (kinda forget that fact but know it around there) to his plane and once he took it out the plane flew much better without the added weight.

There are many alternitives like a light winshild fluid spray pump or a elastamer "bladder" and a fish tank oxagen pump (this one acts like the fuel tank out of the average glow plane.
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There are several levels you can go. Dubro has an inexpensive pressure based system for < $20 + a servo and a smoke tank (basically a regular tank + a gas rated plug). Doesn't work 100% but I had loads of fun with it. Set it up on a Saito .91

I upgraded this year to a Sullivan Sky writer smoke pump; was around $90 + $20 for a battery + tank. This one is destined for a Saito 1.80

You can go even more expensive like everything else in this hobby, but there are less expensive alternatives.

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Heres a previous thread on smoke systems.

Hope that helps.
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Smoke pumps are great but another item that needs attention on your model.
I haved used the TME II with good success. I used home made and commercial "Super Dri" smoke oil, the Super Dir works great.

All of the smoke oil left an oily residue on the bottom of the plane, making one more itme to clean up.

Try it, it's fun.

I do not do smoke any more, I guess it's the been there done that" type of thing.
good luck!
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My personal thoughts on smoke systems:

1. weight - On a high performance aerobatic plane the added weight is not worth it IMO unless it's a large plane (30 to 40 %) where the extra pound or two won't make a significant difference to the wing loading. On a warbird (especially smaller ones) many are already on the heavy side. Adding smoke won't help this. A Cub or something might be fine but may look a little silly with smoke pouring out of it.

2. Reliability - Many smaller glow engines don't run as reliably if they have smoke systems running. Now add an unreliable engine to a heavy plane and you're asking for trouble. Best for a larger engine and plane.

3. Visual appeal - Smoke looks cool and is an attention grabber. With my current skill level I don't wish to draw any more attention to my plane and my flying than necessary.

When I have a 40% plane with a good strong gas engine and my skills have improved dramatically than I will probably put a smoke system in it. But not before then.

If you don't have time to do it right this time, how are you going to have time to do it again?
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