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 Post subject: A Merco tale
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 10:50 pm 
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A Merco tale

I was at the Lebanon Pa flea market in March and got lucky and picked up a brand new Merco 35 Red Head 1st generation 35 just like I had in 59. It has one chipped head fin. However that is not the thrust of this tale. I had a fondness for that engine of my youth that was better then my first girlfriend. So after showing it to all of my friends and getting all of the usual responses they always said ' well when are you going to run it'.
That day was yesterday and it was deja vu all over again. A 2nd flip start and a nice wet 4 cycle run for 2 minutes and a cool down and repeat. with perfectly repeatable results
Now the reason for this narrative is simple. The engine was so perfect, so reliable, no vibration to speak of, a good needle valve that actually worked perfectly that I actually found my self humming God save the Queen.
Seriously this engine when it was made was because the British could not get a Fox 35 and the hobby over there desperately needed a good 35. They succeeded so well that when I got mine I never ran a Fox 35 again untill 1998, simply because I didn't have my old Merco anymore.If you ever get so lucky to get one of these in good condition don't pass up the opportunity to own probably the best made stunt engine of the classic era ever made.
As soon as I get set up to post pictures again I'll show you my new treasure.

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 Post subject: Re: A Merco tale
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 6:12 am 
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will it ever wind up in a plane? And how's your back and shoulder?

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 Post subject: Re: A Merco tale
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 11:43 am 
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Frank,

I'm breaking it in because I want to relive the Merco experience on the end of a set of lines. Now I have to come up with an appropriate model. Something that the Fox sucked at,and that's relatively easy it sucked at everything, but that I really have an urge to own.
Stay tuned for the decision.
As to my physical condition it is improving but any semblance of a good pattern is not in my immediate future. At least I'm back in the circle and getting handle time and we'll see what goes from there.

Dennis


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 Post subject: Re: A Merco tale
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 8:36 am 
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Dennis,
Keep working on that arm so you can fly your Merco powered model when you get it put together.

Guess what? I finally wore out an airplane. I'd been flying that thing for 8 years. Lots of take offs and landings. A couple days ago I'd just put up my third flight and as I was wiping down the plane I noticed that the covering on the bottom outboard wing panel was pretty slack. Far as I can tell there is a fracture in the wing center panel somewhere. At any rate I like the paint job too much to cut it up to fix the plane, so now it'll go to the bone yard.

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 Post subject: Re: A Merco tale
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 9:16 am 
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Fank,
Don't tell me that the P-51 has gone to the boneyard, I really like that model.
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 Post subject: Re: A Merco tale
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YUP! It's the Mustang. I like it too. I always thought a lead out would break. Or a push rod.

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 Post subject: Re: A Merco tale/pictures
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:30 am 
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I had promised pictures of the Merco 29. A new computor and having to get all of the programs slowed me down for awhile. Here is my jewel. and a really great runner it is.


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 Post subject: Re: A Merco tale
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that's a pretty engine Dennis......how much did you get it for?

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 Post subject: Re: A Merco tale
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Frank,

I got it last year at the Lebanon Flea Market for the amazing sum of $25.00. A stal in every way. The engine has impeccable manners and it is one model away from getting into service.

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 Post subject: Re: A Merco tale
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Bob Gialdini published the Sting Ray with a Merco in it. Dad had one, ran great on the bench but I do not think he ever flew it, that was about the time we started running OS S-35's.

Another Brit engine that apparently was popular was the Frog 500 - do you know anything about those?

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 Post subject: Re: A Merco tale
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Dennis
I would suggest you do as Joey Mathison does to get in shape for flying CL. Seriously, Joey does one arm curls with a 90 LB hand bar bell. O! I forgot Joey flies CL SPEED, Jet, Class D and smaller sizes.
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