You Want To Fly RC ? Combustion Or Electric? Let’s Run Both Motors And See!

I’ve been flying models since the 50’s. Many folks ask me if I like GAS (combustion) or ELECTRIC?
I learned on THIS particular combustion engine so definitely love gas! (all combustion engines were called gas back in the day)
I flew all my Combustion helicopters, 1.3 scale Pitts, 4 stroke PT 19, Wankel and many others this past summer. Some of you know I love them way more than electric, but alas, they were all burned up in a huge fire so now I have none.

But….electric does have some distinct advantages!

Cox model engines are used to power small model airplanes, model cars and model boats. Cox engines were in production for more than 50 years between 1945 and 2006 by L.M. Cox Manufacturing Co. Inc. who later became “Cox Hobbies Inc.” and then “Cox Products” before being sold to Estes Industries when it became Cox Models. 0n February 7th 2009 Estes Industries shut down their Cox division and sold all of their remaining classic Cox stock i.e. mainly spare parts, to a private buyer from Canada. The new owner of the Cox stock has launched a website called Cox International.
Millions of engines were produced and they became the most common 1/2A Class 0.049 cubic inch engine in the world and probably still are today.

Although the production of the engines ceased some years ago now, engines made as far back as the 1950s are still sold “as new” and in abundance world wide.
·1958 Golden Bee (Cat#120 – Manufactured Oct 1957-Jan 1980)
Custom Built Golden Bee .051

The Golden Bee is a Baby Bee that has a larger (8cc), stunt vented fuel tank and has been anodized gold. The larger tank allowed the planes to fly longer while the stunt vents allowed the airplanes to fly inverted without fuel running out or the engine cutting out.

The first versions of the Golden Bee had a single bypass intake port but later versions had two bypass ports making them slightly more powerful.

All Bees with the exception of the Killer Bee and Venom had the same crankshaft that was only good for about 20,000 rpm before the conrod pin would break off. For more visit;

Thanks for watching and good luck with what ever you choose.

Just fly!

:-) Dave

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