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03-20-2014 04:31:11

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new one on me

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Bob (Aust)

03-21-2014 14:38:00

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 Re: OT but neat in reply to s19438, 03-20-2014 04:31:11  
La Rhone was one of the largest manufacturers of rotary engines around the early 1900s. They were reliable but low power, even their largest only produced 130 HP.

The engine was mounted by bolting the crank shaft to the firewall and bolting the propeller to the engine crank case.

With all that engine mass rotating, torque was a major problem. The aircraft would turn in one direction quite rapidly (to the left I think?), but difficult to turn in the opposite direction (to the right?).

80 hp Le Rhône Model 9C
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03-21-2014 06:05:59

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 Re: OT but neat in reply to s19438, 03-20-2014 04:31:11  
I wonder if it backfires like the old mazda rotary did when switched off?

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Ian Beale

03-20-2014 20:34:45

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 Re: OT but neat in reply to s19438, 03-20-2014 04:31:11  
Adams Farwell had an aircraft engine. Water cooled, with a right angle gear drive to the prop.

There is a photo on page 58 of my copy of "A History of Aircraft Piston Engines" by Herschel Smith.

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03-20-2014 19:49:11

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 Re: OT but neat in reply to s19438, 03-20-2014 04:31:11  
That is some remarkable engineering and manufacturing. The balance seems quite good. I've seen rotary engines before but none that had spinning cylinders.

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03-20-2014 19:45:03

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 Re: OT but neat in reply to s19438, 03-20-2014 04:31:11  
Back when the "horseless carriage" industry was budding and beginning to flower, they sure did come up with some er, "interesting" ideas! Interesting part is, they worked!

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03-20-2014 19:02:50

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 Re: OT but neat in reply to s19438, 03-20-2014 04:31:11  
What a contraption! I've seen that design used on WW1 airplanes, but not on a car. Wonder why it never caught on? LOL

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Tony in Mass.

03-20-2014 06:54:44

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 Re: OT but neat in reply to s19438, 03-20-2014 04:31:11  
Yeeeaaaa, I suppose I'll be boring and stick to continentals- but- it's nice to know there is something comparable to a Standard 23C. I assume the people stuck in the back seat wore earplugs?

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