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VMAR - Jet (Turbine) Power Conversions & Requirements

Question: I have a VMAR Jet (Prop) ARF model that runs great with a 2-stroke engine turning a prop in the nose but I would like to know if I could convert my VMAR model to use one of the Jet Turbines that are on the market?

Answer: In theory a very skilled modeller could possibly adapt a VMAR Jet (Prop) ARF to use a Jet Turbine for power. We do not recommend this as a viable conversion. This would be a great deal of work and likely would not lead to a workable solution and could result in a fire hazard or structural failure of the model or related components.

For those who are particularly determined to proceed along these lines in spite of all odds and in the face of our recommendation against such, given the all wood construction of VMAR Jet (Prop) ARF models, it may make more sense to use the VMAR fuselage as a male plug in order to make a mold for a new fibreglass fuselage with the same shape as the VMAR original fuselage. Then  it may be possible, with a great deal of effort, to safely incorporate the Jet Turbine into the new Fibreglass fuselage and adapt the remaining original VMAR components to mate with the new fibreglass fuselage.

Extensive testing will be required in order to validate the safety and integrity of any of the original VMAR Jet (Prop) ARF components for use in a model utilizing Jet Turbine power. No such testing has been done by VMAR or Richmond RC Supply Ltd. and we specifically again advise against such a conversion.

 

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