World Championships 1998 F2D Engine Report

By Jim Dunkin

The list of engines below represents the "1st choice" of the contestant. Many of the flyers may have used the same type engine in all their planes but many of the contestants had several engines they may or may not have used. The list does not include the "extra" engines so of course does not include "all" the engines that may have been used.

Engine Name# usedHighest place
Star Diesel18th
Mejzlik Kozyol68th

There are more different engines being made for FAI combat (F2D) than any other event. In many instances one engine will be produced by one of the members of the team and the whole team will use it.

The most popular engine in use at the Kiev Champs was the Redko made in St. Petersburg. It was used mostly by the Russians (4), Finns (3) and Estonia (2) and one of the Spanish teams was using one. This engine is sold through Jari Valo, which can be reached by e-mail through Goran Olsson's links page. The engine was used to win a 2nd and two 4th places.

Redko right | Redko left

Three engines tied for the 2nd most popular engine category at 6 each, the AKM, the Mejzlik Kozyol and the Cyclon.

The AKM was designed by Mikhail Zhuravliev in Moscow. The AKM's were used by the Ukrainians (2) and the Germans (4). Alexei Zhelezko from the Ukraine placed first with an AKM.

AKM right | AKM left

The entire German team was using the AKM even though Lothar Hentschel had a couple of versions of his own rear intake design with him. He didn't feel they were ready for competition yet.

Lothar Henschel X2

The Mejzlik Kozyol is built by the Profi group in Kharkov for Tomas Mejzlik. Tomas obtained the rights for the engine after Michael Chikunov, Faisov's pitman, decided to quit making them. The "MMB" over the word "PROFI" stands for Mejzlik Modellbau. Kozyol as most of you probably know means Buck or in English, Billy Goat (RAM). The highest placing for this engine was 8th.

MMB Kozyol right | MMB Kozyol left

The Cyclon, designed and manufactured by Alexander Kalmykov's "Cyclon Company" is well known as it has been available in earlier models for several years now. The latest versions are the PC1 (first advertised as the PC) and PC2 . The PC1 and PC2 versions are quite different. One of the easy-to-spot differences is the PC1 has more fins on the venturi and no fins on the shaft housing. There were many examples of the first model Cyclon's that were being used for the "extra" engines.

Cyclon PC2 right | Cyclon PC2 left

There are three engines which were used by at least 4 flyers. They are the FORA, the LIT and the "AA".

First the FORA . The word "FORA" means "Head Start" The engine is being made in the Khurnov Aviation Institute model laboratory in Moldavia by Sergey Uskikh. The word FORA appears on the engine under the exhaust. On the bypass are the initials "SU" which are the designer's initials. Sometimes the engine is referred to as an "SU". The Moldavians seem to really be getting into the engine business as there are stunt engines and now a new TR engine being worked on also.

FORA right | FORA left

The "LIT" is made in Lithuania. This engine replaces the former " LST" which was used in Sweden. The engine is made in Vilnius, Lithuania by Gintaras Shablinskas. This engine is very similar, at least outwardly, in design to the Redko.

LIT right | LIT left

The "AA" was introduced in 1996. It is made in St. Petersburg by Stanislav (Staci) Ouchevnikov for 2A Models of Italy. The engine is being distributed by 2A Models who also have a line of F2A equipment including the engine. There are photos of the prototype engine as well as the production engine. Of course this engine was used by the Italian team.

AA right | AA prototype | AA left

The three members of the team from Belarus were using a new engine called a "Rulix" . This engine was designed by Sergy Rusak from Minsk.

Rulix right | Rulix left

Two Profi engines were being used. These are made in Kharkov and distributed by Tomas Mejzlik. I assume these are standard Profi engines and not the Mejzlik Kozyol which is also made by Profi.

The other member of the Belarussian team, Igor Zholnerkevich was using his own Zorro. Igor has been building this engine in different versions several years. Michael Wilcox of the U.S.A. was also using a Zorro among others.

Now we come to the individual engines.

First on the list is the "DEMON" which was used Igor Milenin of the Ukraine. He placed 3rd with this engine. It is a slightly modified Kozyol. The engine already has a new name which is "KOSICH". The engine was designed by Serge Kosich who is a protoge of Michael Chikunov who designed the Kozyol.

Demon right | Demon left

The next engine on the list is the "STAR" Diesel This engine was designed by Igor Demetriov of Moldavia. The Star has been around for a few years but does not seem to be very popular. It placed in the 8th place round. I assume it doesn't need a muffler because it's a diesel.

STAR Diesel right | STAR Diesel left

Next is an engine (I think) by Boris Faisov from Russia. The only markings on the engine are "cy52" on the left bypass. These letters are probably in Russian. The English translation would be "S oo 52. (The oo is pronounced like a long oo.) I didn't find out the meaning of the "cy52".

Cy52 right | Cy52 left

Peteris Brokans was using an engine of his own design but I was not able to get a photo of it.

Brad LaPointe from Canada was using a older Kozyol. Several other flyers had a Kozyol as "extra" engines.

One engine was being used by Igor Manshula of Estonia which he calls "Blinov". The engine looks like a Redko.

Blinov right | Blinov left

The last engine on the list is the STELS from St. Petersburg. Alexander Gievsky no longer produces any engines.

Other older engines were used as extras such as Doroshenko, LST, NN etc.

I hope my first effort at writing about F2D engines is satisfactory. If any readers spot errors or can supply further information on any of these engines, please write or E-Mail me. My E-Mail address is found above.

Jim Dunkin