How to make model airplane fuel

Written by jaimie zinski
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Building and flying model aeroplanes is a popular hobby for men and women of all ages. The first model aeroplane, the "Planophore," was invented by Alphonse Penaud and flew 131 feet. Today's model aeroplanes are much more technologically advanced and can glide through the air with the help of a motor. These motors require fuel that can be safely and economically mixed at home.

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Things you need

  • Measuring cups
  • Respirator
  • Safety goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Three-gallon plastic contain
  • Bakers AA castor oil
  • Klotz KL-200 oil
  • Methanol
  • Nitromethane
  • HDPE gallon jugs

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  1. 1

    Prepare yourself for handling methanol by wearing a respirator, rubber gloves,and goggles.

  2. 2

    Place four cups of Bakers AA castor oil into a plastic container that is at least three gallons.

  3. 3

    Add four cups of Klotz KL-200 oil to the plastic container.

  4. 4

    Add 28 cups of methanol to the mixture.

  5. 5

    Add four cups of nitromethane to the mixture.

  6. 6

    Mix the ingredients well.

  7. 7

    Pour the fuel immediately into HDPE gallon jugs that can be firmly sealed to prevent moisture in the air from mixing with the chemicals.

  8. 8

    Store the fuel and all the chemicals in an environment between 10 to 23.9 degrees Celsius.

Tips and warnings

  • Methanol is a highly flammable and volatile chemical that should be handled and stored very carefully.

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