Model-Airplane Motor Drives Scooter (Apr, 1940)

Model-Airplane Motor Drives Scooter
Up to 230 miles on a gallon of gasoline is the economical fuel-consumption rate of a curious motorized scooter constructed by E. Roberts, of Philadelphia, Pa. Converted from a toy motor cycle, the midget vehicle is driven by a one-fifth-horsepower model-airplane engine, acting on the front rubber-tired wheel through a spring-supported friction roller. Fifteen miles an hour is top speed on level ground.

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  1. MAKE: Blog says: November 17, 200611:32 am

    Model-Airplane motor drives scooter…

    230 miles on a gallon of gas, 15 mph – wait, what? – Link…….

  2. NikFromNYC says: January 12, 20082:55 pm

    Don’t laugh. The model aircraft industry has not only miniaturized and computerized (including microchip gyroscopes), but their electric motors are now the highest tech motors available anywhere, using “super” magnets and computer drivers that make them into fist-sized (or pinky-sized) true “3-phase” brushless motors! This used to require mechanical 3-phase inverters (a motor/generator combination that weighed 100 pounds).

    Yet due to their economic boom, they also offer 2 and 4 cycle gas engines that run on kerosine (white gas) instead of gasoline, and go on up in power to where you’d need a motorcycle license instead of just a driver’s license to operate one as a motorized bike (50cc is the limit, which gives a scooter about 40 MPH). They even have rotary Wankle engines, and true WWI type of radial five or six cylinder (low vibration) engines.

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