Rubber motors

Gallery opened: 6 May 2015

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A rubber motor is not an internal-combustion engine made with rubber parts (which would be an interesting engineering challenge) nor indeed some sort of fetishistic engineering. Perish the thought.

A rubber motor is just a more serious version of the twisted rubber band that turns the propellor on some lightweight model aircraft. Much advice on making and caring for rubber motors can be found at

The historical article below is reproduced in its entirety, as it is, to the best of my knowledge, about the summit of study and thinking on the matter. Four rubber motors geared together have been fitted into the fuselage, with two of them running transversely through the wings.

I do not consider myself competent to criticise Mr Russell's article. All I can say is that it looks as if he knows what he is talking about.

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