Russian Pulsejet Engines and Pulsejet-Powered Model Airplanes: 1948 - 1958

by Vyacheslav Borodin

............Actual size is 11 x 8.5-inches


Russian Pulsejet Engines and Pulsejet-Powered Model Airplanes: 1948 - 1958

by Vyacheslav Borodin

Entitled "Pul'siruyushchie Vozdushno - Reaktivye Dvigateli Letayushchikh Modelei Samoletov," this comprehensive reference book was published by Izdatel'stvo Dosaaf, in Moscow, the Soviet Union.

It's the biggest, thickest, most complete text we've ever seen about small pulse-jet engines for model airplanes, racing cars, and boats.  It's written in Russian, but don't let that stop you!  The drawings, tables, charts, and plans are worth the price of the book!

The book covers, in 8 chapters, all aspects of pulse jet reaction engines (which are called "PuVRD", for short).  It begins with a detailed history of Russian pulsejet model airplane records:  

  • 1948: 110 kph
  • 1953: 264.776 kph
  • 1955: 275.004 kph, and 301 kph
Following World War II, as small pulsejets were emerging in the United States (Dyna-Jet, MiniJet), Japan (Tiger Jet), and elsewhere, the Russians were designing and building very advanced engines as well.  In fact, the Russian (actually Soviet) pulsejets were produced in far greater variety of sizes, designs, and models than anywhere else.  

This big book has very detailed information about ALL of these fine propulsion powerplants.  There are exceptionally detailed plans, engineering drawings, graphs, tables, and charts for several models and their component parts.

It covers both design theory (with all the key pulse cycle formulas and mathematical equations) and practical fabrication descriptions.  

Typical engineering drawings (much smaller than in book)

There are innovative static test stands and setups, electrical circuits for starters, tanks, fuel feed systems, fuel injection designs (and various locations for fuel injection), valves and valve holders of many varieties, several unique head and venturi designs, chamber pressure testing apparatus, tailpipe and combustion chamber shapes, etc etc.

Pulsejet valves are the key to successful operation, and the Russians came up with dozens of unusual concepts--all shown in detailed drawings--including (besides the usual "daisy" flapper valves, like in the DynaJet) triangular and trapezoidal flappers, multi-flappers, multi-spring flappers, and several unusual valve seats.  The drawings reveal details about valve proportions, shapes, and dimensions.

Typical engineering drawings  (much smaller than in book)

There's also a lot of information (and great drawings) about tailpipe configurations (including a very exotic tuned "tuba" shaped engine), some with double exhausts, others with multiple intakes.

Typical engineering drawing (much smaller than in book)

Chapters are devoted to specifications and fine engineering drawings for many Russian, Japanese, US, and other European engines--with dimensions, performance tables, fuel tanks and fuel feed schematics).  

There's a simple, if somewhat primitive, arc-welder described and illustrated (something anyone could build in the garage, from common parts).  There's also a very nice design for "round-the-pole" (RTP) aeromodel flying!

Topping it off, the book has seven detailed plans for model airplanes that fly under pulsejet power!  You can build any of these from the drawings included!

If you have access to a basic machine shop, or the basic tools (drill press, hacksaw, possible a metal lathe) you could easily replicate ALL the exotic Russian pulsejet engines from the book's fine drawings!

If you design, build, test, or fly pulsejet models, you'll want this superb reference textbook.  It has an abundance of data, esoteric information, and once-secret lore from some of the world's foremost pulsejet builders.  You won't find any other book as complete and detailed as this, on this subject.  (We've been searching for years!) 

Typical illustrations from the book (much smaller than actual size)

Very hard to find and now out-of-print, this new limited edition has been republished by the Rocket Science Institute.  It's printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, acid-free paper for years of reference use.  103 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size. $19.95


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