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steamdave17/08/2009 03:39:27
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Hello all

Does anyon know a source of low tension coils in the UK?  I need one for an igniter fired hit 'n' miss engine. Hemmingway does not stock them.  I would imagine a call to one of the US engine specailists is required, but which one?

If no source is known, is it possible to use a normal car / bike / lawn mower 6v coil and just use the secondary winding (keeping the primary out of circuit)?


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Ian S C17/08/2009 12:59:46
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I'm not too sure of the circuit used but some of the opperators of hit and miss engines here use fluorescent light ballast coils,maybe worth a try.I'll see if I can find out more.Yours IAN.S.C.
Johan van Zanten17/08/2009 18:59:16
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Hello Dave,
Here in Holland many stationairy engine men use a ballast coil from an old FL armature.  I use it myself on 2 model engines. You need the old fashion coils with iron and wire, not the electronic ones. They need a battery of 12 volts for a strong spark.
 I don't  think a normal ignition coil will do the job.
regards,  Johan.
steamdave18/08/2009 08:17:22
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Thanks Ian and Johan.

Seems like I need to look for an old fashioned Fluorescent starter!


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Ian S C18/08/2009 11:42:46
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YOUR SPOT ON Johan,I forgot about the electronic system on the newer lighting sets.IAN.S.C

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