What was the reason you had to sign for the first delivery?
Please let us know if any issues develop with this castor. I have a supply of castor from Sig that will last a while. If the castor you bought is working then I may get my next order from Bulk Apothecary.
My cost per gallon (5/22, 50-50 oil) right now is about $13 a gallon. The cheaper castor would certainly reduce that. I get nitro and methanol from local automotive performance shops. Local hobby shops have fuel priced at $18-$20 a gallon, sometimes over $20 a gallon.
I have been getting the oil, both castor and synthetic, from Sig. Sig had the best price I could find for oil. Much better price than getting castor or synthetic oil from local retail outlets, such as motorcycle shops.
eBay buyers - those who collect are gradually evolving to the kids of the 60s and 70s who owned small displacement engines in their Cox , Wen-Mac and other marques model airplanes and tether cars. Some owned them in gas R/C cars and trucks. These are getting the attention now. Madwell 49s ? Old guys stuff. Unfortunate. Witness lower bids on Anderson Spitfire 60 and 65 and Super Cyclones. I'm caught in the middle. Now, I'll sit by and wait for a Dooling 61. Perfect n.i.b. and excellent were bringing 1K just a few years back. They're down 30% and dropping ; albeit at a slower pace.
Thanks for the story and suggestions, Matt. I have decided already to carry the flaps through the fuselage, since I don't trust myself to get them on right otherwise (never having built a Flite Streak or Peacemaker. I'm getting the idea that my choice of vintage engine won't quite cut it. The club guys say that if I use a .15, it should be modern. Oh, well. I have a little time to see to that. I got the main wing structure done today.