Jim: As you know and will likely agree, Pattern ships have no equal among R/C aircraft. Absolute joy to fly. I currently fly a 2M Brio and a 2M Griffin ; both electric. Occasionally compete. I try hard to split time between RC and UC. Hope to never have to give up one for the other.
There are still some R/C flyers left who build very well and understand all facets of the hobby. They're getting up in years and most have roots in controline and/or free flight.
I have 3 Veco .45's. All blueprinted by Clarence Lee (Mr.Veco) He is still in business and will check out your engine and check the correct timing for stunt use for about $25.00. Also he can make the 2 side exhaust plugs. Send it to: Clarence Lee 10112 Woodward avenue Sunland Calif. 91040