Dennis Fadden’s 1/4 scale Continental C-85 is a “true-to-scale” model of the full-size version that was commonly used in light aircraft during the post-World War II period—most notably in the Piper Cub.

The model burns gasoline, has a dual spark ignition and a pressurized oil system. Fadden detailed the engine right down to the embossed valve covers and the true-to-scale air cleaner. The crankcase is an aluminum casting produced from hand crafted wooden patterns that Fadden made himself.

This C-85 model, finished in 1990, is the first of only two produced by Dennis Fadden. The engine is 10”-long, 10”-wide, 9”-high, and weighs 8 lbs.

Exhibit added: July 1, 2008 - Last modified: January 27, 2023

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