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Bob Davis, founder of Davis Diesel began his love of the hobby at age 5 playing with rubber band airplane models and watching his cousin run model engines and fly Atom-powered free flights. He started working in a hobby store as a teenager where he had his first experience running and flying Mills and Drone diesels. While in the Army and stationed in Germany, he flew Webra diesel powered control line airplanes. As an adult, with the advent of R/C, he flew model airplanes with his son, Drew and other modelers.
In 1974 while recovering from a back injury, he came up with a concept for converting glow engines to diesel, the first of which was the ever-popular Cox .049 which ran on a 1/2A diesel fuel blend developed by Davis. In 1975 Davis Diesel was founded and the Cox conversion was introduced to the public at the AMA Nationals in Dayton, OH. While there, he met the greats of the hobby, Frank Ehling, Carl Goldberg, John Broadbeck and Leon Schulman, all of whom were very impressed with the product. This led Davis to convert larger engines from O.S., K&B, Webra, Enya, Fox and others, sized from .10 to 1.8 cu.in as well as another fuel suitable for these engines. Over the years Davis Diesel has had a presence at all the major hobby shows all over the U.S. displaying his products.
Wanting to expand his line of products, in 1985 Davis introduced the SoundMaster muffler and pipe line to the hobby. To further reduce noise, he also developed the Iso-Mount system which is still available and in use. During the same period he came out with a CO2 conversion for Cox engines and started carrying the Jet-X (Jetex) line from England.
Today, Davis Diesel is still going strong with conversions of popular model airplane engines as well as a conversion for the Traxxas 3.3 truck engine. Davis Diesel also provides an extensive line of accessories for maintaining Cox and other engines which also includes some handy pocket tools.
Davis constantly performs research and development to bring the hobby the latest in technology for the various fields of modeling. Davis Diesel is the world’s leading producer of model diesel fuels, known as DIESEL POWER.
In 1990 Bob Davis received the Technical Achievement award from the AMA in recognition of his many contributions to model engine technology, and in 2008 he was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame for his work in diesel engine systems.
Because of his extensive achievements in the hobby, in 2000 Davis was contacted by the Navy to participate in a drone program which has led to work with other defense contractors such as Lockheed, Boeing, Honeywell and others.