Micro Rocket Motor and Model Jet Resources


This unique powerplant – the Jetex motor – provided the motive power for a highly innovative advance in modelcraft.

On this page
we give an overview of the working principle of Jetex propulsion.

On other pages in this section (see linked list to the right), we give details of the full range of Jetex motors, other contemporary Jetex-type motors, and the fuels that powered them all.
  What you'll find in the Motors section:
The genuine Jetex range
The Jetex imitators
The Rapier range

- Augmenter tubes
- Igniters
- Fuse
- Dempster Turb-O-Prop
- Hatch catches

How the Jetex motor works

  1. Safety clip spring
  2. Threaded hole for attachment bolt
  3. Spring plate
  4. Wire clip
  5. Solid fuel charge
  6. Gauze disc
  7. Combustion chamber
  8. Igniter wick
  9. Jet orifice
  10. Back plate
  11. Asbestos washer
  12. End cap
  The burning of the solid fuel charge (5), once ignited by the wick (8), generates a large quantity of gas in the combustion chamber (7). This is forced out the jet orifice (9) at great speed, producing (by Newton's third law of motion) a reaction which drives the motor in the opposite direction.

The springs (1) are intended to hold the end cap (12) tightly seated on the asbestos washer (11) so as to seal the combustion chamber (7). They are seated on the spring plate (3) and act through the clips (4) to provide a safety release mechanism in the event of the orifice becoming clogged.

The gauze disc (6) serves to hold the coiled wick tightly against the fuel charge, while the back plate (10) protects the washer.



Illustration sources:
- Cutaway drawing adapted from Jetex 200 instruction sheet, Wilmot Mansour and Co. Ltd., 1948
Information sources:
- "Jetex!" by Kenneth Brothwell, SAM 35 Yearbook #3, Dec. 1984 (Bill Henderson)
- "Engine Analysis No. 15 (New Series)" by Ron Warring, Aeromodeller Nov. 1953, Jan. 1954 (Bill Henderson)
- Additional personal knowledge from Bruce Ogden and Bill Henderson


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