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Old Jul 24, 2015, 06:42 PM
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Dennis: That motor drive looks great. I guess you could build this boat with just about any material. I built my first one out of balsa. As I said the one under construction ( and shelved for a long time) is made of eighth inch plywood. I drove my first one with a 90 degree drive mounted on one end of the wheel. It was just a simple two gear affair from some toy or something. it worked real well. On this next one I planed something more like you have. Originally I had planed to use a motor and gear reduction out of a battery powered screw driver. If I ever get back on the project I may re think that. It still mite be a workable idea
I ran the first one with a six channel reed unit so it kind of played a tune as you maneuvered it around. By the way, that was in 1960 something. I wish I had a picture of It.

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Old Aug 01, 2015, 11:04 AM
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Everyone,
Thanks to your contributions to this forum, I found more about my father's Swanee. On p. 91 of the 1954 Air Trails Model Annual magazine described in Newtmagick's July 20, 2015 post is an advertisement for a Swanee River Boat kit. Model Aircraft Co. created a 2/3 scale model of the original plans described in the magazine. It was offered for $6.95 plus 50 pp (about $65 in 2015). The hull measures 24" long and 9" wide, the same as my father's Swanee. The stenciled markings and superstructure are identical. I am confident that this is the kit. I estimate that my father built it in 1954 or 1955. It first ran at Hansen Dam above the San Fernando Valley in southern California. Since refitting Swanee in 2001, I have floated it all over southeast Michigan.

The hull and deck material is described as die-cut Tekwood. Does anyone know about Tekwood?

Newt: The motor drive in Swanee is an inexpensive Tamiya High Power Gearbox H.E. #72003 (www.pololu.com/product/72). It has changeable plastic gears to select from two 41.7:1 and 64.8:1 ratios. I replaced the 3V motor with a 6V motor to make it compatible with a re-purposed ESC. It runs for many hours on 4 "D" cell batteries. Other motors are available from different manufacturers with metal gears.

I was amused reading the description about the 6-channel reed receiver playing tunes. I have experienced that myself many years ago.

Thanks to everyone for your help. I am please to have solved some mysteries.

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Old Aug 04, 2015, 05:25 PM
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Dennis- Here's a mention of Tekwood:
http://puzzlehistory.com/qa115.htm ... a "composition board" used for diecut jigsaw puzzles.


Edit: Found it, Patent 1,997,344: https://www.google.com/patents/US1997344

Edit 2: But wait there's more! Admiral Byrd had a Tekwood house...
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Old Aug 05, 2015, 08:16 PM
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OK. Patented in 1953. That helps validate the kit date.

The description in the patent matches what I see. For example, "cooperative elements consist of an intermediate layer of wood veneer ... and a paper sheet adhesively secured substantially throughout its entire area ..." I have to wonder how well tekwood survived the antartic moisture in the spring!

More mysteries solved!
Thanks!
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Old Aug 06, 2015, 01:48 PM
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Yay.
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