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Old Jul 08, 2011, 08:14 PM
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WW2 Target Drone

Hi all, new here and I know nothing about planes. My neighbor has what he says is a WW2 Target Drone. He says he got it in the '60s. Just wondering if it has any value and a good way to get it into the hands of a collector. Its located in Southeast Connecticut. He'll be looking to get rid of it but he isn't internet savvy. Thanks for any info!

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Old Jul 08, 2011, 08:37 PM
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Very interesting. A Google search came up with this page:

http://ww2weaponsforum.com/showthrea...one-OQ-2A-1943

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioplane_OQ-2

A lot of the details on yours look like the OQ-2A. It sounds like it might be pretty rare. Heh, maybe Marilyn built that one!

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Old Jul 08, 2011, 08:58 PM
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I say he should keep it, and convert it to R/C.
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Old Jul 08, 2011, 08:59 PM
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I say he should keep it, and convert it to R/C.
It was already R/C from the beginning, but I guess it could do with some modern equipment...
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Old Jul 08, 2011, 09:06 PM
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Looks like an OQ-2B, but it's missing a prop.
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Old Jul 08, 2011, 09:23 PM
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thanks for the replies all! Maybe Marilyn did work on it lol

Unfortunately he's got to get rid of it, as he's getting older and is moving soon and needs to part with a few things. Anyone have a ballpark figure on value ($1 or $1k?)

And what is the difference between OQ-2A and OQ-2B? He did mention another prop, not sure if he has it or not.

Thanks again!
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Old Jul 08, 2011, 09:28 PM
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Maybe take it to Pawn Stars or call the American Pickers?

In all seriousness though, I'm guessing that, as rare as it is, it might take a while to actually find someone who's actually interested enough to spend a lot of money on it (and it's in pretty rough shape).
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Old Jul 08, 2011, 09:43 PM
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WOW how cool is that. It would be awsome to get it flying again. If it's rare it's probably worth quite a bit and there's always someone out there that would be interested in something like this. I mean how often does something like this come around. Probably hardly ever. BUT you have to find the right buyer. Someone who will pay for what it's worth. You could always dump it real cheap, but I wouldn't let it go for anything less then what it's worth. If anyone even knows what it's worth. Wish I could buy it. Just to get it going and to say hey look at what I have got. LOL.
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Old Jul 08, 2011, 09:58 PM
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And what is the difference between OQ-2A and OQ-2B?
From here (another good page): http://www.designation-systems.net/d...pp1/oq-14.html

"The OQ-2B was identical to the OQ-2A, except that the wing ribs had holes for a slightly lighter structure. " So perhaps you have a B-model there.

And yet another informative page here: http://www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargra...dioplane3.html

Maybe he could just donate it to a museum?
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Old Jul 08, 2011, 10:23 PM
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It was already R/C from the beginning, but I guess it could do with some modern equipment...
Gee, ya think, smart guy?......

I would love to own this thing. Let us know when your friend comes up with an asking price.
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Old Jul 09, 2011, 12:55 AM
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thanks for the replies all! Maybe Marilyn did work on it lol

Unfortunately he's got to get rid of it, as he's getting older and is moving soon and needs to part with a few things. Anyone have a ballpark figure on value ($1 or $1k?)

And what is the difference between OQ-2A and OQ-2B? He did mention another prop, not sure if he has it or not.

Thanks again!
Rob
I notice the carby is missing, but Im guessing that if he has all the parts it would be a hot item on ebay and could well fetch more than you think.
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Old Jul 09, 2011, 05:36 AM
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If it were mine, i'd contact the air museums before I put it on eBay. If he doesn't want to donate it, some purchase interesting projects. There's one hanging in the USAF Museum.

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Old Jul 09, 2011, 07:27 AM
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Go carefully, we are talking treasure here!

C&H Surplus sales, of Pasadena, CA, acquired the bulk of the 2-channel, geared actuators, which drove the rudder & elevator of these Radioplane
targets. They ran ads in model mags for years, selling these devices to modelers, priced at $6.95. It was a 2-output unit, containing a pair of
brushed, permanent magnet motors, driving a pair of 1950:1 gear drives, terminating in a 1/4", splined shaft, which drove a 2-1/2" actuating arm,
one on each side.
In the 1960s, when my friend Tom Protheroe began manufacturing a beautiful 6-foot RC sail yacht, I started my own company, developing &
marketing the ex-drone actuators, for the purpose of controling the sails & rudder of Tom's boats. That was quite an adventure!
Having a complete, restorable drone, as shown, is truly a wonder. It can only grow in value, as time passes, so please see that it is treated
with the respect it deserves. Many thanks to the several researchers who have posted such thorough history here!
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Old Jul 09, 2011, 02:15 PM
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I wonder if there would be any interest with Marilyn Monroe memorabilia collectors. There's probably a lot more of them then there are WW2 drone collectors.
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Old Jul 09, 2011, 04:26 PM
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I wonder if there would be any interest with Marilyn Monroe memorabilia collectors. There's probably a lot more of them then there are WW2 drone collectors.
Yeah I was considering that, but figure they will likely want just the propeller and maybe the engine and would dump the rest since that is all Marilyn is shown with the photo.

I've sent some emails to museums to see if there is any interest. If anyone here has serious interest, please contact me about possible arrangements in case nothing comes of the museums. I've talked a little with one member from here, so if anyone else would like a chance please let me know. Remember, money isn't the big thing (something very fair can be worked out), its keeping the drone intact so it can be appreciated and not "parted out" or resold at auction. Thats #1 for my neighbor.

Thanks again to all of you! The links have been very informative and helpful!
Rob

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