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Sep 20, 2018, 04:02 AM
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Ok. I know the question is asked over and over.


A customer came into my shop with this today looking for info. Very original and in excellent condition. Any help would be much appreciated.

SJ
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Sep 20, 2018, 05:47 AM
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Very nice vintage model, would be fun to get it going again, but noclue as to what it is.
Sep 20, 2018, 05:55 AM
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Notice the disk protruding from the bow. It’s for the pull cord start.
Sep 20, 2018, 10:09 AM
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Motor is a GHQ , marine versions were made in 1940 / 41 . 1940 was air cooled and 1941 had a steel jacket .

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Sep 22, 2018, 11:55 AM
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I'm not very well up on American boats, but the fittings, and the solid mahogany look late 1940s/early 1950s to me. I would not be surprised to find that it was made from a Popular Mechanics plan - they were quite common in those days.

Clues about whether it is kit-built or not would be found inside - look at the bulkheads to see if they are die-cut with stamped numbers on them....
May 14, 2019, 09:14 PM
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Miss Betty, runabout with 1941 engine?


My son really wants to know more about this boat, Miss Betty (from New Hampshire) so I am posting more pictures. It has a hole in the nose into which you insert a pull-start gear. It has a worm-gear running the length of the boat and back again between the engine and the prop. It has a hand-soldered brass fuel tank. It has original C batteries.
May 14, 2019, 09:20 PM
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I posted more pictures of Miss Betty which you said has a 1941 engine. Who works on boats like this or could help me get it running? I am an amateur and am afraid of ruining a good, clean, original engine and hull.
May 15, 2019, 08:59 AM
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Hmm... very specialist!

I assume that the boat has no fittings which lead you to believe that it was ever radio controlled or tethered? So it's intended for uncontrolled running? So you will need to find somewhere to do this...

I would expect that the first thing to do would be to try to find any manuals or data for the motor, then take it apart and clean /oil it. Have you squirted in some oil and then rotated it to check if it has compression?

Looking on the net, I see that it uses gasoline fuel and a 3v primary. I would not be surprised to find that the spark coil and condenser need replacing after this time. It would probably be better to start it, initially, out of the hull. One comment I saw is that these engines were famous for 'not starting' !! It looks like the original design was Australian, and ran well, but when it was bought up by a US firm they removed the baffle on the piston crown and mad it much harder to run. That might be something to look out for if you disassemble it.

The spark advance is manual, and will almost certainly need attention...

This chat might be of interest: http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/gold...engines-2.html

And this :
GHQ (2 min 25 sec)
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May 16, 2019, 06:54 PM
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A customer came into my shop with this today looking for info. Very original and in excellent condition. Any help would be much appreciated.

SJ
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Notice the disk protruding from the bow. It’s for the pull cord start.
The most surprising part is the flex shaft drive on such a vintage boat! Also that wheel on the deck look more like a rudder preset for a free running boat, some history about the GHQ. engine:
http://modelenginenews.org/drj/ghq.html
http://www.golden-era.cz/engines-of-...ra-g-h-q-aero/
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May 16, 2019, 07:59 PM
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Another boat with same engine from the same period(sold for $ 505):
https://www.shannons.com.au/auctions...5B8SJ29US66A2/
Last edited by coriolan; May 16, 2019 at 08:10 PM.
May 17, 2019, 04:11 AM
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That hull looks very like the Camm-designed Bassett Lowke 'Streamlinia'.


Closer inspection makes me pretty much sure that it is....
May 17, 2019, 05:29 AM
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OK., the steam version but yes, the BL Streamliner.

Regards Ian.


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