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Old 08-06-2017, 07:48 AM
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Now I have tested my Z-drive bouth i singleprop and duoprop version. No issues after 4 hours runningtime each. 1hp 25cc petrol engine, not to powerful. Here are pics. Videos of it running can be seen on the AMPS facebook page.

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Old 08-09-2017, 03:43 PM
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here are my three AMPS gas outboards / and my two outboard innovations outboards
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Hi Guys,This is my first post.I've just recently found this site and have questions and a few things to share.First,I'm a vintage model/toy collector,started mainly with buying,selling and collecting 1930s' to 1950s' tether cars and engines.But as you know,all of this stuff overlaps into other areas,such as R/C boats. I'm building some 1/8 scale vintage racecars,but not a boat builder,hell,I can barely swim.Anyway,I've ended up having some model boats and motors,some rare.I guess I'll start with the offshore racing boat,the Alfa Romeo "Vega Dart". A one-off model built in the mid seventies by Howard T. Weeks of Fort Lauderdale,Florida,who worked as an in-house craftsman/model builder at "Hobby House" camera shop,(same town).It is 60" long,scratch built using all wood construction,and was powered with a water cooled Super Tigre 65 engine,gone when I bought the boat.The real boat was powered with twin Alfa Romeo V8 Montreal engines.There's a youtube film of this boat(the real one) in action,unfortunately it breaks in two.BUT,Sonny Levi's hull design was copied for years to come.If anyone(special K,?)knows more about Howard T. Weeks,his work,the hobby shop,etc.,please let me know. Also,I have an AMPS outdrive with serial number OD242764R,can someone shed light on this? I know it's an older design,made in England,but that's about it.I'll put that with photos in another post.Thanks for anything,Phil D
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I remember Hobby House it was sold out and all the products were bought up by Universal Hobbies the place I was working at as a kid in Fort Lauderdale I actually remember that boat I do know who Howard it is but I was a kid at that time he did help me build a Dumas dauntless guy was a Craftsman scratch building . very nice find unfortunately I don't have any more info on Howard
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SpecialK,that's awesome,so you can relate to the Vega Dart and those snapshots! I figured if anyone here knew about Hobby House and possibly Howard,you would.Thank you very much for responding,and yes,the boat is very well built.I understand that after Hobby House,Howard moved to Georgia,and unfortunately passed on.I sure would like to see more of his work. Here's the AMPS outdrive,#OD242764R.All I know about it is what's obvious;It's an earlier casting,made in England(paperwork printed in 1975),and looks new except for the poorly polished bottom.Could that be original? When I bought this maybe 10 yrs. ago,I was told that it was a factory special racing version,any truth to that? I'd like to learn all I can about this and will appreciate any input. As I mentioned in my first post,I don't know much about these models and I can prove it! I also have this AMPS T4 ,K&B 7.5 engine.Can someone direct me to any posts that describe these models? I've skimmed over this thread,but haven't read about where the T4 sits in the pecking order,or if anything sets it apart from the other OBs.Thanks for anything,Phil
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Alphil, if you are interested in selling the T4 or outdrive, please email me at jamesmluszcz@hotmail.com, or call/ text 252 717-6282. Thanks, they look great! Mike Luszcz, ML Boatworks
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Old 09-03-2017, 11:08 AM
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SpecialK,that's awesome,so you can relate to the Vega Dart and those snapshots! I figured if anyone here knew about Hobby House and possibly Howard,you would.Thank you very much for responding,and yes,the boat is very well built.I understand that after Hobby House,Howard moved to Georgia,and unfortunately passed on.I sure would like to see more of his work. Here's the AMPS outdrive,#OD242764R.All I know about it is what's obvious;It's an earlier casting,made in England(paperwork printed in 1975),and looks new except for the poorly polished bottom.Could that be original? When I bought this maybe 10 yrs. ago,I was told that it was a factory special racing version,any truth to that? I'd like to learn all I can about this and will appreciate any input. As I mentioned in my first post,I don't know much about these models and I can prove it! I also have this AMPS T4 ,K&B 7.5 engine.Can someone direct me to any posts that describe these models? I've skimmed over this thread,but haven't read about where the T4 sits in the pecking order,or if anything sets it apart from the other OBs.Thanks for anything,Phil
lol the red AMPS OMC outdrive no such thing as a factory special racing version . they did come in red ,white and blue some one just polish the lower . the t4 you have is a 1983 from AMPS USA using the old left over stickers from AMPS in the UK for the older T4 . amps in the US used K&b and OS engines
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Thanks,I didn't think the OD came polished like that(shelf queen).Can you tell me what the serial # means? So a T4 w/Fox would be older English,mine comparable to other factory branded 7.5s ?
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I had the T4 with Fox power a few years back. Sold that off to a member for $750. Wish I still had that motor and a certain SX100 that was sold around the same time..
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You're not alone. I've certainly done that(along with passing up something I wanted.Never there when you go back and now you're kicking yourself).So now if I want cash,I'll sell off things I'm not too attached to if possible.Otherwise,if the buyer has to have my item,I prefer trading up or down to let go..for something I'd rather have.That way it doesn't seem to hurt so much in the future,and the buyer is happy,win win..pretty basic. Even though this hydro was built only ten years ago,it would still take your first born to get Dickie Do and the kit from me.Thanks for responding,Phil
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This thread has been getting to slow! I want to see more amps stuff posted, hopefully there are some stories of barn finds, something! Share some pics if you have them guys! Mike

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This thread has been getting to slow! I want to see more amps stuff posted, hopefully there are some stories of barn finds, something! Share some pics if you have them guys! Mike

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Mike is ate up over Amps and all model boats stuff. There will be a model boat museum in NC one day. He also builds some nice stuff.
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Thanks Tom! Yes, I absolutely love these boats, and I am always looking for more of them! Mike
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Last weekend, I was at a powerboat meeting in the east of Germany. For me the most interesting was a 1,4 amps built on inboard. The hull is only covered with foils under it should be original white. The tunnel broadening is bolted.
2 old Aeromarine 1.4 Cats were also to be admired by the same owner.
All 3 for sale. However, not cheap.
The amp 1.4 should cost without motor about 400€
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AMPS 1:3,5 Outboard

They did not know what they were doing!

Unfortunately, I experienced this much too late and had no chance to prevent it.

Rare AMPS Outboard somewhere in Germany rebuilt - destroyed!
The guy who did this is very proud of his conversion ...
He is pleased that the outboard now has 400 grams less weight.
And now better fit to his model boat.

From the outboard motor destroyer I found these photos.
The 1.4 amps cat is back in the water ....
This cat has however been modified ...
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I wonder who has made all of those Amps hulls in the pics Kai? Its a shame they destroyed the rare Amps gas outboard.

Here is a project I have been working on for the Amps-International Hobbies Line. I am making new molds of the Amps Gas tunnel, and soon the Amps gas outboard cowling to match. Here are some pics of the molds and first hull.

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