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Old 11-18-2009, 01:59 AM
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a friend gave this to me, it was his dad's project boat so many years ago just laying in the storage room.. looks like it has a mini glow plug engine in it which i know nothing about.. it came with 2 ancient servos and some kind of manual.. not even sure if i can get this to work, might need new glow plugs.. not sure ... helis are my passion and i guess any other free rc would work. lol.. let me know what you think guys!
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:17 AM
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Nice find. I know it's an old sterling model as stated on the instruction. Which makes it about 50 year's old since sterling went out of business around the 1950's. Estes Rocket company bought the right's to them but they haven't released anything from sterling. Hope you can get it going again.
Old 11-18-2009, 09:47 AM
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HeLiTuBBies,

very nice find, engine looks like an old Cox .049 (or maybe bigger).

Have a look at this thread: http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_8498373/tm.htm

These guy's should be able to help you quite a bit.

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Old 11-18-2009, 10:10 AM
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Sterling was still around in the `80's as they were still making a few things, one was an airboat with 3 wheels on it called the Puddle Jumper.
Some of the parts look like Dumas pieces, I wonder if they made the hardware for Sterling.
The servos are ancient also, either Kraft or Heathkit linears. I wish that someone would bring them back!
It would be a slow boat if restored. I'd toss out the engine and replace it with a low-dollar electric motor, ESC and batteries. It wouldn't need much as you wouldn't want it to run over scale-like speeds.
Old 12-07-2009, 08:12 PM
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The engine in there looks like a Cox .049 Golden bee....
Old 12-07-2009, 11:02 PM
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The engine could be worth a few hundred at a large model show.

DO NOT THROW AWAY THE MOTOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$
Post your pictures on a couple of forums with 1/2 A sections of planes.

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i meant the 1980's sterling it self was around in 1950's lol.
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The engine could be worth a few hundred at a large model show.

DO NOT THROW AWAY THE MOTOR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$
Post your pictures on a couple of forums with 1/2 A sections of planes.

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You got to be kidding! If not, I'm a rich man and didn't know it as I've got a small pile of those things laying around. The Toledo show swap meet area has tables full of Cox .049's, many still new in the box.
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How many come with a gold marine engine & flywheel & shaft coupling setup ????????????

Take it to the show and you will

Rich

Better yet make up a 24" pull cord of 1/8" white braided Nylon pull cord with a knot at 1 end and a wood stained 1/2" to 3/4" wood dowel pull handle.
If you can sell the boat & motor as is. Better yet.
I am 72 & considering making a offer. All the Dinosaurs are not dead or poor...

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Old 12-08-2009, 01:17 PM
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That is totally cool, it reminds me a little of the fishing boat on perfect storm, watch those waves, don't want you to clooney it
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Hey Cyclops,

Sterling models made some brass flywheels and U-joints, They went out ofbussiness sometime in theearly 80's. they pop up on ebay every now and then. I bought mine for 10 bux....The Cox Golden bee engines? Got mine for 40 bux...

Hellitubbies,

Check out the" Dumas 1/2A boat club" threads....
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:08 PM
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A nifty toy boit! Looks like your friend's dad did a decent job of building it, too. I agree with Ron Olson about removing the glow engine and going low-dollar electric power. Those Cox .049 engines are great, but they can be just awful to get to run well, the engine compartment gets really messy from the exhaust and they're generally a pain to use in a boat. Regarding the size of the electric motor, consider that if the motor is too powerful, bigger than a 400, the boat is likely to split at the seams as it bashes across the water! It looks like it'll be fun to mess with! The whole idea is to have fun.
Old 12-12-2009, 12:07 AM
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That almost looks like a Dumas Half Pint, another .049 boat but it's still around in kit form.

This one would be good for an electric version. I'm thinking of using one for bringing out the retrieval line when nitro boating. Its a sharp looking little cruiser almost a deep vee 10 with a cabin.

I still have all my gear from my RC10 that I could use. Battery packs, chargers, motors...
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