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Pit Box 2018

Fred Carter gallery:
Three original 'Carter engines' including the Nordec on the left, confirmed as the very first motor he modified for speed flying. In the centre is one of the famous 'Carter Doolings'. A complete description of the building and modifications carried out to the standard Dooling 29 can be found in Chapter 7 of the late Ron Moulton's Engine Encyclopaedia. The third photo is a 10cc motor, based loosely on a Dooling and the only one that is known to have been entirely machined from the solid by Fred. What is missing sadly is possibly his best known motor, the Carter McCoy as the only versions known to exist are later repros.
Thanks to Dick Roberts, Dave Smith and Stuart Robinson for these items. July 2018


Unique M&E Artefact:
This is the very first Wasp that has ever appeared with its original packaging, instructions and drawings. A gift from an uncle some forty years before, it is still box fresh as the construction was never completed. A final selling price of £966 reflects on the total rarity of this item. The sting in the tail (tale) is that the other nephew was given the larger Special kit, which was not touched at all and would have been worth significantly more, had it not been thrown out within the last year or so, ouch.
                                                                               Thanks to Chris Ogleby for this item, photos and the cautionary tale. June 2018


Hardly a 'Dooling'

Which it was described as, and priced accordingly, despite this being all there was. In fact it proved to be significantly more interesting, being one of many either built by or from castings by Eric Parmenter in Australia. A number of these cars have come to light with a wide variety of motors and drive systems. At least it was a genuine and original car, unlike the Nylint McCoy the dealer was also trying to flog. Happily, this car has been bought by a true mite enthusiast and properly restored.  Thanks to John Lorenz for details. OTW photo May 2018


Rowell hoard

This amazing collection of original Rowell  components was discovered at a car boot sale in Lincolnshire. The lucky purchaser had owned a Rowell many years ago so was well aware of what he had discovered. There is a MKI and two MKIIs with one backplate for each version. Could these have originated from Brian Sheriff when he cleared his father's model shop in Dundee in the 1960s?  Not too much work required to have three complete motors, especially as dies still exist for some of the parts.

Thanks to Ian Douglas for this wonderful item and the photos. April 2018


Missing Link?

Usually, the 5cc Falcon from 1066 Products is found in kit form in a long rectangular, partitioned box. It is believed that there were a number supplied ready to run from the factory and we wonder if this was indeed the box for one such? The box and labelling look original and it is unlikely a kit of parts would have been packed in this way, so we can be reasonably confident that this indeed an original package for a factory produced motor. Just as a number of alternative boxes have turned up for the MRC car kit, so this adds more to the 1066 story and the knowledge of this company. Still looking for the 24" hydro.

                                                                     Thanks to Eric Offen for this item March 2018


A trio of B1 Airscrew boats.
Mike Drinkwater was largely responsible for getting the MPBA to rescind its ban on airscrew boats and have them accepted back into competition in 1968. On the left, what we believe to be a Merlin', centre an 'Axilla design from 1957 and lastly a stretched 'Express'. These three boats were offered for sale in the latest Retro Club magazine, just add suitable 2.5cc motors and go racing.
                                                                                                     Thanks to Keith Bragg and Peter Hill for these items, Feb 2018


ETA 5 Twin:
 Amongst a large quantity of original material from the Bedford family were a series of sketches of modifications and additional parts to enable two 5cc ETA diesels to be mounted in a tethered car. Both engines were mounted individually but with the cylinder of the forward one reversed so that both motors shared a single venturi and needle valve. The engines were geared together driving the rear axle through a single flywheel and clutch. The second photo shows the installation, although whether the car was ever finished or run remains open to conjecture. Notes on the back of the sketches indicate that this was all the work of a Mr Rutherford from Belfast.                                                  Thanks to Miles Patience for the drawings and photos. Jan 2018