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Adamcraft Seaplane Tender (c. 1955, rare!)

Advice needed re. installing radio control gear

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ean 2525/05/2009 11:58:00
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I recently moved to Guildford which has a dedicated (if small) model boat lake.  I since remembered that my grandfather once built a model boat and I would like to restore it for radio control use.
I have learnt on another forum that the boat is an Adamcraft Seaplane Tender and is probably quite rare. In the days before affordable radio control gear, my grandfather powered this via a windscreen wiper motor connected to alkaline batteries, and simply 'set' the rudder so the boat would run in a large circle until the batteries ran out or the boat was retrieved and the motor switched off.
The original motor and batteries have long since been removed but the rest of the craft is in excellent condition.  I would like to equip it with a new motor, batteries and radio control gear (including steering).  I am looking for advice on how to go about this, what parts to buy, and what might be a realistic budget to work with.  I don't think the boat will get regular use and I'm not looking for something to race, or of 'enthusiast' grade - just enough to get it up and running, and not gathering dust in the loft!  There's a lot of room inside the hull, so I could probably be quite flexible with the fitting arrangements.
All advice and comments appreciated!

mick25/05/2009 20:42:02
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what is the lenght of the boat the motor i have put in mine is 600 graupner
which i have water cooled i have put a 25amp speed controller in running
off a 7.2v buggy pack works for me hope this helps mick
jorg muschner15/07/2010 17:09:32
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Hi, would this be a model of the ST 200 series? If so would you be able to loan or hire it, we can guarantee the greatest of care will be taken?
Please contact me at
Colin Bishop15/07/2010 17:48:38
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Ian Gardner16/07/2010 11:28:29
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Just to say- what a lovely thing, and good luck with the restoration, I'm sure many of us would be interested to know how you got on and see some pictures of this nice old boat in action.
neil howard-pritchard16/07/2010 13:13:28
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that is, as Ian says, a beautiful looking model....needs sympathetic, but not OTT restoration.
love to see it when finished.
Tony Burton22/07/2010 11:26:14
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      It looks very much like the 200 series boats which were built by the British Power Boat co, of Hythe, Southampton, which was developed and commissioned  by H E Lawrence

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