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Yep, they all started talking cobblers about copyright. I used to deal with that stuff when I worked in tech. publications, but they wouldn't listen. Then I got chucked off Model Boats because I took umbradge at the editor not knowing the difference twixt a barge and a narrow boat. That was just unforgivable.
Alas, he talks a lot about old motors, but doesn't use them as such. I want to use mine, at least to try them out before I give up and go all buggy motor. (I call all cylindrical Jap motors "Buggy motors"). It's easier than remembering all the fancy numbers. Buggy or drill motors. I have an electric screwdriver whose batteries are pretty much dead, so there's another motor to go with the minidrill motors I already have! The way I see it is I used to use these old British motors years ago and they always worked, so why not now? I have them and I don't want them sitting on a shelf and I don't want to buy new Jap stuff or ESCs. Failing that, the boats will go on the shelf as show queens and I'll go all wind powered. I have a Veron Veronica, a one-off Dorade GRP hull of considerable age and a vintage Marblehead once owned by Sir Thomas Lipton. Oh and a partly built hull of a Victorian "Plank-on-edge" gaff cutter on which I used to live. Sounds like I need to sort my stuff out!
Thanks for all the help. If anyone needs any help with things like mahogany speedboats, deck fittings, etc. please pick my brains.