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Old September 16th, 2016, 09:00 PM   #1
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Now, THIS, is an RC Battleship!

Now, THIS, is an RC Battleship, this thing is 10' long and 350#s.
But this is the kicker, this old timer 1937 RC Battleship has real guns.

That's right, real guns, it's main guns are working .38 and .22 caliber firearms.

http://www.dailyturismo.com/2015/07/...ontrolled.html
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Real Guns: 1937 Remote Controlled Battleship
Ahh, the good old days. Back when syphilis was incurable and warmth was a luxury for the rich, ordinary folks didn't have an easy way to live out their long held fantasies. Today, if you are obsessed with battleships, you can download some app to your phone (World of Warships is supposed to be fantastic) and sink enemy ships at your hearts content. Back in the day, you'd have to weld together 360 lbs of scrap metal, wire up some vacuum tube based remote control, and mount actual .38 caliber guns to the deck. Death was a bit more permanent, even in a game back then, but kids were tougher and if you had cancer you were told to walk it off. Find this 1937 Remote Controlled Battleship offered for $3,750 in Escondido, CA via craiglist.


According to the seller, this USS CALIFORNIA replica was built in the early days of civilian RC modeling. She tips the scales at 0.18 tons and was built by a Howard E. Bixby of Glendale, CA. You can find a PDF scan of a Radio-Craft magazine from the 1940s with Mr Bixby and his fleet here.


If you ever wonder what keeps an ATF agent up at night -- this is it. Totally unregistered and awesome collection of .38 and .22 caliber functioning firearms attached to a remote control boat. Forget about drones taking pictures of you in your underpants, this is a boat that can float around the local duck pond and kill your entire family.


There is probably enough mercury, lead, and arsenic in this remote control module to qualify as a Superfund site. But you should be a man, and walk off that lead poisoning.

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Old September 16th, 2016, 09:37 PM   #2
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The amount of work/time it took to make this ship must have been intense and having to machine your own parts vs buying online now....

Battleships - No replacement for displacement - those grand lady's of the Great White fleet with the greyhounds of the fleet screening them must have been an awesome sight back in the day...

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Old September 17th, 2016, 05:38 AM   #3
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This was posted before......but I still find it cool to look at.

I lived in Escondido (on El Norte Parkway right off of 15....ask me how many things were stolen from my vehicles..).....wish I knew about it then. Would have loved to see it.

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I'd like to see the mechanics of this model [servos , speed controls , the guns mechanism, the RC transmitter & receiver, etc]
I'd assume it to be all vacuum tubes, with lead acid batteries or dry cells [they were popular back then] ,
and then running all that in a water environment wasn't very easy in that day and age .
What little RC there was back then was pretty much all full size stuff , not much of that model came off a shelf, it was owner built.
The builder was an engineer an artist and a craftsman , that's a pretty impressive resume.

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Wonder what he used for fire-control?

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Old September 17th, 2016, 08:31 AM   #6
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I'd like to see the mechanics of this model [servos , speed controls , the guns mechanism, the RC transmitter & receiver, etc]
I'd assume it to be all vacuum tubes, with lead acid batteries or dry cells [they were popular back then] ,
and then running all that in a water environment wasn't very easy in that day and age .
What little RC there was back then was pretty much all full size stuff , not much of that model came off a shelf, it was owner built.
The builder was an engineer an artist and a craftsman , that's a pretty impressive resume.
Yeah, all vacuum tubes and the like.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 09:33 AM   #7
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Yeah, all vacuum tubes and the like.
Thanks Chile, that's his transmitter but I don't see any provision for a battery big enough to power those tubes,
even the D-cells back then were pretty weak . I wonder if it's 110AC plug in ?

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