SAITO, R/C Steam-Powered Destroyer "DDK 16 Minegumo"

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SAITO, R/C Steam-Powered Destroyer "DDK 16 Minegumo"

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Here's a few pics of my SAITO, Radio Controled steam-powered Destroyer "DDK 16 Minegumo"
Just started getting it ready to test run in a few days. My father was a big steam R/C modeler years back and had a bunch of tugs, warships, transporters, etc... and eventually sold them all to a collector in Boston... the guy wanted everything but I insisted I buy this destroyer from my dad (he was not happy)... just could not see them all go. A few specs...

- 40" Length, 8" Beam, height ??
- JR Century 7 channel R/C radio (freq=?)
- B2F Boiler w/ T2 DR twin piston engine with geared DOUBLE prop
- Electronic Zenon Flashing Strobe Light!
- Refillable propane burner (vice original alcohol burner)
- R/C functions: Left/Right Rudder, Steam throttle, forward/reverse selection, Strobe Light Control (On/Off)

One of these days this summer I will plan to take her to the pond to float/test again... it's been 15+ years since she's seen water! 8-)
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My Dad's Chiba Star... now I think of it, I should had bought this one from him... what a model... was in R/C boating mags and everything... even won an award in Toledo back in the early 80's
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Holy Crap. These are gorgeous. I want to see them run should you break them out someday. i'll have my camera for sure. Treasures. I have a small working Stuart type steam setup I bought years ago. they are so cool to watch running.
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Thanks Bob,... The only one I have left is the Destroyer... after checking all the plumbing and everything, I'm planning to fire up the boiler this coming weekend with my Dad... a historic start-up I must say ;) Once I get her all figured out and running good, I'll definitely bring it my the pond one day. It's a mechanical marvel...
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I want to be at the pond launching too. Thanks.
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