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Victory Industries Electra

1949







Electra is a battery powered version of the Miss England pop-pop boat.

A note on the box lid says 'Powered by the famous "MIGHTY MIDGET" ELECTRIC MOTOR (World patents pending). RUNS FOR HOURS ON A 4d BATTERY'. Unfortunately, the Mighty Midget motor is notoriously unreliable and very few are found in working order nowadays. This one was dead on arival.

The motor and battery are connected through an on-off switch.The motor drives the propeller shaft via a belt drive.

The hull and superstructure are made of aluminium. It has a rudder which is held by a spring loaded pivot. Unlike the Miss England, the decking is plain, with no markings. The hull sports the name "Electra".

Apart from the dead motor, it is in generally good original condition with apparently original paintwork. I have since found a working motor and have fitted it. The original battery is an unknown type and a previous owner had bodged the battery holder to fit a C size cell. However, 1.5V is insufficient for the motor which, I'm pretty sure, is 3V. As the holder had already been bodged, I had no qualms about bodging it again to fit a 3V battery that I already have. It is now in working order, though I won't be running it much beyong the demo video.

Make Victory Industries
Model Electra
Date Made 1949
Description Electric speed boat
Cylinders N/A
Cylinder Type N/A
Bore mm N/A
Stroke mm N/A
Valve Type N/A
Boiler Type Coil
Boiler Diam mm N/A
Boiler length/height mm N/A
Fuel 3V battery
Mechanical Condition Good
Cosmetic Condition Fair
Paintwork Original
Packaging Cardboard box
Purchased 7 November 2020
Purchase cost 87
Additional spend 50