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Victory Industries Miss England

c1948









By pop-pop boat standards, Miss England is a high quality, well designed and well made model. An electric motor version was also made, called Electra, which is even more rare than the pop-pop version. It is named after a real record breaking prototype, but is not an accurate portrayal.

The boiler/ motor section is a coil type, heated by a single wick meths burner. The coil doubles back on itself and is fitted with what appears to be a baffle device, presumably to direct the gasses more efficiently. The two ends of the pipe go by a distinctive curve to the stern, where they are held by what appear to be miniature compression fittings.

The hull and superstructure are made of aluminium. It has a rudder which is held by a spring loaded pivot. The decking is embellished with a number 1 and no less than three Union Jacks of varying sizes. The hull sports the name "Miss England" and another pair of Union Jacks. There is no doubt about the nationality of the model (or prototype)!

It is in generally good original condition with apparently original paintwork. Performance is rather disappointing given the design and build quality. Maybe some adjustment of the burner is needed?

Make Victory Industries
Model Miss England
Date Made c1948
Description Pop-pop 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 Meths
Mechanical Condition Good?
Cosmetic Condition Good
Paintwork Original
Packaging
Purchased 15 February 2020
Purchase cost 56.55
Additional spend