Archive for ‘July, 2013’

Jetex Speedboat No14

Jetex Speedboat No14_Weblog

Jetex Speedboat No14, 15 x 20cm, oil on canvas, framed

Available

The Jetex Speedboat is made from a lightweight plastic with an alluminuim jet motor that runs on fuel pellets. The pellets are put into the aluminium tube that is the motor, the lid screwed on with a wick poking through it. The motor is then wrapped in a piece of asbestos that comes with the boat so that the heat won’t melt the extremely thin lightweight plastic. The boat is then placed in the water and the wick lit. If launched on a river or dam, the boat would take off like a fire cracker and run to the other side before fuel ran out. It’s likely the boat would never be found because of it’s speed and the distance it travelled or because the asbestos would come off and the boat would catch fire. If the boat hit a log or a branch it could get quite damaged too. Manufactured in fifties and sixties by Sebel Products Ltd (Jetex division) Erith Kent England.

The owner of this toy likes it because it would never be made today as it came with asbestos and had the potential to burn the user or start a bushfire. This boat comes in lemon, bright yellow, red and white. Other colours exist but they are rare. Lemon then bright yellow are the two main colours.

 

 

Leave a comment

Jetex Unsinkable Hydroplane

Unsinkable Hydroplane_Weblog

Jetex Unsinkable Hydroplane, 15 x 20cm, oil on canvas, framed
Available

The Jetex Speedboat is made from a lightweight plastic with an aluminum jet motor that runs on fuel pellets. The pellets are put into the aluminum tube that is the motor, the lid screwed on with a wick poking through it. The motor is then wrapped in a piece of asbestos that comes with the boat so that the heat won’t melt the extremely thin lightweight plastic. The boat is then placed in the water and the wick lit. If launched on a river or dam, the boat would take off like a firecracker and run to the other side before fuel ran out. It’s likely the boat would never be found because of it’s speed and the distance it travelled or because the asbestos would come off and the boat would catch fire.

Leave a comment

Mercury Monterey Box

Mercury Monterey_Weblog

Mercury Monterey Box, 20cm x 15cm, oil on canvas, framed
Available

A low cost high volume slot car from a Hong Kong company called OK Kader. Manufactured around 1967 / 68 and sold for $3.95 it ran on 12V slot car. It was Sold as 1/24 scale but was actually closer to 1/28. There were about half a dozen different cars in the series that all had the same motor, tyres, guide etc.
The super design on the box reverse shows the inner workings of the model in profile.

Leave a comment

“Jet” Speedboat

Jet Speedboat_Weblog

“Jet” Speedboat, 15 x 20cm, oil on canvas, framing

Available

The steel “Jet” speedboat has a tiny onboard boiler. With just a few drops of water added to a mystery white powder supplied with the boat (probably bicarbonate of soda), the two react and the boat is propelled. A 1/4″ length candle under the boiler will also have the same effect when lit. Date and manufacturer are unknown, quite possibly Hong Kong although the superior quality of craftsmanship suggests it could be Australian made in the 1960’s.

Leave a comment