Lot 481
Precision Working Live Steam Engine Model of the Steam Launch ‘Bat’, 1992

the 1:8th scale remote controlled model built by Kieth N. Townsend, numbered 28, with mahogany pegged decks on a painted timber plank on frame hull containing radio electronics and a propane fuelled 3/8 in. stroke, six column engine with mahogany clad copper vertical boiler, the cockpit with slatted benches under fabric marquis, all in a mahogany and glazed brass showcase, crated, height 16.7" — 42.5cm, width 47.5" — 120.7cm, depth 14.8" — 37.5cm


Est. $2000/3000
Realised: $5100
Auction Date: 11/09/2017


Literature: For previous sales of numbered 'Bat' models see Bonhams, 008, 13 April 2016, lot 21, Bonhams, 005, 28 Jan.2014, lot 391, Bonhams, 001, 21 July 2007, lot 584.

Note: The original ‘Bat’ was built by Brockbank of Windermere in 1891 and in 1904 was used by Jack Kitchin and Isaac Story for their experiments in radio remote controlling of boats. The ‘Bat is believed to be the first boat to be thusly operated.


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