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Post  Robbasdog on Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:07 am

Hi Guys and gals, has anyone got a spare Strato Bug they want to pass on to a new home? My hobby-pocket isn't deep enough for anything better than a ratty one, so I'm after anything at all, even a broken/non-runner/bones engine--as long as it's got the right Strato tank parts I can fix the rest.
PS--not holding my breath waiting! Must be many others after the same thing!
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Post  crankbndr on Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:23 pm

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Post  Robbasdog on Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:38 pm

Hi crankbndr, yeah I was watching that one, even got up at 2.45 am to put in a bid...and got outbid before I even hit the key. Madness! Another one sold recently in the UK for £150, much better than this one, I shoulda bid harder for that one. Ah well, looks like I'll have to close up the gap on my shelf, or cobble up a replica.
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Post  ian1954 on Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:08 pm

I would not buy any "Stratobug" blindly from Ebay and I thought the one sold in the US for $300 was way over priced for a well used and neglected engine. The seller who has very good feedback as a buyer but has sold very little, certainly not in the last 12 months and certainly not an engine. He is obviously an honest ebayer but I would be wary of such a purchase at that level. Then again, everything has a risk.

The Stratobug has been cloned so beware.

https://www.coxengineforum.com/t4229-the-strato-bug-identifying-originality

The engine you missed at an extremely reasonable price was from a collector who I have had dealings with.

This is a video of his collection in 2010.



and 10 months ago. Watch this video and you will probably see the one you missed.



This is a collector who upgrades and probably now has a mint Stratobug in the original packaging.

I would trust a purchase from this chap and he would answer any relevant question.

His display is superb - I am envious of that. He is a "Coxaholic"

....... and, like me, he likes the Ronald Valentine versions!
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Post  Robbasdog on Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:27 pm

Hi Ian, thanks for the advice. Generally I do stay clear of buying off eBay unless it's something special or rare-in-the-UK, my web of contacts usually sees to it that I get offered a steady stream of the commoner engines. And I don't buy small stuff from US sellers any more 'cos the post cost really kills the value. Bought a 302 glow head for £12 and got charged £13 post---steep! One last exception, tho, on at the moment is a NOS RR-1 crankcase, I'm gonna stretch the piggy-bank for that one--- sorry in advance if I bid against any CEF members, but my ol' girl really needs that part!
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Post  ian1954 on Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:43 pm

Here is some more advice -- don't get the bug!

https://www.coxengineforum.com/t7697-cox-engine-collecting-the-bug
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Post  Robbasdog on Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:57 pm

Too late, Ian, waaaay too late!!! Just had a look at the pix of your collection, most impressive!---even at its best my collection was a mere fraction of yours. Used to have around 300-350, now down to around 80. Keeping all the Cox's, the D-C's, the ME's and my Katipo's, all the ones that fired me up as a kid. Only a few more to find...for now, anyway. Till I see the next one.....
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