This glow plug engine was built by the DEW Corporation in Kimball, NE, in the early 1960s. DEW stands for the initials of the owner, Dale E. Wood. According to Tim Dannels at the Model Engine Collector’s Journal, the DEW engine was, “not a totally successful venture, although they were decent engines. By 1965, the engine was bought out by a Ray Kesteloot in California and re-marketed under the Kustom name. On these the word ‘DEW’ was ground off of the bypass and replaced with a sticker.  There was also a .61 R/C version as well as a .51 Stunt.” 

This example came in the original box with instruction sheet and a receipt from 1962 showing the engine going to “D.C. Spring” in N. Hollywood, CA at no charge. The price on the box says “$25.95.” The engine is frozen up from lack of use, but it is complete.

The DEW .51 glow plug engine.

Exhibit added: February 15, 2023 - Last modified: April 5, 2023

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