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#1 mickey thumbs

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Posted 20 July 2023 - 04:41 PM

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I ordered these from an online hobby retailer (after checking with the local hobby shop) to use as center lug nuts on a 1/32 scale Porsche 936 not knowing who made them. Hadn’t heard that name since they made vac formed bodies in the sixties. It triggered memories of standing in the hobby shop staring at a wall of competing companies’s bodies.😀


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Posted 20 July 2023 - 06:57 PM

Mike, don't know if it's still the original Dubro company, but they also make a series of plastic/metal wire benders. I bought a couple plastic bags of their 1/8" & 3/32" stop collars at a local hobby shop about 6 or 8 years ago. They had other hardware for the RC market then too.


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Posted 21 July 2023 - 03:28 AM

DU-BRO RC | DU-BRO RC Hardware, Accessories and Hobby Tools (dubro.com) since 1959.


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Posted 21 July 2023 - 08:11 AM

cool! thanks 


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Posted 21 July 2023 - 08:43 AM

I use to go to Wauconda almost every year to the apple orchards, as that's where the huge Harmon Hundred, 100 mile bike ride, originated.

 

I'm 98% sure I was on Bonner, either on the car ride to get there, or on the ride, itself.

 

I never noticed anything as I first realized Dubro was a local company, maybe 5 years ago.


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Posted 21 July 2023 - 08:45 AM

Great video. And good to see the company still under control of original family members.

 

I have been using Du-Bro hardware since they started. At the beginning, it was all we had for our U-line planes and cars. I even used a fair amount of Du-Bro screws and fasteners on my slot cars, as well as the bodies. 


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Posted 21 July 2023 - 05:47 PM

l wonder if they still have the body molds?



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Posted 22 July 2023 - 09:28 AM

I think that if they thought there was a market, and the bucks were still good, they would bring them back. But it is pretty hard to convince someone that a segment of the hobby industry that will only bring fifty or so participants to a big event, is a good market source. Compare that to a local large scale R/C airplane meet I went to, that brought almost 200 participants and over 300 aircraft.(Wish I had taken more pictures of the crowd). And when you consider that the large scale segment is pretty small compared to the entire R/C airplane hobby, that is a pretty big market. I haven't been following R/C cars, so I don't know how big their meets get.  

 

 

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It would be nice if the molds still existed, and Du-Bro was willing to sell them to someone like Gene. I'm sure that is a pipe dream. But it might be a boost to the hobby if someone who raced in the sixties could see an RTR like he had as a kid, just sitting in a case at a track, with a reasonable price tag. Especially if he had a son or daughter with him.


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