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#1 Martin

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Posted 30 September 2023 - 05:36 PM

A recent silver and gold Sonic Needle addition to the colors that are more common.

I had never seen the Silver/gold fade on any Garvic body before.

Figured the "Thingies" posts needed some love and attention too so please comment on what you have seen or show any factory color variations you may have in your stash.

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Posted 30 September 2023 - 05:44 PM

Can't help much here Martin, since I don't usually go in for color variations, but I did try to get various versions of the GRC Spitfire at one time. Still not sure how many they really did; the rumors said it was 8, since they were often used as rental cars, but that was never proven. 

 

Besides these, I also had a purple one, later given to a Thingie fan in the States - thought I saw it pop up on ebay last year, but couldn't confirm it was his, and didn't win the auction. 

For sure: yellow, red, white, purple, blue, green (saw one in Italy, I have a photo somewhere...).  The blue one here may be painted, can't remember offhand, but GRC did do a blue. 

 

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Posted 30 September 2023 - 08:08 PM

Au contraire  Don, you did help. Made me think about the GRC Spitfire I have collected over the years.

 

You are correct they were used as rental cars, this white one escaped some how?  I can also confirm a red,white blue and yellow lots of yellow.

 

Here also are some custom jobs also that give them a fresh look IMO. In the background I have a NOS white body kit. Build or not to build is the question?

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Posted 30 September 2023 - 08:38 PM

This shows the potential too. http://slotblog.net/...itfire-special/

 

Tastefully done Regis. :good:

 

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Posted 01 October 2023 - 02:55 AM

Yep, looks like 90% of them were yellow, not sure why! 

 

I entered one in the first Thingie proxy, but it was very mid-pack, if not worse... still trying to figure out why R&C gave the prototype a rave review in their RTR Roundup... 

 

Here's my proxy entry; threads eventually stripped in a rear wheel, but the guys at the proxy race were able to fix that. I had painted the read wheels green too, but that's what got replaced... 

 

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Posted 01 October 2023 - 06:03 AM

I always thought the most valuable thing on those cars were the driver's rubber goggles. The first commercial raceway I ever set foot in, Lemans Raceway, Brunswick, ME, had them awhile for rentals. 


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#7 don.siegel

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Posted 01 October 2023 - 08:51 AM

The rarer colors are pretty highly sought after. And strangely enough, the Italians really like the Spitfire - they even have a special Spitfire race in honor of Pietro Razzano, a recently deceased Italian slotter who ran the Spitfire in their vintage Thingie class... 

 

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Posted 01 October 2023 - 09:56 AM

You never know where a post like this will go, so glad it goes somewhere.

 

Any pics of that Pietro Razzano race you mentioned Don? Sounds like fun.

 

I always thought these cars a bit toy like, but now I see the challenge could be to make them less toy like. I have bodies i can cut up and modify. 

 

I have never had the googles by the way Bill. I guess it make sense from a company that made rubber parts. Does anyone make repos?

 

The white rental car has some letters engraved on the underside. Let me check to see if we can connect it to a particular raceway.


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Posted 01 October 2023 - 10:26 AM

It was last year, here's a quick pic from Facebook: 

https://www.facebook...263160623774771

 

Unfortunately, that seems to be where most of these pictures are to be found - if you can find them! 

 

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Posted 04 October 2023 - 02:31 PM

My not so factory one off color just to bump this thread cause i want to see more crazy paint thingies!
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Posted 04 October 2023 - 07:24 PM

I like the gold in the red Mark, do you spray the gold first or is that mixed in with the red ? Looks great.

 

Worked on a GRC spitfire today.

I cut the driver base out as I wanted to make a "special" of my own.  Yellow bodies are common so no history lost here.

 

By cutting the base you can lower the driver, which looks way better IMO. He now sits on top of the motor.

It also gave me some scrap to see if I could glue it.

 

I tried CA and a plastic weld cement. I tried lacquer thinner to see if it would soften the plastic. But as we thought nothing works well.

 

CA with flex, and mechanical bond will work. So what ever I do I will put deep scratches in both parts.

 

I want to paint it a different color after I have done some body mods.

 

Any advice on a paint that may stick good enoguh would be appreciated. I will try auto bumper paint and see if that holds. 

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Posted 05 October 2023 - 06:47 AM

Martin that last picture looks like something from the first Star Wars movie. 


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Posted 07 October 2023 - 10:20 AM

I'm not sure what plastic was used on the Spitfires, but if it's polypropylene that can be a challenge. There are decent industrial paints for it based on chlorinated polypropylene as the adhesion agent in the paint, but those usually need to be baked on at around 180F for 30 min or so to get the best adhesion and I don't know if they are commercially available. Rustoleum spray paints for plastics can work okay for an air dried paint so I've heard.  If ithe body isn't polypropylene or polyethelene, other paints might work okay.


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Posted 07 October 2023 - 11:31 AM

Thanks Ed for your input.

 

I believe the GRC bodies are polypropylene-ish. It is a harder plastic than the Cox Cuc so not the same.

I have only tried epoxy and CA to try and glue 2 parts together. They only hang from a mechanical stand point.So this may just have to do.

 

My plan would rough all surfaces with 100 grit then paint with Tamiya paints for plastic which I have lots of.


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