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#1 ravajack

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 10:12 AM

New info here on the famous vintage "Swedish Thingie" project, that might be of interest to some of the afficionados around here.

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Article from Swedish magazine "Teknik för Alla" #8 1968 (april 10-24).

I've tried to translate to the best of my ability, considering also that the original text by Mr Samuelsson wasn't too hot language wise...

OK, here goes:

"During the past year there's been a lack of material for Class 8 (the free 1:24 class) in the market, and the drivers specialising in it has therefore been forced to compose their rides themselves, to greater or lesser success. One that has really succeeded is Ronny "Spader" Hellquist, Tech Inspector for the Swedish Slot Racing Association. By this writing his car has beaten the track records on most of the tracks where it has showed up. It's been built in three different versions, and all three are equiped with dual motors. The car we've had a closer look at has the new MK 4 body shell, a very low, flat and wide creation made of vinyl plastic from a wooden mold pattern he's made himself.

The chassis is hand made from aluminum and the different parts are attached together with epoxy. The only two ready-made components are the motor pods, of Dynamic origin. The front wheels comes from a toy car and are very small. The front of the car is only 0,5-1 mm (1/64" to 1/32") above the track, and the front wheels are mounted on an axle made of piano wire, passing though two small pieces of foam rubber. The rear wheels are 5/8" in size and 5/8 wide, giving the car a total width of 82 mm (3 1/4"). The motors are two Champion 507, and it's a very delicate and sensible issue to tune them in and work together for best performance.

At our track test we discovered that the car was an outstanding performer, but it was in the curves that the car really showed its true identity and potential. Upon reaching a curve, you only have to let go of the trigger and let the car slide for an instant, then apply full throttle for the car to corner perfectly at top speed.

With this car, Ronny Hellquist has once again proven that it's possible to go extremely fast as well as elegant in the Class 8. He's built a car that surpasses almost everything in top speed and road handling, and at the same time is a true Class 8 car, not some modified Sports or GT body shell that has been cut 'til looking funny; something for all Class 8 fans in Sweden to try to resemble."


More on this remarkable car and it's originator HERE.

(Don, if you want a hi-res version or an original copy of this article, let me know)
Bertil Berggren
Overseas Observer




#2 Edo

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 04:00 PM

Thanks, Bertil!
Great post! Looove that Thing(ie). Lucky Don (who has it in his safe)!
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#3 don.siegel

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 06:48 PM

Yep, that was the first thing I checked after Edo came through Paris while I was gone for a weekend...

Great article Bertil, and yes, I wouldn't mind a photocopy if you get a chance... Looks like a later version than mine, with slightly different layout and different motors.

Did we ever figure out how these were originally mounted, since mine came unmounted?

Don

PS: about to go to sleep, but I'll post some pics tomorrow if that will help

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 07:02 PM

Beautiful and well engineered machine, but was it not too heavy to be faster than other cars?
In any case, a great Classic of slot car racing history. :up:
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 04:22 AM

Well, yes, curiously enough that was definitely my experience when I ran it in Turin last year. I had to try it on the track, so when Turin had their first Thingie vintage race I brought the Flat Iron.

Turin is run on Ezio's 4-lane Carrera plastic track, so it's probably not ideal for this kind of car, but it still seemed a bit heavy to really accelerate that well. I also used wide Ortmann tires, which were a bit slippery, and some kind of spongies would have surely been better (it came with orange spongies when I bought it). The later Italian thingies easily outran it, at least under these circumstances, and so did a few other cars. Maybe on a blue King type track it could have better used its top end speed.

Anyway, here it is, the Flat Iron. The body is on the bottom; the thing at the top is a stiffer vac-form and we're still not sure what it was for . . .

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:28 PM

Here's the pic again... 

 

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#7 Bill from NH

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:58 PM

More photos & an article on this car are still on the scratchbuilt.com website.


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