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Lee Gilbert does his thing with Dona Holloway

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#1 Pablo

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:31 PM

With the help from my great friends, I have a head start on this project.

A nice armature and comm cooler from dc-65x, a perfect body from Jairus Watson, and lots of correct advice.

I know several builders have already done a Lee Gilbert replica. I applaud their efforts, and thank them for paving the way. This one is mine. I hope you enjoy the long hard trip, and appreciate my effort. Lee had Dona Holloway for inspiration. I wish she was here now :) .

Special thanks to Bill of NH for gifting me copies of the original article. :sun_bespectacled:

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:35 PM

Nice job on the body!
Now let's get that beast BUILT! :)
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:41 PM

You think you build slow now!!! And you want Dona around??? :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:47 PM

Good point, Bill. Probably better if I just keep my mind on soldering n whatnot. :laugh2:
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 11:11 PM

I made the suds for the chassis cleaning part of the article. :good:

It was Nice :)
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 11:42 PM

IMHO, the greatest slot car "How to" article of all time, or certainly at the time.

As far as the suds pic, I wonder if Lee was inspired by the album cover of Herb Alpert's "Whipped Cream & Other Delights".

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:15 AM

This is cool.

I remember the article from when I was a kid.

Good luck, and thanks.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:10 AM

Cheater,

Do we have a repository or a place where we can post these classic articles??
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:20 AM

Bill,

No, we don't at the present time. Perhaps we need a place like that.

What do other folks think?
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:30 AM

Steve Okeefe's Independent Scratchbuilder has already done that. Click HERE.


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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:38 AM

Goog point, Pablo. No real need to duplicate Steve's fine efforts methinks.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:17 AM

Bingo.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:18 AM

That's fine, but I know I have a lot of articles that he doesn't have. I am sure that many of us also do...

Is Steve actively collecting articles for inclusion on his website??
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:20 AM

I'll ask him...

Email sent.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 02:47 PM

Man, Pablo, you are a building machine! :)
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:42 PM

Pablo,

Good luck on the build. I built my first chassis according to the gospel of Lee Gilbert, and it done ruined me for life! :laugh2:
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:49 PM

I can get you a good lawyer. Damn Lee screwed with my my head, too! I blame him for helping me out. :D
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:57 PM

Calm down, gentlemen, this is going to be a slot car build. And watch your language, this is a family website. :)
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:08 PM

A couple of years ago I asked Lee about Dona (up to that time I assumed he had some sort of relationship with her) and Lee said she was a model that the magazine brought in for the article and that he knew nothing about her.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:34 PM

That's correct. If I recall correctly, Car Model picked up the bill.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:56 PM

Since there seems to be so much interest in Dona, maybe I'll find her and ask her to autograph my chassis.
How about a Lee Gilbert autograph on the starboard pan, and Dona on the port pan?

This car is going to be MINE, not for sale at any price. Since several key parts were gifted from my good friends, I could never accept any profit from it. It will sit in my vintage wood box. As a monument to all my helpful friends, dc-65x, Jairus, Bill of NH, PdL, the list is growing...

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:07 PM

She's likely a grandma by now... :)
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:19 PM

Since Tom Hansen made the suds, I'll bet he knows where she is.

TSR, as far as your comment that she is a grandma by now, I'm sure she is a very lovely 60 year old woman.

You are no spring hen yourself, eh? :laugh2: :dance3: :bomb:
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 02:19 AM

No, I don't know where she went with her life. I only met and saw her a couple of times.

There is a slightly different story that I remember. And in that time frame and the group that hung around Lee's off-campus apartment by the college, some tragedy, too.
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 10:15 AM

Car Model supplies the sex. Tom has the tragedy. An off-campus apartment setting. Some out of charcter language by a moderator no less.

Hollywood might end up with this thread.
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 11:44 AM

I thought we had that word covered by the bad word filter. Looks like it is case-sensitive. It's updated now.
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 11:48 AM

Go ahead and tell us the story, I don't mind thread drift. :)
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 01:27 PM

Interestingly, the LASCM recently acquired no less than two, mint, unused "customer" Gilbert chassis identical in every respect to the one in the article.

The diffs compared to the "works" chassis: the drop arm return spring was set in the center of the drop arm instead of the side, and the front axle tubing is not safety wired and "cut down".

So maybe I will assemble one with the actual body, re-uniting, in a way, what should be together, using a light-green wrinkled-paint Mura motor with a Bob Green armature and all the tricks. After all we got the parts... so why not? :)
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 01:33 PM

Why not, indeed.
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 02:19 PM

Go ahead and tell us the story, I don't mind thread drift :)


Well, it really doesn't involve slots, Donna, or Lee, really. But it was something that did happen up here in the NW at that time and was quite tragic.

There was another young lady that visited and helped drink the homemade beer that was flowing out of Lee's apartment then. Her name was Brenda Ball, and we had dated a bit after I had moved to West Seattle. She was one of those lovely young women that I still apprieciate - long dark hair on an athletic body and a very pretty face. Unfortunately she was also the "type" that another person targeted- Ted Bundy.

I can't type any more now...
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