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Daily history for 6/22/12 - MRC Varipower

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#1 Lone Wolf

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:51 AM

First pic shows an MRC ENDURA VARIPOWER 1200 controller in the box. Variable from 5-15 ohms. Carried a list price of $11.98 back in the day.

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Second pic shows the back of the box. Also shown is a modified controller with what I assume ( Don't say it ) is a brake mod. The modded controller belonged to Duane York who was a founding member of the Grumman slot racing team here on L.I.

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Last pic shows a box I have not seen before. Notice the new lower resistance down to 2 ohms !

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I believe the modded controller is the one that came in this box. No way for me to verify. Can anyone tell me if the 2 ohmer had any visual difference from the standard? Enjoy.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:58 AM

Just a guess, the slide panel would have 2-5 reference numbers instead of 5-15.

It also would be obvious as to the wound band width on the resistor.

One more, though not visual, "this one doesn't get as hot". :heat:

BTW: Tip, Band, Body is the wrong nomenclature as shown in the instructions for those connectors.
The correct nomenclature is Tip, Ring, Sleeve.
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:09 AM

Since this rcvd. only one response I am bumping it to the top for those that did not see it.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 04:46 PM

I own a fairly nice Varipower but I didn't get it until the mid-1980's. I did get a Cox MK 7 back in the day and I still have it, although I re-wired it with 16ga wire years ago. I also still have my 7.5 ohn MRC that has a bizillion hours of use, yet is a joy to use. The plunger action was the smoothest of any thumb controller, in my opinion. A few years ago I rewired it to hook up to modern tracks and won an FCR race on a Blue King with it, beating out a number of Parma Turbos. I was pretty happy.
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Posted 08 January 2014 - 10:07 AM

Hi Folks,


I have two of these. One is my Varipower from back in the day, red with the labeled slide switch going down to 5 Ohms. I have no idea if that is accurate. I stopped using it when the Parma (i.e. Russkit) style pistol trigger type came in.


A second yellow Endura (no slider) is one I got in a racer's box time capsule I found in Tenn in the early '90s. The cars, controllers and tools are all from the peak year of '68 when many tracks in the Alabama-Tenn region vanished. The two newest cars illustrate the shift from in-line solid pan chassis to angle winder sprung pan chassis. Frozen in time.



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 10:21 AM

The later ones are marked on the housing for 2 to 5 Ohms. They are pretty scarce in that configuration.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:28 AM

I had one of the 5-15 MRC Varipowers.  It replaced an earlier clear yellow controller (which looked something like a one-button mouse), and was used until I got my first Parma Russkit.  I have no idea where it is now, but it was that same red color.



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