Daily history for 7/2/12 - Fleischmann Mercedes
Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:26 AM
Any info on these is appreciated.
Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:40 AM
I knew I would spell that wrong. It's actually Fleischmann LOL - maybe Greg can fix the title.
Just wanted to point out that you can actually edit titles on your own posts for eight hours (at which point the edit "window" closes and the Edit button disappears).
The trick to getting where you access the title is to first click the "Edit" button and then to click the "Use Full Editor" button. That will open the title for editing.
Never forget that first place goes to the racer with the MOST laps, not the racer with the FASTEST lap
Posted 02 July 2012 - 05:41 PM
From the new book:
Fleischmann was founded in Nuremberg in 1887 by Jean Fleischmann as a toy company. The business flourished through the production of tinplate windup and steam powered boats, many luxury passenger liners that were produced until 1956. Well known for its quality HO train models, it began making slot car racing sets in 1967, issuing a racing set containing a pair of 1/32 scale Lotus 30 cars clearly inspired by the larger Cox model. Other cars followed, such as a beautiful Alfa Romeo "33" and a Mercedes 230SL. By 1968 and following the trend, they released a 1/24 scale model featuring the latest Mabuchi FT26 motor, a car that was very fast and handled very well indeed. The design was Russkit inspired but with a complex built-up plastic chassis of very flexible nature fitted with a drop arm. Various gear ratios and motor mounts for the Mabuchi FT16D, FT26 and FT36D were also supplied. The sidewinder configuration and the excellent tires made it an instant winner. It had the lightest body of any kit on the market, a green Lotus 40 interestingly sporting the same vacuum-plated accessories as their…1/32nd version! A body kit of a dream car named the Alpina followed but this was never produced as a full kit. No 1/24 scale items were produced after 1970. Fleischmann continued to produce 1/32 scale slot cars well into the 1980s.
Philippe de Lespinay
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