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#1 Lone Wolf

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:53 PM

You don't see these too much anymore although they were once common. Very nicely done by K&B with accurate detail. These series of bodies have the window glass factory installed. Good if your sloppy with glue, bad if you wanted to change the color.

Astute viewers may notice the Lee's Hobbies sticker in the corner for a somewhat reasonable .98 cents. Lee's was a big Hobby shop here on LI.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:13 PM

Lovely K&B bodies that introduced in the slot car hobby field, the novel technology of fitting the clear plastic windows (windshield and rear window) inside the body mold. As the white plastic is injected, the clear plastic is melted into it. Unfortunately K&B did not go far enough, and the vast majority of the cars found today have their headlight covers completely bogged in glue.

As far as painting, it is a lot easier to fit masks over the windows, than trying to attach the windows to a painted body... :)

Only the K&B "Series 1" kits (later reissued as "Series 2") of the Ford GT, Cobra Daytona, and Porsche 904 had these molded-in windows, and the practice was never generalized, which is really sad as it was simply a great idea. However Tamiya picked the trick in the 1990s when they issued the 1/24 scale "TamTech" bodies and kits of GT and GTP cars of a BMW and Ford Probe GTP, a Porsche 956, a Lancia LC2, and a Porsche 961. GREAT and still inexpensive body kits that fit over many slot car chassis.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:34 PM

Here are a couple Tamtech bodies for those who have not seen them before. As soon as my skills are good enough I will build a chassis for the Porsche (a 962) and leave it clear and decaled. Should look cool. Bodies are very well done in the Tamiya tradition.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:31 PM

I built a lot of these cars using the TSR chassis that is an easy fit and we race them on my Carrera track. Lots of fun!

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The K&B body kits like the Ford GT are too small to fit over these modern chassis but it is quite easy to make some in brass as anglewinders either with vintage motors or Falcons, and they will handle great!

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