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#1 Steve Okeefe

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:46 AM

Shinoda Bodies

 

Shinoda Bodies 12 Nov 2009.jpg

 

Shinoda slot car bodies as a group are widely accepted as representing the purest expression of the Thingie concept, and are one of the few, if not the only collection of slot car body designs that exist independently of their manufacturer. In other words, almost all of us know who designed the Shinoda bodies, but do we know, do we care, or is it even important, who manufactured them?

 

These bodies were designed by Larry Shinoda, who worked for General Motors and later for Ford (obviously in whatever their design divisions were called). Shinoda was on the GM design team that developed the 1963 Covette Stingray, and is more or less directly responsible for the Corvette shark style body, patterned after his own Mako Shark show car, that replaced the Stingray in 1968. Later Shinoda was on the Ford design team that developed the Boss 302 Mustang. These to say the least are not insignificant credentials.

 

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However, beyond this common knowledge of the designer, there is virtually no published information about his slot car body designs. I presume Shinoda himself either made the molds, or was in some other way integral to their creation, but I've not seen or heard anything about who manufactured the bodies from those molds, who packaged them, distributed them or sold them at retail. Not even the label from the package gives us any clues.  Was Shinoda paid for his slot car body design work, and if so, who paid him? Were there more than 6, or 9 or 12 body designs, and if so what happened to the ones not seen here?

 

There are many more questions than answers, but here are the photos. The last three are titled simply X, Y and Z because they don't seem to have names. If you know the names of any or all of these, or whether they are actually genuine Shinoda designs, please send me an email and I will promptly post it up.

 

 

Shinoda Arrow.jpg

 

Shinoda Bigbus.jpg

 

Shinoda Bullet.jpg

 

Shinoda Hammerhead.jpg

 

Shinoda Lampray.jpg

 

Shinoda Smallbus.jpg

 

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:52 AM

Actually, there are plenty of answers to these questions nowadays, as you will soon read... :)



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:58 AM

I was going to ask you to help with this, but you beat me to it. Any help you can provide will be most appreciated and promptly incorporated!



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Posted 28 July 2017 - 08:48 PM

Actually, there are plenty of answers to these questions nowadays, as you will soon read... :)

 

How soon?

There is a Proxy race dedicated to these cars coming up in the year 2017.


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 12:42 PM

Is the Dart II considered the same or replacement for the Hammerhead? Could it be X, Y or Z ?


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Posted 03 May 2018 - 03:08 PM

Is the correct spelling "Lamprey" or "Lampray"?


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Posted 03 May 2018 - 03:12 PM

There is a Shinoda P by the way.
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Posted 03 May 2018 - 03:30 PM

And a "Fatboy".
But a confession is  that the name is probably something that George came up with.
Clearly a Shinoda design, but a backpour of a body he purchased off ebay and vac-formed for me to paint.

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 03:51 PM

Is the correct spelling "Lamprey" or "Lampray"?

 

Paul

 

"Lampray"

 

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I spell it both ways, depends on my mood  :crazy:

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 04:16 PM

Thanks :D


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Posted 03 May 2018 - 07:16 PM

Noose agrees with you, Gene

 

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The correct spelling for the fish of the same name is "Lamprey". But this isn't a fishing blog.

Whoever made the body gets to name it however he or she wants :)


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Posted 04 May 2018 - 06:46 PM

 

There is a Shinoda  by the way.

 

Jairus, no, it is not. It is a recent creation based on the Lampray, but with modern features. Maybe from Gene?


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Posted 04 May 2018 - 10:34 PM

How can you be so sure Philippe? 
It was cast by George Hawkins out of Australia long before Gene entered the market here on Slotblog.
He made quite a few bodies available to the Thingie market by back-pouring.  The fact that it looks like a Lampray is not a coincidence and George did not carve them.

So, let's let Gene answer.


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Posted 05 May 2018 - 06:49 AM

How can you be so sure Philippe? 
It was cast by George Hawkins out of Australia long before Gene entered the market here on Slotblog.
He made quite a few bodies available to the Thingie market by back-pouring.  The fact that it looks like a Lampray is not a coincidence and George did not carve them.

So, let's let Gene answer.

 

Jairus;

 

I carved the P-car from this photo in 2008, about 10 years ago. 

I'm much older now, I have memory pills, but I don't remember where I put them.  :laugh2:

 

Original body carving post, but the photos are missing.

 

http://slotblog.net/...e-car-shown-at/

 

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Posted 05 May 2018 - 09:03 AM

I guess my memory is worse that yours.  Thank you Gene.
I apologize to Philippe, I was incorrect.


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Posted 05 May 2018 - 11:02 AM

I guess my memory is worse that yours.  Thank you Gene.
I apologize to Philippe, I was incorrect.


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Posted 11 May 2018 - 08:05 PM

Jairus,
no apology needed. Our aim is one of discovery, and of always questioning what is not clearly established. Hence you did nothing wrong, on the contrary, since you objected to something of which I only knew one part of the answer.







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