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#1 Steve Okeefe

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:30 AM

Pactra Bodies

 

Pactra Bodies 12 Nov 2009.jpg

 

Sometime around the beginning of 1966, the Pactra Chemical Company, a major manufacturer of model paints, acquired Stormer Bodies and began producing their own line of high quality vacuum-formed clear plastic scale bodies.  Pactra produced scale bodies of many different types of cars, including fantasy show cars such as the Astronaut and the Jupiter. It is important to note these two Pactra bodies were not Thingies, as there actually were prototypes.

 

Here are a few photos and scans of their extensive product line:

 

Pactra 39 1966 Ferrari NART LM 01.jpg Pactra 39 1966 Ferrari NART LM 02.jpg

 

Pactra 39 66 NART LeMans Ferrari.jpg

 

Pactra 50 Ferrari Sharknose.JPG

 

Pactra 59 F1 McLaren 3L.jpg

 

Pactra 67 Harrison Indy Special.jpg

 

Pactra 100 Ferrari Monza 1954.jpg

 

Pactra 103 Chaparral Sports.jpg

 

Pactra 104 Ferrari 250 LM.JPG

 

Pactra 114 Penske Zerex Special.jpg

 

Pactra 117 Lotus 30.JPG

 

Pactra 125 Ferrari 335 P2.jpg

 

Pactra 130 Spruce Deuce Woody.jpg

 

Pactra 303 1965 Mercury Maurauder.JPG

 

Pactra Astronaut (a).jpg

 

Pactra Astronaut (b).jpg

 

Pactra Jupiter.jpg


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:03 PM

Does anyone have a lead on one of these for sale?

 

This is the 1961-62 Ferrari made by Pactra in what seems to be 1966-67. My all-time favorite F1 car.

 

Thanks.

 

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:38 PM

Glenn,

 

The Tipo 166 bodies are hard to find.

 

Pactra got in the vacuum-formed slot car body business after acquiring Stormer. The company was briefly called "Pactra-Stormer Corporation" but the Stormer name was quickly dropped.

 

Some of the Pactra bodies, such as the Maserati 5000 (T151 actually...) and the Scarab-Buick rear-engine are former Stormer bodies.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:45 PM

They had a nice Cheetha .
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:03 PM

Is the Vulture on the list?


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:23 PM

I can see 3 missing:

 

-1966 Eagle-Climax F1

-Vulture (basically an eagle with bubble top)

-Dune buggy

 

And let's not forget that 3 of the last 4 Pactra RTR cars had Lancer bodies:

 

-BRP-Ford

-Lotus 40

-Ford MK4

 

All 3 as well as the dune buggy, painted in metallic red.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:58 PM

I've been collecting some things to send off to Howmet for backpouring, and there's a "gently pre-owned" Harrison (sadly with enormous axle cutouts in back, but prolly repairable) in there. I know I sent off a MIB of the less-rare 90-deg. Fezzi sharknose a while back, dunno if he's got around to doing it up though.

 

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 08:49 PM

There are two Pactra Harrison bodies, also marketed by Testor, the 1964 and 1966 versions that are vastly different. The 1966 has the big spoiler at the back. Which did you send?  :)


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 09:42 PM

Ah. THIS one...

 

Great Harry 04.jpg

 

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:19 PM

That's a Lola T90, not either of the Harrison. Got to learn your Indy cars, Duffster... Also your Lola body came from a Champion kit, not a Pactra kit or RTR. The Pactra Lola was ALWAYS painted white like the real 1966 Indy winning American red Ball Special. Champion bought lots of bodies from Revell, Russkit, Pactra and Unique, and painted them themselves, then stuck them in nice kits that had decent chassis and motors. This one is one of those.

Not that the shape changes of course...

Here is the Pactra model:

 

p116_2.jpg

 

 

 


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 07:17 AM

That's a Lola T90, not either of the Harrison. Got to learn your Indy cars, Duffster...


 

 

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 02:03 PM

Testor Lola T90 on block left DCP01283s.jpg


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 02:28 PM

Duff,

what Bob is showing you here is the Testor version of that Lola Indy car. Uses the same body.


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 03:26 PM

Thanx for this.

 

I'm going at this with half a brain. I'm not real well-versed on what's out there now (let alone what it is!) and I'm perennially homework-deplete. The way it's worked so far is, I trust Dilworth to know what's in his quiver & it's my job to just toss 'em in there.

 

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 07:32 PM

It's alright Dufster, we all have our identification problems. I have still to figure a Sturmovik from an Airacobra ("they all look the same to me")!  :shok:


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Posted 14 July 2013 - 09:57 PM

Philippe,

 

Point taken, but...

 

The Bell Airacobra is a mid-engine airplane with a tricycle landing gear (in fact the first fighter to have tricycle landing gear), where the Ilyushin II-2 Sturmovik... insn't.

 

They did both have three blade propellers though, and both were used by the Soviet air force during WWII.

 

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning did also have tricycle landing gear, but strangely, the Bell P-39 Airacobra flew first.  All three aircraft were introduced in 1941.

 

Easy, huh? :D



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:34 AM

A question without an answer...maybe.  Whatever happened to the molds?



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:05 AM

Easy, huh? :D

Steve, you well know I was joking. When I was 9, I could already recite every version of a BF109, down to the various versions of the desert air filters for the DB engine!  :)

I can no longer do that, but I sure can tell an Ilyushin from a Bell... 

 

As far as the molds, they likely were junked.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 11:54 AM

Philippe,

 

Yes of course I know, and you know I was teasing.  I get to do that every once in a while...  it says so in my contract. :lol:

 

Those of us who can tell a Bell from an Ilyushin, or a Hurricane from a Spitfire, or a Packard from a Merlin, or a Horton from a Northrop are few and dwindling in number.  It's a $*^# shame.



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 11:58 AM

Yes Steve, you said that right... as an aircraft lover, I sympathize. Today a good proportion of the people of which arse was saved by these wonderful machines think that they are evil.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:15 PM

I still harbor the Ilyushin that I can identify many of the WW2 aircraft.
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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:18 PM

There are two Pactra Harrison bodies, also marketed by Testor, the 1964 and 1966 versions that are vastly different. The 1966 has the big spoiler at the back. Which did you send?  :)


Dokk, can you post pics of both? I know the one with the big spoiler but not the other one.
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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:27 PM

Sure thing. While these below are the Testor RTR versions, the Pactra clear plastic bodies are the same and came from the same molds. This is the earlier car, the 1965/1965 car driven by Chuck Hulse and Skip Hudson:

 

t107_4.jpg

 

This is the Ford 4-cam car driven by several drivers at Indy in 1966 (there were two built):

 

t134_3.jpg

 

And a friendly grouping:

 

testor_harrison.jpg

 

The painted bodies were marketed by both Pactra and Testor, at the same time. They also exist in green and red colors.

 

This is the really rare 2nd version in its box (we only know of this example at this time!!!)

 

 

 

:)t134.jpg


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 02:47 PM

Hmm..... the Ford four cam body with the big spoiler might make a real good retro racing body.

 

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 02:59 PM

Bill,

It is too narrow for those pregnant chassis, it looks too much like a real car.

 

harrison-ford-ronnie-duman-66.jpg


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 04:52 PM

Here's one arse that's greatful for the Hurricanes and Spitfires and can tell the difference between em :D :good:   Awesome planes... Certainly don't make em like that anymore ...



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:11 PM

Thanks...back when they were new I used both but I forgot 'till I saw the pictures.! Thanks again!
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:28 PM

Stingray GT # 116

 

Is that the (non-split window) coupe in a "showroom" stock appearance? i.e. no scoops or flairs.


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 05:13 AM

A couple of more rare & elusive Pactra bodies, as reported in Model Car Science, december 1967.

These were presented at the Mini-Trade hobby show in Los Angeles earlier the same year.

 

The Pactra  Chap 2F is seldom seen, and the odd yellow Chiquita Banana "thingie" is even rarer.

Has anyone actually ever seen this Pactra Banana car IRL?

 

Pactra Banana.jpg


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:36 AM

Bertil,

None of the announced bodies and/or cars in this article were never issued, The trade show was very unsuccessful and signified the end of the road to many slot car companies that year. Pactra pulled the carpet under that program and reverted to making paint and brushes.


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:01 PM

Philippe,

 

Now I understand why I have never, ever, seen one beyond that photo.

 

Truly an ultimate logical absurdity in the evolution of novelty slot cars...



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:22 PM

Bill,

It is too narrow for those pregnant chassis, it looks too much like a real car.

 

attachicon.gifharrison-ford-ronnie-duman-66.jpg

Is there a photo of the back of this 1:1 car?  Please.

 

Come on Dokk <sarc on> you don't think current F1/Indy (cigar) cars are in the Retro spirit?


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:24 PM

Philippe,

 

Now I understand why I have never, ever, seen one beyond that photo.

 

Truly an ultimate logical absurdity in the evolution of novelty slot cars...

 They might have been meant to ap-peel to the lady of the house.


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:25 PM

Stingray GT # 116

 

Is that the (non-split window) coupe in a "showroom" stock appearance? i.e. no scoops or flairs.

 

Or ? .... the one with the wide hood scoop?


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:54 PM

You mean, this one:

 

du_bro_vette.jpg


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 01:35 PM

Not that one .. but thanks.


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 08:48 PM

And if a Banana car showed up? Then what? I am not asking as a joke. I am asking as someone who may have seen one. I wanted to buy it when it was new but did not have the money. Manufacterer names ment nothing to me back then, only that it was OUTRAGEOUS! It was in the display case about a week and then it was gone. I was a quiet kid so I never asked about it but I remember wanting it!


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 09:48 PM

Welcome Poobah !

 

I can't remember ever seeing one. It is very cool that you did. Where was your slot shop back in the day?


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:08 AM

Does anyone have a lead on one of these for sale?

 

This is the 1961-62 Ferrari made by Pactra in what seems to be 1966-67. My all-time favorite F1 car.

 

Thanks.

 

attachicon.gifpactra_sharknose_(#50_1966:67).jpg

Glenn,

 

 

 Here's a link to a British firm, look under 1/24 scale bodies then GP cars

 

http://www.bettaandc...leintro1241.htm


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:53 AM

This is the 1961-62 Ferrari made by Pactra in what seems to be 1966-67. My all-time favorite F1 car.

 

Thanks.

 

attachicon.gifpactra_sharknose_(#50_1966:67).jpg

 

 

Glenn,

this "156" was first produced by Stormer in 1963. Stormer was then purchased by Pactra and the body included as well as a limited number of the old Stormer molds, in the Pactra line. Pactra shut down all body production at the end of 1967, using Lancer bodies for their subsequent kits and RTR models issued in late 1967 and early 1968.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:54 AM

Couple more Pactra's. Sorry if they have been posted earlier.

 

Factory painted bodies. These came from the Polk warehouse. Had tons, sadly this is what remains.Came two ways, deluxe with detail painted for $2.98 and plain for $1.98 Notice one Cooper came with painted headlights and one did not. Pay no attention to my heel, to lazy to crop :)

 

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This is a hard one to find, '65 Galaxie.

 

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Ferrari 250 and Jag with original boxes.

 

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Got more, gotta dig 'em out


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 02:23 AM

Bob My tracks were in Springfield Virginia. One big commercial and one small and also a hobby shop. I moved there in the summer of 1967. I finally lived where I could walk to 3 tracks and within a year they were all gone. It was sad, very sad. The Banana Car was one of the last cars I saw new for two decades. The next new car I saw was a Door Stop. To think that some people have the gall to call them THINGIES. It is funny tho that I saw them at a track in Woodbridge Virginia three stores down from where I bought my Dynamic Renagade in the track there twenty years before. I can not tell a lie - I bought a Door Stop.


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:04 AM

Wonder what the banana car would sell for now, if ever found?


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 08:28 AM

Millions!  :laugh2:


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:09 AM

Two of the rarest Pactra RTR cars now in the restoration process: the truly rare Ford MK4, this one the sole genuine example I have seen in over 20 years, and the Vulture. These are now being sympathetically restored, using their original chassis.

The Ford body is in excellent condition and was supplied by Lancer to Pactra, since Pactra had shut down their own body production in the last months of 1967. getting a Lancer Ford MK4 body is pretty easy, they are around. Having a genuine Pactra Ford MK4 RTR car is another story altogether, and hopefully, a better example will eventually show up...
 

The last series of Pactra cars had "iso-fulcrum" steel and brass-rod chassis with an aluminum brop arm bolted to the "Hemi" motor and all three models are scarce or in the case of the Ford, truly rare.

 

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The decals used are fortunately those of the very first Competition Models Ford GT issued 2 years earlier, and the LASCM is lucky to have a stack of them. Once the decals are removed (the body is currently in a bath of water to loosen the old decals), the body will be carefully polished and new decals fitted.

The other two cars in that last series are a Lotus 40 and a BRP-Ford Indy car, both scarce models today. All three use the same chassis.

 

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The BRP in its original box is the only example I have ever seen:

 

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The Vulture is less rare as a clear body, but as a factory painted RTR, is rarely seen... the body was made from the modified mold of the Pactra Eagle-Climax F1 with an added "bubble" top.

 

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The Vulture also uses the same "iso" chassis shown above in the Lotus.


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:57 AM

The Vulture looks very cool. Thanks for posting it.


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:27 AM

When I get bodies with that moldy "funk" on them ( as seen on the Vuture ) I use Clorox Cleanup for the initial cleaning. Kills that wonderful aroma they usually have as well. Then a gentle bath with warm water and Dawn followed by a 3 stage polish. Just my method, I'm sure there are others.


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 03:23 PM

Joe, yours is a good method and pretty much the same I use.


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:44 PM

Does anyone have a lead on one of these for sale?

 

This is the 1961-62 Ferrari made by Pactra in what seems to be 1966-67. My all-time favorite F1 car.

 

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Patto's Place has the 1961 shark nose Ferarri

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:15 PM

TRS I do not have much of a scence of humor any more.


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