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#1 don.siegel

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 04:00 PM

Bill asked me to post this article, which I'm happy to do. From the December 1966 issue of Model Car & Track. I did a replica of this car a couple years ago, which Bill must have remembered. It's not exactly the most "beautiful" slot car in the world, but it is for sure a Thingie - even with that Honda F1 body!

The article says it weighs 2.625 ounces, but mine was a bit over 3 oz, so I don't know where the extra weight comes from (ah, just noticed that Floyd used two titanium axles, maybe that's it!). And I just used a spare used Honda body from my parts box, which is probably not the same one, not to mention having an extra coat of paint or two.

Anyway, here's Floyd, one of the great slot literature stylists of the '60s! That guy knew how to tell a story!

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 04:40 PM

Thanks, Don! :clapping: I owe you one! :yahoo:

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 05:20 PM

Dat's Kool!
You going to build one?
Plllleeeeezzzeee do it! :wub:

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 06:59 AM

Here are a couple photos of my chassis, Bill. All I can see now are the problems with it, but maybe it will help you or anybody else build one... I'm not sure that extra piano wire really adds any strength anywhere, but it looks good! My blue U-Gos are completely dead, so I've run this with some silicone-coated spongies from Professor Motor and it ran pretty well, but with way more ground clearance than it should have. I will also have to put in a second motor screw, not provided for in this Russkit bracket - maybe I'll bring this one to Chicago for the Nov. 23 Thingie race!

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 11:23 PM

Don,

Light is right - I bet I could build one - but not as good as this one. :wub:

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Posted 28 October 2007 - 11:09 AM

Hi,

Manly and I sparred for several years starting in about '64 as "pen-enemies" over "scale". Someone once told me that after he quit slot cars he was living in Georgia and doing R/C.

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Posted 28 October 2007 - 11:56 AM

Yep, when I started doing some library research a dozen years ago, I ran into his column in an R/C magazine from the '70s or '80s if I remember right. But couldn't track him down after that.

You seem to have corresponded with a lot of guys at the time, Rocky!

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:49 PM

Looking back for some info, I'm running into my disappeared photos - from the first time, not the recent photobucked ones... Here are some replacements, the Super-Light, Super-Fast Thingie: 

 

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:54 PM

And the article by Floyd: 

 

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:12 PM

Don, I kept a copy of the Manly build article you posted in 2007.  I didn't save copies of your photos because I had a link to your Photobucket & I would be able to view them at will. :) Now they'll be on my hard drive.  I still intend to build one someday & started collecting parts. I think mine will be an contemporary version though. Mine will use a different body, maybe an FK motor, .047 wire dropped front axle, & perhaps a hollow 3/32 real axle. I have a build file for this on my laptop, but I know I don't have all the parts yet..


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:45 PM

Go for it Bill... but please, not an FK motor - it's got to be a 16D! 

 

Don't need too many parts for this one, it's a very minimal bill of parts! 

 

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