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#1 macman

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 02:43 PM

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Ran to this body in an old box of stuff at the raceway last night. Didn't recognize it at first, but then the wheels started turning, Is this a '60s Thingie Dragster??? I think it was on the cover of a magazine whay back when, & someone on this list has one...

So has anyone repopped it, or would someone be interested???


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Posted 07 November 2014 - 06:38 PM

 I would love to have the chance to make a copy of this body

 


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 02:54 AM

It was called the Twister. Booth bodies made copies from the original I gave them around 1990.There was an article in one of the magazines around 1964 or 1965 on making a dragter using this body.


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 09:47 AM

Here's the magazine cover, Model Car Science, July 64. 

 

MSCTwistercover0764_zps9f532cb3.jpg

 

Very curious, because it doesn't say where the body comes from - seems to be an MCS project, from an article a few months earlier (March) about the Twister - actually a scale demonstrator presented by Ford for future dragster concepts! So not really a Thingie. That original article gives scale plans, so it had to be scratchbuilt. But the "motorizing" article talks about a two-part body, that looks like injected plastic - odd! It was motorized with a Revell chassis, along with a higher performance Kemtron, brass tube variant. 

 

Haven't found the original vac-form body of this yet, but maybe DuBro. And it was perhaps made as a static model kit too... 

 

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 10:36 AM

The body was in white plastic and had 3 pieces. It came in a clear bag with header card. When Booth back poured it, it was 1 piece.


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 11:31 AM

Past MCS Twister discussions:

 

http://www.slotforum...showtopic=15448

 

http://www.slotforum...opic=31525&st=0


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 02:52 PM

The body was in white plastic and had 3 pieces. It came in a clear bag with header card. When Booth back poured it, it was 1 piece.

Right John, that sounds familiar now - was it one of the Scuderia Scale bodies? 

 

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 03:25 PM

I think you are right on that! Any story photos from the magazine?


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 04:02 PM

Here's an article from the Blog on Scuderia Scale: 

http://slotblog.net/...scuderia-scale/

 

Their Mean-Many-Mini dragster kit is similar in back, but the front is a pretty conventional needle nose, so that wasn't it. 

 

Found my clear Twister, but no idea where it comes from - kind of yellowed like an original, but it could be the repop, which would already be 20 years old I guess! 

 

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 06:10 AM

Wasn't going to post any more articles on this, but couldn't resist this cover! Here's a look at what you could do with the Scuderia Scale dragster kit... if you can drag your eyes down the page! (notice the difference in morphology from 50 years ago - nobody hit the weights except body builders!). And then I've included the original Twister article from Model Car Science, March 1964... 

 

ScuderiadragstercoverCC0763_zps617bc40a.

 

ToolingtheTwisterMCS0364-1_zps56dd700b.j

 

ToolingtheTwisterMCS0364-2_zps205c4f9b.j


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Posted 07 December 2014 - 04:50 PM

BTW, Ray repops this one... The one I found must be one of the Booth repops, as it is thin lexan.


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