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Car Model, August 1969 - "The Novice-Winder"


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#1 Mbloes

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 01:35 PM

In August, 1969, I was twelve years old.  This article changed my (slot car) life as it singlehandedly transitioned me from the whole Classic / Cox / Dynamic thing into scratchbuilt anglewinders.  I built one back then, based on the article, and I've been waiting to build another ever since.

 

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 01:44 PM

Philippe wrote some very wise words here, essentially saying that you can never fully recreate the past due to the subsequent accumulation of knowledge.  As such, I worked very hard to build this car 100% according to the article.  Since Dale used a Champion motor, I used one as well.  This was the only place where I veered from 1969 - I updated the endbell a bit with some modern hardware.

 

Otherwise, it's a Champion can, DZ magnets and some big-wire Champion arm, nicely refurbished by Alpha.

 

The motor components before assembly:

 

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 01:47 PM

Chassis photos.  I still haven't figured out my lead wire strategy yet, but you get the idea.  Be sure to click through for a nice big pic.

 

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 01:51 PM

The icing on the cake is my fantastic body by Joe. It's mocked up on the chassis now:
 
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Posted 22 January 2016 - 01:51 PM

Totally 1969. Let me know and I will post the entire article.
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Posted 22 January 2016 - 01:58 PM

Beautiful job! I wondered what you were going to use that body for.

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 02:03 PM

:good: :heart: Great build, Mike !!!  I'd love to see the rest of the article :)


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Posted 22 January 2016 - 02:52 PM

Here's the rest of the article.  Pages 2 - 4.  I think mine came out better than Dale's.

 

Thanks Don Siegel for the scans.

 

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 02:53 PM

Pages 5 -7.  I'm surprised nobody has built this here before.  Maybe not "pro" enough!

 

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 03:34 PM

Nice work Mike.

 

I remember Dale in the 70's, he came to some of our HO races, he carried all his racing stuff in a briefcase.


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Posted 22 January 2016 - 05:09 PM

:hi: :good:


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Posted 22 January 2016 - 06:03 PM

Mike, I recall that car & have the magazine. You did a nice job constructing your car. I bought a Phaze III chassis kit in the '70s with a very similar chassis drawing as this one. I've always thought that Ferret made Phase III's brass chassis parts & maybe Cobra's. If anyone should need one, there's a Ferret brass anglewinder bracket that's been on eBay for awhile. The problem is, the seller wants $27 for it.


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I heard they weren't going to make yardsticks any longer.


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Posted 22 January 2016 - 06:55 PM

First, thanks for all the comments.

 

Bill, in the article, the motor bracket is stamped "Ferret"; mine isn't but is identical.  However, my drop arm is stamped  - you can see it.  My wire I know is Phaze III because it came in the package.  I think there was some relationship among the three companies but I certainly don't know what it was.

 

Yeah, funny - some people think their stuff is really worth something when it's not.  A lot of them just don't know because I can see from their other listings the stuff they really sell day-to-day.  Who knows though, if I didn't have a couple lying around and I really wanted one, I might have bit!


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Posted 23 January 2016 - 04:51 AM

I'm so sorry I demolished my Phaze III years ago - it was the car I started with a nice Sunoco Lola and Pink Cukras (S24!) motor at '70. And we ran on a plastic three-lane 1/24 Scalextric 100 ft track...
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Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:06 AM

Phaze III chassis were my weekly race cars from 1970-75, usually with a Mura pink B-can. I still own 2 of my chassis, both unmarked by any maker names. Each has a different width droparm.

Pekka, if you wanted to recreate your Phaze III car, these chassis often show up on eBay. They must have been made in large quantities.

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:51 AM

Mike,
 
Great build! Captures the era to a T.

Thanks for sharing the pics and the article!!!
 
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Posted 23 January 2016 - 11:26 AM

Neat car Mike and beautifully built... :good: :)

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Posted 29 January 2016 - 02:18 PM

Just wrapping this one up.  Body is completely mounted.

 

I appreciate all of the "nice job" comments, but do you know what makes me happiest?  All of the dudes who say "wow, I used to have one of those" - having the car bring back the memories for you guys the same way it did for me.

 

BTW, if anyone can ID my bitchin yet unknown front wheels, I would appreciate it.

 

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Posted 29 January 2016 - 02:55 PM

Looks like Associated to me, but dc-65x is the wheel guy.


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Posted 29 January 2016 - 04:08 PM

Not Associated - Associated's had several incremental steps (maybe three).  These just have one larger step in the middle of the wheel.


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Posted 30 January 2016 - 12:32 PM

Much better build than the original. Very nice.

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Posted 30 January 2016 - 04:02 PM

There are some that have also used that chassis build guide for chassis designs. Most of mine found their way under Thingie bodies and few paid attention.

But I have one of those brackets issued by Dynamic. Will probably do a build up one of these days.

Your project car looks fantastic! Any chance you would like to see it in print?

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 12:42 AM

Stunning car, makes me want to build one...

 

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 09:54 PM

Mike, it's beautiful!! :good:  :)  :wub:

Is that Noose's paint work? 


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Posted 29 March 2016 - 07:36 PM

Love the Elfin body, one of my all-time favorites!


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