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#1 Maximo

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 08:51 PM

I often wonder until I see a (supposedly) authentic Lancer #968 SPOILER clear body sell on eBay for $196 and some odd cents.

 

How can this be???

 

 

 

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 09:08 PM

Because it has lint, fingerprints, scents, and remembrances from a long time ago.....


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Posted 18 February 2016 - 09:47 PM

ok, spend $200 ,then look at it, then put it back in the box and put it on a shelf, go figure. :dash2:


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Posted 19 February 2016 - 05:19 PM

Ouch! Just like the Riggen "Pro" series squished Dodge Charger in box with decals that went for $211 :shok:

Glad I didn't bother bidding on that Spoiler !

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 03:22 PM

The real deal will always be worth a lot more than a reproduction, If your going to spend your time building a period correct car why not use period parts. I am glad there are enthusiasts out there that value this stuff.

Even if it sits untouched on display you are buying potential or maybe just saving the past and preserving memories.

When nobody cares they will be cheap or just thrown away, and that would be a same don't you think? 


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 01:21 PM

Thingies rock!  Born out of the San Francisco Bay area.  They were long, light and all inline.  Designed for fast, swoopy tracks that were part of the SF Bay scene.  Wing cars can trace their origin from thingies.  


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 02:10 PM

" Wingies " :)


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 07:34 PM

Yes, Max, I am afraid they are pretty much dead... The Thingie revolution would seem to be history, most of the main proponents are just busy doing other things. 


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 07:42 PM

"They" are dead, but "My" thingies live on!

 

Well I am still here!!!

 

I don't do the CIA / Zuckerberg Farcebook any more. It's here or no where I suppose, but I always support Cheater here as I am able.

 

Recently, Gene distributed thingie bodies to some that wanted them but so far NO new thingies have appeared.

 

It ain't over 'till the fat lady sings...!

 

 

 

-maXimO


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 11:18 PM

Hope not, I just finished building one for issue #6...   :rolleyes:  

 

 

In fact, I hope to have at least one Thingy built or featured in each issue eventually.


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Posted 15 August 2016 - 12:06 PM

I think there will always be a place for thingies as long as we're still around which ain't saying much ...
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Posted 15 August 2016 - 12:33 PM

Thingies are just plain cool, whether you race them or not.  A pair painted by Billy Watson.

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 01:15 PM

Some of us must "spread" our time over many interests, hobbies.  Because of this we may not seem to exist at times.  Here in Ohio, winter is the time to devote your time to things that require you to be inside!  I have a number of bodies that I will get back to completing during the winter months, so hold on if possible.  I have a couple "custom cuchs" that I plan to complete as soon as I put my fishing gear away!!!  Thingies are not dead, on a break for me!  BTW, what issue are we up to now that we may never see?


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Posted 15 August 2016 - 02:49 PM

They are not dead, they are just resting.

BTW wing cars are an evolution of the Pro car scene. If you look back you will see small aero attachments added to sports and GT car bodies. The rules at the time limited what you could do. Racers and body makers just kept pushing  those rules to the point where you ended up with a modern day wing car. That evolution took about 10 years.

Thingies on the other hand had no such limit on aero and this small local sub culture took full advantage of that in 1968.

My dates need to be fact checked but what I am suggesting here is that they were on 2 different paths governed  by different rules and the reason they are now of similar design is the science of aerodynamics and racers wanting to exploit down force to get faster lap times.

If Pro cars had had no rules and did not try and look like 1/1 race cars for as long as they did, they would have been racing wing cars probably by 1968. I am glad it happened the way it did. Diversity of the species.

Long live the memory and the recreation of the almost instinct Thingie. Definitely a design ahead of its time.


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Posted 15 August 2016 - 03:47 PM

Thingies will be alive until the last person who remembers them is gone.... 

 

Otherwise, there are still new thingie births to celebrate and new thingie ideas to embrace.

 

From the Manta Ray to the Choti to the Shinoda to the Unidentified examples that we have all seen...

 

Long live thingies, like it or not world!

 

 

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Posted 15 August 2016 - 04:39 PM

Thingies will be alive until the last person who remembers them is gone....

-MaxImo

Bingo. I love Thingies, always have, always will.


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Posted 18 August 2016 - 03:18 PM

Thingies will be alive until the last person who remembers them is gone.... 

 

Otherwise, there are still new thingie births to celebrate and new thingie ideas to embrace.

 

From the Manta Ray to the Choti to the Shinoda to the Unidentified examples that we have all seen...

 

Long live thingies, like it or not world!

 

 

-MaxImo

 

 

David

Here is the mold for the white car you posted.

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 08:26 PM

Yes Gene, that's the one.

 

 

 

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 08:44 PM

I really don't know why everyone went away???, but I didn't get the memo....!!!

 

Anyway...

In the next several months and continuing for as long as possible, I intend to introduce some new thingie projects using the materials others have selflessly slaved away to provide!

 

With that a new line-up of MAXIMO thingies will result. A new patent recently applied for called the "NEATO EDO" and also the "WONDER"! Wonder what that could be?

 

The mumbling of a madman?

The distortion noise of a freak?

The hallucinogenic call of the wild?

Yeah probably...

Or just a passionate slot car head with too much time on his hands.

 

Stayed tooned! Or not. That is the question.

 

 

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 09:17 PM

Toon'd in!  :)


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Posted 18 August 2016 - 09:23 PM

May I ask what material those molds are made of? Thanks.


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Posted 19 August 2016 - 04:29 AM

No there not dead! I just made some HO Thingies for my home track.. :victory: 

 

How I remember Thingies is  back in the day the California Dudes made scratchbuilt

inlines Super Light almost no frame with body shown below. The wing like body kept

the light inline chassis pushed down on the track Super Fast on the straight so so in corners but

it was the original birth of todays Wing Cars idea. I even built one back in the day it was FAST (down the shoot).

 

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 11:24 AM

Thingies are the best!  I always have a couple on the workbench.  Including a couple from Gene currently.  Will grab some pictures and post soon. 


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Posted 06 October 2016 - 07:18 PM

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Stay tuned for some fresh stuff coming to a work bench near you.

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 09:08 AM

I also can't wait to see what's next!  Here are two of the bodies I got from you last year.

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And the chassis I mated them to. 

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I am so glad you are here to provide us with these wonderful bodies to work with.  


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Posted 10 October 2016 - 03:27 PM

I also can't wait to see what's next!  Here are two of the bodies I got from you last year.
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And the chassis I mated them to. 
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I am so glad you are here to provide us with these wonderful bodies to work with.


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You always had to spy on other racers cars and what science was used to assemble the chassis.
If you won a race, most likely a clone chassis appears out of the blue to try and take your poll standing away at the next race.

Vintage race statistics winner, say=> 33% car build, 33% driver, 33% luck, 01% bragging rights.

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 09:25 AM

New parts have been acquired and much planning underway. All to be revealed soon.


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Posted 25 October 2016 - 10:07 AM

I have heard from one of my Friends that a Vintage get together focused on Shinoda themed cars is being discussed for November in the Detroit area.  I'm trying to get some details.


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Posted 26 October 2016 - 08:29 PM

I have heard from one of my Friends that a Vintage get together focused on Shinoda themed cars is being discussed for November in the Detroit area.  I'm trying to get some details.




Look under race announcement,, Shinoda reunion, Lincoln park, Michigan , December 10 2016
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Posted 27 October 2016 - 10:54 PM

Anything goes when it comes to Thingies

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Posted 28 October 2016 - 07:21 AM

I bought some of those craft store eyes & made some 'pet rocks. :good:


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Posted 27 November 2016 - 07:20 PM

I think Max, as far as the proxys of the past, maybe just got to be too much work (for the guy running the show) & maybe too expensive i.e. shipping costs etc. Maybe some burnout too. We here in our club still love running them & talk about when we hosted the Thingie Proxys at our tracks quite often. Maybe keyboard time cuts too much into building/racing time, at least for me this was true. Philosophy for the day...


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Posted 27 November 2016 - 07:57 PM

There was a nice Thingie up on the Ebay forum but it went fast. Crafted by the 24Hemi guy. Very nice piece for under $100.

 

The Rat car is down to $150 now. It has two motors and 4wd so it's $75 for back end and another $75 for the front of the rat.


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Posted 28 November 2016 - 11:53 AM

Nope, not dead yet.

 

Dad built these 2 and they were raced this past Sat. 11/26/16

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 01:53 PM

@88honcho, is the body you're dad used a cyclone or serpent and where can it be obtained?


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Posted 09 December 2016 - 01:58 PM

Very cool stuff.
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Posted 18 June 2017 - 10:57 PM

The answer to this question was....NO! Thingies are NOT dead.They live on as we do...!

 

Another Lancer "SPOILER" original body and somewhat used box exceeded the one this thread was originally started for!

 

Then $196.... Now....$198!

 

I wanted one of these but still no luck, but I do have Truescale version which is perfect!

 

 

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:09 AM

Thingies will never die because in some ways they represent slot cars' allure in its purest form
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Posted 04 July 2017 - 01:16 PM

Is my almost all aluminum 6160 T6 slot cars qualify as "Thingies" ? 

Made with Pittman 706 motor and vintage NOS parts here and there.

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 01:28 PM

Thingies for sure!


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 02:21 PM

NICE CRAFTSMANSHIP!!!


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 02:40 PM

Nice cars for sure but I don't want to be the corner worker or the wall when they are running.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 02:51 PM

Thanks guys, these are about 9oz cars so I don't take them out of my home track. I don't want kill any of my friends but Pittman DC-706 is a very slow motor so they are very safe. Runs very well though.


Slot cars for life. :laugh2:
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Posted 04 July 2017 - 03:56 PM

Nice cars! very well made and excellent design. 

 

Maybe a driver:cockpit that would be a bit more "period"... 

 

The 706 will eventually get up to decent speed, but needs to be run in a long time! No, not quite in the 36 class without a lot of mods! 

 

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 05:18 PM

Once again a Lancer "SPOILER" clear body was sold on eBay for $176.70!

 

The THINGIE Revolution lives on....even without the Kingie!

 

Where arth thou?

 

 

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