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#26 Gene/ZR1

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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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Very nice work , I like it when it looks period correct, chassis and paint scheme, as you would see in a vintage racers box of goodies to gaze upon for a new project.
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.


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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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Posted 22 January 2018 - 12:29 PM

I still wonder about this comment.

No they aren't dead but we still need to hear from those of you out there that love thingies!

Cheater graciously gave THINGIES a proper heading so that we can stand out as an important segment of slot car racing and hobby.

Thingies aren't just "vintage" either as many new thingies are built each year and often with modern parts.

There are yet many mystery's to be solved and I hope that we can find old slot car racers that can fill in the blanks of history so that we can credit those who innovatively contributed to THINGIES history.


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 12:32 PM

Arn't thingies related to wing cars?  The premise is the same.....  ^_^


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 12:43 PM

Well, yes and no Jairus. 

 

The Choti bodies from Northern California are the direct ancestors of wing bodies, since they have built-in air control, but it was also or perhaps more so, the pros who began putting more and more air control devices on their cars, and building lower and lower, that led to actual wing cars. 

 

Other Thingies, including Shinoda bodies, don't really have both of these characteristics, so couldn't be considered the direct ancestors: they sometimes shared an emphasis on pure performance, like Floyd Manley's cars, but a lot of the commercial Thingies were more exercises in style than a real search for pure performance. 

 

The word "Thingies" actually encompasses several different trends and categories of cars: dream/show car based, butchered real cars, scratchbuilt cars with aerodynamic bodies, commercial outlaw cars, etc. 

 

In the long battle between "scalers" and "thingie fans", you could say the thingie fans won, given current wing cars, but it's really more a question of the non-scaler/performance fans won. 

 

Just my opinion, 

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 04:09 PM

 Are Thingies dead?

 

"some are or were".

 

This dead Viper came back as a 'straight-liner'.

Why Not?

 

 

 

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 04:12 PM

Very pretty, and good recycling job! 

 

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