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#1 don.siegel

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 02:05 PM

Here are a couple recent acquisitions in 1/32 scale. 
 
First an interesting Ferrari 2.5 liter (Squalo maybe...) from England, with a homemade gearbox and MRRC steering; looks like a Pittman DC195 motor, and the crown and pinion seem to be MRRC, not sure about the spur gears. Not sure of the body either, but given that box, it may well be a Minialuxe, rather coarsely hacked up to fit everything in - and maybe it was neater at the time. Hope to get this confirmed from my French buddies. 
 
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Next, two cars from the Bob Clidinst collection, part of which was acquired by an English dealer. I was able to buy these at a recent swap meet in northern France. Clidinst's cars are surprisingly unmechanical: we think that they must have had some kind of Strombecker-based class, and maybe Steve or somebody can confirm this. The amazing work was often in the hand-painted liveries and sculpted bodies. But I got these because of the mechanicals: a home-made 4WD chassis on the Novi, and a fiberglass body.
 
Next, what is just indicated on the box as a "Keck", so I assume a Howard Keck roadster from Indy, about 1952... must have been a FWD, since so is the model - oddly enough a long-shaft Strombecker chassis that's been turned front to back... and a beautifully painted wooden body! 
 
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Posted 12 March 2016 - 02:49 PM

Sweeeet, Don :D :good:


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 03:59 PM

Fred came through and here's the original model as issued by Minialuxe (also used as a slot body by Fanacourse, little known French brand...)

 

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 06:54 PM

For general info, in case anyone doesn't know about Bob Clindinst, I can supply a little info.

Bob was a great fan of Indy car and open wheel racing. I guess most all racing. He lived in Indianapolis and was one of the biggest fans of the Indy 500. He made scale drawings of over 100 cars. He was the go to guy for the Indy car modelers.

In the 60's he designed/carved the bodies for some of the Strombecker cars. I know he did the Dirt Track Racer and I'm sure he did the Indy roadster and probably the Midgets. I think there is a Model Car and Track cover with a picture of his home slot track on it. Of course the cars on his oval were Strombecker Indy roadsters.

I think Bob must have been an approachable guy, as several of the resin car makers and a slot car friend in Indy all counted him as a friend. I guess his auto racing interest lasted thru out his whole life.

If anybody has any more info, I would like to read it.
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Posted 12 March 2016 - 07:08 PM

Thanks Matt. 

 

In fact, there's some more info here,, just by using the search function. 

 

And the topic came up back in 2006 on SlotForum, with updates since....

http://www.slotforum...showtopic=18718

 

Don 



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Posted 12 March 2016 - 10:56 PM

Thanks for that link Don. Bob was a talented guy and had a hand in a lot of scale model areas.

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 03:55 AM

Don,

It was a great shock to hear about Bob's passing.  I had the chance to spend many hours talking to him and visiting his collection. I was unable to get any info about his collection at the time.  Do you have any more information as to the disposition of the collection?  It's been about ten years since I raced and have lost contact with much of what's going on.  It's good to see that you are still active.  Thanks for all the help and historical info you have provided.

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 04:16 AM

Hi Terry, 

 

Good to hear from you; I know that you were the one most in contact with Bob. 

 

What I know came from the English dealer, Phil Smith, and you can get in touch with him at his site, scaleslotcars, or send me a PM and I'll give you his email. According to Phil, the 20 or so cars he got were just part of the collection, and there's more somewhere... 

 

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 08:59 AM

Quite a few also went to Lance Sellers, a static kit Indy Car modeller. The Indy Car Modelling fraternity were very familiar with Bobs cars and his excellent plans.


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Posted 13 March 2016 - 12:51 PM

The #9 is an accurate detailed 1964 Ferguson-NOVI 4WD STP Indy car.  1/32 resin and 1/24 Vac form bodies used to be in my collection. I saw the car run..


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Posted 23 March 2016 - 04:37 PM

Don, great stuff. I just love the look of that number 31 car for some reason. Maybe it the color. Thanks for posting.


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Posted 23 March 2016 - 05:17 PM

Lance Sellers is a great artist and a good guy. He's been helpful to me getting some slot car bodies together.

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