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#1 beau

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 12:20 PM

Does anyone have info on what is going on with TrueScale? I really miss being able to get those high quality bodies. I hope the health of the business and the owners are not in question.

 

TSP has been around for a long time and I'd hate to see it just disappear.


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Posted 16 November 2016 - 12:58 PM

Victor has taken some time away from TrueScale several times before.

 

And perhaps you didn't know his father passed away in mid-May this year.

I'm sure he'll be back sooner or later. He does pull the best vac-form bodies in the business.

 

Which brings up another point: Victor has posted on his blog that, "As it is now I only have Saturdays and some Sundays to work on orders." As I understand it, TSP is not a fulltime gig for him.


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Posted 16 November 2016 - 03:32 PM

Thanks for that update. Glad to hear Victor will still be involved and producing. Sorry to hear about his father. That can be tough. Wishing him all the best.


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Posted 17 November 2016 - 08:58 AM

Hope he comes back soon in full force. Hate to see the best of the best sidelined with the potential of his approved bodies being "de-certified." That would be a loss for Retro racing as a whole.



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Posted 17 November 2016 - 09:30 AM

Steve,
No denying how nice his bodies are, but as far as your reference about them being decertified, no one has been using them in the IRRA®.

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 09:50 AM

No one except me. Ran one in a fall ORS F1 race and ran one in the form of a Ti22 in an ORS last spring and was accused of running a new unapproved O/S body (which I didn't know they had even come out with a new one let alone an "unapproved" one) until they were able to determine that it was an approved TrueScale. Photos had to be sent out for verification if you can believe that or not. Tempest in a teapot.
 
What's it matter if they used or not? If that's the case and criteria then you can take about 98% of the bodies off the list and no one will know the difference.
 
At the end of the day its nice to have options for body selections. Even if it just for fun or asthetics...
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Posted 17 November 2016 - 10:22 AM

Whether or not anyone uses one should not be an issue but availability should be. If there was an exceptional body that only some could buy that would be a major problem.

 

And Victor's bodies may or may not be competitive but they are the best molded Lexan on the planet.


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Posted 17 November 2016 - 11:37 AM

Agreed. Availability has always been an issue. At his best, it wasn't adequate.

I tried stocking them and it was difficult.

The numbers on the box didn't match the numbers on his website.

I guess my point was if they had more than .2 % useage, nationwide, his availability issue would have been brought up sooner.


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Posted 17 November 2016 - 12:43 PM

I think Victor could have owned the Retro body market if he chose to. He decided to follow the lead of the SCRRA BoD when it came to producing the Ti22 and Lotus 49 bodies. The SCRRA felt many Retro bodies had been found to be either too enhanced, too wide, too long, or have too much effect on performance. The SCRRA wanted the emphasis to be on chassis building.

 

Sure wish I would have stocked up on more of Victor's designs including his Thingie bodies.


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Posted 17 November 2016 - 01:21 PM

I'm glad he never came out with an enhanced/competitive IRRA® body.

It would of just created problems for us with the lack of availability.


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Posted 17 November 2016 - 01:41 PM

It is a shame that Victor has chosen not to pursue the business of bodies. His quality was/is superb. Still... it's his life not ours and what he does with his time is his business.

 

With the problems with O/S bodies and what appears (to me at least) to be declining quality in many of the Parmas that I've gotten lately, it seems that for different reasons, production is a problem for everyone. A couple of trackowners local to me have commented to me that Parmas have been harder to come by as well although I haven't heard about short supply issues on here so... don't really know. For sure many of the ones I've gotten lately haven't been the really clean pulls that we had been seeing.

 

More of the same from a very small industry I guess.


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Posted 17 November 2016 - 02:16 PM

As far as Parma, when I order clear bodies, my main dist., Eagle usually has them. If they are out, they usually have them the next time I place an order.

I haven't noticed anything on the quality, but I really don't examine them, and the limited racing I do, I've run the same Boogie painted Parma coupe and Can-Am bodies, at the last two Sanos.

If you are looking for availability and quality, my M7C fills the bill.

They are very popular. I just sold a raceway 100 pieces.

On the slight chance I am out, the longest I ever remember taking to fill the order is a week.

As far as being enhanced, IMO, I bet you will see zero performance difference between my body and the "unenhanced," but somehow still having a spoiler, Parma Matra.

Again, IMO, F1 body choice is based more on visual perception, and getting some brands for free, vs actual track performance.


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