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Lindberg 4-banger and Kemtron chassis

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#1 don.siegel


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 10:03 AM

Not quite a production slot car, but an interesting case. Back in '63-64, when Kemtron introduced their line of pre-cut chassis to be soldered together, one of them was especially made to fit the Lindberg "4-banger dragster." Took awhile for me to find both of these, but finally got them both this year. So here they are... 
The plastic body is always a little disappointing after you're seen the cover art... will probably put this together one of these days! 

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 10:29 AM

Very cool Don. 


I also have that chassis and noted the 4 Banger reference. I also searched for the kit with no results at a reasonable price. I think you very lucky to score the kit itself. 


As usual with Lindberg as you mentioned, there is always some disappointment with the actual kit. It kind of looks like a mutant extended lawn tractor  :laugh2:


Anyway, if you are not going to build it, sell it to me and I will  :heart:



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 11:37 AM

Nice Don.

Please post if you build it up.

Yes, as a kid, I remember Lindbergh, along with Palmer Plastics, being part of the lowerarchy (is that a word?) of model cars.

FWIW, a kid in my drafting class used to work at Lindbergh after school.

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 11:49 AM

Kept seeing one of those Kemtron four banger chassis kits and often searched for the matching plastic kit with no luck.

Great seeing the chassis & intended body together :D Look forward to seeing it built!

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 12:03 PM

Well, at my usual rate, this should be ready in no more than 8 or 9 years, tops! 


Once I put the kit in my search list, I think 2 came up over the next few months - missed the first, but bid a bit higher on the second and won it at around $50 or so... more than I'd usually spend on a kit, but this one seems to be a target for model kit collectors too. I did go many weeks at a time without seeing one however. 


Great word Mike: lowerarchy! 


Actually, I think Lindberg was more middle of the road, under AMT, Johan and IMC, but ahead of Palmer and maybe Pyro (which only did 1/32) and a few lesser known brands. 


The 4 banger was priced at 69 cents, but I also have a D Jag box, which is at $1 and so is a 1/32 Porsche kit (adaptable to slot racing). Here are a couple more Lindbergs (no h, that was the aviator guy - I have to look it up each time!). 




The 1/32 Porsche model kit, and with the slot version: 






And a strange one I found in Britain, with a 5th wheel, and again using this ubiquitous D-Jag from Lindberg: 





Notice that all the boxes are branded "by Paul Lindberg" - must have been a pretty modest guy! 



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Posted 30 December 2016 - 12:28 PM

lowerarchy (noun)

   1. A series of people or things considered as representing progressively lower levels of a series or whole.

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 10:31 AM

Very cool! I just picked up an old Hot Rod Magazine from the early '60s this weekend and there was an article on a "Fours Forever" drag racing club!  


Please put this one together!

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