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#1 don.siegel

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 06:53 PM

Like dope, gadgets have always been near and dear to the hearts of slotters the world over. It's the same deal: maybe I can find something that will give me that extra little edge. Here's a few of the many I have picked up over the years. 
 
Check the Revs, from Tradeship (ergo Japan), a mechanical rev counter, with couplings to attach to your motor...
 
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La Ganke was a major supplier of accessories and gadgets for all scales. Since a real magnet rezapper cost something like $200, when that was a lot of money, they came up with this little unit that you connected - briefly - to your car battery! I don't have a car, so have never tried it, but a friend who did said it didn't work... of course, now we know that most older Mabuchi magnets cannot be rezapped every easily... 
 
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Another one from La Ganke, and a highly sought after gadget: the armature winding machine. You could get holders for all three major sizes of Mabuchi motors: 16D, 26D and 36D.. 
 
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There were other versions too, possible homemade, like the second one, but the one on the piece of black wood came from England and I believe it was British made... 
 
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K&S was and is a major supplier of brass and aluminum tubing, strips, plates, etc. To make it easier to bend the aforesaid tubing, they sold this set of wire wound springs - maybe it works and maybe it doesn't, but I couldn't figure it out! 
 
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Back to the magnets, you had to have a "Magnameter" from Monogram to see when they needed to be rezapped... 
 
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And to close this introduction, the Tire Trimmer from V&M Engineering - you slipped it on a long axle held in your drill and used it to cut down your favorite German spongies! Only $3.95, a bargain...Surprisingly well made in fact. 
 
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Posted 03 January 2017 - 08:29 PM

That tire trimmer is cool. :D

The original Hudy.

The K&S tube bender spring thingies do actually work, although trying to bend stainless tubing with them is almost impossible. :laugh2: Found that out trying to build a Rod N Custom contender.

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 08:37 PM

The wire tubing benders made pretty good aluminum roll bars for me.


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Posted 03 January 2017 - 09:26 PM

Nice selection of gadgets, Don. I'm looking forward to the second installment.


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Posted 03 January 2017 - 10:22 PM

I'm looking forward to the prices you are going to sell them for. :)
 
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Posted 03 January 2017 - 10:36 PM

Don,

I've had a set of the K&S tube benders for about 45 years. They came in a plastic box back then. About 10-12 yrs. ago I had the chance to buy a carded set so now I have two. They work pretty good but haven't seen a ton of use, except for the 1/16" size.

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 12:16 AM

Don,
 
I was at my local hardware today getting some flat brass, and I saw one of your K&S spring tubing bender sets still hanging on the wall. I used a larger version of them to make brake lines for my son's 1/1 street rod.

However, I can't possibly see how your 'remagnetizer' was supposed to work.
 
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 09:55 AM

The Monogram item isn't a magnetizer.

It was to (supposedly) measure magnet strength see if they needed rezapping.

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 10:02 AM

Yep, that's what I said Mike: 

Back to the magnets, you had to have a "Magnameter" from Monogram to see when they needed to be rezapped... 
 
Are you getting it confused with the La Ganke rezapper? 
 
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 10:28 AM

My mistake.

I somehow missed the La Ganke item.

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