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#1 Gator Bob

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:57 AM

... and came home with this.

 

1 each - #1603M Motor Mount   $2.00

4 each - #1691 Tube 1/8' x 5"     $ .10

1 each - #1692 Tube 5/32" x 2"   $ .10

2 each - #1604E Frame Section  $ .50

1 each - #1604F Guide Plate       $ .35

 

That's $3.85, came home with $ 0.15 change.

Have to save up and go back for a motor because I'm going to build me a dragster someday. :D  

 

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 02:23 PM

Must have been an old store with old prices. :laugh2:


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 03:05 PM

I guess they don't have a website :)

 

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 03:36 PM

Red,

The old man still has the original price sheet, he said "I'll hold the line on those. They haven't been selling well". ^_^

 

Bill,

No website but these parts were stored in the cloud.

 

Dust that was.... :heat:

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 06:57 PM

How old is that photo?
Who's the 2 dudes on the far left? Must be investigating the fire from the night before, since the fire hoses are still hooked up. Maybe there just pumping out the basement.
I like the the awnings and the spirit water in the window.
Nice photo,

Now where did the parts come from?, I have Kemtrom motors.
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Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:10 PM

I'm thinking they are pumping concrete down in the subway.

 

I don't know where that store is but the parts were here in a Plano box. Bought a bunch of kits off ebay 15 or so years ago and opened evey bag and put the loose kit parts in the divided box. Used a bunch of it over the years.

 

When I found the picture I took a 'trip' into that hobby store and it was great. I go back in every time I see it.

Reminds me of some hobby store in Brooklyn that my uncle took me to and left with a big honkin' Monogram Ford kit. I tried to build it as fast as 7 year old could, not the patient way.

 

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This car will get a NOS 4 volt Kemtron-KTM.

Was thinking straight up rail job but might have found the right body for it.... stay tuned.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 08:42 AM

Let me look around the shop and see what I have in the Kemtron selection.
An old ancient creaky wood floor musty hobby shop with a Jiffy Pop hanging on the wall for a fire alarm had the best selection.
Ah! The good old days.
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:16 AM

An old ancient creaky wood floor musty hobby shop with a Jiffy Pop hanging on the wall for a fire alarm had the best selection.
Ah! The good old days.

 

 

 

That's the spirit! :)


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:49 PM

Mom said "be home before dark" and the old man was having a hard time finding that motor bracket.

 

I said "maybe because it's a Lost-wax casting"

 

He sternly looked over those funny flat top glasses and said "don't be a wiseass kid, I'll find it"

 

Going back soon to get that motor.


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 04:36 PM

Went back and the old man said "here kid I found the Kemtron stuff, now whatta you want"?

 

I said with a smile "I'll take it all"!

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 11:15 PM

That's some Kemtron store/stash!! :heart:

4volt KTM's amongst some cool gear :D
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Posted 16 August 2017 - 09:54 AM

Hi Bob,

 

I thought Slotblogger's might like to see a Kemtron motor parts pack along with your stash of treasures:

 

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 09:44 PM

Out comes a thick old crinkled paper bag

"Nice dusty Kemtron parts mister"

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 01:23 PM

You guys could write (should write) a book. I remember a shop like that, but just a bit bigger. It was called Trost's Hobbies around 63rd and Kedzie. What a place that dreams were made of!


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Posted 29 September 2017 - 01:25 PM

Quote from an old Model Car mag "Don't forget to remagnetize"!
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Posted 29 September 2017 - 01:49 PM

Madison Hardware, un-official home for Lionel Trains.    I don't know, but from what I have read, there was nothing there but train parts.   The whole store was bought, packed up in semis and delivered to one of the guys that bought Lionel.   I think there were several different owners the last few years.

 

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 04:05 PM

The parts are real, the story is an 'imaginative' tour using a 'stock' store photo that reminded me of old Hoboken.

Looked like a great place to find a trove of Kemtron goodies.

 

There is real history in Madison Hardware.:

http://cs.trains.com...5/t/213008.aspx


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Posted 30 September 2017 - 02:09 PM

I remember Trost's. They were a supplier to some of the local Chicago metro hobby shops, of which there were many

in the '50s and '60s. All Nation was another of my favorites, but my home town had a really good hobby shop, so I only

ventured into Chicago occasionally, just to make sure I wasn't missing out on anything. No one bought from mail order

until the '70s, there was no need. But when the mail order houses started deeply discounting their stock, they started

stealing sales from the local brick-and-mortar stores. My local hobby shop had all the Kemtron parts in about twenty

large bin boxes, all catagorized by catalog number, no matter if they were for trains, cars, aircraft or what. You looked

up what you wanted in a counter copy of the Kemtron catalogue, then went to the appropriate bin to find what you

needed.  







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