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Russkit Elfin that never was, but came back squashed!

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 10:17 AM

From Australia came this today, one of the 1968 Russkit Elfin prototypes, along with three other Russkit "export" cars in odd color combinations, nice additions to the museum. Thanks to Neil Owen for his help in offering these items to the LASCM.


As seen before on other such cars, the body has been pulled over a wooden mold, a typical method used by Ron Klein, now at Russkit, to produce prototype bodies. He will do the same for all post 1968 models for the MESAC club, through 1973.


The chassis is one of the 200 produced in brass, that were never sold to the public, but of which a good number ended in the hands of collectors over the years.


The finished body, that was also not released for sale (another, more "squashed" model, that proved very popular with the racers took its place) is seen here on another car that came from Ron Klein's estate about 25 years ago:


The actual production body should be familiar with British and some American pro racers alike, as one adorned the front cover of an issue of the British Model Cars mag in 1969:


This one was unfinished, so I had Joe "Noose" Neumeister letter and detail it to make a replica of the British racing model. The body was also extensively used by American pros, especially on the East Coast for a while, until dethroned by the Champion McLaren M8A devised by Dave Bloom and Charlie Waters.



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