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Who made this black pressed swingarm? Russkit Black Widow?


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#1 Ted Bier

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 01:03 PM

Found this at the bottom of a box.

 

Who made this black stamped swingarm, Russkit?

 

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 01:09 PM

Yes....I think is a perfect russkit.


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 01:11 PM

I don't think a Black Widow has a swingarm. At least mine doesn't.


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 01:54 PM

It's from the Russkit pan style chassis.

The drop arm you are showing attaches to a sort of C-shape bracket that also doubles as a motor mount.

If you don't need it I would be interested in buying the drop arm, especially if you have the motor mount bracket.


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 03:52 PM

Yep, that's from the Carrera series (both the sidewinder with the black chassis and the inline F1 cars with the aluminum chassis: Honda and Eagle). The black anodized chassis was the deluxe version with painted body; Russkit also did an economy version with plain aluminum chassis and unpainted body. 

 

The Black Widow was the 4WD series of three cars. 

 

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 04:32 PM

Some of the black Russkit Carrera chassis came with raw aluminum droparms too. I never had one, so maybe they had clear anodizing.


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 08:38 AM

I think there were only two Black widow 4WD chassis one two piece Lotus 38 and Lola T70. The other fixed for the Iso Grifo.

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 08:41 AM

Right Allan, but three cars: Lotus 38, Lola T70 and the Iso Grifo. The Lotus and Lola used the same chassis, but the Lola had an extra piece bolted on the bottom as a body mount. 

 

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:23 AM

Thanks Don But that's what I said. The two piece for Lotus and Lola. The unique one piece for the Iso Grifo. But it must of been a costly thing to make a chassis for just one car the Iso? Perhaps they were planning new models with that unique chassis when the slotcar car bubble burst.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:40 AM

I've often heard the 2-motor cars were created to use up a surplus of Russkit 23's they had on hand.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:26 PM

Yep, heard that too Bill, I think from PdL's interview with Jim Russell, founder of Russkit. It was the Russkit 22 tho, not the 23, since the 22 was already pretty obsolete... 

 

Alan, I know that's what you said, but I thought you were correcting me because I had said there were 3 cars in the series, and you had understood that to mean 3 different chassis as well... 

 

In any case, you're right about the one-off chassis, but Russkit wasn't the only one to do that; and they were all probably optimistic about using their new chassis for other cars... At least the two Russkit Black Widow chassis were pretty similar.  K&B did the same thing with their one-off chassis for the Nickey McLaren, which had very little hope of being used on another car! (in fact, it too was for an obsolete motor, namely the Super Challenger, when everybody had switched to cans long ago). 

 

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 01:18 PM

I should have guessed better. :)  Electric Dreams is still selling off some of those 22's. Compared to a 23, the 22 is a slug. My first commercial slot car was a Russkit Carrera with a 23.


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