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#1 TSR

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 06:23 PM

I am spending the next four days filling up the shelves of the display room with production and hand built slot cars, as well as built-up static kits and MIB kits.

Here are some views of the "pro racing" side of the room with original and reproduced cars, period trophies and boxes. There are "drag racing", "pro racing", "thingy" and "hand built" sections. Still tons of work to do, but getting there at last. The models and boxes are located at the back of the large room, in a section all by themselves.

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One corner of that section shows part of the extensive display:

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The 1967 Rod & Custom Cup is surrounded by cars that actually took part in the races, rare survivors indeed.

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The sole surviving "Team Russkit" box, complete with its original contents. It lived for over 35 years in the boot of a VW Beetle...

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One of the most famous slot car boxes of all time, and the most traveled in the day, was that of Bruce Paschal. The airline stickers show how simpler things were before the first oil crisis in 1973.

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Possibly the only Gorski controller still in its original box... with a Parma prototype at right and a custom painted set of Champion handles by Dave Bloom:

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There will be over 200 "pro racing" cars on display, covering a period from 1963 through 1973. Chassis, motors, tires, tools will also be on display. If you lived that era, or love it as a younger person, this place will make you happy, even if you cannot physically visit, as there will be videos and detailed pictures online.

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 10:52 AM

This place is a dream come true for a lot of us, truly a mecca. This location is a shrine of importance to anybody who loves this hobby. Good job just is not enough for all the effort that I can see has gone into collecting and now displaying these significant items. When I tell friends about this place it just raises the whole sport. In many ways legitimizing our collective passion. Thank you.


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 10:55 AM

It does give slot collectors legitimacy in comparison to other types of collecting. As I have said before thanks to Scott for the time and dollars it took to see this through and Philippe for his work in organizing and fact checking.
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Posted 02 June 2018 - 11:30 AM

It's really exciting, I hope I'm lucky enough to one day go and visit it
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Posted 02 June 2018 - 11:40 AM

My only problem with visiting the LASCM will be that I'll want to pick up, hold and examine each and every one of the items on display.  Some for great lengths of time but I'm sure that would get me thrown out on my ear!

 

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:37 PM

Don, as your "tour guide", I would be happy to help you with that within the scope of what you would be looking for. And available time of course.


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 05:33 PM

This is beautiful and amazing.

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 07:36 PM

I am spending the next four days filling up the shelves of the display room with production and hand built slot cars, as well as built-up static kits and MIB kits.
Here are some views of the "pro racing" side of the room with original and reproduced cars, period trophies and boxes. There are "drag racing", "pro racing", "thingy" and "hand built" sections. Still tons of work to do, but getting there at last. The models and boxes are located at the back of the large room, in a section all by themselves.

 
Could you place the cars on pedestals that are mirrored and show top and bottom of cars at the same time like the slot car display cases I've bought in the past. That way the viewer gets the best views all at once. Good luck.
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Posted 03 June 2018 - 12:53 PM

Hello Bruce,

 

it is part of the final plan. One of the shelves is mirrored, and we have devised a series of steel and copper wire supports, and are testing various versions.
 

Here are more installations, nothing final of course, but spaces are being filled.

Partial view of the "Champion of Chamblee" for the connoisseurs... Chamblee is a suburb of Atlanta, and Champion is one of the surviving companies after the crash of the hobby in 1968.

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A sample of the Pactra slot cars, proving that the company was not only involved in 
plastic model paint...

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This is a part of the "Gene Wallingford" gallery and other hand built slot cars. Wallingford was one of the hobby's pioneers in the USA, and his cars are quite fantastic in their detail and engineering.The oldest in the collection 
were
built in 1958.

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Details: 

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It is a lot of work to organize all this display to make it attractive as well as diverse...  neutral-161e.gif


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Posted 03 June 2018 - 01:53 PM

Phillipe,

Your efforts are very appreciated, thank God there's someone like you who cares enough to do it otherwise the hobby/sport would disappear into oblivion. Now it's being preserved for generations to enjoy and appreciate. I hope besides my own collection that for any interested persons I introduce, the things hobby would be able to virtually experience the museum to appreciate its evolution and be inspired. (Who knows maybe it will inspire them to create some type of futuristic hover slot car or drone slot car, as flying cars are actually coming in the next couple of years; Israel is developing them now for battlefield and ambulances).
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Posted 03 June 2018 - 02:55 PM

I am just stunned and speechless - what an effort that has put into the job of both collecting, even sometimes carefully restoring and now displaying these artifacts - it's like a National Museum of Vintage Slot Cars. :-)

I have started saving money for a future trip to LA. :-)
 
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Posted 03 June 2018 - 03:04 PM

Niels,

Wait another six months as we still have a lot of work to do to finish the job.

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 03:39 PM

Having bought a nearly untouched 1969 vintage wooden summer cottage at the Danish West Coast in dire need of loving care to live in permanently, I will take me a bit more than six months. :-)

But I think I will set up an savings account for this purpose only. :-)
 
See you then. :-)
 
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Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:18 AM

Great pics,clapping.gif Thanks for the update.


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Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:29 PM

Phillipe,

Here's a cheap solution for display, my plastic phone holder and a mirror behind it. When I bought the slot car display cases, they came with 50 similar holders that were clear and the cases had shelves and mirrored back.

If you could get the display company to sell just the holders and mirror the wall even with acrylic mirror squares it could be inexpensive relatively. I've seen these non-clear holders for 26 cents each.

Hope this helps in polishing the diamond of a museum you guys have created, good luck.
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Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:34 PM

Here's a photo.

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 02:37 PM

Sorry but the mirror reverses the opposite sides view,to correct that a second must be used.
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Posted 06 June 2018 - 10:02 PM

Bruce,

Thanks for the tip, but we got it handled.  :)

It will take more time to produced the stands that have been already prototyped, allowing viewing of the chassis directly on the mirrored shelves.
 
More progress...

We have begun organizing the K&B kits and RTRs:

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And the Pactra, BZ, Classic, Testor, Gar-Vic kits and RTRs...

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We are forced to select models for each company because of limited space, but we go heavy on popular cars such as these Monogram Kurtis Midget cars, several painted by the famous Brian "Bob" Kovacs:

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The "static" kits aisle takes roughly 15% of the total space, with superbly assembled plastic model kits from AMT, Revell, MPC, Jo-Han...

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The 12 TV flat screens are on order, with their electronics allowing full view or "split screen".

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Still much more work to be done...
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Posted 06 June 2018 - 10:30 PM

Awesome, simply awesome! :clapping: :good:
 
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Posted 07 June 2018 - 09:32 AM

A very beautiful facility you and Scott have created... and I think I see the red Midget I built?
 
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Posted 07 June 2018 - 02:21 PM

Rick,

We have preciously kept all your beautifully built cars, and many of them are on display in both the "production" and "pro" aisles.

I cannot think of too many doing as nice of a job as you have been, assembling or reproducing old slot cars. We are very lucky to have you, Paul Dwyer, and Steve Okeefe around. A trilogy of superior craftsmen.
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