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#1 don.siegel

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 11:56 AM

Here are a couple recent acquisitions from ebay - you may have seen them. The seller got them at an antiques store in Northern California and indicated that they were from the area - very logically since they look like the bare bones Thingies that would have been used in NorCal. 

 

This brings up a point: when you use a real body as a basis, is it still a Thingie? In my opnion, definitely yes - following in the footsteps of Floyd "Thingie Man" Manley, whose two big how-to Thingie articles both started with real bodies, a Honda F1 and a Chappy 2F. 

 

These are definitely bare-bones versions, down to the bare essentials, mostly Dynamic based, and with some itty-bitty front wheels, and of course the holes punched in the bodies for ultimate lightning - except that one Asp copy... also, one of the cars has an open-frame motor (KTM or Aristo-Craft I think), very unusual for the time, but cheaper than a $12 Mura! 

 

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 12:59 PM

Agreed, for sure built in the spirit of the thingy movement.  :good:

More wind tunnel testing needed on the holy ones. :laugh2:


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 01:11 PM

I agree with Martin.
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Maybe... new rubber?  But that green is hard to find.


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 07:43 PM


Definitely thingies!


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Posted Yesterday, 11:06 AM

Period correct Swiss (cheese), thingies
I wonder if the cars whistles going down the track?
Restore as is, very nice collection.
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#6 Bill from NH

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Posted Yesterday, 01:01 PM

How would they so uniformly place those big holes all over the bodies? Would they have used some sort of punch? I suppose an arch punch could have been used, but not so uniformly. Maybe with a step drill.


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I heard they weren't going to make yardsticks any longer.


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Posted Yesterday, 07:03 PM

I have done this with a hand held paper hole punch,  Usually just for exhaust pipes,axle holes or used like a nibbler on the wheel arches. Lay out with a pen and go for it.

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Posted Yesterday, 09:04 PM

Those holes in the bodies aren't notebook paper size. They more look to be 3/8"-1/2" in dia. I'd never do that to a body, so I guess I don't really know how they were made.


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I heard they weren't going to make yardsticks any longer.


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Posted Today, 03:48 AM

They look paper-hole punch size to me Bill, but guess I'll have to get out the calipers... 

 

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Posted Today, 07:53 AM

When I first saw these cars on eBay, those holes looked huge! :laugh2:


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