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#1 TSR

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 02:58 PM

This small company out of California, a maker of custom model train parts, car bodies and the like, mostly in the HO scale, got involved with the slot car craze in 1964. Here is a small sample of their 1/24 scale production, that ended in early 1967 as the market had collapsed and the technology had changed. Theit paint bottles survived theough the 2000s, and the company still exists, while in different hands now.
Ulrich is of course well known by the enthusiasts for their beautiful cast wheels, the most famous being their "stocker" model, but also their Halibrand "Kidney Bean" models that existed in several widths.
Ulrich produced two main chassis lines, using their die casting technology as well as aluminum and brass stamping. The early models were designed for inline Pittman style motors. The later models were all die cast, for the Mabuchi FT16D and FT36D, used as a stressed member, a risky proposition as the endbell's tabs were carrying the whole load. Don't hit the wall too hard!  smile.png

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 05:15 PM

Fantastic wheels, but the nos paint (candy) that I can get now  no longer works!!    Many a vac body got a screwed up, brushed candy paint job using those paints in the 60's.  But I knew I couldn't do it!!!


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 11:05 PM

My results with Ulrich paints using a paint brush were mixed. Jack Beers was still a SoCal local and he managed consours winning results with brush stroke free paint jobs. 


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Posted 13 August 2018 - 11:45 AM

The Ulrich stuff was cool, but too complex and heavy. They made the mistake of believing that the slot racing industry was

going to concentrate more on highly detailed, scale cars with independent suspension and steering. It didn't turn out that way.

By the time they figured that out, and came out with their "monocoque" design, the hobby had moved on. That chassis was a

good idea from a weight-saving point of view. I never saw one break at the endbell. But the CofG was just too high. The

Dynamics cars were kicking their ***. 


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:38 PM

I air brushed their paints way back then. Ahhh Ulrich French Blue.
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Posted 15 August 2018 - 04:42 PM

Fantastic wheels, but the nos paint (candy) that I can get now  no longer works!!    Many a vac body got a screwed up, brushed candy paint job using those paints in the 60's.  But I knew I couldn't do it!!!

I air-brushed it, and IIRC, it worked fine.

 

I air brushed their paints way back then. Ahhh Ulrich French Blue.

Great color.

 

It would do, as Petty Blue, on one of those slammed Daytona or Superbird bodies.


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