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Posted 26 September 2019 - 03:14 PM

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Ok I have a question for those who have a Classic, BZ, or K&B Batmobile slot car.

 

I know these cars have been discussed in past topic threads and in one topic it was stated that the Classic Bat never came with the red bat shaped wheel spinners. The axles  were stated to be too short and only if the axles were changed out to longer ones could they fit, however I have a vintage Sears advertisement showing a photo of the Classic Bat with red bat spinners so they must have come with them in some sort of packaging?

 

My question is that on one of my cars, the RED bat knock-off spinner is made of metal? All the other ones are plastic. The metal one looks factory made as it is crisp and clean and contains inner threads. It is painted red however showing some edge wear of paint. Please see the photos.  Here it is (left) against a regular plastic knock-off (right). My question, did these come in metal back in the 60's and if so, on which of the cars, or could this be a repro, but if so why in metal? I know the vintage BZ blister pack contained 5 plastic knock-off bats for 79 cents back in the day. 

Any help would be appreciated. 

 

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 04:57 PM

I for one have never seen a metal bat. I am starting to think it was an after market product. Your car lost it plastic bat so the owner bought this metal one to replace it. Pure conjecture on my part. 

But nice find.


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Posted 26 September 2019 - 05:02 PM

I have seen a lot of bat knock-offs, but I've ever seen metal ones! 

 

That's way cool!

 

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 06:01 PM

Anything I've seen in metal was of recent (30 years or so) manufacture.      Maybe the guy filed and sanded, filed and sanded and made the metal one.   We got guys on here that can do that.


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Posted 26 September 2019 - 07:06 PM

Anything I've seen in metal was of recent (30 years or so) manufacture.      Maybe the guy filed and sanded, filed and sanded and made the metal one.   We got guys on here that can do that.

Hmmm maybe, but I'm certain that one shown in John's post was cast in a die of some sort, seeing as it shows a 'parting line' through the middle of the wall thickness of the bat's body.

 

Possibly lost wax, and yes, very cool.

 

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 08:27 PM

I have some experience in metal casting. I would choose a white metal mold and spin casting.

White metal is cast at low temps into a vulcanized rubber mold.

Been there done that. Its a good way to make fast cheap parts.

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