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#1 don.siegel

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 11:04 AM

Looking through my boxes yesterday, I realized that I have two variations on the Strombecker Brabham F1 car, one of my favorites. Both kind of look like they were converted into 1/32 cars, but it's not very clear! One keeps the standard chassis, but seems to have been converted into a BRM, or at least it says so, while the other just used a bare body and a fairly high-performance chassis with a Hemi 300AT (adjustable timing) motor, and a very odd front suspension system. 

 

Thought you might enjoy seeing these, first the two variants, then alongside a stock assembled model. 

 

Don 

 

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 01:32 PM

Thanks Don.    I always thought the Brabham was one of the nicest detailed 1/24 cars, right next to the Monogram Lotus 38 kit car.    I always thought the plastic was a really crappy color and they deserve a nice shiny British Racing Green paint job.      I'm trying to control myself, but maybe that is a project to need to start looking for!!!

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 03:27 PM

The red car is obviously someone's scratchbuilt. Do the front wheels move up & down by the half-axles rotating on the rails that attach the guide? Looks like some of that rear tire width should have been moved up front. It is unique. Any idea what the tires on the green car are? They look like someone's natural rubber replacements with plenty of tread. It's funny, but the stock factory Brabham looks to have too long a wheelbase in the photos. Do you ever run such cars Don, or are they largely collector items?


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 03:54 PM

Yep, I run these types of cars every chance I get Bill, but not these specifically - the stock Brabham would need a lot of preparation before it's race ready anyway, which I've done to other vintage cars, but not this one. 

 

Yes, on the red car, the front wheels move up and down, but with nothing to damp them, and why did the builder make the tread so narrow? Maybe the half axles used to be bent differently. 

 

Not idea where the tires on the green one came from, but you're probably right, some natural rubber from an unknown source! 

 

There weren't really that many commercially made 1/24 F1 slot cars with hard bodies, so guys had to use what was on hand... I have at least 5 or 6 scratch-built cars using the Revell F1 bodies... (thread coming...)

 

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 05:34 PM

Hi Don,

 

Those cars look to be in exceptional condition - so "vintage cool!".

 

The Strombecker/Pactra Hemi motors are my most favorite motor - especially the "red" endbell motor, but I'm not picky, I'll take whatever color Hemi motor I can get!  LOL

 

Wish I could find a nice one.

 

Thanks for sharing Don!

 

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 06:10 PM

The stock motor in the Brabham is the open pole skuttler motor.   I never had one that ran very good.


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Posted 13 January 2021 - 04:51 AM

I've run a few of the 6V Avenger versions (or maybe a Super Scuttler...) in 1/32 cars and they run very nicely; but not really competitive with a good Atlas or 196B... Not sure they really have the grunt for a 1/24 car. 

 

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 06:20 AM

Hello all!

 

Yes indeed the wheel base of the Strombecker Brabham is too long.

 

Here are the 2 I have: one Mint in box and the model I build few years ago which I modified to shorten the wheel base. I also modified the hood, the exhausts...

 

By the way when I have time I shall change the rear exhaust tubes to turn them in a solid aluminum rod (and make 2 cones).

 

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Sorry for the bad pictures taken with an iPhone...


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Posted 13 January 2021 - 07:31 AM

Your pictures look fine & well-detailed. Thanks for sharing your build with us here. :)


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