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post 3 Dec 2010, 07:40
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Body design by Brimhall! I like that! Some cool shapes there, well worth reviving.
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post 3 Dec 2010, 15:15
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Nice cars Z, and nice photos of them too .... love the Chappy . thankyou.

I had one of those German Staff cars (in Burgundy with a white roof) until recently, but a pal of mine is into hotrods so it's in his collection now. biggrin.gif

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I agree, would be great to see some re-pops of these.
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post 3 Dec 2010, 15:31
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I had that 1/32 McClaren as a lad. Mine came unpainted, I painted it orange... whooda thunk smile.gif Thanks for the pics.


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post 3 Dec 2010, 16:26
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This is getting interesting. I purchased some bodies years ago from Bob's collector shop that were marked as Riggen. After seeing Chapman's McLaren M8B now I'm not so sure because I assume Chapman's car is stock riggen.
Here are three McLarens, L to R M8A, M8B & M8D or are they?



Are they all Riggen? The M8B in the middle looks larger in scale and out of place with the other two which may explain why it's not the same as Chapman's.

The Riggen bodies seemed to be "Pre-Womp" and maybe inspired the womp with the short 3" wheelbase so they are not quite scale. Part # for riggen M8B RTR is 267 and X267 for the body I believe. The other two Mclarens I have no part numbers yet.

Opinions please.

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post 4 Dec 2010, 01:56
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This is an area I'm not quite sure of, but maybe taken from WIN-Wagon body?? question.gif
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post 4 Dec 2010, 03:15
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if i recall dynamic also did a wider lower mclaren body ... ?

interesting -

somewhere i posted some picks of my riggen ice truck (or named something like that)

i have the pinto too - i like the riggens by brimhall - somewhere 'not quite' thingies but really
emobodied 'fun' in my opinion

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post 4 Dec 2010, 06:16
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One on the left is a BRM. But I don't know who made them if they're not Riggen. The M8D looks very like the GT Models one, except that they have a moulded-in roll bar.
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post 4 Dec 2010, 23:14
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There are three eras of Riggen cars.
1/ 1966 to 1971: genuine Riggen cars, 1/24 and 1/32 scale, always with brass chassis, always packed in cardboard boxes. From 1971, HO scale too. Riggen purchases the old Revell track molds and issues their first racing sets that include 1/32 and HO cars mix. Then they bite the financial dust.
2/ 1972 to 1982: the company has been sold to Gayla Industries, and the brass chassis are liquidated, no more 1/24 scale cars, then the 1/32 scale tooling is used for making aluminum chassis. New body molds are created, the HO production continues. All the 1/32 scale cars are now sold on vacuum formed trays and a clear vacuum formed top.
3/ 1982 to 2004: Gayla bites the dust, REH purchases the inventory and sells it until the early 1990's, then runs out of chassis, so a new tooling is made for a brass chassis as well as a few newer bodies. These are still called Riggen but are sold mainly in racing sets that include re-popped Revell track.

The truly collectible Riggen cars are the ones made in the 1960's under the JAD name in the 1/24 scale (powered by Mabuchi FT26 motors), then the 1/24 scale "Group 12" and "Group 20" using Japanese nickel plated multiple-hinge chassis and Mura motors, then the 1/32 scale cars with brass chassis and using Cox guides and Cox NASCAR and Super-NASCAR 16D sized motors.


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post 5 Dec 2010, 17:46
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One on the left is a BRM


Thanks Howmet. The BRM #109 on the catalog page Mirrorman supplied doesn't have a driver so who knows what mine could be.

I found out my Chap 2E was actually marketed as a 2G and is part # 320.

Thanks TSRF for that info, seems complicated like many of the other companies.

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post 8 Dec 2010, 03:08
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Another Cheetah, this time in purple



and a Riggen VW Beetle



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post 15 Dec 2010, 02:18
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very nice cars guys.
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post 26 Aug 2013, 13:12
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Thanks for all the information, I just purchased a Riggen McLaren M8B, and the body is identical to the middle one in 32Deuce photo, in blue with silver stripes.


One question: I can see that the 1966-71 cars had a brass chassis, and the 1970 article says so as well, but the motors in that article are endbell driven. I wonder when Riggen switched from can drive to endbell drive?
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post 29 Aug 2013, 03:08
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I am not 100% certain, but I think this is what the HO Pro-Am chassis looked like:



It is the same as the other HO chassis except for the guide flag. The HO only had brass wipers and the Pro-Am I believe used braided wire. This particular chassis is under a Riggen Mr Hot Rod Coupe, which I don't believe was part of the Pro-Am series.

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post 30 Aug 2013, 08:16
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If John would like an Abarth to re-pop, I have one that can travel down the A41 of a Wednesday night. Just let me know.

Glad that this thread has been revived, I hadn't even identified the body before and now I know much more about the Riggen Pro-Am cars too. Thanks guys.

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post 30 Aug 2013, 14:19
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I am not 100% certain, but I think this is what the HO Pro-Am chassis looked like:


Not exactly: I believe that the chassis you show is a replica made in the 1990s. The genuine Riggen HO cars were a bit different in their chassis construction and had black guides. Here is what they look like, check the chassis design details:

Attached File  Riggen_Boss_HO_Chassis.gif ( 33.98K ) Number of downloads: 7


But generally speaking, yes, they look similar.



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