What is the difference between the Amrac KM-1 and KM-2?
Maybe the KM-1 is the one with the weird guide pin:I saw that already and it only mentions the KM-2.
According to the site I linked earlier the chassis were made in China. They probably made the molds with "Made in Hong Kong" but moved production to China and didn´t want to make a new mold.Just out of curiosity. Why does the top chassis have the words "Hong Kong" blanked out? And the resolution of the brand name is barely legible? Could it be a clone/copy chassis?
No mention of KM-1 and according to your data AMRAC's chassis was the same as Cox's. I've seen KM-1 mentioned in other forums, so what is the KM-1?Here is the latest revision of my article on the history of Life-Like cars: Lifelike History Rev 4.pdf
For that article I got information directly from Philippe de Lespinay.
I will have to look more closely at the previous posts to see if there is any new information that might be added to my article.
Yes, at the Santa Ana base of the Cox company. It worked well with or without magnet, as I made it quite heavy to increase rear-tire traction. Unfortunately it is no longer with us and likely was binned alongside dozens of prototypes when the company went belly up. All what remains are early drawings I made of it for a company presentation to the "new products committee"... I need to retrieve the document at the LASCM and scan it.Did you ever get to build or use your design? Would be nice to see it.
Great story BTW!
There were cars packaged as both KM-1 and KM-2. Thanks for reaching out to Philippe. The question still remains, and now there is another one. What is the "Adjustamatic" chassis mentioned on the KM-2 package?Maybe there was never a KM-1. In my article I said that Philippe de Lespinay was asked by Cox to do a clone of the Aurora Super G-Plus and all he did was add larger flux condensers. The KM-2 has even larger flux condensers than the Cox. I don't know if Philippe did any work for Leisure Concepts after the KM-2. I just found Philippe's e-mail address, maybe I could contact him.
I have 4 and 3 of them have Hong Kong blanked out. I see that your orange magnet chassis is also geared opposite. I haven't done any testing yet to see if there is a performance difference between these two.Here are the AMRAC chassis I have. All but one have the "Hong Kong" blanked out, only two say AMRAC, one is lighted and one has the orange magnet.
Philippe, thanks for sharing these nuggets of history with us.The only survivors are of the earlier mid-1070 "magnet cars" with idler-gear drive because before I worked for Riggen, I developed these cars first for a consulting company called "Innova Inc.", and we sold the project to Matchbox, and Innova was paid for the work. But Matchbox was now in big financial trouble and when the company tanked, the new owners did not want to be involved with slot cars. I kept the now-useless prototypes and still have them to this day. Not sure what I am going to do with them...
Maybe you can adjust errr, the pickup shoes?What is the "Adjustamatic" chassis mentioned on the KM-2 package?
You could swap the magnets to make the wheels spin in the same direction as the cars with black magnets. I don't think it'll affect handling or performance, unless the armature is somehow tuned to spin backwards.I see that your orange magnet chassis is also geared opposite. I haven't done any testing yet to see if there is a performance difference between these two.