Hi Don,yes they made several sets,in more than 1 scale. Heres another 1/24th scale set with 2 BRMs (sorry for the box top not being in the best shape). : I included a photo of the Ferrari chassis you asked for(another car not the one from the set,though it is the same).I also included photos of the 2 BRMs from this other set & a photo of its chassis.Thanks,Bernard
I just bought the Nichimo 1/32 Ford Mustang, which seems to be the very same individual as shown on the French "Folm" slot car forum. You can see the big lead weight in the rear body mount of the chassis, is it a factory setup? http://img90.xooimage.com/files/6/b/d/nichimo-4-3cd5ec8.jpg
The drop arm is weighted with shaped metal plates, they certainly look like a factory item. Now the car weighs 119 grams, like a brick. I haven\'t tested it yet, but I suspect it won't fly on the track.
Not in the US Pertti - Japanese cars and sets didn't really make it to the States! Maybe in one of the British mags, but don't remember anything specifically on Nichimo from the time. I'll take a look later if I remember!
yes, extremely rare in the US, making Bernard's acquisitions so exceptional. Only since ebay have I been able to get a couple of used vehicles (Doyusha and Tokyo Plamo), both of which somehow made it to the States. As was typical most of it was clones of American production; the Mustang frame looks like a Hawk, with a Strombecker-like drop arm hung off it. And check out the Revell-like controller plugs. Their box art remains my favorite.
I seem to remember that Model Roads and Racing did a test of the Nichimo Mustang, would have been Riko in the UK though.
Might be wrong but there's a re-collation of this somewhere in my head, could look through the mags if I weren't feeling bone idle today! (and there wasn't a load of boxes piled up in front of the bookcase!!
I'll try to remember to look in my index later this evening Phil. A kind soul sent me an index of the British slot car mags many years ago, probably Malc Parker, and that makes it easier to find company info!
Bernard, nice sets! These do not come up too often for air. Thanks for showing them.
Nichimo is one of the "big" Japanese slot car makers between 1964 and 1967 when just as in the USA, the hobby collapsed and most of the remaining unsold items were destroyed. In Japan this collapse was for vastly different reasons than in the USA, you will soon read what happened.
For some reason, many of the Japanese slot cars had tires made of compounds that did not stand the passage of time too well, and most have either melted in a puddle or have generated major blisters over their surface. For some unknown reason, this particular set at the LASCM has escaped that fate...
This one was built from the kit that has a different chassis:
So I remembered correctly! It stuck to my memory because I've seen very few Japanese slot cars reviewed in 60s British and American magazines. I plan to race my Mustang in a proper club track, so a copy would be most useful, yes please! Couldn't find that magazine from my small pile.
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