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Allan Wakefield
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Holy crap! Feb '61 ?

that B/W pic shows cars older than me!

and is that old Scaley rubber track they are resting on? I just set up a small figure 8 with that stuff from an Ebay purchse and a donation from the wonderful 'jexy1'

Pic later.
 

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CODEfrom 1961 - all 1/24 Merit-bodied cars. The bare chassis is for a Lancia -Ferrari -
HHHHMMMMM,oddly enough,I just picked up one each of those Very same Merit kits in 1/24 scale.

Pluss a Strombecker 1/24 Maseratti.
 

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Some great shots and great cars EM. I notice you haven't stuck to the one type of motor.

Wixwacing
 

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Al Schwartz
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QUOTE (Swissracer @ 7 Jan 2004, 11:13 PM)Holy crap! Feb '61 ?

that B/W pic shows cars older than me!

and is that old Scaley rubber track they are resting on?
Yep, 43 years ago! Of the 4 cars in the picture, the Vanwall is still in running condition and the other three are in the "restoration" drawer - all still mechanically sound but in need of various body repairs. (The 4CLT will be pretty much a re-body job - I shattered the nose on the bank in 'Vegas three years ago)

Yes, my first track was the original Scaly rubber stuff, which, as you can see, acquired a mirror-like finish after some use. It was subsequently painted with an alkyd paint containing texturing granules and survived two tear-downs and rebuilds until being replaced in '95.

Later today I will post the (still unfinished) history of Ecurie Martini on my newly created Web site. Some have seen it privately and a version was published in VSRN some years ago.

EM
 

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Russell Sheldon
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Still my favourite...

Winner of the Grand Prix class in the 2000 and 2001 Marconi Foundation Proxy Race. The body is a Classic fibreglass 1037 Alfa Romeo 12C.



The chassis has a laser-cut spring steel frame, with a "floating" 2mm thick heavy brass plate suspended below it.



The motor is a shortened Mabuchi 'S' can, with a turned down Mura 'C' endbell and 36D brushes. The magnets are polymer cobalt, for brakes rather than "magna-traction" - the heavy brass under-plate takes some stopping, besides which there isn't much magnetic force 1/8th of an inch above the track surface! The armature is a balanced and trued Slot.it V12/2.

Kind regards,

Russell
 

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Al Schwartz
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QUOTE (Russell Sheldon @ 8 Jan 2004, 05:36 PM)Still my favourite...

Winner of the Grand Prix class in the 2000 and 2001 Marconi Foundation Proxy Race. The body is a Classic fibreglass 1037 Alfa Romeo 12C.
-and the inspiration for my 12C - although I never came close to Russell's standards of fit and finish.

Both the 12C and the 8C in my pics are riding on Russell Sheldon chassis like the one he pictured. They are not only beautifully made, they are very strong. The 8C, a Mac Pinches body, was built up last year after 12C body that it carried was destroyed in a spectacular crash (again, on my nemesis, the Blue King @ Rad Trax). The car deslotted in the bank, was hit by a second car, shot down to the inner barrier and bounced off hard enough to go back up and clear the outer barrier, ending up on the floor! The body was pretty well battered but the only chassis damage was a bent front axle.

EM
 

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Jim Moyes
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That Mercedes race transporter is an absolutely beautiful piece of work!

I have to say that Mark Gussin, who does produce some incredible stuff himself, credits one Peter Pre with the building of it.

I spent a lot of time looking around the real one at Goodwood this year as I earn my slot budget in the area of vehicle transportation and recovery. Due to failing brain cells I can't be sure if Mercedes had the original one restored or a new one built from original specs, the latter I think.

Anyway, thanks for pointing us towards it, Russell.


Mr.M
 

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Scott Brownlee
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One of the classic car mags had an article on it. It is a re-creation, i.e. they didn't have the old one and no plans either. Based on knowing which production bits they used and scaling off pictures, they built a new one. Money no object then!

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I have heard stories,from independant sources over a span of years that they used to sling the Transporter ariund race tracks for fun,and it did comparable( I was told even faster)times than the GP cars,and this,WITH THE GP CAR STILL ON BOARD).
I don't know if any of this is in fact true,but,it certainly looks as if it could do"THE GOODS"
 

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QUOTE What is that TSRF mill doing in the 375? Your driver must really be hairy-chested to drive that beast. Seems like you would lay rubber every time you squeeze the trigger, or toss the tires off the rims completely

The 375 had a lot more horsepower than the period tires could handle. So the TSRF motor fits perfectly in the car, as the driving sensation should be pretty similar.
In other words, not for weenies.

Regards,

Mr. Pea

PS: for weenies, get an adjustable power supply and lower the voltage to what you can handle.
 

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Al Schwartz
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QUOTE (TSRF @ 9 Jan 2004, 05:17 PM)The 375 had a lot more horsepower than the period tires could handle. So the TSRF motor fits perfectly in the car, as the driving sensation should be pretty similar.
In other words, not for weenies.
And there is another solution that I am considering: Shelby ran ( and won) the "Giant's Despair" hillclimb in Wilkes Barre, PA in a 375 fitted with dual rear wheels!

EM
 

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QUOTE I have heard stories,from independent sources over a span of years that they used to sling the Transporter around race tracks for fun and it did comparable(I was told even faster) times than the GP cars, and this WITH THE GP CAR STILL ON BOARD).
I often suspected that one of Al's ancestors was Irish!
 

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Al Schwartz
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QUOTE (bwaminispeed @ 9 Jan 2004, 01:40 AM)I have heard stories,from independant sources over a span of years that they used to sling the Transporter ariund race tracks for fun,and it did comparable( I was told even faster)times than the GP cars,and this,WITH THE GP CAR STILL ON BOARD).
I have some personal observations that suggest that this may be true:

I believe that the driver of the transport founded a school for continental tour bus drivers now to be found piloting enourmous Van Hools around the Ring of Kerry in the summer months. (these are the busses that presumably carry, in some conspicuous location, an E.U. placard which announces that "This vehicle is entitled to 147% of its allotted lane especially when rounding blind corners")

EM

Survivor of 10 days in the SW of Ireland with wife, daughter and in-laws in a BMW 5 series CDI wagon
 

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Russell Sheldon
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Here's a link to an absolutely fascinating web-site on vintage/veteran racing car transporters, which has detailed pictures of the 1955 Mercedes Benz transporter, and an article (in progress) on constructing a 1/32nd scale model of this 1934 Buessing (MAN) truck used to transport the Auto Union racing cars:



Lot's more wonderful transporters, like these:







Enjoy!

Kind regards

Russell
 

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Brian Ferguson
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Hmmmm..... that last pic looks an awful lot like the state-of-the-art equipment WE used to haul our 1:1 race cars around in the early 1980's!


Neat stuff, Russell. Lots of nice options there for adding some terrific models to the paddock. For many of them, just start with a cab and scratchbuild the rest of the rig!
 

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Lord only knew that my humble post of two pics recreating a past era would elicit such a long, sometimes off topic,
who cares never the less fascinating reaction. And the quality of work!..such lumineries as Russell, Swiss, Rail, Tropi, Phillip, BWA Al, Wix, Martini et al!!! I'm so glad to have started such a fascinating topic! I am not worthy for I bow at the feet of some of the skills of many shown here. But just to keep it going...
The Eagle(suffered tragic paint damage when running into cam whilst I tried to snap action shots ), and BRM are fairly stock MRRC while the Ferrari 156 MRRC has BWA wheels and Ninco and Carrerra rubber. The Jag, MGB, Bug Eye Sprite and Triumph TR4 are Airfix kits on Pro Track chassis with a variety of running gear. The feel is supposed to be amature sports car racing. Please enjoy the pics and continue to discuss amongst yourselves.





Good day, eh!
 

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mac pinches
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thanks for the plug speedyweenie, the new kits will be on show at milton keynes, this brings the total to 20. they will be the lancia d50, ferrari 625 and 555 super squalo, maserati 250f 1956 and themercedes w196, that the one sitting on the back of peters fantastic merc transporter, im not too shure if the moulder will get all the kits out by feb , but they will be there for ordering. keep on slotting. cheers mac p
 
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