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The sixties!

2290 Views 2 Replies 3 Participants Last post by  Wankel Ickx
Just read a post here about 60's era F! cars. Though these are not true scratch builds they are kits and as such worked on and massaged a great deal. The MRRC kits run their old brass chassis. The Ferrari and the BRM kits came from Pendleslot by post in a week to Canada. The Eagle was from Fantasy World on the west coast of the US of A and took a bit longer at the time to get to me (searched for weapons of mass destruction I think). I digress. With these chassis I glue in a plasic cross brace under the pinion and attach a button magnet as I run on Scaley classic track (not glass smooth so why suffer). The motors vary. MRRC new red can (very hot), Falcon (very hot) and a (hot). So to manage the handling my son and I turn down the voltge fron the usual 14 to 12 or 10. Makes for fast, 60's racing! The Indy Rodster on the other hand is an EJ's Kit stright from his internet sight. One of a pair. They come with vacume formed bodies and plastic drivers and details. I've never worked with a clear vac car before so I'm pleased with how they turned out. I did the same"magnet trick " to tweak the handling. Next project may be a tad more scratch. I noticed BWA has a new milled brass motor bracket so I'm going to coble a few things together under a vintage Copper F1 if I can find a body at Pendles and see what happens. Enjoy the piccs.

Good day,eh!
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Lovely photos. I can't get enough of 60s F1s. I've got through my share of those MRRC chassis, too. Betta/Classic has some lovely fibreglass shells that just slip over it- my favourite is a '68 'spaghetti exhaust' Ferrari. Mine has a Slot-it V12, and a Fly magnet positioned in the way you suggest, and it's a rocket. It looks great with those gorgeous Fly gold Ferrari wheels, too! But some of the other shells are just too slim and shallow to get a standard Mabuchi or Cheetah motor in. I'm looking for ideas for alternative power sources! There is also a Matchbox Surtees kit, which has been sitting on my shelf for years, just taunting me. It looks great, but I can't come up with a way of getting a chassis under it in a realistic way. My other dream car would be a scale Lotus 25- I got an old Supershells Lotus 33, and it's pretty nice, but they took some liberties with the shape to make enough room inside. We must be able to do better these days!
I throw down the gauntlet all of you out there- Let's see massed grids of Coopers, Lotussss, Ferraris, BRMs, Eagles, Lolas.... I need to go and lie down now.
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