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Thingie's: What were they all about?

11696 Views 108 Replies 19 Participants Last post by  Jairus Watson
Just spitballing here but I've been thinking about this for months since the 2011 proxy started. A few of you wanted to run the Parma track and I shot that idea down right quick due to the simple fact that the faster tracks tend to destroy some of these toys more than the shorter tracks.

So... here is an idea for the Proxy 2012. Not totally sure just who will step forward and organize the next event. But I wanted to get our creative juices flowing again long before the deadline in order to source the needed bits.

Here is what I have been mulling over and darned if it was not inspired by ol'"Wavemaker".

The idea is to run only one or two fast tracks. Fastest car wins! (prizes, money, glory?)
Thingie's are basically "balls out" designs that use the best of the best tech to go as fast as possible.
A quick peek at the final pages of our history already reads that the current wing racer occupies (there is that word again) the current position on that throne of all 'Thingiedom' so why not go with that... ?

I present this idea: "Choti Doody"!
Yeah, the Choti line of bodies pretty much contain the essence of the modern wing racer. Anyone can solder together a light weight chassis. So the question is.... what motors?
Well, we have stuck with 1968 as a tech line-in-the-sand in the past almost to the point of insanity! However, I suggest in order to increase participation and move the movement forward, (not to mention increase reliability) the tech deadline should be adjusted to 1970. This would allow "C" can motors! (or the "B" of course)
Ah... that would be Champion and Mura "C" can motors (two hole) with-out bussbars! but cutting the can down could be allowed!

Can drive or endbell drive makes no difference but we limit the placement to in-line only just for fun.
Any gears, any wheels and tires as long as they were available in 1970.
All bodies have to be Choti or you will fly off the freaking track.
No added wings, just the body that was originally molded. (Electric Dreams and O2R have them)

The question is... how much down force do you need?
How much weight?
How much power can we squeeze out of a little Mura motor packed full of the best ceramic magnets on the face of this earth?
(or should we allow any magnets?)

Soooo.... how quick is quick on the Parma track?
Yeah, I want to race on PARMA and at least one AMERICAN KING!

What do you think?
Wanna play BALLS OUT?
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Gentlemen, if I may:

why not run a Thingie proxy with NO RULES for once! ANYTHING GOES!

Just one rule, actually: any Thingie body, vintage, re-popped or contemporary custom made!

Just pick the track venues which would dictate a performance balance, i.e fast track vs slow curves ones, so that you wouldn't get only Wing cars's like toys.

Actually a second rule could be: your car breaks down on a track? Ooops, out of the race for good!

Could be veeeery exciting (and we could resurrect the Parma track too!)

What do you think Jairus? Gentlemen?

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Looks quite cute, Chief!

Hopefully you won't ruin the whole thing(ie) with some kind of pink element, if you know what I mean.

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Hide your children and your women!

Be very afraid, DESMO DEVIL is coming soon!


PS Hey Chief, you're about to make another one of your chef-d'oeuvres! BRAVO!
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I finally made it*:


Body "Slinger" repop by George Hawkins
Paint job by Jairus Watson, concept by Kaiser Edolf
Chassis by Jairus Watson
Motor Mura A can (ebay find)
29t Cox crown, 7t steel pinion
Rear wheels vintage all the way
Front wheels TeeneeTims by Kai, after a technical drawing by Rick Tighpen
Wires by Marklin
Guide Jet Flag
Weight 112 g

*I could not not be in the 6th Thingie proxy race since 2006 despite We've been very busy preparing a scandalous photo-exhibition which none of you will never see here (since this is a family forum).
Gotta go now!
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