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Finally found some pics I thought were lost forever.

This is an Airfix Cooper I built in about 1965. As you can see it incorporates the trail steering we were using in those days, but, a lot more sophisticated than what most (including me) were using at that time. Most of the trail steer cars of that era were all closed body sports or GT cars, so, looking nice didn't matter.
I only wen't the extra effort because it was a GP car with exposed wheels and steering.

Motor is an Atlas 6v Ball Bearing jobbie, and, wheels are Cox Ford GT, which were not only wrong for this car, they were also wrong for the Ford GT.:nod:

As I mentioned before, the Tie Rod can go front or rear. This one is on the front. The snazzy bend in it is to clear the mounting tube for the pin guide.

Anyway, on to the pics.

Enjoy









I have since come to learn, that I didn't even come close to Cooper style front suspension, being closer a Brabham/Lotus layout, but, Hey, I was 15 years old at the time, and, the Interweb hadn't even been thought of, much less invented.
 

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Welcome back Al. Great looking car, and always nice to see your trailing steering arrangements. How did the pin and brushes get set up on this one?

Don
 

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The pin fits in the brass tube at the front, and, the brushes go through the original Airfix brush holes in the body.
 

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for a 15 year old thats pretty neat, if it didn,t involve a big hammer at that age, for me it was a lost cause. much respect. john.
 

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Hi Al - good to see you back.

QUOTE (bwaminispeed @ 10 Sep 2011, 03:40) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hey, I was 15 years old at the time, and, the Interweb hadn't even been thought of, much less invented.

Hate to be pedantic but the work on ARPANET (one of the major cores of the Internet) actually did begin in 1965 - Originally used by US Defense then Academia and finally Commercial it took a long while to catch on and it wasn't until 1989 when Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web that it really took hold. Amazingly there was over 20 years when there was no porn on the net.


Mike

ps - Great Cooper
 

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Hi Al
welocome back and it must be nice to find an old friend like that
I have one or two cars built when I was a teenager and they are my most prized slot cars
HOWEVER don and Al I am surprised at two experienced slot car buffs like you,referring to the bits that poke down under the car and pick upthe electricity as BRUSHES
THose bits are pick ups
the brushes are the bits inside the motor that put the juice on to the commutator
how many times do you see numpties on E bay advertising a car where the brushes need replacing ,when they really mean pick ups

Cheers tony
 

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Well, Tony, I hate to be pedantic, but the actual name is "pickup brushes", so either name is okay...

Actually, that's not true: I love being pedantic! Especially when I'm right... Unfortunately, I do that a lot in my job too, and customers don't care if you're right or not, since they're paying the bill.

By the way Mike, thanks for the info on the Arpanet, I knew it went back a long way, but not that long.

And sorry to have hijacked your thread Al; it's great seeing a car from your teenage years, and it's certainly a lot better than what I was doing at the time.... I only have one chassis left from that period, and it was probably my least successful chassis ever, altho the solder joints were decent... Please post any more little jewels you have laying around, with or without steering!

Don
 

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Hi Don
It must be an american thing then .cos I,ve only ever heard them referred to as pickups on this side of the ditch
brushes of any sort over here have been the black carbony things inside the motor or the things you swept the clubroom floor with after the slot racers had left

Cheers tony
 

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QUOTE or the things you swept the clubroom floor with after the slot racers had left
We would call that a Broom. A brush is what you use on your hair, or sweater.


I should have said Braids I guess.
 

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hi al
Braids is good for me .maybe even Pick up braids

cheers tony
 

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Hi Al,
Interesting piece of history you've found there.
Track is a bit wide for a Cooper though.

Braids, Brushes or pick ups.
Surely to be called braids they would have to be made from some kind of 'braided' material.
Back in the '60s, before the jet flag came along, many of us here in the UK used VIP guides on our MRRC steering units.
These used a length of mulit-stranded copper wire held in a brass ferrule which clipped into the guide.
They were not made from braided material and looked more like the end of a paint brush.
I can certainly recall them being refered to as pick up brushes.

Cheers.
****.
 

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We need a new term that means "slot pedantic", cause personally I was more excited about the old Arpanet comment. I remembering programming Basic 1.0 and Fortran 4.0 on an Arpanet Univac via paper tape and teletype back in 1970. But noooo, you guys wanna argue about what to call a crummy piece of wire *grin*

cheers,
John

PS who's this Al Pennrose guy? Name's familiar....
 

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Those "crummy pieces of wire" are maybe something more for the Vintage or History threads. Anyway, it does seem to be another example of two people separated by a common language. In some mid-60s publications, an American book by the authoritative Robert Schleicher referred to braids as "brushes", while two British books referred to the material generically as "pickups" and "wipers". Within those, they distinguished between braid and brushes (aka "mini-brush") as described by ****.
Since we (almost) all use braid nowadays, it'd seem a good idea to talk of the pickup material as braid (thanking but correcting the US for that) and then those with a short attention span are left with motor "brushes".
Rob J
 
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