We need a Thingie section on SCI! 60's Thingie Projects
My latest project...er.. projects has been a brace of my Germany winning 1/24 Dynamic Thingie Proxy Challenge cars. These are for Ralph Klose in Germany. I'm honored that Ralph asked me to build these for him. They are clones of my race winning Orange Crate #26 car.
They have vintage 60's Dynamic chassis with my own custom design I used back in the early 80's for our local tracks Dinosaur races with a couple extra tweaks. The Proxy has a based on an original Dynamic motor bracket with the rest custom parts if wanted. Some built complete Dynamic cars to gather more points as each Dynamic part gained 5-20 points to start with. I only used the Dynamic guide holder and front front wheels on mine with the rest custom parts.
I built the motors out of vintage 60's Mabuchi type 26D motors with vintage Champion cans and Arco magnets. I modified the Champion endbells so they will hold larger 36D brushes for longevity. I had the arms custom re-wound by John Havlicek to my own specs at 59 turns of #29 wire with 15 deg. of timing.
The body on each was painted by another friend Bill Nolan and he did a great job using a automotive water based paint that has metallic finish on the vintage based modern Ray "Noda" Fellows PETG bodies.
Pix of all the entered cars as well as my #26 Orange Crate racer. For this build I asked if he wanted a #13 car as one of them... My wife's and my birthdays. I took them to Buena Park Rwy and the both are under a 10th of each other.... my #26 car is just a little faster.
The other pix are of the clones he ordered. I don't know if there are other Thingie Heads on SCI but here they are if so.
Last edited by HarVWallbanger; 12-31-2011 at 08:20 PM.
Yes many of the cars had one-off bodies created by several people here in the US and England. Some are way cool and wild from the "flying Soapdish" bods to a Scorpion build and BlackLight body. Only Old Farts (like me) from the 60's for the most part are interested in these.
Thingie's caused quite a stir in the industry because they were not "scale" real cars but dreams of cars that came from some of the best minds in the automotive and hobby industry. My body is a recreation modern body from one of General Motors designers Larry Shinoda's 60's design. It was built as a roadster but Ray "Noda" Fellows added a top to make it a coupe style.
Like them or not the best selling slot car of all time back them was a Thingie called the Classic Manta Ray.... a 36D Mabuchi powered bubble-topped "blob".
Last edited by HarVWallbanger; 01-01-2012 at 10:25 AM.
Mike I can put you in touch with Ray Fellows ..... he has 1/24 And 1/32 Thingie's!
Years ago I was selling very cheap every Thingie I got. I just didn't like them. I bought a collection from a guy in MI and there were a few in there with the original boxes. Now I hooked, I love 'em! We even added a Thingie race to a vintage race night series I was involved in.
Here is one I raced. Stock except for wheels, tires and "Tuck & Roll' upholstered interior with Rat Fink drivin'.
I would be interested in seeing some 1/32 Thingies!
I love em' , I just purchased 3 , Cucaracha , Banshie and a Russ-kit replica Dunebuggy from one of the advertisers on here(TueScale Racing , excelent customer service too!!!) and I think they look cool to boot ! I will be ordering more soon and will try to get some pics posted when finished . They are what I used to see at the "big" tracks when I was a kid .
They even tested my chassis to see if it would take a hit when somebody tried to punch the bank on the American King on Purple..... It held up and still won! The front of the pan pegged itself to the wall I think that's the 3rd body on Tron since the around the world race started!
Last edited by HarVWallbanger; 04-01-2012 at 11:09 PM.
Wow the last race has been ran and my Orange Crate Dynamic Proxy car won again! Now it can come home so I can play with it! I had less than 15 min. run time before I sent it off last year. After 10 races it will be coming home!
"They traveled about 28,000 (+/-) miles around the planet, zig zagging through six countries with races taking part in multiple locations.
Now it all comes down to this last race to be held at A Step Above hobbies in little ol'Albany Oregon." Jairus Watson