The OLD days

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The OLD days

Postby strangebrew » Mon May 09, 2016 1:15 pm

I was looking through some old photos today & stumbled across these shots of my bedroom track from when I was stationed on Guam
with the Navy (71-73). I think I cut up some sort of wall board with a jig-saw & nailed it to ply-wood set on cardboard boxes for
the track. The tape is lead burglar alarm tape used on glass windows at the time. The Special Svcs. slot track had just closed, so I
found the Chief in charge & bought up the supplies they had. Some Aurora 10v transformers, some threaded wheels, guides, gears, Mabuchi 16D
motors, threaded axles & wheels, on-off button controllers & some sort of tires.
I made tubing by wrapping phone wire around an axle & soldering it solid. Used AMT kits that were available for building modifieds.
(Still my passion) The scenery was balled up newspaper I covered with flour & water & spray painted.
The lichen bushes grew anywhere on the island. I don't remember what the rest of the junk was made from. :D :D

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I still have a couple of the guides from the "way back years". :lol:

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Re: The OLD days

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Mon May 09, 2016 1:39 pm

This is just outstanding. I was talking about this story to others the other day. This is pure "slot car determination".

Thanks Brew, I really enjoy see these photos.
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Re: The OLD days

Postby ShotgunDave » Mon May 09, 2016 2:17 pm

Wow Dave! And we're all whining that we can't get this or that. Meantime, you made EVERYTHING for that track! Outstanding!
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Re: The OLD days

Postby mattb » Mon May 09, 2016 2:43 pm

OUTSTANDING
pix of a few...old slot cars and tracks
http://s229.photobucket.com/user/matts65/library/
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Re: The OLD days

Postby strangebrew » Mon May 09, 2016 5:55 pm

I'm sure somebody's got equally interesting stories to contribute from the OLD DAYS. I don't know if it was "ingenuity & passion" as
much as boredom......(You know Guam is a small island in the middle of the Pacific, right! & 2 years is long time to be there)
We had a 2 bedroom place on base since it was my 2nd overseas assignment so I put the track in my 1 1/2 yr old son's bedroom,
but had to move it to the living room area because track time interfered with his bed time.
I guess I haven't learned a thing since then 'cuz I still build the same way. (Just with better tools) :laughing-rolling:
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Re: The OLD days

Postby dreinecke » Mon May 09, 2016 8:23 pm

Dave - Absolutely FASCINATING!!! Love the track and cars. Very cool you held on the pictures for all this time.

I'm a Guam baby...meaning I was only half there in 1966 ;)
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Re: The OLD days

Postby vonsirius » Mon May 09, 2016 9:51 pm

Fantastic track!!!! It's awesome!!!!!
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Re: The OLD days

Postby BIG E » Thu May 12, 2016 12:32 pm

...and that's the way it was done. Excellent! -- Ernie :>)
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Re: The OLD days

Postby RazorJon » Thu May 12, 2016 10:55 pm

lol cool photos and better story, thx Brew
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Re: The OLD days

Postby ccobra » Sun May 15, 2016 8:15 am

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Here's an old motor and ring and pinion setup that I ordered through the mail a few days ago. This setup in in its second car that I built back in the early 90's. Now I'm thinking of making a plastic frame for it using CAD and my little printer.
Anyway this motor and gear setup has an enjoyable memory for me. It was first put into a AMT 'Get Smart' Alpine that I would race against my friend on our combined Eldon tracks to make one big track. As long as we were on the track at the same time, this motor could keep up with his Eldon car for it drained all the amperage from the transformers. We even used both our transformers on the track to get more power since the Eldon tracks were a little underpowered anyway. I guess this is why I still order parts through the mail to build this little cars.
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