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    This is 1/24, but I encourage everybody to add any scale car to this thread. I have a few cars that are special to me and will post some of them. First off is a complete replica, nothing original except the frame. It's the International Tijuana Taxi.
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    This is pretty much an impossible car to find. Years ago I got a body from Speed and Sport that was made on the original mold. I plugged that body and sent it to Bruce Patterson who made me 10 bodies for the gift of the plug. I made stickers, not decals just stick on yellow paper on the sides and made a sombrero from a screwdriver handle and a Dremel. I molded the hats and got a great painter to paint the 10 bodies. I got 10 NOS International frames from Gary Nowlin. They were the universal 36 D s/w frames. The production taxi used a frame about 1/4 inch wider and the universal frames needed to be spaced to fit the body correctly. I got motors and tires and wheels from Ed Sourbeck and built all the cars the same. I gave one to the painter, gave one to a buddy in OZ and kept one for myself. I made nice displays in clear cases and sold the other 7 at the Dolton slot car show around 1990. A few years later I actually got an original which was one of only 3-4 I had known of at that time. I carefully peeled stickers to get exact copies made and made a mold for the hat. Once done I sold my original to the Los Angeles Slot Car Museum and was happy with the nice replica for myself.
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    I actually got pictures from a young guy in Az who had one sealed in the package that was his fathers, I had no luck buying it. It is only the second one known to be in a package.
    I have tracked about 4 other real ones for sale over the years and a couple of my repros have shown up but not called repros. These cars were all hand painted by Bob Kovacs, so if production was 1,000 I would be surprised, plus they came out late 66/67 and are a basic 36D chassis, so not at all competitive with rtr cars from most companies.

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    The bubble for this car is just a vac formed 20k plastic. I supplied what I could to another collector that is great with paint and photoshop and he came up with a very nice copy of the original packaging. He based his work on pictures I had of the original the young guy sent me from Az. This is one of the pictures he sent me. When Scott Macleod was still doing vac formed bodies,he actually had the mold to do the bubble for this package.

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    So this is not a great performance car and not a detailed hard body like a Cox car, but it is my favorite outside of my scratchbuilt old Chaparral 2D from 1965.

    One of my favorites, what are some of yours?
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    Very cool idea for a discussion.

    Am too much of a "newbie" to participate, but am looking forward to see what others post...

    Mark (still) in Oregon

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    • #3
      Matt, my fav's were the AMT Super Stock '66 Impala. The pair pictured were my pride & joy for over 20 years, mint boxed examples that had never been run. I let them go about four years ago with mixed feelings, but I still have two AMT '66 Impala radio promos bought cheap and I will convert one to slot car duty. The '66 was a fav of mine because my dad had Impala Super Sports when I was young, a chateau slate 1966 396 SS and an adobe beige 1963 327 SS.

      DAVE - MI, USA

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      • #4
        I can relate my dads buddy had a 66 what a car

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ID:	33022 Dave, I have lt green 66, but it's not boxed. I agree that is's a great car. I like that blue one, too. I like the orange Mustang, also. I think I had one a few ears ago. I do have a blue Mustang tat is used, but nice and it still has the box. A local guy that I have known a long time has a NOS grange Mustang, but he has handled it so much the box has turned to trash over the last 30 years. You probably know Paul M that lives somewhere up there in Mi. He bought about 8-10 nos boxed AMT cars last fall from an ex AMT employee or son. He had about every stocker boxed. I do like them

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          • #6
            Matt, yes I know who Paul M is. I never dealt with him too much and haven't seen him in 15-20 years but I do know he's still actively buying where as I'm not. About 25 years ago I traded to Emmett a beige/tan AMT Super Stock Fastback Mustang used in very good condition and in the orig box, it was the first time he let me dig through his collection all stacked up in the beer cases.
            DAVE - MI, USA

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            • #7
              I had the brown one, but it didn't inspire me like the orange one. Emmett has been selling a lot of stuff. Looks like you would be poking around his back room when he has the swap meets.
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              • #8
                My 1/24 collection seems to grow every day but here are a few favorites.
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                • #9
                  Looks like an IMC Chaparral. I don't think I have the skills to even build one of those kits... The old monogram Midget is always a favorite..I think the Monogram Midget and the Monogram 1/24 Lotus 38 are probably the finest detailed slot racers ever built. . Big donkey resins makes a nice resin Monogram Midget body and there are some posts on here of some of the big Midget racers 1/18 scale that guys have built and used brass tubing for the suspension and bumpers.. they were really nice builds. I can't find any of those pix or that thread, but I bet Harry will remember who was building that stuff.
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                  • #10
                    Hey Matt,

                    Yes, that's the rather fragile IMC 2E that I coverted to a slot car using a inline 1/24 Revell aluminum "ladder" chassis. The two red cars are original Russkit builds from kits. All original parts including the double motor "black widow" chassis on the Iso Griffo.
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                    • mattb
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                      I understand the ISO is a rare car if it has the frame made for the wider car and not the bolt on adapter.

                  • #11
                    I will post some of my American steel tomorrow....

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                    • #12
                      My collection of American Stockers.

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                      • #13
                        Nice bunch of stockers. We ran some hardbody stockers for awhile, but left most of the parts on the track. I like those big cars, though..
                        Matt B
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