Strombecker Slot Cars....

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  1. Recce

    Recce Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I had an Aurora HO set on a 4x8 sheet of plywood in the basement. Spent many a happy day down there with a buddy or two. Still have the cars in the box. Somewhere around nine cars I think. I still think I have the track but I don’t think it works. Those track pins were a pain.
     
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    I just had HO cars, in fact I may still have a few stashed somewhere in the closet.
     
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    those pins were HORRIBLE. Especially the staple-shaped ones in the center
     
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    By the time I got a car and controller, the track closed...
     
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    A pal of mine down in Chesapeake VA has a large 1/24 track housed *in its own building* on his property.

    Step into that place and you're 10 years old all over again!
     
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    Those Cox mag frames were works of art. Rewinding Mabuchi motors was the precursor to winding guitar pickups.
     
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    Yeah, I got into HO trains around the time we briefly had a house with a full unused basement. Same 4x8 setup, combining the cars and trains. I did have a pretty good setup IIRC, but still lots of crashes and derailments. Because that was the fun part.
     
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    Oh my, what a memory - it was Red, of course
    1/24 scale GTX 5000 (wtf that meant)
    and an entry-level controller

    Herb's Hobby Shop - he rented track-time and sold all manner of hot-rodding supplies.
    OP touched a tender memory - that was one year when the box under the tree was an absolute Winner.
    Many of the other years, I was probably an ungrateful little punk.
    Thank you for this singular, positive memory from childhood.

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    This thread made me think of the Scalextric sets I bought for my son. Unprovoked, he pulled them out yesterday. Along with the Lionel Polar Express.
     
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    We had 2 different 1/24 scale tracks in the little town I grew up in for a while. The best one (Lucky's) also had a good variety of pinball machines, a few pool tables and a few snooker tables. There was also a row of shoe shine chairs that usually had a few 15 year olds sitting in them smoking Marlboros. Whenever the phone would ring there was a chorus of "...I'm not here". Underage smoking not withstanding, it was a really good place for those of us prone to getting into trouble to stay out of it. I had a Cox Lotus with front wheels that actually 'steered' and a "Little Red Wagon" which was one of those Dodge vans that was a pickup - it specialized in doing wheelies. Fond memories of that time and place.
     
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    Like this:
    Little Red Wagon.jpg
     
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    Definitely old memories. Dad bought me a Cox "Jim Hall" Chaparral...which made exactly one afternoon's racing at the local parlor before they closed the doors. We had been racing there for a couple of years with crappy little 'toy' cars (I had a little chrome slingshot-style dragster that would wheelie, no idea what that was) but the Chaparral was a big step up. Foam tires, etc. I seem to recall I had a little green Lotus F1 car too.

    The racing parlor re-opened some months later with pool tables and arcade games (pinball and later video arcade stuff...where I spent all my quarters).
     
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    Scalextric slot sets are still made and are very high quality.
    I had Scalextric , AC Gilbert, and Aurora sets as a kid and a full commercial center set up with MRC controllers.
    My dad was the head toy buyer for a major regional department store in Western New York when I was a kid.
    I got into the HO scale for years. Remember the very first Aurora cars had a vibrating solenoid arrangement that ran a gear an the back axle. Later ones had a commutator motor and were much faster.

    https://www.scalextric.com/uk-en/shop/sets/race-sets.html
     
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    You could get sponge rubber tires for the HO cars too. We had a club at high school, but all they did was drag race. But I remember the discovery that, contrary to all logic, the Aurora oil that you used for the armature and the gears (that thick, red stuff) could be put on the spongees, and it gave them crazy traction. Some of the AFX cars would pop the pin out of the slot on launch. And then come to an immediate halt, of course.
     
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    We had HO cars at home when I was raising my two sons..Had a 4'X12' setup in the garage..4 lanes..We each had a couple of dozen cars..
    We also built and raced 1/24 scale at the local tracks..Kept us out of trouble..
     
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    That thick red oil really stunk. I kept my racing slicks in a bottle of it.

    We had enough track, and a basement large enough for a scale 1/4 track

    we had cars that would average 500+mph (scale) down that track

    I’m glad those vibrating solenoid Aurora motors were mentioned. I had forgotten all about them.
     
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    Had the ho ones a few years. It was our Chrismas present and my dad's second childhood. For some reason I remember the pinto being the fastest.
    I think the first was Aurora then afx. They were compatible systems or maybe afx bought them out.
     
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  18. imwjl

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    We were into the smaller HO Aurora type. My dad collected model trains and had all sorts but we built a rather significant HO layout. I do remember the Strombecker and other larger types.

    That was high tech play in the 1960s.
     
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    As I recall, AFX was just a higher performance Aurora. Tyco HO cars were smoking the original Auroras, so they came out with the faster AFX motor and chassis. The Tycos and the AFX cars were both a little out of scale compared to the original Aurora cars

    My first set was an Aurora "O" gauge set. Bigger than HO, but smaller than 1/32 by quite a bit. Fun toy, but pretty much a dead end as far as a hobby went.
     
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    The pic I posted is all Scalextric track I bought since 2008 all new stuff. Layout is about 85ft total if I remember correctly and is alot of fun to race on.
     
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