As we are old fashioned souls who make things, I think we should be equally old fashioned in our choice of bits 'n' bobs. OK, I am entirely favoured in this endeavour by having been the recipient of a large part of my old chum Tom's collection of open framed motors. Along with my own existing Romfords, K's and Zeniths, I feel no need to use any of these modern Japanese can things, except the specialised Mashimas in Bloody Mary, the only motors small enough!
So, folks, pictures please, of any car powered by an open frame, "proper" motor and some idea of where to get Eldi, Taylormade or MRRC brass bevel gears, please. I have a few bevels that John Robinson sent me, but they won't last long.
I won a VIP Club Special chassis on ebay recently, so that's another tick on the list. With it came a very tidy Corvette Stingray body, an ex Revell one. Oddly, when my Club Special chassis was original, I mated it with a Stingray, albeit the excellent MRRC vac-formed one. I have 2 Darnell vac-formed bodies, but not sure which to make up as a working car, the Lola T70 or the Cooper F1.
You see, I have no problem with vac formed shells unlike everyone else. As long as a vac-form is accurate, it's a perfectly valid kind of shell.
So, come on scratchbuilders, let's see you using open framers.
Neat idea, only one problemo. These antique openframe motors use magnets that unfortunately over time lose a lot of their magnetisation.
Try one out, you'll be lucky if to get the armature to move without help. Luckily there are places in the U.K. that can ZAP these old motors, but in the USA we're are not so lucky.
The other alternative is to get a replacement Neodymium magnet which I believe are available on EBAY. Unfortunately I have found that Neodymium magnets disintegrate in about 2-3 years, unless they are stored in a climate controlled environment.
So all in all it's usually not worth the effort...unless you can aquire your own magnet zapper, that is appropriate for re-zaping these old iron based magnets.
John, if I ordered some bevels from Patto, could you receive them and send them back with Mel's bodies? Patto charges nonsense postage fees. Better still, could you get 'em for me and I'll pay you when you get them? I can pay you by Paypal.
1 set of each at least. I can make them suitable for 1/8th" axles, no probs.
Chris, I think John Secchi will rezap magnets for us, or failing that there'll be an article on making one somewhere. But amongst the motors Tom sent me are some which have so much magnetism I can't turn the shafts by hand.