I had to go 50 mile to find a good hobby shop, well, it was the only one in the area. They had the planes both static and RC hanging from the ceiling. They also had a large RC German panzer on display.
That's really cool info. Thanks for sharing that.I built model cars in junior high and high school back in the 60's and my last year of high school I used to race slot cars but not the kind of cars that ran on a round track. For a while in southern California there were 1/24th scale drag strips that were black Formica and about 50 feet long. ET's were measured in seconds and tenths of a second and good qualifying time was about 1.25 seconds. at the end of the drag strip the about ten more feet covered with a loose silk parachute for the cars to run into and slow down after the timer was tripped and the power shut off.
There were no commercial slot car dragsters ore even kits made back then and you had to make your own car ftom scratch.
We made the frames out of sheets of 1/8th thick magnesium and bolted the frame pieces to the sides of a big square DC motor with a re-wound armature, and at the front of the frame was an aluminum axle with two small narrow skinny tires made of O-rings mounted on narrow aluminum wheels.
The rear tires were originally foam rubber airplane tires for gas-powered balsa wood planes and were round tires that had to be turned on a lathe so that they were teh same size and had a flat surface like racing slicks. Cutting them down also made them more like 1 24th scale size from what they were originally.
A good friend and I started mounting 1/24th scale model car bodies on our dragsters and turning them into funny cars. My friend had a 1965 Chevelle el Camino body that was super lightweight because it had no windshield or rear "glass" and the bed of the truck was covered with a "tarp" that was made out of paper.
My car was made by some company that made cars out of very thin clear plastic that you could paint on the inside and the paint job would look perfect but you'd have to mask the windows. They came with an interior but I left that out and "tinted' the windows black. I happened to find a 1965 dodge and painted it to look like Landy's 1965 Dodge funny car. That same year, we used to see Landy run that car at Lions drag strip in Long Beach, Ca.