From: "Electric Dreams" <elecdreams@home.com> | This is Spam | Add to Address Book

To: "Thomas Bowman" <horacer@yahoo.com>

Subject: Re: HO Magnet car.

Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2001 21:00:43 -0700

 

I agree with everything you said. Regardless of who did it first, you are the one who pushed the concept in HO racing and deserve the due credit for it. And I am convinced that you were unaware of my own research in early 1970, as there was little chance that you would have been a reader of MAR.

When I went to work for the COX company in 1973 and developed the 1/40th "SuperScale", it was the first time that I was able to convince a manufacturer to use the magnet in a production car. Thus, the COX SuperScale line was the first PRODUCTION slot car in the world to use one specifically for added traction. However, the "Magna-Traction" by Aurora came in 1974 and were the first HO car to use the motor magnets for added traction, and the G-Plus (1975) was the second. But it took much longer for a HO manufacturer to install traction magnets which you developed and that I pushed without success on Riggen and Dynamic. I believe that Tyco did that in 1978. I am now retired but I run a business of vintage slot cars and parts called Electric Dreams in Costa Mesa, CA. But I have big plans to now develop and build my own 1/32 and 1/24 scale "T-Jet" like cars, in other words virtually maintenance free cars. I posted photos of the prototypes on OWH. As the COX SuperScale, they do not have lead wires, use a pin-type guide flag and have two magnets, one behind the guide, one below the motor. The motor greatly profit from the extra magnet and performance from a stock motor is actually increased. The sites where you can see these cars are: http://pub11.ezboard.com/ftheoldweirdherald132scale.showMessage?topicID=308. topic for the 1/32 scale and http://electricdreams.freeservers.com for the 1/24 scale.

The site where I posted the HO prototype photos and description is http://pub11.ezboard.com/ftheoldweirdheraldhoscale.showMessage?topicID=60.to pic All of these subjects created of course major controversy, but what the heck, I can take the beating.

I would be very pleased if you can take the time to visit me whenever you will be in SoCal. I thank you for the information that you provided and will be, along with the copies of the published stories, able to use it in my book.

I probably will give you a call when I am pinpointing some details in the story. May I have your authorization to use your response E-mail for clarifying the situation on DLís on the net?

Of course, they are only toys, but we only live so long so letís enjoy

every

aspect of the hobby!

Best regards,

PDL

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From: "Thomas Bowman" <horacer@yahoo.com>

To: "Electric Dreams" <elecdreams@home.com>

Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2001 10:49 AM

Subject: Re: HO Magnet car.

 

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