Part# TSR42 Approved for SCRRA
The latest in TrueScale news.
A emailed question and comment from today:
Question 1. “Why hasn’t your TI22 long body been sent for approval?”
Here’s my answer:
1. A sample of the stronger nosed TI22 long body was sent in for approval and was approved. If you are referring to the IRRA, it has not been submitted to the IRRA. I don’t need to submit bodies to the IRRA because I made it clear sometime ago that:
“It’s probability a great idea (you have) to remove all TrueScale bodies from the approved body list. At least three other body makers make the same bodies that I do, so I’m glad they can and have been, providing the bodies for your racing.
Thank you for your efforts in retro slot car racing.”
TrueScale bodies are no longer (or should not be) on the approved body list for the IRRA.
Comment 2. “All bodies have to be sent (submitted) in for approval”
2. I disagree completely with your statement! A manufacture is free to submit products to whom ever it wishes.
I am very please with the current TrueScale TSR24 TI22 body!
This is a special favor for a vintage slot car meet in Italy.
This is an Alfa Romeo 33/2 Periscopio in 1/24. A replica body of a MESAC body. Once erroneously referred to as a “Russkit Prototype” by a story teller!
New year, new bodies and more. Keep an eye on TSP® this year. Hopefully I can get back to the roots of TrueScale Products with scale bodies. After some much needed time off, things look good for this year here at TSP®. Thank you for your Great support last year!
New for 2013:
1/32 scale. Trans AM bodies most as built and raced in the MESAC club long ago.
Thingie. More from Thingies™ brand BZ Batmoblie, BZ Black Beauty, and a few others.
1/24 scale. TrueScale Can Am and Lemans type bodies, more russkit and Lancer replica bodies.
Retro. price cut for 2013.
Trademark case. A settlement is just about complete.
TrueScale 1/24 Gurney IMSA GT Toyota Celica, Willie T Ribs
TrueScale 1/24 Ford Mustang IMSA
These bodies were produced in the 1990’s for a short time. Most of the TSP molds back then were made from soft auto body resin and have not been durable enough for production use.
The online TSP store will re open soon.
It should bring some changes and new additions. Hopefully provide more scale and Thingies bodies that have been “in the works” for a few years.
Another problem with not having enough time to make bodies and fill orders is new molds don’t get worked on.
As a slot car body/mold manufacture, it was never my intention to actually get into the modern “shop” slot car body market. I was happy making molds/ or bodies for others and enjoyed making my TrueScale Products “Scale” bodies.
Now looking back after a few years of the Retro class still going, I feel the same.
Why did I dive into that market?
Two phone calls. One from a racer who I have known for many years, John Cukras, and another from the shop owner Chris Gallegos, The owner of Buena Park Raceway. They told me they needed bodies for the Retro class.
John remembered I had old molds of the types of bodies they needed or could make others. Chris wanted to stock them also but rather inquired about purchasing his own molds for his own use.
I realize that TrueScale was not the “First” retro body manufacture for this Retro class. Who was first shouldn’t really matter.
What mattered to me was to get the bodies the racers needed and wanted, to jump into this new slot racing class and be part of a movement in Slot car racing I had only dreamed of. Much like it was in the mid 1960’s to 1970. It felt good to be a part of it!
I could remember walking into a Raceway during a Retro event and being recognized. In my mind I thought, this is what My Dad, Jim Russell, Hi Johnson, Gordon Brimhall, Etc. must have all felt when walking into a shop and racers recognized, and were glad to see them and talk to them.
My only regret is that I could not be a part of the racing action by racing my cars.
Regardless, I am very thankful to all my customers and purchasers of TrueScale bodies, throughout the world. I feel I have been a major part of the Retro racing scene.
The TSP Guarantee:
It was inevitable that copying of TrueScale bodies would happen and it has. I agree with many who would say that most if not all Retro bodies are copies of a “TrueScale” body.
Most of the bodies found now in the TrueScale Retro bodies catalog were rare or hard to find prior to Retro racing. Whether I used an old mold or made a new replica mold from an old original body, I can Guarantee. That a TrueScale body was made with much more care and consideration of many variables than most others.
Most racers already know some of those variables and in so doing, will choose a TrueScale body 9 times out of 10.
I never denied that some TrueScale Retro bodies are copies, replicas from old bodies or reproductions from old molds. I still always try my best to realize the work and effort that originally went into the production of any slot car body from the past and respect the people who put so much effort into it and be Thankful to them!
In so doing, I have tried my best to produce something as good or better than what these fine and talented people made for the slot car racing world in the past.
Like I wrote: “The TSP Guarantee.” I have compared other brands of bodies that appear to be made from a TrueScale body and most still do not compare to the original made by TrueScale for many reasons or “variables”.
Some people claim TrueScale bodies are “not available” they are! And have been.
However, they aren’t made in abundance as most and I can’t keep up with the demand for them (while I work a day job full time.) I can guarantee that they will all be identical to each other and will be perfect 99% of the time. If not I replace it for free!
I apologize to all, for the long delays in getting your order and that TueScale bodies are not at most raceways because of the fact they are not sold to distributors who stock the raceways. I simply could not produce enough bodies on a timely basis to fill any order from a distributor so I have never accepted orders from the major slot car distributors and will not until I can produce bodies quicker.
I’m currently am on a vacation from TrueScale Products for a few weeks. While I am away I am considering an offer to sell the TrueScale Retro line of bodies. But I’m also trying to come up with ways to improve sevice