The TycoPro ORIGINAL prototype...now in dragster form...Built by Pat Dennis, and Rebuilt by Pat Dennis!
to this......hitting the track at the Hobby Shops...showcasing to the hobby shop owners what was planned as "coming soon" from the folks at Tyco...
"The chassis, from the front of the motor on back is as originally built. The crown gear is the original from my Unimat, you have the other one with pinion piece as described...The motor in this chassis is special. It has additional laminates and oriented magnets. This is the special motor referenced in the story as NOT being shown to Mabuchi....The body has some wear now...repairs were started with dental acrylic..."
Question: "Pat, .I am afraid to detach the body, even 1 time for photos...unless you think it would be safe to do so I won't...but I'd love to see underneath. I did touch the contacts to power...you'll be pleased to know it still spins well....What is the origin of the body? Appears to be a Riggen guide flag???? Can you comment on the design of the front dish wheels?"
Answer: "Go ahead and remove the body, but work over some surface
that will allow you to find the screws - they are very short. You will have
to pull the drop arm down a bit to remove the front one. Note the rear mounting
method, designed to allow vibration absorption - this is a leftover from my
1/32nd racing designs. The body is a Modified Mini Lindy. Flag is definitely
not a Riggen, I think it is a first shot TycoPro. The front wheels are mine,
straight off my Unimat. Note the rear wheel nuts are screwed in from the outside
(see the screwdriver slots) - I understand that this is a "recently
discovered" method of allowing wider rear wheel/tire assembles."
"The "Godzilla" long-nose drag Mustang body was made from two Mini Lindy cars, I cut one nose off long and the other kept only most of the nose and then grafted them together (similar to the Aurora Cobra bodies that were "widened" using an asymmetrical cut). Paint is most likely "Sunflower Yellow" automotvie paint from General Motors."
Notice the long drop arm....
"The hole in the aluminum drop arm is to allow a shot of Tuner-lube
to the commutator, just before a run. This is the equivalent of supercharging
for the first few seconds of run time - more than enough for dragstrips."
Custom machined (by Pat) aluminum fronts...
Now of course this isn't Pat's first dragster....