They say getting back to doing normal things can help. I've been
avoiding TrueScale Products, my hobby and a few other things I enjoyed for so
I hope to find the joy I had in making bodies for
this hobby again!
I have begun to consider taking a break from accepting body orders.
Most of you know that long delays in order processing is normal for TrueScale.
Something I’m not happy about.
I have little time anymore to produce bodies and fill orders and I need to
devote my time elsewhere.
I am still completing and shipping orders I have.
TSP will be closed until January 2014. During that time I will complete
orders still due to ship.
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
Thingie. More from Thingies™ brand BZ Batmoblie, BZ Black Beauty, and a
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
We're still on top in the
Trial is set to begin later this year. After a very weak and
insulting offer to sell the TrueScale mark, and after very unprofessional,
harassing and childish comments like,
"You already lost your first chance to settle with me. I hope
you will treasure the 2nd chance." Also a "frivolous
cease and desist" letter in an attempt to prevent me from speaking about this
issue or repeating anything (the truth) or anything that is told to me by the
sunrich owner. I have decided to ignore their intimidation attempt and
preposterous offer... for the second time!
V8 Supercars in 1/24 vacuum form on track for March release.
1966-1969 Lemans 24 hours
If you are a 60's Le mans enthusiast, TrueScale will be producing
scale bodies from that era in both 1/32 and 1/24, this year.
More scale bodies soon.
If you have been waiting for more TrueScale scale bodies, I will
attempt to complete some long time projects on "scale" bodies in both scales.
We're still on top in the
Trial on the "TrueScale" trademark issue set to begin later this
year. Initial disclosures are in. They show TrueScale Products having prior use
Gearing up for a Trademark Legal
Since 1986 I have used the name TrueScale and claimed it as a
Trademark. The time has come to defend the Mark from unauthorized use. Keep an
eye here for more news on this issue.
TSP store offline until May 28,
I cannot accept orders for a few weeks for vacation. I will be checking emails
should you have any questions.
Going back to our roots.
For some reason, I am getting the feeling that TrueScale is no longer
what it once was or used to be but has become this mass body producer/money
making Monster. Looking at this early 1980's photo reminds me of what I enjoyed
creating for my slot car hobby. I won't say that I will quit the "Retro" body
production I just hope to sell some molds and back away somewhat from Retro so I
can get back to what I really enjoy.
1. Electromagnet clamping.
Changes made to the Vacuum forming machine to help speed up
production of bodies keeping quality in mind. Also because I just like to tinker
in the TSP machine shop (my garage).
Plastic sheets were held on the machine with a 1" metal square tube clamping system. Hinged on one side and wing-nut bolts for clamping on the other
side. This meant that every time I feed plastic to the machine I had to
manipulate the bolts into place and hand tighten them to secure the plastic
I have added a small electromagnet to hold the clamping system shut while
the machine is in service. This not only works great but saves time and my
fingers no longer get raw from repeated tightening of the wing-screws.
2. Mold (tool) securing system. Use to be molds were held in place by
contact cement, double side sticky tape, or screws. This took time and I had
felt it could be done a much easier quicker way. I made a simple, one screw,
mechanical locking system that locks the molds in place. Now all I have to do is
place a mold on the machine platen (plate) and turn a counter sunk bolt that in
turn grabs the mold in place.
Time saving on this modification is amazing.
John Cukras and Mike Steube have actually been racing slot cars again
for sometime. I am proud to say that they (along with most others) are using
TrueScale Products True Scale Racing bodies. John and Mike, better known for
their racing in the 1960's can be found racing at
Buena Park Raceway They both are some
of the top racers of the modern Retro/D3 racing that has taken the world by
Mr. Western States (Dennis Cagle) has been
planning on and may soon be
making items available here at TSP. I have long considered Dennis a close friend
and partner. He may be the reason TrueScale Products began body production.
Back in the early 1980's when I was struggling to vacuum form my first slot car
bodies Dennis stood watching my failure and suggested how to solve what to me
was an unsolvable problem. His solution was the break through I was looking for.
I am enjoying the success of the True Scale Racing "TSR" Retro body line. Orders
have come from throughout the world thanks to the conception of D3 by D.
Sampson, P.Sterrett and M. Steube.
Just can't seem to keep up with orders. Which is causing many to contact me
about the long wait for their orders.
body 10-1-08, 1/24 TI-22. This is the short version a MAC replica originally
designed and made solely by Mr. Lloyd Asbury of Lancer. Story goes that
they took the Kirby TI-22 and shorten it up.
body 09-10-08, 1/24 Ford MKIV. Never was too interested in this one but I have
had many request for it so here it is.
body 09-10-08, 1/24 Mclaren M6A. Very narrow at 3 inches. I could make a wider
body 09-10-08, 1/24 Porsche 917-PA. This is a small wheelbase body. Just as with the real car
it is small all around. It should be well suited for the smaller tighter tracks.
It is one of my favorites.
New body 09-10-08, 1/24 TI-22. This is the long version of the TI-22's a