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In 1970 Associated Electrics introduced their first radio-controlled vehicle, the gas powered 1/8th scale RC-1. Updated continually throughout its production run the RC-1 was constructed almost entirely out of metal. A 3/16's thick 6x14 flat aluminum plate served as the chassis and supported a black powder coated crossbar steel front axle with multi-piece metal spindles mounted directly behind the zinc plated wire front bumper. The steel rear axle rode on a black powder coated steel subframe that married the .19 gas engine and spur/pinion direct drive solidly together. Mounted at the rear of the chassis was a rectangular plastic fuel tank, one of the few plastic pieces on the car. Braking was handled by a servo actuated drum attached to the motors output shaft and front suspension adjustments were limited to tracking and toe via a bell crank and turnbuckles. Closed cell foam tires on plastic wheels were included as was a clear polycarbonate body depending upon the kit purchased:

RC 1 - Complete kit with .19 engine. Included everything less radio. Choice of six body styles: Ferrari 312-P, McLaren M-8, Autocoast TI-22, Eagle Indy, Mongoose Indy, and Lotus Indy.

RC 1-C - Contained everything above plus extension plate and body mounting set for an available Dodge Daytona Charger, Ford Torino Talladega, or Dodge Challenger body.

RC 2 - Basic Kit; engine, body, and gas tank are not included.

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Re: Associated RC-1 Ad

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Oh man, this takes me back.
I've probably shared this before but I was riding with my dad in Springfield Il around that time when we notice a crowd forming at the JCPenny's parking lot on the corner of S. Grand and Dirksen Pkwy. They were racing these cars and it was probably my first exposure to RC. A year or two later, dad and I got our first RC's but they were planes. Dad was an aviation mechanic in the service during the 1950's and he loved planes.


Thanks for posting this ad. :D

I just checked and that JCPenny's store is still open at that location. :o
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You're welcome, dunno if you'd shared it before, but it's an awesome story. And shocking that the JCPenny's is still there and open! :shock:

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The Talladega must have been cool! I haven't found a pic yet; still looking.

Bare chassis:
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Photobucket is holding my pics for ransom.

Borrowed this pic from GYRC page.
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Good information. Where did you get the specs on the car from? I have only the barest details here:
https://apps.associatedelectrics.com/ateamapps/vehicle_reference/history/index.html

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Hiya Steve,

Thank you, I appreciate the compliment. A lot of information came from the instruction manual and Associated's website:
www.associatedelectrics.com/teamassociated/cars_and_trucks/RC1/RC1/
which also has a picture of a parts list.

I have a month or so worth of Associated ads to post and like to include some background info with the ads so please... ask, share, or correct anything you see.

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