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Old 04-05-2006, 05:05 PM   #16
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Will your quality of lexan get better? I have painted Alpha's where the sides were 2 different thickness. And this is just not one body. Every one I paint is this way. Your 1/12 lexan could be better also.

The new body looks good.
I think the inconsistent thickness issue has something to do with how they are pulled over the mold....I have had bodies from Parma, Protoform, HPI, Losi, Ride, Trinity and Yokomo that all have suffered from this problem. I just got done painting up 4 Parma Alfa's that were all the same thickness on each side. At the same time I just painted up 2 Proto Stratus and 2 Mazda 6's and the Mazda's were both thinner on one side then the other....so this problem isn’t exclusive to Parma. The quality of lexan or what ever plastic they use is good and holds up just as good as Protoform IMHO. The only place I would give an edge to Protoform is in 12th scale. The Lt Weight bodies from Parma are paper thin and tear easily the Protoform ones seem to hold up better from what I have seen.

That new 200mm body looks sweet.....I like the "M" name.....
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Old 04-06-2006, 06:33 AM   #17
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I've always preferred Protoform over Parma because it seems like the Protoform bodies are better quality. Dale Epp (Mr. Protoform) is a member of this board, and I like his attitude toward designing new bodies and the hobby in general.

However, it's hard to argue with the success Parma's had on the racetrack. They were the first one's with the low slung 1/12 body, that I called a 1/12 scale slot car body because of how steep the rear wing was. You can't go to a carpet race without seeing several Alfa bodies.

A few years ago Parma made a 235mm touring car body, I forget the name. That was THE body to use at the world championship that year. It was ver different from what was out there. From the picture I've seen the new 200mm M body has a few of the features from that 235mm body.
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Old 04-06-2006, 07:07 AM   #18
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Forget which body is better...who would win in a wrestling match?

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Old 04-06-2006, 11:10 AM   #19
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Not just several Parma Alfas, but almost all of them. Go look at the results from the snowbirds of this year.... Everyone in the modified touring car was using a parma alfa as far as I know. It just works... thats why everyopne uses it. I know some people are starting to use the Protoform G6, but I still think the parma alfa is the #1 Foam Carpet body.

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I personally love the Parma Alfa (I mostly run foam). However, I don't like the wing as it tends to flex a bit more than the PFs. Before I trash a PF body I pull the spoilers and recycle them onto my Parmas. If you do a blowdryer test, you can see a bit more flexing on the Parma wing. I also dyecut my own vinyl window masks because, I agree, the ones that come with are a bit sorry looking.

And as quality of material, I agree with Kev K that the Parma holds up well. And IMHO, I feel it holds up better or just as good, but I think better, than PF.

Chicky, glad to here you got a new graphics person. Kinda wish I never turned that job offer 7 yrs ago from HPI to do art directing for an advertising firm. Looking forward to the new 200mm.
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I believe Parma uses a very high grade of lexan, not the "cheap stuff". But yeah-Paul hears form us locals all the time about the awesome window masks and the sweet grill on the alfa!!!

The Parma Alfas handling cannot be argued!!
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Forget which body is better...who would win in a wrestling match?
paul ciccarello vs dale epp. yes.

paul and i wrestle in my backyard alot. usually after it rains, when it's very muddy outside. he is very skilled.
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That's the years of Turkish oil wrestling experience..
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A few years ago Parma made a 235mm touring car body, I forget the name. That was THE body to use at the world championship that year. It was ver different from what was out there. From the picture I've seen the new 200mm M body has a few of the features from that 235mm body.

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paul ciccarello vs dale epp. yes.

paul and i wrestle in my backyard alot. usually after it rains, when it's very muddy outside. he is very skilled.
the don't call him seeballs for nothing
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paul and i wrestle in my backyard alot. usually after it rains, when it's very muddy outside. he is very skilled.
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In my opinion, Parma bodies look like hell, and I dont care how well they work. If they dont give you the body free, choose something that looks good...... and that is anything but Parma. They have been making crappy bodies for many years, just look at the catalog!
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In my opinion, Parma bodies look like hell, and I dont care how well they work. If they dont give you the body free, choose something that looks good...... and that is anything but Parma. They have been making crappy bodies for many years, just look at the catalog!
I agree it's not the prettiest, but you got to think function over form sometimes. Right? No pain, no A-main. It's all in your name.
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