He's also quoted as saying another run of t-jet magnets will be completed within 2 weeks, but than Tom Stumpf bought the entire run, so see Tom for Dash Magnets.
The sources continue with information regarding a pancake armature. Dan is rumored to have said that the armatures will drop in to an Aurora, Johnny Lightning or Auto World t-jet, X-Traction or Magnatraction chassis (3-gear or 4-gear). Dan also mentions that the armature will come from the factory with multiple resistance values for varying levels of performance (vintage, Magnatraction, drag racing, etc). This has generated much conversation and speculation. Will they, in fact, drop right in? What will the performance be? What will the reliability be? Will it be legal for the various racing series? Will it cause all existing armatures to be obsolete? If the rumors prove to be fact, time will tell.
Finally, the big bomb-shell is that these components will lead to a full chassis production. Magnets are ready and proven. Shoes are nearly ready. Arms are in the works. Gears are at the factory. A source quotes Dan as saying "Needless to say, the armature will eventually lead to the production of the various chassis that use this arm."
Interesting times here in the world of scale motorsports.
Tom Stumpf has confirmed with me that he will be taking possession of the Dash magnets. They will be $3 per pair. No volume price break was mentioned.
Feb 17, 2012
UPDATE 2: In addition to Tom Stumpf, Jerry Schmoyer at One Stop Slot Shop and one other unnamed person (possibly Jim Gase of JAG Hobbies) have split the most recent production run of Dash T-jet magnets. Wish I had gotten in on that order.
Feb 19, 2012
UPDATE 3: "From the horses mouth.This is to crush any rumors.I have purchased the entire run of Dash magnets..Dan has decided to come back and produce his great line of products again.New parts and new cars on the horizon.I purchased the magnets to help out.I am not in partners with anyone.Jerry Schmoyer has purchased a substancial amount of them.The price will still be the same $3.00 a pair.They should be here in 2 weeks.Anyone interested can contact me at Tomhocars@aol.com or at the shows..Thanks Tom Stumpf"
Feb 20, 2012
UPDATE 4: From HobbyTalk.com
Quote: Originally Posted by swamibob
I believe we've met, at least once, at the Midwest slot car show, probably when it was in Matteson.
I love your work and have purchased, in the past, a lot of your magnets. I've been contemplating building a new t-jet bare chassis myself. Is yours going to be an exact replica of the original T-jet chassis?
Tom (from Minneapolis)
Dash Dan's reply:
Exact? Nope. but it will have the same wheelbase and track. Magnets are already more powerful. shoes will be different. Arm will be similar but not 'exact'. Gears will be a low friction bronze alloy, not sure if the original used solid copper or an alloy. We won't be using plastic gears in the T-Jet , except for the crown.
Feb 22, 2012
UPDATE 5: From HobbyTalk.com
Dash Dan says...
Shoe samples arrived yesterday, they look great! we'll have them in a few weeks and Tom Stumpf will have them at the Midwest Slot Car show...