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| Scalextric News - Ford Mustang Boss 302
|Posted by JEXY1 - 17-05-13 11:29 - 7 comments
|Scalextric; Ford Mustang Boss 302
Team; Reventlow Pettey Racing
Driver; Paul Pettey
Race; Trans Am Series
Class; American Muscle
Available; Q3 - 2013.
In the 70’s. Paul Pettey and Richard Reventlow took six months to turn a showroom Mustang into a full‐fledged Trans Am racer.
Not being experts, however, the first tech inspection at the track was a disaster, and the car was not allowed to race.
A few months later, however, they were ready to go. The car ended up racing in seven Trans Am Series races in the Midwest and on the East Coast. The best finish was 14th place. The car, now owned by Ken Adams, races in vintage Trans Am races during the summer months. All of the cars in these events are the actual cars, not recreations.
DETAILED & LIVERIED
Quick‐change Braid :Fast replacement of braid - No tools required.
Blue plastic base, crystal lid.
1 x PAIR BRAID PLATES
Mabuchi SP - 18k rpm - Gear ratio 11:36
Rear Mounted Motor - Sidewinder - 2 wheel driveWords and pictures as supplied by Hornby
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| Scalextric News - Chevrolet Camaro GT-R YACO No.35
|Posted by JEXY1 - 16-05-13 11:16 - 2 comments
Chevrolet Camaro GT-R YACO No.35
Available Q2 2013
Team Yaco Racing UG from Germany raced two Chevrolet Camaro cars.
This livery, known as the “No35 Team”, piloted by drivers Geipel and Sandritter was campaigned in the ADAC GT Masters.
DETAILED & LIVERIED
Quick‐change Braid : Fast replacement of braid - No tools required.
DPR – Digital Plug Ready
Working head and tail lights
Mabuchi SP18k rpm
Gear ratio 11:36
Rear Mounted Motor - Side-Winder - Rear two-wheel driveWords and photos as supplied by Hornby
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| Scalextric News - Ford Escort - FEV 8H
|Posted by JEXY1 - 3-05-13 11:10 - 13 comments
Scalextric News - Ford Escort - FEV 8H
Roger Clark - Rally Monte Carlo 1970
Available; 2013 - Q3
Roger Clark’s well‐known Ford Escort FEV 8H, run by Ford’s works team, finished 5th in the 1970 Monte Carlo Rally. Roger Albert Clark, MBE, a legendary character in the world of rallying, was Britain's most successful driver in the 1960s and 1970s.
Many think him the best of all time.
Although justly famous for twice winning Britain's RAC International Rally in Ford Escorts ‐ in 1972 (with Tony Mason as his co‐driver) and in 1976 (with Stuart Pegg) ‐ in a glittering career he won 25 other major international rallies, in Britain, Europe, Canada, and South Africa. For two decades he was not only the best of British, but was warily respected by rivals all over the world.
DETAILED & LIVERIED
Quick‐change Braid : Fast replacement of braid - No tools required
Working head and tail lights
Pictures and words supplied by Hornby.
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| SLOT Magazine
|Posted by SLOT Magazine - 30-04-13 22:17 - 136 comments
There is a new magazine in town - almost.
SLOT Magazine is a new publication from respected modelling publishers ADH, who have a variety of titles covering RC cars, RC aircraft, military modelling, boats, planes, and the Tamiya Magazine. The first issue is due out in June, timed so that there will be feature coverage of the 2013 Slot Festival, where you can meet the team on our stand at the event.
SLOT Magazine intends to cover all aspects of slot - racing, collecting, building, tracks, history, tuning, and much more. We hope there will be something for everyone, and easy availability should bring more people into this great hobby.
There is already a live website with lots of news snippets at www.slotmagazine.co.uk plus a Facebook page and Twitter page. Available from the website are apps for android phones, Iphones, and Ipads.
SLOT Magazine has an experienced team of publishers, editors, and contributors. We will welcome your posts and comments, or you can send us a PM although a direct email will get a faster response from firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and see us at Gaydon or look in your local bookstalls in June for the first issue - you could win a Scalextric set in the competition, and win a slot car if you subscribe at Gaydon.
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| SureChange Guides - a review
|Posted by GregK - 24-04-13 22:05 - 12 comments
| There is a new guide on the track, it is quite different to the rest because it has been designed specifically to be as utilitarian as possible. Many slot car enthusiasts often have several makes or brands of cars in their precious collection. Some will only fit and use the original parts and others are now beginning to look around for generic parts so that they do not need to keep a growing inventory. There can be no doubt that the guide is one of the most important parts of a slot car. So if you can come up with an elegant solution, that encompasses the strength of the good ones whilst removing the weaknesses that can plague a good car, then you can’t be far wrong.
Richard Perry of Route1Racing kindly sent me some sample guides for review. I received two standard white ones and two of the full-Monty black kits complete with braids and a spare infra-red LED. My viewpoint on slot cars is very much leaning towards the digital side, and I spend a lot of time digitising cars both for myself and others. One aspect of digitising a car that can take quite a time and will ruin it if done badly, is the siting of the infra-red LED. It is essential to find a suitable place and drill an accurate hole for it. This must be as near to the guide as you can get so as to diminish the effects of tail drifts which moves the LED further away from the track sensor as the car waggles from side to side. The driver depends on the chip’s ability to activate the various lane changers and pit lanes required in a digital track. Miss a pit stop and your race may end if you run out of fuel, miss the chance to overtake and you can say goodbye to the chequered flag. Track design has been held back somewhat because you could never place a lance changer or pit lane immediately after a turn, an extra piece of track was always need to straighten the cars up for the sensor. On a fast track this might have been a full straight. The downside of this strategy was that you had to reduce the length of the pit lane to compensate as very racers have the luxury of a lot of space.With SureChange, all that is now swept away. These guides locates the LED right at the front of the blade so that you will never miss a sensor again if the car is waggling its tail around the track. The LED will always be able to communicate with the sensors as the signal strength is as high as it can be. The hole is made so that it is a firm interference fit for the LED. The guide is also engineered with two small ridges on the topside to prevent the dome of the LED from protruding too far down; these can be removed if you need a greater depth. This thoughtfulness means that you do not need any messy hot glue or finger-sticking super glue neither do you need to find a drill bit or a reamer, all you have to do is gently press down with your nails until the LED is snugly in place. It is so snug that it is impossible to damage the bulb of the LED whilst racing. Some manufacturers often change the shape of the chassis around the pivot point for the guide. This is a natural progression for a manufacturer as they strive to improve their products. The SureChange guide can cope with that because the guide is made from sintered nylon which allows it to be easily shaped with a craft knife or by sanding. In keeping with this design philosophy, the guide post is deliberately made long so that you can trim to whatever size you need for your car. The design features do not stop there as there is a small hole in the blade to work the steering mechanism as pioneered by Chase Cars. It is possible to use any types of braid that suits you and your track. The versatility of this new guide allows for two methods of attaching the braids. Some racers like the SCX method of allowing both ends of the braid to be in contact with the track so eliminating the bulkiness of a double fold as used by Scalextric. The more traditional approach of using pins to trap the pickup wires against the braids is also catered for by the addition of two small hoops on the top of the base plate. Another neat design element are the two small horns at the front of the guide that keep the braids tidy and prevents them from splaying too much. The talk is all well and good but what does it mean if you use a Surechange guide on your car or in this case a FLY Sisu S1250 ETRC racing lorry …… I choose this vehicle to demonstrate how to fit the SureChange guide because it is very different to the usual cars that we are used to seeing. In the next photograph, you get an idea of the differences between the old style FLY guide and the new SureChange one.
The extra protuberance that holds the infra-red LED in place can be seen at the front on the bottom guide. The white marks on the shaft is where I have sanded it for a smoother fit.
The next stage is to prepare the Scalextric F1 C7005 chip prior to fitting. The motor leads will be left at their original length and an extra Ferrite Man is added to cut down on the spikes produced by the back-EMF from the motor. We want to eradicate as much interference as possible.
The green and yellow pickup wires have been shortened and the front Ferrite Man has been re-attached. Short lengths of the original pickup wires has been added to the Ferrite Man’s feet, preserving the eyelets. On the older style Scalextric vehicles which use springy bars to provide the connection from the braids to the pickups, I would have soldered the feet directly onto them.
The guide was prepared and the wires were secured in place and the LED has also been fitted in place. Notice the absence of any extra holes in the chassis to accommodate the digital chip. This can be clearly seen in the photo
.The only giveaway that this truck has been chipped is the LED just peeping out in front of the guide.[/size]
Digitising this truck was a lot simpler to perform than previous vehicles I have done. It was easy to get the lengths of wire just right and despite me having to re-wire the pickup wires the work was really quick.
All that remains now is to spot some hot-glue on the floor of the chassis to hold the chip securely in place. It is not wise to leave chips loose especially in large vehicles as short circuits may occur in shunts and crashes ……. then bang would go your chip and it would release all the magic smoke that digital is known to run on.
The finished article …….. ready to hit the track and race.
Summing up: ….. the SureChange guide is very easy and adaptable to use. It fits many different vehicles from several different manufacturers and can be adapted by sanding or re-shaping with a sharp knife. You will never miss a lane-change sensor again and with the infra-red LED so close to the track sensors, maximum efficiency is achieved. The design of the guide allows for two different ways of fitting the braids so you can choose the way that suits you best. You can also choose how you fit the eyelets, if you need to use them.
OK now we come to the downsides ……. the worst one that I could think of is that the white one does start to look a little grubby after a lot of use. Other than that, the two small “horns” at the front of the guide that firmly lock the braid in place might need to be trimmed back to allow the guide to fit better.
The $64,000 question … would I buy some? Without a doubt and without a hesitation. Though it has to be said that the vast majority of my cars are made by Scalextric and are fitted with the round “easy-fit” guide system. Richard and Gareth did not design their guide for to replace these particular guides but I have heard that they are working on another new design that could replace them. When that happens, I will be moving over to this system as I should be able utilise my chips in a similar fashion to the DPR ones that are now taking hold in the digital sector, which means that I will not need so many of them.
SureChange Guides Review
Greg Kilkenny - 24th April, 2013
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