Fly BMW M1 Procar 'BASF' 1980
Take a seat, sip your coffee and peruse the new Fly M1 in close up and some history, then I will have a moan (so what's new!)
Up until now the only M1s you could get your hands on were from Scalextric and SCX, here is what they looked like, an early Scalextric version and a recent re-release from SCX in the same BASF livery as the Fly... ( Note the Scalextric and SCX versions use the same mold)
The M1 was the first car produced by BMW Motorsport. Originally
released in 1978, the M1 experienced production and homologation problems
that kept it from international competition until the car was no longer competitive.
First shown at the Paris Motor Show, the M1 was discontinued in 1981.
With a 24-valve cylinder head, the engine had 277 hp at 6500
rpm and develops 239 ft/lb of torque at 5000 rpm. Several racing versions
exist with power outputs of up to 850hp.
There is a wonderful gallery of M1 racing pics here at BMWworld.com.
In the meantime here are a couple of tasters...
Ok so on to the model from Fly...
At first glance it is stunning to look at, glossy, detailed and pretty accurate with a good stance. Sitting low and wide on its super fat tyres. However, a closer look disappoints, especially when comparing to the recent Alfas and Renault Turbos on offer.
A short list of initial points I found worth stating...
All in all not alot to complain about when the overall effect is so good but it is a shame to see these errors there when the previous few releases have been so good in the finish quality compartment.
On the up side the chassis is sturdy with alot of room for weight placement if you desire
Take a look see... and a choice of magnet shape and position is built in although I am unsure as to the point of the raised needle to the left of the front, round magnet holder, could it be a Digital mount and not a magnet one?
and how does it compare to the SCX re-issue?
On the track, I have not tested but assume it will fun with many of its counterparts in the Fly range with its very forward guide position and stadnard Fly sidewinder setup, motor and gearing.
For myself, I will be replacing the rear tyres,axle,crown gear, wheels (using the Fly wheels for inserts) and guide for Slot.It and Ortmann as usual. Not that I am saying this is required but it is my preference and a standard for Fly cars with me.
Lets hope the myriad of future re-liveries that are bound to come will be better quality.
© Swissracer 2005.
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