Slot Classics 10th Anniversary Celebration Model
The veritable 1936 BMW 328 as driven to 7th place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1939 by R.Röse and P Heineman...
There are a few still around today, one of which entered the 2004 Le Mans Clascis event in Grid 1...
Pic courtesy Ultimatecarpage.com
So apart from a (as you will see) wonderful 1/32 scale model for our tracks, what else do we get in this celebration set?
It starts thus...
A huge and well made cardboard presentation box complete with the model number limited to 400 as usual.
One difference this time is that all 400 are RTR, usually it is split between RTR and prepaint kit.
Removing the lid shows us...
Your Certificate of authenticity, again with matching model number and a box contents list in Spanish, English and German.
It also gives you the specs of both the 1:1 car and the 1:32 model. I copy them below for you, I am sure Cèsar won't mind:
I will leave it to the total purists to debate scale authenticity !
Removing the Certificate reveals a fantastic historical reference book on Slot Classic from the start to today.
Written by the well known German Slot fanatic and collector Uwe Kitza, who has his own site: www.raceclassics132.com
After lifting out the and reading the book quickly through for the first time we are finally presented with the car, complete with a period diorama mounted on a wooden base...
So now we need a close inspection and after removing the base and then the securing screw we get to the resin cast diorama on its wooden plinth.
Again, completely hand finished with flock and a detailed wooden fence...
Yes yes, that is all wonderful and fine but you want pics and details of the car right?
Well Ok, all the above help add to a unique and special release as befits this small Company dedicated to hand produced, 1:32 scale RTR slot cars and being highly placed amongst such noteable peers as Maxi Models, MMK, Lovespeed and Protoslot.
But the real reason this package was bought was to get the car, well for me at least this was the main driving force. So, here you go, the first up close glimpse you have seen on the Net...
It's heavy and high as they all are, but the unique side pans of the chassis (almost identical to the PCS32 btw. A chicken and egg story?) help to lower the centre of gravity and make it manageable.
Mine is absolutely blemish free and once on the track even the 'too wide' looking gap between front wheel and arch dissappears.
Getting up close and personal comes next as you sit back and enjoy the views..
All the light inserts line up level and are metal (with a clear resin dip for the lens it seems) so feel very strongly held in place.
You can see the amazing screen here, even replicating the side panel.
Excellent wheel inserts as usual, along with the extra fine decalling. by he way you get 5 tyres with this car! where is the fifth?...
Right there where it should be ! Most would have made that part of the boot mould.
Here's that sweet chassis, also stamped with the decade beginning and end. The number on the motor is for Slot Classic internal use and the model number is stamped inside the bodywork.
Now, the above picture brings us to the only two low points of the car, it is the same for all the Slot Classic cars I have and it is at worst annoying for a slot car and at best, actually pretty easy to fix.
The cheap axles and crown gear - The front axle I can live with but the rear has to go before these cars will run even moderately well on a track.
I also dislike the standard and cheap Mabuchi used, it lacks power AND no two are even remotely similar in performance.
So what do I do? well I have two levels of tune up with these cars, I always replace the motor with a proslot evo one. I have alot of these and have managed to find a batch of around 25 that are even in performance and I have these in my 'Slot Classic tuning box' I dont use them for any other cars anyway. Then I do one of two things further...
I replace the rear axle and crown gear for Slot.It, keeping the 9/27 ratio and refit and true the wheels and then the original tyres - OR...
I also replace the wheels with Slotline Classics WHEN I can get them (cough cough) now you know why I need them Kai!!
The inserts can be turned down to fit with very little effort and it is this tune up level that actually gets these cars running so splendidly for me.
How do they run? well they have a good turn of speed and handling is predictable so they are easy to master and they have never heard of the word 'magnet'. However they were never meant for high speed tracks and will max out early and at low speed but they are perfect for small home or scenic tracks and luckily I have just the track for them !
Price? well it wont suprise you to know it is high, but as a collectors piece which is what this car is, the initial tag of around € 330 isn't too bad. Don't agree? well think what they are going to cost in a couple of years time and look at what standard Slot Classics are fetching now on Ebay and at Slot Fairs. Slot Classic have become one of the most, if not THE most sought after Companies amongst the serious 1:32 scale European Collectors and it isn't hard to see why.
Thanks for reading this far and I hope you enjoy the read.
By the way, those two upside down cars above are, in order...
A Mercedes 300 SL Spyder
An Alfa Romeo Monoposto
Copyright: ©: Allan Wakefield 2005
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