JWRC #44 and Suzuki Swift JWRC #10
I hope you can see from the
photos these certainly look the part. The tampo printing is spot on,
crisp and clear the colours are bright and have a nice gloss shine on
both cars. The bodies are well made and robust. On the whole they are
very sturdy little models. With the integral mirrors, flexi aerials
and well constructed spoilers nothing is going to fall off the first
time you do. SCX have added nice touches inside the cockpit too,
with painted helmets, gloves and harnesses. It also
includes the competition seats, roll bars and the now mandatory
co-driver reading the pace notes. Though it is only the upper
I have looked over the pair to find fault with the finish, however it's all very neat and tidy, an impressive finish many other manufacturers would be proud of. The wheel and tyre combination works well they are surprisingly smooth to drive.
The Stats (for both)
These are both the typical SCX Chassis's.The Citroen has five screws to hold it together yet the Suzuki only has three. The Suzuki is that bit more rigid as it has two struts running front to back which explains the lower number of screws. I was wondering if this was because the Swift is a new chassis and the C2 is simply a reworked older version? Both have the self centering guide. Both come with the traditional rails for power for some reason SCX stick with this method. I personally don't get on with it and would prefer wires like all the other manufacturers use.
These as expected both drive
very similarly, very much like their big brothers they are very
nippy, great on Rally tracks and love tight bends. Great to race
against each other because of their lack of size they hardly ever interact
with each other. Having seen some JWRC today the 1:1's are within 0.5 of a
second of each other on the 1:1 stages too. These two
are very easy to drive, fast off the starting blocks, the motor
breaks well, and can handle corners very well. The back end (with the
magnet still in place) is remarkably stable twitching occasionally
but never breaking out of the slot. The tyres are soft and offer good
grip. They are noisy though we have come to expect that from SCX it does
get better with a drop of oil in the crucial places and with a bit of
time. The noise is certainly outweighed by the fun factor these as a
pair make for a scream to drive, and would be a great class for
racing especially over tight twisty tracks.
The Lights - well they lasted all of five minutes, then they died I was only running 12 volts on my analogue Scalextric track it is such a shame as they really looked the part. I have checked joints to see if it was some soldering problem but nothing obvious. Why do they persist on fitting these boards if they don't last, for me this is a real let down. For what it's worth the rear lights are still working on both cars. Another thing is the TecniToys mounting system. These two very nearly stayed in the boxes on the shelf - how frustrating is that pin and lug system!
Overall these are great looking, highly driveable models, great fun at a relatively cheap price. They will appeal to the hardened Rally collector, as well as occasional Slotcar buyer. They are robust enough for the younger market too. I will certainly be looking out for more to add to this class as they are released.