Review by bleep
am not a Slotcar collector, though I'm getting a few
special cars that I'd like to save on the shelf rather than
race. Does this mean I'm becoming a collector by default. I've added some shelves in my shed on which I
have been storing cars, though my DIY attempts at shelves aren't
always the best. So I got to looking round to see what else
is available on the open market. I'd seen a site in the USA sometime ago
but that seems to have gone quiet. Then I stumbled
across Sorashowcases.com. I thought they looked interesting as I
decided to go that bit deeper and see what I could find
out about them, here are my results.
Who are Sora Showcases, a small family run business based in Central Germany
established in 1994 making acrylic display cases, initially
selling purely to the German market through sora.de their online
shop. In 2008 they launched sorashowcases.com directed towards the
English speaking world, this site is in English and all communications I
have had with the company have been in English (it amazes me how the
rest of the world can speak in more than one language but we just speak
louder!) These Showcases are not available through your
normal Slotcar retailers, only direct from the website. We in the UK are a strange
bunch, we've heard of Slotcar manufacturers who have tried this method of direct
sales and eventually switched to supplying the regular
retailers, however this is a different product with a lower turnover, in
this instance I can see it will work, if the supply is friendly
could be for anything in reality, railway modelling, collectable figures and
dolls, golf balls, Rocks and Minerals,
Fossils, Die cast cars, DVD's CD's just about anything that needs a
display case, they also make collection
boxes. However the Slotcar versions have slots cut out
of the shelves to take the slot guide.
Here are some of the cases in the existing range.
if you needed a particular style or shape of display Sora are happy to
talk to you and are willing to make specialist bespoke displays as well.
Though of course the ones we are most
interested in are the ones for Slotcars, they cater for all sizes from
1:43 the Slotcar Tower for 18 slot cars
1:32 the Slotcar Tower
for up to 10 Cars
The Slotcar Display Cabinet holds up to 30 Cars this is what
I needed so I will give more information on this one in a bit more in depth with this
Model Car Display Cabinet
holds up to 12 Cars
The Slotcar Display Cabinet
holds up to 30
others that the Slotcar enthusiast may be interested in the 1:18
Modular Display Cabinet
All the regular styles are kept in stock at all
times, following your order the shipment is prompt. Having ordered mine on
the Thursday evening, I had an email on the Friday saying it was on it's
way and giving me the DHL tracking number so I could track its movements.
By Tuesday morning it had arrived, that's better timing than some things
I order within the UK.
1:32 The Slotcar
It comes as a flat pack. What's in the box, each display case has it's
own sheet of instructions also downloadable as a PDF which lists all the
parts, and gives clear concise instructions on how to fit together,
including cleaning instructions.
As you can see it is all protectively
Once all the parts are removed from the box, prior to removing
the protective film, this is a good time to look at mounting
positions. Mark the wall where you intend to fit and screw some reasonably
long screws. Because of the way the cabinet fits together they must
protrude at least 20mm from the wall.
Now remove all the protective film from both sides of all
the sections. It's a tedious job but as you do it, you'll reveal the acrylic
below, the nice clean shine which is quite exciting as you're beginning to
envisage the case coming together. Remember back in Victorian times
Vitrine was considered the height of fashion in cabinet and furniture
Just to show how the sections slot together I left the protective film
on this section, each shelf simply slides in, then an additional support
slots in across the centre of the underside of shelf. It is all very
simple and more to the point logical.
Once all the shelves and supports are in place the back drops on and the wedges
can be pushed through, as with any DIY I ended up with one extra piece
a wedge, on rechecking I hadn't missed any of the holes,
I checked the instructions and yes they had provided a spare.
It's at this point the
case becomes a solid unit, ensuring to pick it up using the side sections, it can now
be hung in place or as it is a completely
self supporting unit, it can stand on it's own. All that is left for you to do is
stock it with 30 of your prized slot cars.
Can you see a bit of a theme developing here?
There are three options on back panels transparent,
black or reflective (mirrored) you chose when placing your order.
Below I have tried to show the effects of each. The first picture
shows all three individually the second shows a merged picture, black,
clear and mirrored.
I had initially favoured the mirrored back panel but now think I prefer the black one just
for my shed, plus I don't have to keep seeing this old geezer looking
out, frightening me!
So the front how does that fit on, it couldn't be simpler it has six slots cut in it as the
sides have six hooks (See below), it just sits in place. It is simple
but perfectly effective. It will probably keep the majority of dust
out though it is not totally sealed. So just a thought, this
could be for the racing fraternity too, as the front is so accessible
there is no reason why it couldn't be for your race cars, especially if it
is close at hand to your track.
As for the price well that all depends on where you live, I
tend to think of prices in relation to slotcars. So this will cost you the
same as three or four reasonably priced slotcars, for what you
actually get I think it's a pretty good deal.
I'd be interested to see what the collectors out
there think of these cases. Do collectors keep some of their cars
on display or do they just squirrel everything away in the boxes in the
loft? Having spoken to a few the tendency is to stack them in the crystal
cases on shelves, very few have bespoke cases/cabinets.
OK it has been said before, here's me gushing about a product, and not mentioning the shall we
say not so good points. That's is just me I'm
"Mr Enthusiastic" about anything Slotcar related. I've tried to find some
negatives on these, the only thing I can really say is, it takes more time
to remove all the protective film on all the parts than it does to
assemble them, but the film is there with good reason and the end result is
well worth the effort. I don't suppose I'll be buying one of these every week,
but I can see this one being added to, on special occasions
Christmas or Birthdays that sort of thing. So I'll be able to remove my
bodged shelves in time, replace them with something, which to my eye looks
more stylish dare I say professional. Whilst on that point using these in the
shed they seem to reflect light, where as wooden shelves seem to absorb light.
Consequently these actually brighten the place up in more than one sense.
It's not easy to photograph something that is clear and shiny
but I hope you can get to see how great these look. Having seen this one I think I could actually get away
with having one in the "House!" it really looks good and turns
your collection into a piece of classic art.
So not quite slotcar porn,
but certainly a top shelf for you to store your cars on! From a small though very helpful company, willing to
try anything they can to keep their customers happy, the service was first rate. The showcase
I think is visually great whilst not detracting from the main attraction Slotcars.
I would like to add some more as my collection grows. Am I becoming a collector?