Teamslot Factory Visit
By Gareth Jex
Following on from my trip to the German Toy fair, I had the opportunity to arrange a visit to the Teamslot factory in Barcelona whilst on a business trip. I had wanted to meet with Teamslot for some time to get to know them a little better and see how they do things.
In the early days Teamslot only made resin slot cars the fist cars being the Citroen ZX and Seat Toledo. They still continue to make resin cars to order, but all resin production will stop within the next twelve months. You can still order resin spare parts for any of their models. Most of the resin cars are limited to 1000 units, there is an extensive back catalogue including many rally cars (Citroen Saxo, Renault 8’s, 5’s, Dauphine, Seat Toledo, Leon, 124, Panda, MG Metro, Ford Escort Mk2, RS Cosworth, Sierra, Audi Quattro, Simca 1000, Lancia Delta S4, Fulvia, Opel Manta, VW Golf & Beetle, Fiat 131 and a few more). Production now is all injection molded plastic with high quality tampo printing (see the latest Toyota Celica for an example of the recent improvement in quality). Typically they produce 2-3 new models each year with approximately 15-20 different liveries.
After convincing the taxi driver that I really did want to do to the address I had been given (it’s not easy to find!) I arrived at Teamslot and meet Oscar. Upon entering the factory you immediately realize that this is a place of work and they actually make stuff rather than a slick marketing front.
Currently everything apart from the motors is made in Spain, and the only operations not made directly in the Teamslot factory are the injection molded plastic parts. Oscar plans to produce his own motors from 2012. All original metal masters, painting, tampo printing, assembly, parts are all in-house.
Over the last twelve months Oscar has begun to implement improvements to his range of models and improvements to chassis and running gear etc. He intends to continue development and with each new car released new methods are being introduced. The latest car, Toyota Celica (ref 11707), features a new chassis the front and rear axles are a new design and have a new gear with aluminum insert and grub screw fixing. New tires have been developed especially for rallying and feature both horizontal and vertical ribs (especially useful for snow/flour type slot rallying). The wheels (a long time bug bear) have been redesigned and I’m told, are round! As mentioned previously the tampo printing is a massive improvement on previous releases and Oscar explained that he deliberately chose this livery to demonstrate the steps forward he has taken. To give you an example of the complexity of this model, it take 20 days from start to finish to tampo print the Celica!
All future Gold edition cars will now come with aluminum wheel s and plastic inserts; in fact all new models will come with new plastic wheels as standard, but with an option of aluminum and detailed inserts.
Plans for new models this year are interesting and welcome, but sensitive so you will have to wait. What I can tell you is a little more detail on the next few cars to be released by Teamslot this year.
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