Scalextric Maserati MC12
Revell E-Type Jaguars,
Slot.it Sauber-Mercedes and
We were perhaps spoiled in 2004 with 3 new digital systems from
Scalextric, SCX and Carrera, Sport World preview from Scalextric, bikes and all the great new cars.
This year we saw a handful of new cars from Scalextric, nothing much
new from SCX, a small number of cars from Carrera, some interesting developments from Slot.it and a few from Revell.
Nothing at the show from, any other brands.
Sure SCX are planning to release info at the Nürnberg Toy Fair, but asking the young folk manning the stands "what's new?", they all reply: "Digital". So digital is still new - I suppose that it will be 'new' for a few years to come. We can expect a few exciting developments from Scalextric in that department, but had to cross my heart and promise not to tell to get the info...
The Scalextric's MC12 Maserati was fantastic and I'm sure that it will lightning fast on the track. Looking forward to the Ferrari classics on their way thanks to a new deal negotiated with the exclusive rights-holders
The Revell E-Type Jags looked sweet. They are apparently shipping out now. I'm looking forward to a race series based on those cars. The
March 83G, Cortinas, BMW's all looked good, but were very sad behind the glass. Overall Revell was not that 'open' to visitors.
I spoke to someone from their PR company who didn't know much about
slotcars but promised to put me in touch with someone in the future.
I was able to spend some good time with Maurizio Ferrari from Slot.it. I appreciated the time that he gave me showing his new cars: the Nissan, the Sauber Mercedes and Jaguar
and Lancia Group-C racing cars. These cars are still in development an it was interesting to see the results of the process. The white Jaguar (Silk Cut) and Lancia (Martini) are in pre moulding phase and are produced
using a rapid prototyping 3-D printer that builds the parts up in layers from the CAD files. The new
Slot.it crown gears looked good too. SlotForum will be printing a full length interview with Maurizio shortly.
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