long awaited Porsche 956 from Italian masters Slot.It is finally here. The
Advertised 'Kenwood' and 'Canon' liveries will be hitting the shops within
review is based on a model given to Teams attending the Igualada 24hour race
in Spain, held in October 2003. It will therefore also cover details usually
not seen, as the model was given in the form of a kit in plain white colour.
pictures here can be clicked on to get to a larger version.
good place to start is with some extra pictures of the body shell..
body is strong, yet thin, light and free of mold marks with even the customary
mold lines being few and far between.
During the building of the kit for the race, we used the same technic as most
manufacutrers and heat welded the parts in place from the inside of the body.
We also found that although we were devoid of a good way to wash the model
and parts down before painting, this caused no problems as the kit appeared
to be grease and release agent free already.
detailing applied by Philippe Contarini of Team CiRSO32 was amazing.
The legs were shortened to allow space for the Overdrive light kit.
Every part fitted perfectly and in no time at all we had a running car, ready
to tune. This was also a breeze, all that was required was a gentle trim of
the 'step 2' chassis to give some free play and then a choice of motor mount
and gearing. We went for the flexible, inline mount, with added magnetic suspension.
It is worth mentioning that the 'step 2' chassis allows for the use of the
great new Slot.It guide. This needs work to run on Ninco track though and
maybe even a slight trim on Scalextric Classic. Details of the trimming required
for Ninco are shown below.
after 24hours running.
the white colour will not adversely affect light sensors for some
timing systems. This requires testing though.
scale and apart from Slot.Its reputation for being spot on, an interesting
comparison can be made between this release and the much earlier Scalextric
release from the 1980's. The closness of both models is amazing considering
the Scalextric one is around 20 years old and they were not known for great
scale appearance back then. In fact the Scalextric body will fit on the Slot.It
chassis almost perfectly, only requiring some work on the front body post.
Food for thought for all those amost undriveable Scalextric 956s with their
high rise guides to enable them to negotiate the banked turns?
for performance, well the car more than spoke for itself during the Igualada
Competition, ALL 32 cars finished with no structural breakages other than
the normal loss of wing mirrors, rear wing and light covers (but when you
consider how hard these were raced, I think that is understandeable). It was
a joy to drive, responsive, fast, balanced and most of all FUN!
would have to honestly say this is the best slot car I have ever driven, to
get one for you own stable is something you would seriously not regret. I
feel strongly this WILL become the benchmark that later releases from many
companies will be gauged against. Congratulations to Slot.It.
can't add performance data and a home set track test this time as my own kit
is not completed yet but I will end with a gallery of pictures showing what
we, as 'Team CiRSO32' did with the car. Then some images, including Slot.Its
own entry to Igualada, some other liveries produced just for that Competition.
usual - ENJOY!