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Although I am building 1960s/early 70s 1/43 rally cars to run on my rally track,I have been trying to buy a vintage Jouef 1/40 car to try for a long time. So I was surprised and very pleased when Kev said that he was sending me not 1 but 2! Here they are:







With no setting up at all, they both get round the track as well as the Carrera Go Focus that I have used for much of the testing.

Thanks again Kev.

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They look great on your track Lloyd.
Just hope they don`t go for a flying lesson off the cliff!
Tracks looking great by the way.
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They look great on the track. Are they both non-steering versions? If you have one of each, maybe we can finally answer the question that's been on everybody's lips since 1962: are steering cars faster on the corners, especially those sharp corners like you have on your track?

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That's going to be quite a hairy pass when the Bimmer tries to overhaul the 904...
 

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Don, on this track the non steering car handled better of the two, but I have no intention of messing with them! But I have been experimenting with steering units and have been pleased with the results so far.

If only Phillipe! I was tempted to go digital but I dont have the knowledge. There are a few places that passing could just be possible and would certainly be entertaining!

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The Porsche is fixed wheel, whilst the BMW has steering Don.
Both cars have a guide blade not the inferior fixed pin.
Even though both motors are spot on, the Porsche motor is faster & I fitted Ortmann tyres on it which give A1 grip.
You can`t get Ortmanns for the BMW. Replacements are only available from France & are of inferior quality.

To better answer your question Don you`d need to time a fixed wheel Porsche against the version of the Porsche with steering.
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I tell you what Leo, Lloyd must have spent a fortune on plaster!

If you`re sad like me just stare at those cliffs for about twenty seconds. You get some lovely detail coming out at you.
I`d love to see a video of the track in action.
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QUOTE (loosesalute @ 24 Aug 2011, 22:13) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>To better answer your question Don you`d need to time a fixed wheel Porsche against the version of the Porsche with steering.
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Kev.

Over to you Kev... you have the track and you probably have the right cars! Then you can write in to Model Maker and set them all straight... their steering/non-steering debate was right up their with rail vs. slot and Thingies vs. Scalers!

Thanks for the report Lloyd. Like Kev says, guess we need two more matched cars to find out. Can all your cars make that very tight hairpin turn?

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I've neglected the track for a while Kev, I have been casting resin bodies and making chassis, but I hope to get some more scenery sorted soon. As for filming it, it needs a lot of concentration to drive round it, and filming it with the other hand is shaky to say the least. I am working on doing a short video though.

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Nee bother Lloyd. Look forward to you getting the vid up when you get the chance.
By the way, here`s your Porsches brothers & sisters..spookily the number 8 features a lot...
The grey no.80 car behind no.36 car was my first slot car ever back in 1968.

 

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Don, all of the cars I have tried so far can get all the way round, but the trick is in getting the right amount of sliding on the hairpins, which usually means getting the tyre grip and weights just right. I am experimenting with various types of chassis to see which I like best.

As for comparing steering and no steering, this is not really the track to get answers from. I made it purely as a place to run some scale model rally cars on at realistic looking speeds and its design keeps the speed down anyway. I intend for my cars to steering because I think it looks more realistic, not for any gain in speed.

If I painted all of the track with the same grey paint that I have used on the lower levels, the lap times would be considerably quicker but, as it is meant to be the Alps in winter, most of the top half is deliberately slippery, it makes it more of a challenge. I've just realized that I dont have a photo of the main climb where the 1 1/4 inch radius hairpins are, I will do one and post it when I can.

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The cars look great on your track Lloyd. But that is one seriously hair raising ride. I'm thinking there'd be a large laundry bill for some of the drivers.

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Even to an old roundy-roundy fellow like me, that looks a great track, Lloyd.
As for steering and non-steering, I like the steering concept, at least on open-wheelers, but I'd guess that's less important than up-and-down movement and how much a front wheel supports the car in a corner. N'est ce pas?
Anyway, congrats.
Rob J
 
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