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excluding scaley

Revoslot dropped the ball not continuing with GT1/2 and continued noisey gears, Scaleauto has never even touched the ball ! NSR with the new mclaren, always get quality, smooth, reliable cars. Second place goes to Sideways with its Escort and growing range of GT cars.

First place has to go to Slot.it, with the Ferrari 512 potentially being slot car of the year. New Jaguar and Merc DTM. Bathurst GTR skyline and reintroducing the Chapparal, Mazda and GT40 back to the range

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Wow you have gone early on that one....

"Revoslot dropped the ball not continuing with GT1/2"

Can't say I agree with you there..... they have a great line up of cars in that range. Now they are branching out into a new range whilst releasing new liveries of their exisiting range to entice new customers or those of us who can't resist a cool livery...... did some say Valliant Porsche?

I know they could make more GT cars but ..... How many Can Am cars does Slot.it have? How many classic LeMans?

Two cars I am really looking forward to this year are the Slot.it Ferrari 512 and the Thunderslot Ferrari 350

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Personally looking forward to the Thunderslot Shelby gt350, Carrera Merc SEL / AMG and Mrslotcar Shadow Dn4 as my top three.
Hoping to pick up the Slot it Castrol Xjr10 and Thunderslot Surtees Lola T70 1966 Can Am champion at Gaydon, if the supply chain has cranked into action by then.
 

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So this is an award for the best promotional photos?

NSR - out of scale, soft detailing, odd proportions
Thunderslot - NSR Mk2
Slot.It is usually the benchmark for everything

For my money, though, SCX producing the Hyundai i20 WRC, embracing rallycross, re-releasing popular models that are stupidly overpriced in the collector's market and coming up with an interesting take on the digital/analogue conundrum are dark horses for any brand of the year contest.

Although Scalextric and Slot.It are battling for the lion's share of my expenditure.
 

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Why is this excluding Scalextric? I would have thought that they are not so brilliant that it would be unfair to include them, equally they are not so rubbish that it would not be worthwhile considering them...
Just saying...
 

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How are we defining "best manufacturer of the year"? Based on where you will spend most of your money? Number of new cars (re-)released?
Personally, hard for me to pick. All of them win - or almost all of them.

Slot.it has an impressive line up and it is also branching into GT3. And of course the 512s is going to be a best seller. let's not forget that Slot.it also manages Policar and they have another Rossa coming (the 126C2).

Sideways is another high in my list: their GT3 line up is increasing at the speed of light (for slot car manufacturers anyway).

Revo branching out to small saloon is something to watch...I am still not 100% sold on their noisy gears/metal rattling chassis...but this new class might be something for us digital racers to consider.

SCX: love their WRC cars...pity they go like poo...still love them and I will buy any new releases. I also bought some of their re-releases like the A110.

Carrera will take a huge share of my slotcar budget especially in 1/24. They have also some interesting 1/32 models that I will get.

Thunderslot Ferrari is high on my list. But I only buy whitekits and paint myself. I am not interesting in collecting them. Their move to muscle cars is interesting and if they release enough models this will be another class to consider.

Scaleauto: mainly 1/24. In 1/32 the acura will be high on my list. I still get some of their "old" stock of GT3/GTLM cars when I do not have anything else to buy. They are great performers.

The least interesting:
NSR: I might get their new 720S. Just a white kit. And I still buy some when the price is right. Despite being old and not a performer I like their 997. I also like their Abarth 500 and I wish they did some other small saloon to race against them (Suzuki Swift, Audi A1, Toyota Yaris, etc) But overall this brand does not excite me. They do perform well almost out of the box, but as pointed out they are slottified to the extreme so I would expect so.

Scalex: it is all over the places. There is no clear direction where a specific class goes. Releases (liveries and models) within a class takes ages (BTCC, GT3, Formula E, Trucks, etc.). And they have a tendency of dropping a class because does not sell after releasing a few models (Maserati Trofeo and Mini Cooper F56 come to mind). Overall, it feels like they do not know which direction to go, seems like they are not committed to any class, and prefer a shotgun approach to try to see what stick. High on their list is to avoid to copy other manufacturers' releases but end up doing it anyway (some example AMG GT3, Vantage, C8R). It is a pity because some of their models are very nice and if you get rid of most of their parts they can be made to perform well with a 3dp chassis. I will still buy some odd ones especially on the Gt3 class but it is not high on my list. They have missed a great opportunity by dropping the PCR chassis: that would have been a game changer for creating competitive classes with a chassis that costs few bucks. Sure, you would have needed to add pod, axles, wheels, gears, and motor but for many of us it is a given.
 

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Scalextric and Carrera are excellent at what they do, home track cars with magnets, we shouldn't criticise them for not turning a 7 second lap on a 100 foot wooden track, that's the job of other brands.

Both Scalextric and Carrera make interesting models, with great period liveries, such as the Scaley SD1 and Carrera Merc AMG/SEL, the fact that 3dp chassis will probably soon be on offer sorts out the issues of the go faster brigade.

I personally like that different brands/models perform and handle differently, makes it more interesting I think, love it that NSR F1 is totally different than SCX DTM, Revoslot Toyota GT one and Slot it Audi R18.
 

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Yeah! Why no Scalextric?! Harumph
Didnt know where they sat. I, like most guys on here run wooden routed clubs tracks.

I like the 2022 scaley range, you could argue they are no1 with all the new stuff being released this year. If scaley included a PCR chassis and lightweight interior to their cars this would really grab the total market. Here in australia prices are $85 vs $88 for a slot.it.
 

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Similar here. You might ask why Slot.it can make cars so cheaply?
not so sure about the word cheap and $88 ?

I have seen the scaley castrol rally car for $55 and policar brz/86 for $45-49. Think about plastic chinese parts bought in bulk and the cheap wages used to make each car. Hotwheels make metal cars with detailed interior and sell them for $2 each, okay they dont have motors and gears etc but I still cant see how plastic scaleys can go for $85 each or an extra $30 over the castrol rally car just because they have an interior
 
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