The trouble with leaning bikes has always been that the rider position looks slightly strange when the figure isn't leaning. I can't really sy about this parrticualr model because the huge head make sit look weird anyway
Good find though, If Nikko can do it 1.24 then I don't see why scaley can't do an 18, even if it does look strange.
maybe they didn't THINK you could make an articulated driver that would lean the bike. It might have been a line of research not explored, no one on this forum has stated it as a serious idea, though pendulums angled slots and cam/gear arrangements have been voiced.
This product apparently works very well, is £26 (at halfords) - and that includes a motor AND rechargeable batteries (not a cheap component), a hand controller, RC transmitter and reciever; detail has suffered and there is very little printing. Could this technology be developed affordably for slot racers? probably, if someone wanted to.
Don't worry. Hornby have looked at this product well before Xmas last year! It is 1:8th scale I believe. I pointed it out to them!
The Nikko product is unlicensed and is not handicapped by the need for miniturisation and the need for a guide to run in a slot. Remember that Hornby give each bike 2 coats of paint and a clear finish. The labour required to produce a smaller version of a model is little different to the labour required to produce a model twice its size. The cost of painting and detailing the Hornby product is probably more than the cost of part production and assembly. The Hornby product may be half the size of the Nikko r/c product but it has more detail. The Nikko product is a toy for minors only and does not have a collector appeal. The r/c components within the Nikko bike have production runs ammounting to many millions as they are used within the great proportion of r/c products sold worldwide. Does this help to put things into perspective?
You do have to ask if a leaning mechanism within a Scalextric MotoGP bike might harm the appearance to the extent that the bike no longer has a collector appeal?
Many of us at Slotforum already believe that the collector market is the most important slot car market. But of course that is not to say that slot cars/bikes should not ultimately be able to perform on the track!
The other thing I forgot to mention is that if you do ever get to try the Nikko bike you may find that whilst it leans going into the first corner, the R/C skills required to get it back upright and leaning/turning into the other direction make it a virtually unworkable as a toy.
It will more than likely fall over at any attempt to do anything other than go straight ahead. Try it Astro and see for yourself. And as for surfaces that are not perfectly flat.....
There is a lot more to this leaning game than you may think!
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