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My passion in the 1:1 rally world is focused on tarmac stages. I decided against painting my slot rally track and left it black for this reason.

I've never really taken much notice of certain aspects of the cars in my slot rally collection until recently I decided to replace the wobbly wheels on my SCX 4wd cars. Then I realised that some of the cars have gravel-spec wheels and some are tarmac-spec.

So now, as the wheels are being replaced, the cars with gravel-spec wheels are getting tarmac-spec wheel inserts of the correct (well, as near as possible) design for each car, so I'll end-up with a collection solely of tarmac cars.

Is this a step too far? Do I need counselling? Am I a saddo?
 

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It's strange you should mention this as I was just looking at a couple of pictures today that made me think. I have long been a fan of Toshi Arai, who I was fortunate enough to meet at the Cyprus Rally back in 2009. One of the projects I'd love to do is his GrpN Subaru from that rally. I see from another thread that Avant Slot are bringing out a fresh Ojeda livery, this time with white wheels instead of silver. It's a perfect candidate for the job. But as I was looking at the pictures of both cars I noticed that Toshi's car had gravel wheels and chunky tyres, and the Avant Slot car definitely looked like it had tarmac wheels.

OCD comes with the territory. You are not alone.

Project candidate donor car...



Toshi Arai's PWRC car at the Cyprus Rally in 2009...


DSCF5284 by stoooo, on Flickr
 

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no you are not a saddo and you do need to see a shrink you do what you feel good doing you are i think are going a bit my way as well as i do enjoy tarmac rallying more that i do on the dirt my wife always say's you are watching that again.mainly rallying from ireland there's nowt better than seeing a great performance from a mk11 escort giving it it's all on tarmac with time's that are not far of a scoby
 

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Even before reading the post, I knew the answer would be YES. As sig said, it comes with the territory.
As far as this obsession does not make you dysfunctional, go for it.
More, wanting to change the wheels\tires is a very mild obsession, worse ones will come...
 

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QUOTE (sig @ 13 Jan 2012, 19:15) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>are you being too obsessive...probably!, but that s why we´re all here, the forum is a kind of group counciling program

enjoy your obsession

cheers sig

Not a group counciling program, or even a counselling program (spelling obsession). It's more like a group encouragement programme! Like going on a pub crawl with Alcoholics Anonymous (only less damaging to the Liver).

Isn't this why we are here? Because here people understand our obsession and validate it.

Very few outsiders truly understand. My neighbours all took the p!$$ out of my slot car obsession until they reluctantly came round on a promise I wouldn't keep them for more than 15 minutes. They tried out my 6 transits on my digital layout, stayed for 3 hours and now they are all asking when the next race is.

Viva SlotForum. Slot cars will prevail!

Deep breaths. Lower heart rate. Gentle stroll to fridge for more beer. I'm within arm's reach of at least 25 slot cars - relaaaaaax
 

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OK, so here's what I'm on about. Before (gravel)......



and after (tarmac).....



on my first 2 "victims" - SCX 61250 206 and SCX 61880 Focus.

I'm not a lover of the flat-faced O.Z-type wheel. A nice spoked wheel floats my boat every time. The irony here is that, so far, all my SCX gravel-type wheels have been truer (but still not brilliant, compared to Slot.It) than the 5-, 6- or multi-spokes.
 

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Let's face it, obsession is one of those things we all do well. An addictive personality and a love of little cars. What else do we all have in common?

Just noticed. All my SCX cars have tarmac wheels while my Ninco rallies have gravel ones.
 

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Gender? - no
Country? no
Queen? - no
Football team? - what's football?
Rugby team? - no
Ability to tell tarmac tyres from gravel tyres? - no (at least from my personal perspective)

OK I give up.

OH YEAH - I don't give up.

We are all online - reading this right now!!!!!

Hah!
 

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Obsession ? No, these little things running in slots are ... my Precious !

""They're thieves. They're thieves, they're filthy little thieves. Where is it? Where is it? They stole it from us. My Precious. Curse them, we hates them! It's ours it is, and we wants it. " was all I could think of the day I was looking for my C2942A and could not find it anymore.

The Barcelonian slotcar-retailer (Muntaner, 83, Barcelona) named his boutique : "Slotmania" and right he was, is and will be.

But, as my grandma always said :" Being a fool doesn't hurt, it just tickles a bit"
Cheeeerioooo!
K2

Hm. Anyone know where I can find Mc Laren Wheel-black-paint ? I will be in need of that paint as soon as my Scaley clubcar arrives because, unless the pictures are af bad quality, the Scaley-black doesn't seem black enough ....
 

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Try Comma matt black (independent automotive accessory shops could get it for you) OR wilkinson's own brand satin black acrylic spray.

Both give a deep black that sucks the light out of the air around them, like a black cat, in a darkened room, that isn't there....

Sprayed a Scaley Ford Taurus and a Porsche 935 in the satin black, inside and out, can't see the bl%$dy things as they scoot around the track. Had to fit lights to the Taurus just so I could figure our where the hell it is.
 

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On the pedantic side of things, an obsession is:

A compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.
A compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion.

Seems rather negative to me! Perhaps obsession is the wrong word?

Although a lot of other words come to mind - slot addict, slot maniac etc etc

So anyway, at least we are not getting up at 5am to go fishing ............

Apologies if you are a slot addict AND a keen fisherman/woman!!!
 

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QUOTE (FenderBender @ 14 Jan 2012, 18:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>So anyway, at least we are not getting up at 5am to go fishing ............

Apologies if you are a slot addict AND a keen fisherman/woman!!!
Hi there FB.
'SOK.
I'm not that keen.
I don't do 5am for ANYTHING! Unless it's from the other side of the dial.
 

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I think it was Scott who said;

"He who has most slotcars when he die wins!"

Whatever floats your boat gets my approval and if it's rally then even better
 

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Well personally I havn't got a clue what your all on about. I'm not obsessive or picky in any way.... I don't have hundreds of cars and my tracks have very little detail coz I can't be bothered and am not that way inclined. NOT!! LIES IT'S ALL LIES i TELL YA.

Ha ha ha ha ha. Madness, that's all it gets you in the end, it'll drive us all mad. See it's happened already.
 

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I didnt even know there is a difference in hubs for gravel/tarmac.......... help me! gimme strenght for I will walk in the valley of shadows blablabla.
nb, I didnt paint my track neither (or is it either?)
 

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My mrs is still laughing from being told "these are SLOT CARS, Scalextric are TOY CARS", so I've been labelled "obsessive anarok". Embrace it, it could be worse, we could have been bird watchers Or train spotters, they have to do their hobby mainly outdoors, poor dabs.

@fenderbender, I was once told that in a pub by a guy I regularly argued with. He also famously said to me during one particularly vicious exchange of views "....and fourteenthly, you said...." and he was serious!
 
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