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QUOTE (Mr Modifier @ 19 Mar 2012, 21:39) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>They look like home made water slides. The bottom race tuned one looks a bit dodgy.

Yeah. I'm beginning to doubt these internet stores who sell repro stuff for vintage scalextric.

I bought a C75 Merc replacement front bumper along with a G14 guide blade for a C88 Cooper from 'Scalextric Car Restorations'. The bumper snapped it two when I tried to fit it, I put it down to me being clumsy and didn't bother to contact the seller, about two weeks later I got round to fitting the guide blade the thinner part of the blade fell away in my fingers when I was putting the braids on it.
This time I did contact them, telling them I would send it back for inspection. After not hearing from them for a week I emailed them again, they eventually told me the blade had a 'void' in it and they sent me a replacement.
The Merc bumper probably had the same fault but it was too late to send that to them as I'd binned it. I decided never to buy from them again due to very poor quality of their parts.

So I moved on to another internet store 'Scalemodels.co.uk' This is where I bought these decals from, as you say they look like water slides and the race-tuned ones look dodgy. So today I tried the 'Marshal' decals, dipped them like you do for 30 seconds in water they wouldn't slide off the backing paper so dipped them for about two minutes, still wouldn't budge so I steamed them and that didn't work either.
I've sent them an email asking them to advise, still awaiting a reply. This is the 2nd time I've had to contact them because along with the decals I also bought a replacement rear bumper for a C68 Aston Martin - this didn't fit properly look at my pictures, they told me they didn't know what to suggest and to send it back, so disappointing.....here are the pics what do you think?

https://flic.kr/p/1
https://flic.kr/p/3
Can someone please recommend a good seller of vintage Scalextric parts as I won't be dealing with the above two cowboys again.

Billy
 

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It is funny, you could make far better Race Tuned decals yourself with a laser printer & decal paper. Or, better still, order from someone with an Alps printer. Fireball decals has been marvellous. http://www.fireballdecals.com/
I would be happy to make a vectorized file of the decals needed if I only got a scan/good photo of the original decals and exact measurements.
 

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Hello,firstly i wouldn't say personally anyone you have dealt with are cowboys.

These are ,you have to remember are not factory replacement parts.

Plastic has a tendency to swell or shrink and warp over the years and the cars you have are cracking on a bit now.

I've restored hundreds of aston martins c68s including all of the very rare ones and around 50 mercs at least

The decals you have will be pull off and stick.

The front bumper you have will more than likely be a BTS part sourced by your vendor.

These are made from resin and are very delicate.

When purchaced at BTS,you get a note saying trimming and a little fettling are required,even advice on warming them in water to bend them to shape slightly..

I don't know if your vendor gave you the same advice.

They more than always require a little trimming to the mounts to aid there fitment.

Extreme care should be used whilst handling them.

The rear bumper i am assuming is a plastic replacement.

I also have found these a little difficult to fit.
But it isnt impossible to make them look ok

If you slightly trim a little off the inner edge of the bumper ends,your body top should fit over.

If Scale models asked you you to return it then maybe that's the answer.

I know they are very big in the scalextric world,online shop,ebay etc,toy fairs etc and they probably get hundreds of emails a day from all over the world.

They are one of the best in the business and i am sure they will get back to you shortly.

I very rarely use replacement parts on astons,i resort to buying further cars ,chassis etc as spares,simply to fit genuine parts when i restore them.
Then it gets expensive.

There are not many options out there other than maybe to cast them yourself.

Good look with the restoration.

Tim
 

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QUOTE (Delidubz @ 23 Mar 2012, 11:52) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hello,firstly i wouldn't say personally anyone you have dealt with are cowboys.

These are ,you have to remember are not factory replacement parts.

Plastic has a tendency to swell or shrink and warp over the years and the cars you have are cracking on a bit now.

I've restored hundreds of aston martins c68s including all of the very rare ones and around 50 mercs at least

The decals you have will be pull off and stick.

The front bumper you have will more than likely be a BTS part sourced by your vendor.

These are made from resin and are very delicate.

When purchaced at BTS,you get a note saying trimming and a little fettling are required,even advice on warming them in water to bend them to shape slightly..

I don't know if your vendor gave you the same advice.

They more than always require a little trimming to the mounts to aid there fitment.

Extreme care should be used whilst handling them.

The rear bumper i am assuming is a plastic replacement.

I also have found these a little difficult to fit.
But it isnt impossible to make them look ok

If you slightly trim a little off the inner edge of the bumper ends,your body top should fit over.

If Scale models asked you you to return it then maybe that's the answer.

I know they are very big in the scalextric world,online shop,ebay etc,toy fairs etc and they probably get hundreds of emails a day from all over the world.

They are one of the best in the business and i am sure they will get back to you shortly.

I very rarely use replacement parts on astons,i resort to buying further cars ,chassis etc as spares,simply to fit genuine parts when i restore them.
Then it gets expensive.

There are not many options out there other than maybe to cast them yourself.

Good look with the restoration.

Tim

Thanks very much Tim, I guess I jumped the gun a bit when referring to the sellers as cowboys, I was a little frustrated at the time as someone on here advised me they were water slides.(I should have contacted the seller, and found out that way)

Scalemodels did in fact get back to me regarding the decals - turned out they were stickers and NOT water slides - my fault entirely.
They even offered a replacement if I'd ruined them dipping them in water. Turned out they were sound.

Cool advice about trimming the replacement parts for these cars, It never occurred to me to try that so I'll take it back off and give it a go.

You are 100% correct in that original parts for these cars are expensive - I suppose you get what you pay for.

Thanks again for the advice,

Billy
 

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Oh dear....I tried to trim the bumper and it 'snapped' in two, shame, wish now I had sent it back???

Never again will I buy replacement repros for a classic scalextric car and in future will recommend that 'inexperienced' folk like me shouldn't get their fingers burnt....I mean why purchase something that doesn't fit? A learning curve indeed.

I won't call these vendors cowboys in future....just internet highwaymen. The part cost £6.50 + p&p? which multiplies with each item added? Make your own mind up.

How do I go about casting these myself? I'm sure I could do a better job and with a little practise get the measurements exactly spot on...not too difficult I'm sure, I know what 1mm is. Maybe I could even produce them in quantity and sell them to others?

But ONLY if they were suitable and actually the correct size of course.

Could someone send me a link on 'How to.....'

Desperado.
 
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