......... Are their cars any good? I'm seriously thinking about getting the 2002 Monte Carlo Rally Subaru and Mitsubishi. Is the £19.99 that ModelZone are asking at the moment as good a deal on these as it seems to be on the SCX cars?
I have tried many of the Autoart cars which MZ sell and I can confidently say that they are all poor performers.
Indeed the main draw back on them is their scale wheels/tyres which on 2 models the Subaru and Citroen Xsara they just fell off the moment any power was put behind them on the track. Another thing is the tyres are slightly too baggy on the rims so these will freely slide under power.
The brakes are dreadful, as beautiful as they are to look at the downfall to all the detail is that the bodies weight alot and really make them difficult to drive with speed as they will constantly deslot and roll over.
The lights are barely noticable when run in daylight, they are nowhere near as bright as say an SCX or Scaley car.
The best Autoart one I tried out of MZ's range was the Peugeot 206 but even then it was awful compared to a standard SCX rally car.
If you do buy any id recomend avioding the Xsara at all costs as this one for me was by far the worst car I have ever owned and just far to much hassle to get it to be even passable as a good runner.
Afew months ack I did a short video running an Autoart Peugeot 206 and a SCX Lancia Delta.
The videos speak for themselves, the Peugeot was running at no more than half throttle around my track track and if pushed any harder it would just slide all over the place and flip over bare in mind I have sanded the 3mm thin tyres as much as possible prior to running to improve the grip.
Autoart=lovely to look at but abysmal on track.
Sadly nothing more positive to add to that already said.
All the AutoArt cars are fantastic static models but as runners they are very poor.
We introduced a AutoArt Supercar class at our club and i bought the Koenigsegg CCX.
Straight from the box the wheel spun on the axle, the tryes spun on the wheels, the pinion span on the shaft and the gear spun on the axle - i think it moved 2" on the track.
A call to Pendle sorted the issues, but i replaced the pinion, gear and axle for SlotIt, wheels and tryes from NSR. Runs very smoothly now, but the parts cost more than the car.
I have about 20 AutoArt rally cars in the collection 1;32 and 1;24 scale - they are by far the best models in terms of scale, detail and printing quality, but as runners - never.
If you want to buy one to run, save your money and buy an SCX rally car for similar money (at the moment) or buy two AutoArt plus allow to upgrade all the running gear and race them against each other.
Admittedly, the only AutoArt I have is the Veyron which is correctly 4WD and looks absolutely stunning. It's a little heavy and slow on the track. But I've got to say it's no worse than the Fly that I've got which has ovoid non-concentric wheels and have just spent AUD 50 ordering replacement parts in a hope of running well.
Everybody seems to love Fly, but I can't see why AutoArt are any worse.
They're not that flash, granted. My Veyron is an exception, and with replacement tyres my Diablo svt is great also. my 350z is noisy and unpredictable, my countach doesn't turn, murcielago no grip and replacement scx 80's f1 tyres not that much better.
If you like a car, or cars, you may as well get it. Clearly the feedback is consistant and not so flattering, but that does not mean you won't enjoy what you've got, and you may end up with a freak good car. Plus if you're getting two cars you can run them together and the idiosyncrisies are going to be shared.
I mentioned my Veyron as being great - a friend has an identical car with the same nothing done to it and the car is about 1/2 second slower.
In addition to my last post, yesterday i got me an Alfa gtam, expecting to drop a slot it 33/3 chassis under it, but no need. I have to say that non mag this thing is great. I glued the motor and the bearings, and i will fit a solid front axle, that's it! the tyres are really grippy, it handles like it should, and will be a scaley mki escort hassler in no time. So there you go, some are better than others.
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