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As previously stated I received my Ferrari 550 from Milan Tomasek. Prior to ordering this car I had informed Milan I would be interested to write a brief review on his products so as soon as he notified me, I paid for the car and it was duly forwarded. When I received the car I couldn't get over how well built it was.

The body is incredibly well detailed - every vent, bonnet roof and grill was beautifully reproduced, even down to the incredibly delicate roof aerials and rear defuser. It had brilliant headlights, beautifully set into the body. The detail even extended down to the electrical cut out switch and sticker on the body. It had the best and most realistic windscreen wiper I've ever seen on a slot car. The wheels I absolutely loved as they have some of the finest, most delicate spokes I've yet seen, with perfectly true sponge tyres.

I absolutely love the way this car perfectly captures the spirit and shape of the real car. It was beautifully painted - the colour the exact shade of red - and all the decals were present. Obviously, it wasn't tampo printed but in no way did this distract from the overall visual appeal of the car.

Having previously read remarks from other members of Slot Forum I was a bit concerned as to how it would perform when I track tested it, as I certainly didn't buy it just to stick it on a shelf. The chassis on the car is cut out of some substance resembling circuit board, being cut in such a way to allow the chassis to flex while the body remains still. The chassis on this car is almost as fine a work of art as the body, with a steel spring mount for the guide.

I quickly constructed a Ninco test track as I was dying to see if it would go as good as it looked. Very quickly it became apparent that this car was a real road rocket. Without touching it in any way - I didn't even oil it - it was ballistically fast down the straight and cornered absolutely flat. After half an hour of absolutely driving the wheels off it I came to the conclusion it was probably one of the fastest non-magnet cars I own.

I did roll the car several times - completely my own fault as I was trying to find the limits and seeing how far I could make it slide around the corners - and I was amazed to find the only thing I did was flatten the roof aerials, easily restraightened.

I couldn't believe how well it performed, and it even sounded great. This is the point where I get back to the remark in the opening paragraph about reviewing the model: I am probably more pleased with this car than any other I have ever bought. I am absolutely blown away by the fact that this was built almost entirely by hand, constructing everything for the car. This really takes me back to the early days of rail racing where all the cars were built by hand and this may be one of the reasons why I like the car so much.

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Any chance of a picture, or are you going to put some formal ones in the review section?

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Me too - the Ferrari 550 is a beautiful automobile.

Mark.
 

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I have the Ferrari 550 on order, expecting completion any day, if it runs like that I will be over the moon. Unfortunately the first car of my order that arrived (1993 Mazda RX 792P) was not as good as that on the track, though it looked wonderful and I was still pleased with it. It ran backwards at first, but that was easily fixed. It runs fast but not that fast its grip on corners is very poor. It will live happily on my shelf from now on, I did not buy it to race, I just wonder if your car was particularly well prepared for the review - or maybe I am just been nasty
 
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The tyres on these cars must be kept clean, as they pick up a lot rubbish from the track. On this F550 their was good grip which really helped. I am going to post a set of pictures today including one of the chassis.

It's alway difficult to review something that is built as a review car as other simular cars may not go as well.

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What type of Guide does your Ferrari have?.

My two cars each have different guides. The traditional flag guide is OK, whilst the other peg guide is not.

The chassis themselves are a great design, and potentially could be made to handle very well. I feel it is the quality of the running gear that is at fault, and the car is set up for routed, not plastic tracks.

"Out of the box", mine are very noisy and do not handle very well.

When I buy more from Milan, i will only buy the completed body units and fit a different chassis.

It is the handbuilt nature of the cars which appeal to me, and although I may appear negative about them, I do not regret buying them for one second.

Regards

Alan
 
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Hi Alan,
The chassis on the F550 is really nice and has a flag guide and the whole car is very low and flat on the track. The rear tyres worked well on the Ninco track I used the car but first I cleaned the track as these tyre only work well on a clean track.

The Ferrari handled very well sliding in controlled powerslides around the corners and could be provoked into fishtailing down the start of the straight. I really enjoyed using this car.

Jeff.
 

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I can`t wait for mine. Lost his web address, can someone please post this up on SF. Cheers
 

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Thanks for that Matt .I was expecting an e mail as I`ve got no contact details at all. Reckon I can rely on you for the addie e mailed to me mate. Cheers.
 
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