Give Pendles a ring & they might have a chassis for your model.
Don`t know about it being much cheaper once you`ve bought the kit & then the running gear, but you would have the added satisfaction of building your own car!
Will it break? The Scaley one tend to lose their rear wings & mirrors , so it would probably be no worse.
If you do build one remember to post some pics!
If you have plenty of time to waste then it could be a good learning experience.
If it were me I'd buy the Scalextric version and be safe in the knowledge that it would look right and run well rather than waste a load of time and effort (not to mention money) and end up with something that's nowhere near as good as the Scaley car.
Having said that if you're a capable model builder then why not have a go. I just think if you had time on your hands you might be better off building a car that you can't just go out and buy.
The Scaley versions does run very well by the way, with magnet in it's a blast.
Will it cost more than just buying the slot car version?
Will it handle like a pig on roller skates?
Depends what you put under it
Do you have the skill and knowledge to build something that goes much better than the standard slot car version?
If not, might as well stick with the standard slot car version.
Will it be a massive waste of time?
Not if you enjoy doing it.
Yes if all you don't enjoy doing it.
As 300SLR says, it'll probably work out more expensive than buying an off the shelf job. But the building is an adventure. It's quite amazing how much you'll learn even in just trying to make an existing donor chassis fit underneath it. Does it really matter if the first attempt doesn't work as well as an RTR car? You'll improve with each one you attempt.
Go for it!! It's fun and it's frustrating. The major bonus is the buzz that you get the first time you see it trundling around the track. Nothing beats the "I made that" pride that you'll feel.
You'll know by the end of it whether or not you want to tackle another. And if you do there's so many more possibilities out there that aren't already available as RTR cars.
Hmmm... Think I'll build the kit as a kit first and see how much space there is in it and how it could be mounted onto an existing chassis. If all goes well I'll get another one and a "donor" car and start chopping. I've got an Alfa 155 and a BMW3 that won't be missed.
I was never going to scratch build, I was just wondering if some sort of universal chassis and running gear was available.
I do wish Airfix would add a mould of the Scalextric chassis with the kit, they must know some of us are converting them, you can buy the Scalextric one for £7.82 but it only comes with the front axle, a rear would cost another £5.82 then there is the motor to add as well.
Scalextric probably feel they are offering a self decoration route with the pro-performance plain body model but that's £47, so a running chassis with a damaged body from Ebay or swap meet is still the cheapest option and rob the parts.
Pendle will knock you out a PCS chassis complete with all the running gear for £15 so all you will need is the body, not sure what that cost but I would imagine you could assemble a runner for under 25 quid
I would be sure that you would be able to fit the pcs chassis under the aston shell
It is not really scratch building but you can be pretty sure you will be building a unique model which only you have got
Hope you got that rally fly-boy craned out of your barn OK.
Looks like he got himself in a right pickle with a landing like that.
If he'd had a propeller on the front, he might have cleared the barn & not had such a rotten landing.
Saw your Airfix conundrum, and thought I'd chip in with a rec.
Just doing a nippy little banger myself as it happens.
A 1968 Pontiac GTO, the bodys made by those nice Revell Monogram chaps.
Just like the Brits with Airfix, jolly good body, won't break the bank.
I just scored a Monte-Carlo chassis from the chaps at Pendle, and it's rather nippy actualy.
Comes with a corking good engine.
All round alloys & pretty grippy lo-pros.
Side-winder setup, means I can still get the driver & front seats in.
& it's totaly adjustable in so many ways, I think you could get just about anything you care to think of to fit to it.
It's got 4 wheel drive as well & suspension, the acceleration and grip out of corners is simply first-class old chap.
It isn't a cheapy, but when you add together the costs of seperate motor, wheels, axles, tyres, chassis etc. I think it's a bit of a snip at the price.
Was going to use an SCX NASCAR chassis which are quite good for your old V8 nonsense, but couldn't get the little driver fellow in unless I decapitated the poor chap; just wasn't on really.
You even get one of those magnet whatnots, but we just rip those out and chuck 'em in the bin here.
Can get an in line one with bits and bobs for about for £15 but would like to keep the full interior. Have got myself a 1/32nd WW2 Japanese soldier who is about to get "Stigged" up for the driving job.
1) I think that the model is too fragile for me to convert, especially around the "A" pillar. One good roll and it would be goosed.
2) Modern acrylic Humbrol paint is rubbish. I'm sure the stuff that I used as a kid 30 years ago was a toxic nightmare, but at least it covered the bloody plastic! With a bit of luck the second coat will sort out.
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