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Hi Guys and Gals,

I'm not a pro racer, but am building a large digital layout, predominantly Rally Cars and GT Saloon type cars.

I've always been pretty faithful to Scalextric, and to be fair most of their detailed models look nice and run well out of the box.
I also have a couple of Ninco's which are (to me), beautifully detailed and quite quick out of the box if a bit noisy !!
To me Nincos can be made really good with minimal outlay and a little fettling.

I've read some of the other posts regarding different makes but didn't really tell me what I want to know LOL

SCX, Ninco HPI and Autoart produce some nice cars that Scaley don't do, which look good in the pictures I've seen.................

Not from a Pro Racer point of view, but more a general hobbyist, what do you guys think of them ??

Cheers Dave
 

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I've got the following makes of car

Scalextric - good finish, some cars run well, some don't
SCX - finish can be a little variable, handle better than Scalextric but the motors are generally slower
Ninco - cars not to scale but run very well
Carrera - excellent finish, don't run as well as Scalextric but fun to race against other Carrera cars
Revell - good finish, bad running
Team Slot - best avoided
Avant Slot - it'd be nice if it didn't fall to bits every 5 laps
Slot It - good cars
NSR - very nice Porsche 917
Fly - superb finish, eats gears

I've probably got some more oddities but that's what I can remember.
 

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scaly and scx to me are the best for quality because they are what i collect most i have also some teamslot but have been a bit disapointed with them.. for xmas i was bought 3 autoart cars and was a bit woried about them as there have been quite a lot of talk about them over the years, but to my supprise i must have got 3 good ones as i am well happy with there build quality and performance all they required was lubrication i tend to stick to the makes i have been bought up with and am never sure what to try incase i get disapointed but at the end of the day it's up to you what you wish to try there are others which will have other favorites...good luck
 

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I dont think that currently there are any really bad quality cars. auto art and team slot get a bad rep but with a tube of flexi super glue and some new tyres they arent too bad. Ive never really had a problem with avant slot apart from needing to glue the wheels on but the motors are more powerful than the usual lot.

It is difficult to find 2 cars by different brands that run the same as each other.
 

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If historic rallying is your thing, Fly will suit you well. They produced Renault 5 Turbos, Lancia 037s, Porsche 911s, BMW M3 E30s and Audi Quattro A2s which are still fairly easy to buy new. The Renault and Lancia are great straight from the box, the BMW is mediocre and the Porsche is a bit of a dog (virtually undriveable without magnet unless weight is added to the front). I don't have experience of the Audi.

Pendles have a comprehensive list of the models produced:
Fly Renault 5 Turbo. http://www.flymodelcars.com/shop/renault-5-turbo.html
Fly Lancia 037. http://www.flymodelcars.com/shop/lancia-037.html
Fly Porsche 911. http://www.flymodelcars.com/shop/porsche-911.html
Fly Audi Quattro A2. http://www.flymodelcars.com/shop/audi-quattro-a2.html
Fly BMW M3 E30. http://www.flymodelcars.com/shop/bmw-m3-e30.html

You don't say which Ninco cars you have. If you don't already have a Ninco Pro-Shock Porsche 911 or any of their Raid cars, try one. Their performance is superb and they would be my choice if I could only have a couple of rally cars.

Ninco Porsche 911SC
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Ninco Bowler Nemesis
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Just looking at this Fly classic rally cars, they look lovely, but has anyone had any experience with them on scalextric classic (quite old, so fairly bumpy and rough) track. do they run okay on it? Or are they a nightmare when it comes to a rough track?
 

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my lancia 037 was pretty awful until i put in a ninco sprung guide. that worked wonders. Fly tyres are pretty bad as well.
 

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The Fly Quattro is great and has a drop arm for that bumpy classic track.

Just as long as the pinions aren't split!
 

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I run my Fly cars on Scalextric Classic track (magnets removed) and mostly they're fine, although the track is in good condition and not too bumpy. On the same track, Scalextric, Carrera and particularly Revell and Pioneer cope worse with the bumps, so I don't think you have much to fear with Fly.
 

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QUOTE (Mr.M @ 25 Jan 2012, 09:55) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The Fly Quattro is great and has a drop arm for that bumpy classic track.

Just as long as the pinions aren't split!

Speaking of which i have unfortunately had my first split pinion on a Fly Porsche 935 - Still have the car in pieces on my desk at home and was thinking i really needed to find if another manufacturers brand of pinion would fit and work with the fly gearing / motor. I tried buying a slot.it 5.5mm brass pinion but could not get it to fit to the motor. Recently I heard that it is possible to use a scalextric pinion instead, has anyone tried this and if so how did it turn out? Are there any other alternatives.

Sorry to steal your thread Jam - but figured you may also be able to benefit from others response if you decide to buy a Fly.

Cheers,
 

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The Ninco 911/934 is an excellent slot car, I've got 4 of them, they all run well.
A Scalextric pinion will fit on a Fly motor, I think the Fly motor is exactly the same as the Scalextric one but you might need the Scalextric spur gear as well, Slot It parts should fit but you will probably need a pinion press to get a brass pinion onto the motor.
 

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Hi Dave,

I've got 3 Autoart cars and I've found them quite good.
They are a Petter Solberg 04 Acropolis Scooby
a Richard Burns 01 Scooby
and a Tommi Makinen 01 Evo
The livery on each is very accurate and they run something like a late 90s Scaley car. They have got magnets in them, but there'y not to strong. I did have an issue with the Solberg car in that the drive pinion had to be replaced.
Best of all the most I paid was £15 in Modelzone

I've got 3 SCX cars
Escort mk2 is a great car
Lotus Sunbeam has a rattle I can't find and has lost it's front lights
Peugeot 908 just doesn't run fast enough for a sports car and also I've had problems with the rear tyres fouling the bodywork.

Finally I got some slot-it group c sports cars, very fast in a straight line and very light weight and with superb detailing on them. They are a little bit fragile at times however.

Hope that helps.
 

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These are all the RTR makes I've owned or tried over the years, trying to be concise without massive sweeping genralisations!

AutoArt - pros: diecast quality looks - cons: diecast quality handling courtesy of tyres, wheels and gears
Avant Slot - pros: epic performance and lovely handling - cons: price and frailty of running gear
Carrera - pros: price, breadth of range - cons: weight, tyres, gearing
Cartrix (1950s F1s) - pros: speed and handling - cons: price and baffling proportions
Fly - pros: beautiful cars - cons: shabby mechanicals, not too race-resilient, price (although the Alpha range fixes most faults)
MRRC - pros: beautiful 1960s cars - cons - massively over-powered and magnet dependant
MSC - pros: handling - cons: price, occasional blobbiness of outline
Ninco - pros: variety, classic range - cons: overscale bodies, some mad motors, price
NSR - pros: simply the best RTR technology available - cons: price, overscale bodies
Power Slot - pros: fast - cons: frail
Racer - pros: fabulous looks, Slot.It underneath - cons: price, some overscale bodies, lots of for/against barneys on the Forum!
Revell - pros: interesting range, price - cons: gearing, curious relationship between guide and wheels
Scalextric - pros: breadth of range and bulletproof mechanicals - cons: handling totally magnet-dependent, stupid FF motors in classics
SCX - pros: fantastic range and mechanicals - cons: require more prep to get running sweetly than many
Slot.It - pros: gorgeous looks, customer service, performance - cons: price and collectability
Sloter (1970s LM) - pros: lovely handling, price - cons: bumps on track make for huge shunts
Spirit - pros: plenty of character and pace - cons: running gear frailty
Teamslot - pros: unique range of rally cars - cons: some cars don't look right, many don't drive right
 

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Hi Guys,

Yeah, some great advice there, a lot I expected LOL.

TBH I'm into all Rally Cars, (currently finishing a 1:1 build), and although I'm not yet at the stage where I want all different liveries I am trying to end up with one or two of each available car for now !!
I'd also like to collect more cars, like the Porche 997s etc.

The Ninco cars I already have is a Lamborghini Gallardo Flatex Livery and a Citroen Saxo Total Livery.

I like the look of some of the SCX and Auto Art Rally cars, also there are some good prices about at the moment, which means increasing my collection more with available cash !!

Nice summary Driver 8 also nice pic of Porsche, Dopamine, I like the look of that and might have to give one a try !!
I'm not really into the Raid cars though


I don't mind a bit of work on the running gear, pinions, guides, tyres etc as these bits are fairly cheap anyways, just want nice detail and a car that won't fall to bits first time off the track


My biggest expense is digital chips LOL as I convert all my cars, don't have any shelf queens atm, although the Gallardo and Scaley Focus have yet to be run with other drivers on the track


Thanks for all replies and keep the advice / pics coming,

Regards Dave
 

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Dave,

If rally cars are your thing, then could I suggest taking a gander at the rally related topics on here and seeing what cars other people drive - based on the assumption that the most popular will be the best quality.

I race on a plastic Ninco track at Farnham and we tend to remove magnets (the work of the devil!) from rally cars which enables them to slide more. SCX cars are great for our rally classes as the cars tend to be of a similar competive level, and the engines are a little slow until run-in, but the engines also have good braking.

Another area to look at cars used in Rallying is the Slot Rally pages.

As for Raid cars I am biased but the Ninco cars are fun to run too.

J-c
 

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Hi,

That's a good idea, will do


Tend to spend a lot of my time on "Tracks & Scenery" as I'm yet to build my permanent track although I have all the track, SSDC, PB pro SH, Lap tower, Pit Pro etc purchased, rug racing atm, ..................

Hoping to build a dedicated shed this summer to house it all


I too remove Magnets, Cars are supposed to slide, I'm still at the experimental stage with a little lead, might put up a separate post on that one LOL

Cheers Dave
 
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