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Hi
Ive been a part time lurker on here for a while but have never posted as my modest Scalextric collection has been left unused for little under 10 years. Last week that changed after my bro-in-law jokingly suggested he should get some for my Niece. ''No need'' i said, and the rest is history.
After 3 days of constant obsessional play I decided a new car was needed so off I went to my local model shop expecting to get some crazy modern thing (not my style) or one from the classic range, (escort, mini, mustang etc) but as soon as I saw the Caterham R500 my mind was made up (in white, red stripe.) Having never had a go the Caterham I am very impressed with how they handle, not amazingly fast like my MG Lola (only bought that for the MG badge) but instead I think it strikes the right balance for a well handling, entertaining car that demands a good bit of control, instead of thumb-down crazyness.
My purchace could not have been better, im really happy with it, except.
1) The screen deflecters could have been clear instead of black. Not a major gripe but its something that would have finnished it off.
2) The rear axle. the nylon bits that hold it in are a very slack fit on the axle compared to my older cars (mini clubmans, Datsun 240, metros), and as a result I guess the noise from the car is due to that, not helped by the fact that the wheels were a bit out of true on the axle. Ive had the car apart and put some nice thick bearing grease on the axle and forced the wheels as straight as I can. Its made the world of difference and is really quiet now. Is the sloppy-ness of the rear axle just due to cheapness and bad tolerances or have I got a bad one?
3) When are Scalextric going to release another one, in road colours. I need it. Alternativley, are the lotus 7 essentialy the exact same car? If they are i'll get me one of those instead.
4) could someone recomend me the best 'tuned' axle/wheel/tyre combo for the caterham. I might go for a motor too, but I dont think it needs it.

So what does everyone else think of the Caterhams? Im so impressed by the drivability and looks of mine that I can only assume they are considered a bit of a 'classic' almost, and they appear to be rather different to anything else in the range.

Now that Ive got the bug back for the ol' slot cars im going to have a go at scratchbuilding. Ive got 4 Airfix Austin Maxis that used to be my Dads lying about. The only question is, do I try and go proper FWD, or easier RWD?

Cheers for any relpys, happy ........... slotting?
 

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Quick answer for the simple question. Yes, the Lotus 7s and other Caterhams are essentially the same car (a few differences in look). They are getting hard to come by as there are many collectors our there. There is a blue R500 available in the current crop, but it's not the prettiest. In fact, in comparison to the white, I think it's down right ugly.

The Caterhams/Lotus 7s in road trim are particularly difficult to come by. Alas, auction site is probably the best way to go. There was a Scaley boxed set that was released with a pair of Caterhams. The set cars, yellow and blue (?) might be the best/cheapest options to aim for.

Happy hunting and driving.
Embs
 

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The Lotus 7 has narrower wheels and tyres and getting standard replacement tyres for them seems impossible. The tyres ten to split and I have not managed to find replacement tyres of any make for mine, although I have to admit to not trying oo hard and ended up fitting the Caterham style wheels/tyres.

Kind regards, Leo
 

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MJK do make a Caterham replacement tyre for the new ones. Just not sure on availability overseas. Also, the tyre for the vintage Scaley Mini apparently fits the Lotus 7s (also available from MJK). Can't confirm this as I don't have a 7.

Embs
 

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QUOTE (Scootcar50 @ 4 Jul 2011, 00:55) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>This Caterham 7 ColdStream would have to be one of the best looking early models I have seen.

I agree. It's the only one I have but it's one of my shelf-queens.









I also have an Allard J2 resin shell by Gregory Petrolati. He recommends using the innards of a Caterham for the workings of the Allard. Beautiful though the Allard is, what a crime that would be! One day I'll make a brass chassis for it instead.
 

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hi
another nice livery from the earlier range is the classic gulf livery.Sorry but i do not have one so no pic.
 

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I created a Gulf livery Caterham a few years back using the Hornby kit which had the decals and sprayed the body in Gulf blue and used one of the set cars for the running gear, turned out good.
 

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Was the Lotus repaint to celebrate Lotus buying back the licence for the Caterham/Lotus7? Looks great. Would be nice if Scaley would do the same.
 

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QUOTE (Ember @ 4 Jul 2011, 10:28) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Was the Lotus repaint to celebrate Lotus buying back the licence for the Caterham/Lotus7? Looks great. Would be nice if Scaley would do the same.

Yes it was Embs, keepin' it real!

I imagine that once they're confident Dany Bahar won't sue them for it one will be on the way from Scaley. Mine's a bit more retro than planned because the metallic green I bought turned out to be anything but. That said, I am pleased - Patto's new ink seems to be a HUGE step forward.

I gather that the latest is that Group Lotus is trying to sue Caterham for passing itself of as Lotus for the last 40 years.

Muppets!
 

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#8,

That's a lovely repaint you've done there, I like what you've done with the exhaust (silver and gold).

Here is the entire range of Caterham/Lotus 7 cars, plenty to pick from.

The easiest cars to acquire are the C2201 Coldstream and C2231 Comma, plenty around and generally going for around the 30 quid mark.
The hardest cars to acquire would be the Peter Ritchie and Team Taran, probably looking around 60+ quid.

C2200 - Lotus 7 Red

C2201 - Caterham Coldstream

C2230 - Lotus 7 Green

C2231 - Caterham Comma

C2269 - Lotus 7 Blue

C2270 - Lotus 7 Yellow

C2271 - Caterham 7 Road

C2272 - Caterham 7 Road

C2307 - Caterham 7 Silver Ltd Edition of 500

C2307 - Caterham 7 Gold Ltd Edition of 500

C2331 - Caterham - Silverstone Ltd Edition of 500

C2332 - Caterham - Donington Ltd Edition of 500

C2333 - Caterham - Croft Ltd Edition of 500

C2344 - Caterham - Peter Ritchie

C2345 - Caterham - Team Toran

C2490 - Caterham - Gulf

C2589 - Caterham - 30 Year Anniversary

C3093 - Caterham R500 White

C3133 - Caterham R500 Blue

Set Car 1

Set Car 2

Awaiting Release - C3207
 

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QUOTE (Wombler @ 3 Jul 2011, 22:24) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Now that Ive got the bug back for the ol' slot cars im going to have a go at scratchbuilding. Ive got 4 Airfix Austin Maxis that used to be my Dads lying about. The only question is, do I try and go proper FWD, or easier RWD?

I think these are rare and a bit collectable before you start cutting them up. FWD is a nightmare to get right. Scalextric tried it once with a mini and gave up.
 

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QUOTE (RikoRocket @ 4 Jul 2011, 11:41) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I think these are rare and a bit collectable before you start cutting them up. FWD is a nightmare to get right. Scalextric tried it once with a mini and gave up.

Very true. I hacked up a Gulf one years ago to fit under an Airfix Beetle. Looked very smart in the end, but PCS is a much better alternative!
 

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QUOTE (RikoRocket @ 4 Jul 2011, 10:41) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I think these are rare and a bit collectable before you start cutting them up. FWD is a nightmare to get right. Scalextric tried it once with a mini and gave up.

Im well aware how desirable these kits are, I had one that was unmade, so I put that up on the bay. The 4 have all been built, so Ive got no issues with chopping them about. Ive done it before about 15-20 years ago and it was a bit of a disaster. Ive still got it but it looks naff. Ive also got a BMC32 resin kit so I could use that, its what its for, but Id realy like to get the proper Airfix conversion right.

Thanks so much for all these great useful replys, that list of all the different liveries is fantastic and its made my mind up. I like the yellow comma livery, but I think ill be going for the green and yellow one when its released. Ill have too get rid of some of the yellow tho, starting with the wheels.
 

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The rear axle is fine. Whatever you try won't make a blind bit of difference

Enjoy what's simply a different car to race
 

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Dont get me wrong, I realy y am enjoying it alot, enough to get another one, but I cant help tinkering and seeing how slack the rear axle was and how wonky the wheels were I felt I had to improve it, and I did. It made the world of difference, but its not as good as I know I can get it. If they come out of the factory like this as the norm, im suprised.
 
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