@rr3.9 - you are quite right of course, they are the wrong wheels on the Saleen. I have checked with Fly and done some testing myself here at Gaugemaster, and the problem is that none of the wheels - not even the Oreca Viper wheels - are quite right. As you can see, from the side the car looks great with the correct wheels...
but in reality the front axle is now too long and the rear one too short, both due to the different depth that the axle goes into the wheel. Also, on the front, the moulding at the rear of the Viper wheel is longer and so this pushes the wheel away from the chassis because usually the rear of a Sallen wheel is virtually flush with the chassis.
I tried a few varients, but I did not go as far as physically modifying the pieces, although I guess with a little skill you could get the Oreca wheels to fit the front, but you would need a new rear axle as the saleen one is too short (if fitted with Viper wheels) and the Viper one will also be too short, and you still have the Viper rear-of-wheels length to modify too!
Production wise, it is obviously not viable to make a complete set of wheels just for one varient of a model, as the Saleen normally has 5 spoke wheels. Fly apologise, but felt it best and more sensible in this instance to run the model with the incorrect wheel rims.
P.S. Incidentally, the A84 Viper Oreca came with BBS rims, spare parts numbers 79213 and 79214. The A205 Valencia version comes with OZ rims which are Fly part numbers 79215 and 79216.
For those who think that a new viper was unnecessary or a waste of time, I just advise them to pay a visit to their dealer to check the matter by themselves ... But I warn them as well : they are likely to come back home with that new viper under their arms ...
So what's been changed ?
As already shown on pictures, all the different holes present in the body of the real car are featured on the model as well : we're talking about the front bonnet, the space behind the front bonnet, air intakes on both rear sides and the holes at the back of the car. Great job indeed ! I especially missed the hole between the front bonnet and the doors.
Detail has been added : air extractor at the rear, new rear wing, new mirrors (I think !), much better looking exhaust pipes, new wheels with superb brake disks, air deflectors on the front bonnet, front grille, central lights, fuel caps in the rear window, detailed rear lights, a connector at the rear, front and rear hooks, and ... the most intricate interior ever found on a slot car
Truly amazing !
It took a long time to appear on our shelves but I can tell you that it was really worth the wait !
It doesn't only look very good... it Fly's as well... (yes you read it well...)
The car broke my Petit Spa lap record... and it's stunning in the dark... I haven't seen bright lights like that before...
I eagerly await a lot of new liveries, even some not yet announced by Fly !
That said, I found something a little weird on those Oreca vipers ... (Ok, you really have to look very hard to find something wrong but I found ...) :
As I mentionned before, the exhaust pipes look really realistic. They are now placed just beneath the middle of the door instead of being just in front of the rear wheels. The thing is that those Oreca vipers still had the long exhaust pipes (in front of the rear wheels) in 1998, the shorter ones (middle of the door) were brought the year after, in 1999.
I hear you say that FLY cannot adapt their body to every particular livery being produced and I fully agree with you. The weird thing is that Oreca still used the same paint scheme on their vipers in 1999 ... So, Fly could have choosen the 1999 cars instead and there wouldn't have been that slight mistake.
Hmmm, I have just read the HRW review - he wants to get some facts straight and a little less comments such as "FLY has spewed out over forty different Viper paint schemes" may make him a little more credible.
I think it is time that someone from SF did a review on the new Viper - any volunteers?
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