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Flyslot: Porsche 917 LH - Test Le Mans 1970

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I've just bought the Flyslot Porsche 917 LH - Test Le Mans 1970.

I recently started looking at manufacturers other than Scalextric. Having grown up only knowing about/of Scalextric I'm really surprised at quite how many different manufacturers there are.

I was attracted to Fly for the detail and because they appear to be more realistic (I like my cars to look as much like the real thing as possible so I liked the fact that the Fly Lotus 78 has JPS sponsorship... just because it does then seem to be more realistic).

But this Porsche 917 has a few problems: the windscreen has clearly not been fully pushed into place and I can see from the little tabs (?) that would hold it in place that if I just push it in they would break, so I'll need to open it up; there is a small but clearly visible crack on the inside of the windscreen (it cannot be felt to the touch on the outside but is obvious when viewed); and there is an unseemly 1mm gap at the rear of the car between the top half and the bottom half of the chassis... and no amount of pressure seems to take care of it.

To put it mildly I'm rather disappointed... and from some other comments I've read here and there this doesn't seem to be that unusual for Fly. Is that so? Is there always going to be a trade off (with Fly) of great quality versus needing to carry out some maintenance even when the car is straight out of the box? Or have I just been unlucky and got the wrong end of the stick regarding what I have read?

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I agree, with Fly cars, if its possible check them in the flesh first.

Sorry to jump on the bandwagon. When Fly first appeared on the market their cars were superior to everything else I bought RTR (Scalextric, SCX and Ninco) and were probably one of the reasons Scalextric upped their game in terms of detail, quality and performance. I bought numerous early Fly cars (2 x Viper, 2 x Marcos and 2 x Venturi and many others). Back then Fly weren't that expensive, at worst £30 and much faster then Scalextric out the box without any work.

The past few years FLy/Flyslot have made nicely detailed cars but with serious quality control issues and bumped the price up to approx £45. I have not had problems with the body work but I have had numerous cars with duff gears and won't run at all until I replaced the pinion gear so the gears meshed and turned each other. I bought the recent Alfa TZ2 and just can't cure a strange noise caused by a rear wheel.

I agree Fly really need to sort out their quality control, then they can claw back customers and their reputation.

I used to think FLy were the best, now I avoid them as much as possible as I don't want to buy a car I have to dismantle before I can use it.

I hope Fly read these comments and get the problems sorted out.

Many thanks

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