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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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This year I purchased 8 fly cars.

All have issues and I can honestly say unless it's an exceptional model which I can't get elsewhere I wont buy another.

Fortunately there are better producers making some similar items. If its a Porsche 917 I'll buy NSR, if it's group 5 i'll go Sidewsys by racer. Best of all these are similar on price with much better mechanicals.

The Flys are beautiful but for me there going to be left on the shelf in the main.
The new flyslot cars (which I don't own) seem to have a much improved chassis, 917 included. However there is much less detail now such as no actual head lamps behind the front lights.

I'm very keen on the new Kramer Porsche C5, but if I do purchase one I'm prepared to put in a full rear end (axel, wheels, gears) and motor.

Also worth mentioning that one of the original founders of fly has a new operation called SRC, they've just come to market and I'm have my first one on route from the UK so fingers crossed it does not suffer from the same issues which have plagued Fly.

NSRs are flat out some of the best cars I own. No issues straight out if the box good to go. The NSR 917 is a particular favourite of mine I now have 5 and I have ever done is remove the magnet. Some NSRs like the corvette have a drop arm guide which I'm not a fan of, but an extra screw is supplied to lock the arm into the chassis, and adjustable front ride height which needs to be set up. Over all excellent cars.

I own probably close to 40 slot.its (my personal fav) and very rarely have issues. Performance is up there with NSR and equally an enjoyable drive. Very rarely have quality probs usually they are picked up by their quality control department and remedy is provided (ie current Audi R18 silver tampo issue - replacement decals provided). Note that don't produce a 917 as yet.

Would suggest buying one of each to see if you like them.

Hope that's some help to you.

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