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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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Sadly, many Fly cars were beautiful but flawed, usually with great bodies but dodgy running gear. Not so long ago, following commercial problems, Fly morphed into Flyslot and quality sank even lower. I've only bought eight Flyslot cars (as opposed to 100+ Fly cars), so it's not a huge sample, but all of them have been of worse quality than their Fly produced forebears, two being so bad that I returned them to the retailer. Problems have ranged from a BMW M1 with paint that rubbed off, to a March 761B that was missing a full set of exhausts.

Whereas in the past I was happy to buy a Fly car online (because the body was usually fine and only the running gear had problems) I will no longer buy a Flyslot car unless I've seen it in the flesh first; fixing running gear isn't too difficult, fixing dodgy bodies is.

My advice to you is to avoid buying the latest Flyslot cars unless you first see the actual car you're buying. The older Fly and GB Track cars are a much safer bet, although it's likely that you'll still need to do a small amount of remedial work or modification to get the car to run problem free.

Hopefully Flyslot will improve its quality control soon, before it fatally damages its brand's reputation.
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