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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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Fly will never get better and they will never change. Things got good in construction for a few years after 2004, but then all went to pot.

Fly and Flyslot don't make particularly well-built cars in comparison to Scalex. I suggest you do not fiddle with it, but simply ask for a refund. Too many people accept poor quality and tamper with it. it's a sad feature of slotcar enthusiasts. If everyone returned bad goods manufacturers would be forced to make them better. In the meantime, they make poor stuff, people pay a fortune for the honour, and the manufacturer laughs all the way to the bank.

If you have the awful grey/black gears and bearings you will find they also split and come off the axle quite easily. And the black-end motors are weaker performance than Scalex. Take it back to where you bought it from and demand a refund.
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