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This is what happens when passion gets out of hand. A clutch of Airfix Beetles on PCS chassis. Despite appearances no two are the same, and all have different characteristics on track. Fun to build but tricky in parts. Thank you again for your time in looking.

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Laurence,

Congrats on exceeding your expectations! After 80 pages, 1,600 posts, and 159 VW Beetles (give or take a few). I suspect you know when you've got a good one. It's all about personal bests.

Also. Thank you for sharing your mistakes, and how you were able to correct and rise above them.

Mr GDSlot,

Please forgive the following answers to your questions. They were the first thing that came to mind, and are only meant in fun. :)

1) 158 other Beetles
2) 158 other Beetles
3) Beetle class?
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Laurence,

Congrats on exceeding your expectations! After 80 pages, 1,600 posts, and 159 VW Beetles (give or take a few). I suspect you know when you've got a good one. It's all about personal bests.

Also. Thank you for sharing your mistakes, and how you were able to correct and rise above them.

Mr GDSlot,

Please forgive the following answers to your questions. They were the first thing that came to mind, and are only meant in fun. :)

1) 158 other Beetles
2) 158 other Beetles
3) Beetle class?
Most amusing answer😄, thats why I get for trying to get serious on the Bugs🤷‍♂️

Of course I forgot Laurence has the "rise price" button on deck at The Mess when its all about Beetles😄... or black paint for the matter.

Cheers
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Daniel and Ken

I will try and reply to you both - probably tomorrow - when I stop laughing! Thank you both for your wit. And great kindness, as usual.
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Plastic fools assemble for release of a new VW. Pity they've got nothing better to do. Too early to celebrate so Captain Haddock stands a small chance of sobriety for a short while.

Will wait for transfers to dry before maiden laps around the Mess.

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Nice job(s) Laurence.

I hope Captain H doesn't mistake either freshly finished bonnet for the bow of a ship awaiting launch and crack that bottle he's holding across either, otherwise you will have some serious bodywork repairs to perform even before you set a tyre on track.
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Thanks again for your posts above, chaps. All greatly appreciated.

Daniel

These Beetles are extraordinarily quick around the Mess for several reasons, and are usually raced against other saloons with a similar spec.They go so well because they're very light in weight, have low gearing (helped by small-diameter wheels), and are fitted with superb tyres from PCS.

We also run handicap races. If, for example, a Beetle is up against an NSR 917, the Porsche has to complete three extra laps. Each heat is 15 laps (18 for the 917) and produces close and fraught battles, especially if Gandhi spills chips all over the Mess.

Handicapping is a good way of discovering all sorts of things about slot cars that I recommend, especially after imbibing a few large ones with Captain Haddock.

Hope this answers your points above.
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Daniel

By way of postscript a few pics below I should have added to my post above.
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Mmm handicap uh?

How about this:

Heat winner drinks two shots of whisky and everyone else drinks one, that until the race is completed. The method is repeated for all classes of the day. 😁

Cheers
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Just two shots of whisky, Daniel? Uncle Bonkers spills that much...
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An interesting race meeting at the Mess last evening in which my new grey Beetle was pitted against a variety of cars. It lapped the Ferrari below in several heats on both lanes, so we eventually reverted to old Scalextric F1 cars by unilateral request.

Occasionally, it's not unpleasant feeling like a smug git.
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Yet another very spooky coincidence. Very spooky indeed.
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Discontent on the Mess today. A protest after the chip van ran out of fuel. No petrol getting through. Dunno when the next delivery is.

"A rum do indeed, Jeeves. Never thought it would come to this on the Mess."

"Mrs Gregson's on her way, too, Sir"

"Best to make a run for it now, Jeeves."
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Quick!!! Somebody call Noah! Some of the animals wandered off the ark! ;)
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Ken

Protest over. After a night of strong wind and torrential rain, all animals are heading swiftly to the safety of the ark. Noah will just have to make do with sprouts and cauliflower. The camel can have a taste of his own medicine for a change.
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Here’s how discipline is maintained on my track:
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That's another way to get a camel into the pic. Made by Sopwith! :cool:
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Protest over. After a night of strong wind and torrential rain, all animals are heading swiftly to the safety of the ark. Noah will just have to make do with sprouts and cauliflower. The camel can have a taste of his own medicine for a change. View attachment 282654
Whos the man in the suit? A lawyer? Reminds me of Al Pacino in the Devils Advocate… maybe hes there to support the Camel😲
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Here’s how discipline is maintained on my track:
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Well, to be honest I expected the Obergruppenführer with a convoy of Tiger Tanks, but I guess Snoopy will do…for now.😬
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Daniel

The chap in the grey suit was merely waiting to catch an aeroplane but, having discovered that he's too big for it, he's off on holiday by bus.

Just another lost soul looking for a clue.
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It's a little early in the day for ice-cream but it's a case of horses for courses. The chip van's closed due to fuel shortages, but the ice-cream van's got plenty. The driver's lazier than me and never drives anywhere, so it's ice-cream for breakfast.
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