There have been a couple of things I wanted to try lately, (slot car wise!), and as I had a day off today I thought the opportunity too good to miss.
First I haven't used a lexan shell since my ECRA days in the sixties and secondly I wanted to try a chassis with the Guide mounted behind the line of the front axle.
Everyone always used to say that it wouldn't work and the car would be far too unstable to use.
The shell I got from Bruce Patterson (Patto's Place), some time ago on a whim really as I like 50's/60's British Sports cars. I remember in the old days, (some say good old days), spending hours trying to cut out wheel arches with a pair of scissors and trying to get them round, never with a great deal of luck. Well nowadays it is really easy with a dremmel with a sanding disc.
I painted the body following closely a picture I found of a Historic-racing meeting. I had forgotten how nice it really is to handpaint a shell, (from the inside), I really must get some more.
The chassis is fairly straightforward. PCB Main chassis with a Slo.it Inline Pod and running gear. Motor is my favourite V12 but the 24K version. More than enough power for this little beast. Wheels are the "scratchbuilders saviours", i.e. Ninco classics and guide is TSRF.
The picture shows the chassis arrangement, which is easily cut out using a Dremmel cutter and sanding disk. I have left this one unpainted as it shows up a little better in photographs, but eventually it will be painted black.
So how does it run? I was a little concerned about this so it was with some trepidation that I oiled up the car and set out a test track. The car was superb and it wasn't necessary to add any weight to it at all, which surprised me. Handling was very predictable with great tail slides.
All in all very worthwhile, and pretty cheap to build little car, which can easily hold it's own with my other classic slot cars and I will defiantly not hesitate to build more.
Thanks for the comments Chaps. Very simple little car from a very simple person!.
Al that car is very neat, I will certainly have no hesitation in mounting the guide behind the axle line in future cars. The TR3 springs to mind as that also has a very short nose. It may also prove useful for one of Mac Pinch's racers....Ummm
Howmett ..I don't have a Ninco jag, but this vac form looks significantly narrower. I do have an Aurora Kit, (as yet unbuilt), it is the roadster version, (complete with side spats), and that is wider than the vac form.
Vac shell is 46mm, Aurora is 51mm. Interestingly Wheelbase is identical!.
I would say bof the two the vac form has the better proportions.
Graham..Will always be grateful for your design, waiting for the next one!. By the way my Proxy car developed an"oval bearing" before the race, so it's coming home for a pod change, should go better them!.
John...Thinking of opening my own branch of Maplins . Just as a warning I bought 10 sheets of 8"x4" and I've still got 8 left, but I'm running out of motors.
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