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I'm at the point in my collection where I'll soon be moving on from Scalextric and SCX cars because neither of these make either cars or liveries I like. I've been looking at Ninco cars, specifically:-
Ford Focus WRC (50425 or 50439)
Mitsubishi Lancer WRC (50394, 50401, 50430, 50436 or 50451)
Peugeot 307 WRC (50410)
Subaru Impreza WRC'06 (50471)
Citroen C4 WRC (50510)

What do you reckon? Any good? If not, any recommendations of other makes of these models? I've been put off the Scalextric Focus, 307 and Impreza because of the front-mounted motor. SCX have done most of the cars on the list, but not in liveries I like enough to want.

I bought some Ninco wheels to replace Scalextric and SCX ones and TBH I wasn't impressed with the quality. Does this apply to the cars as well? Do the wheels let the cars down? Or was I just unlucky with the wheels? I'm not bothered if I have to replace wheels, as I've found I'm happy with Slot.It ones and won't be too bothered if I have to buy more of them (the Slot.It wheels have transformed my worst SCX cars into some of my favourites).

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Stuart.
 

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Was it the SlotIt wheels, or grippier tyres that made a difference? SCX wheels are fine, but the tyres are quite hard.

Ninco cars are fine if you like to rally with authentic sliding rear ends, a bit of instability, and lots of fun. The fit and finish of their cars and overall quality is fairly ordinary and on par with SCX. The snag is that their prices are silly high and the greedy types on Ebay have shoved up asking prices accordingly.

There's no Ninco car worth more than £30 in my opinion. Anything over that gives a certain 'ripoff' feeling.
 

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Ninco plastic and drive train both feel superior to SCX to me.

I used to find SCX Rally Cars more fun to drive, when I had a smaller track, but I prefer Ninco on my current track.

I find Lancer and 307, with shocks, both go very well on Sport Track.

But I prefer the 04 Impreza (Pro Race).

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Nincos aren't really cars with much finesse to them - aside from the handling of the oldest NC1 motored jobs.

I don't think you'll ever hear a bad word said about an NC1 car - the Peugeot 306 Maxi for example is a gem - but they aren't competitive with the later and more powerful cars.

They are all oversize in the width department, rendering more 'scale' models uncompetitive. They also often lack detail finish like black window surrounds - an easy fix, but irritating.

The WRC cars - Focus, C4, Subaru and Lancer - are probably the fastest modern rally cars available out of the box from a major manufacturer. By that I don't include Avant Slot, which is more specialist, but Ninco cars are almost as quick and a lot more consistent in handling. In our club's 4WD rally class the Avant Slots are probably faster but the Nincos tend to hold out over a full race distance.

Personally I prefer SCX for 'real' shaft-driven 4WD instead of a rubber band and better scale, but for a fast club runner Ninco is a good bet no matter what the competition.

The other 'plus' with Ninco is the older S1600 cars in the range - Saxo, Punto and Clio. They're all great looking and a real handful.

But they all seem to command a stiff price these days, unless you get lucky.
 

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I've gathered up a few Nincos (Nincoes ?) recently. I picked up a Focus not too long ago from Top Slots 'n' Trains as part of their special offers. The price was reasonable, and the car is very pretty, and not the usual run of the mill WRC liveries offered by everyone else. But, sadly, I haven't had a chance to try it yet.

However, I have tried some of the Subarus. The standard issue Bugeye (2001-2002) is a horrible, graunchy monster that lurches around the track in a very discouraging manner. Then I have some of the Pro series Blobeye ones (2003-2004) which run great. They're utterly lovely. Quick and fun, although they seem to lack the acceleration and top speed of the Scalextric equivalents. Then there is the Hawkeye (2005-2007) version that came with Pro-Shocks, which is little better than the old Bugeye version. I have a sneaking suspicion that the suspension allows the rear axle to move out of alignment too much with the motor, which makes it noisy, but I don't have any proof of that yet. Still, they look nice, and if I could be bothered to tinker a bit more with them, they'd probably come good.

They are nice models, but as has already been mentioned, they are in a class with SCX and Scalextric, so don't go paying NSR money for one. That said, my favourite rally car is an old magless Ninco Celica GT4 from the mid-90s, and my favourite touring car is a Ninco Alfa Romeo 155 of a similar vintage. I dropped a hotter motor into the Celica and gave it a set of silicone tyres, and I can keep it sideways around pretty much any track I build
 

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I like the peugeot and the C4 a lot. I dont like the chosen livery of the 307, I'm more into the yellow (50367) version. the impresa is a very cool car and goes really good on sporttrack. nincotrack is what they're all made for I guess. the cars with the NC5 are a bit too fast if you use more than 12V and like driver#8said.......the old ones with NC1 and for me the NC2 are more motors with more souplesse (is this a good word??) and smooth flow of torque.

but the 307 never disapointed me

nbnb: and yes the early versions of the punto........what a cool car that is!!
 

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The Ford Focus and Peugeot 307 are great fun and quick on Sport track. My 307 sees regular use and Ive had it for about 5 years and not had to replace the tyres yet and they still grip well. When I wanted a 307 I asked at my (then) local club (Wolves) and was told the Ninco 307 is the best 1 to buy. Ninco cars are expensive but they are good. The level of finish and quality of materials is better then SCX and I think similar to Fly.

The old Fiat Punto is worth a look as they are great fun too!

If you shop around you may find a few deals to be had, LD Discounts, Pendle etc.
 

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some of the best out of the box. just had a rally yesterday on a 6' x 34' track w/ 40" elevation & every specialty piece of track by Scalex & Ninco in it, 35secs was a hot lap. i ran a non-Pro Ninco Mitsu for my best time, the car was very consistent; the guy in second runs a Focus that is perfect!
 

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Hi stubeedoo

I have 3 Ninco cars, they are all fantastic ! (& I'm very hard to please ! ask anyone).

The first 2 are a couple of F1's from 'back in the day'...
...Johnney Herbert's - Stewart-Ford...
&
...Enrique Bernoldi's - Arrows.

We ALWAYS tinker with our cars at MRW...
...these 2 run fantastic (magnets removed) straight out the box.
They are FUN, FUN, FUN !

The NC1 motor I think is no small part in this.
I wanted an NC1 as a consequence, for a recent scratch-build; alas they are no longer available; shame.

The 3rd Ninco at MRW is a Ford 'Munchies'...
...same can be said...
...magnet OUT, drives great, no obsesive tinkering required (& we're obsesive !)
The 4wd on the 'Munchies' pulls it out the corners like nothing else.
The suspension has a small, but I think not insignificant effect to the drive.
The new motor in the 'Munchies', is I think, nearly, as good as the NC1 power-plant.
Overal, 5*'s.
The 'Munchies' is FUN, FUN, FUN, also !

The finish on all the 3 cars is top-notch.
The detailed rally interior of the Ford is among the best we've seen at MRW.
The F1's are also exellent, with steering front wheels, and just superb handleing.

The Arrow's is 'ever so slightly' let down, by relying on the base plastic 'Orange' colour for the livery (Orange cell-phones).
The Stewart-Ford is basicaly the same car, but the base white is paint, not plastic, just looks a teeny bit better.

Cheers

Si.
 

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I tend to run my rally cars on a road course, and in this instance the Ninco range is probably the best, with typical 'standard' tune, Ie glue, screw & true. I have the Lancer, C4, Focus & Solberg Sube and all are great fun, very fast, and crash like rally cars should, ie BIG!
At club level the only non Ninco that i recall winning in recent history was my Avant Slot Advan Mitsubishi, and without being too much of a tosser it was more driver than car.
 
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