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-Ahem- real 1/32 or nominal?
Sorry to drag this up again, but the Racer P4 is hugely oversized. Is the 250LM (also one of my favoutite cars) the RIGHT size?
I don't wish to inflict my petty obsessions on the rest of the crew, but if it's right I'll buy it to add to my collection. If it ain't, I won't. They just look daft to me.
 

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As I said, this is a bit of a personal obsession. The Racer P4 looks out to me, and at the prices involved, it's enough to put me off. Same goes for the 250 LM. If it's on a similar scale, I'd rather scratchbuild it, but I know that's not everyone's cup of tea.
But why can't they make 'em right to begin with? An old, old question, I know.
But good luck to them for producing some good prototype choices.
 

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Thanks indeed to Mr Racer for responding in a very rational and sensible way. It must be a pain to have to deal with the irrational and obsessive fraction of his potential customers out here!
My only real complaint is that until things like this forum came up, the only way to find out if a car was right or not was the expensive way! If the true scale was clearly marked on the packaging, the catalogue or whatever, or the model dimensions and prototype dimensions given, there would be absolutely no difficulty whatever. I understand totally the problems of compromising scale correctness with performance; it's the most interesting challenge of all in scratchbuilding. With a specialist manufacturer making highly engineered models rather than toys, as Racer do, I somehow expect scale correctness to be high on the agenda- after all, at these prices, who's going to risk slamming them into the wall?
It may well be only me- the one with too much time to spend on the computer, but it is EXCELLENT to be able to discuss these things. I am very grateful to Mr Racer, and I also have absolute respect for Ecurie's view.
I have built up a stable of cars over the years, either ready builts, conversions or scratchbuilds. They are as far as possible 1/32nd scale, so they look right together on the track or the shelf. If I can build a scale sidewinder Lotus 23 with full cockpit, I'm not sure why it's beyond the wit of a professional; although given a minute or two, I do know and sympathise.
I reckon VMG unintentionally did great damage by marketing their monsters as '1/32' scale. It certainly alerted me to other 'compromises', which in the end have dissuaded me from buying RTRs, even the beautifully engineered Racer and other types. An out of scale bodyshell is a waste of a few quid- perhaps even rescuable- but not a whole car.
 

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No arguments there, Mo55. I guess it is just me then! But I forgot to give the nod to Aaron too, for being so forthcoming about the whole thing. I apologise for any unnecessary mud stirred up, but your willingness to present the issues- often against self-interest- is admirable. Respect due, Gaugehamster!
 

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Principal dimensions of 250LM in metric;

W/B 2400mm
Length O/A 4270mm
Width O/A 1700mm
Height O/A 1115mm

Anything to keep you busy running around in that little wheel GaugeHamster!
All the best. Sorry for the trouble.....
 
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