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After a rather good selling spree on Ebay I have been eyeing up the Racer Ferrari 333SP cars - but I have no first hand knowledge of this manufacturer.

The pics on GS make them look absolutely stunning, and I have heard many people on this forum rave about the 60's Ferraris, but has anyone brought one either in the RTR form or as the pre-painted kit? and what do they think?

I would like to hear some views before I shell out what I think is alot of money.

Also as maybe a cheaper option does anyone have experience of the older SCX versions of the 333SP?

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QUOTE does anyone have experience of the older SCX versions of the 333SP?

I have read good comments on the scx, but i imagine the posters, (known to be capable builders) put a some tuning into the car. I don't know how much. I have been looking for the scx, but have not seen one at any of the retailers, on or off line. Why doesn't scx re-issue this car?

As for the Racer, I recently saw the ready built model on sale at FW, but like you, I feel its pretty expensive (I know its hand built and limited run, quality parts, and may beworth the money) but still expensive.

I would also like to hear from owners of the Racer.
 

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The Racer 333SP have indeed an incredible look.

I think it's better to buy them in RTR form rather than kits unless you have really outstanding skills.

The SCX isn't too good looking. It's the second body (different front bonnet from the 1st one and large air intakes on the sides). The driver is not complete, most liveries don't have clear plastic for the lights (you've got to look for the green "LMC Supersport" spanish release only for that).

My advice would be the following :

- if you are ready to pay the price for a Racer RTR, go for it ;
- if you aren't, try to find the green livery. The livery in itself is not that great but you have a good base for a relivery ;
- if you don't want to do a relivery or can't find the green one, go for the yellow one. More attention has been given to that livery than the two red or the blue ones ;
- one last option : buy a unpainted Racer body. It's a lot cheaper than the kit but you must find a chassis that will fit to it.

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I'm not a fan of Ferraris generally but did get excited when I saw the 333 appear in a SCX catalogue late in the nineties. There were dodgy 'mock-up' photos of Pilot livery, clearly with stickers instead of tampo. I think they also showed proper clear headlights.

When the cars arrived gone were the headlight lens and the livery, though tampo printed, missed a lot of the detail present on the 1:1. The yellow stripes on the Momo were weak too.

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Stop rambling.

Ahem, anyway, the cars are quite good really, just don't expect speed. Run 'em without the mugnuts though or else you may as well tape up your controller and walk away - magnet is toooooo strong for the motor and then some.

Only thing I noticed was after a while the contrate shifted on the axle making it look as though it was crabbing sideways; the way genuine 1:1 Minis do after a tap on the derriere.

If you don't expect current levels of detail the 333s aren't half bad; they hang on in the corners, even when the rear is desperately trying to take the lead.

Bad model - fun runner.

[This post has been endlessly edited for typos and afterthoughts]
 

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I have the "Geisse" 333SP in RTR from Racer in my collection, but it has and never will in my lifetime see a race track. I hope to purchase the "Momo" and "Lista" versions sometime in the near future, but being a big fan of the 330/412, they will take a back stage for the time being.

The 333SP is Racers first slot car and does not have as much detail as the later 330/412's, but nevertheless it is a very fine model. Much much better than the SCX version. I have a "Momo" SCX car which I have slightly used, but to be honest it doesn't cut any ice with me and just sits in it's box forgotten about in the loft.

I did read a test report somewhere on the Racer 333SP. I remember them saying that it was very stable but reasonably heavy, so I don't think it will win many class races, but it would sure look fine racing round.

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Thanks for the comments. I will check out the link to that site JEXY1 mentioned (cheers!).

The green SCX version is rather nice and I have seen it in the flesh at a fairly local model shop as a display version, but the Racer is calling..... If any of our beloved Retailers want to off load one at a discounted price (HINT!) just let me know - fat chance, never mind!

Can I resist? I'll keep you posted.

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Ah... no. There's a few years between that car and the one we are mulling over.

Here's what we are talking about. Ctrl + End and then scroll up to see the liveries (why do their pages have to scroll soooo much).

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Hi Gecko

I've got all the Racer 333SPs and would recommend that unless you're a good model maker the RTR version is the one to go for. I bought the first 333SP in pre-painted form and in the end decided to send it back to Gary at MRE and part exchange for an RTR one. The others I bought RTR and very good they are too.

I'd agree that they're not for racing though and that'll be because of a combination of the delicate photo-etched details, the 'heavy' resin body shell and their cost. I've not done the comparison of the 1/32 against the 1/1 version but my guess is that like the P3/4 Ferraris from Racer they are slightly over scale - perhaps 1:30 (but that is a pure gut feel observation). Check the box if you buy pre-painted as mine had the wheel inserts missing and it took a while to get them replaced.

If you'd like some photos let me know and I'll dig them out of the loft!

The SCX 333SP is not in the same league.

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Thanks for the info Syd.

I was admiring the 'Geisse' livery and because of that would probably plump for a RTR model (even if my modelling skills aren't that bad, if I do say so myself!).

Cheers

Mark
 
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