; I have run the car on a long track, and I think that the brake power is on the low side yet, but the car has a good old fashion look
; I have made no tuning until today.
Good news from Pendle : RevellMonogram spare parts are available, and also the bodies, so we can run these beauties full throttle, with no fear to destroy them definitively, flying off the track! I hope other manifacturers too will sell the bodies as spare parts.
I liked the review very much, here is my experience and some comments.
I just took the two Corvettes for a drive on my home track (a Carrera setup this time). Having started the day with trying out the Scalextric 'challenger' as mentioned in another thread - the challenger did not work - most probably a 'monday' version. Anyway after driving round with a number of some Scalextric cars that did work reasonably well I passed a shelf with eight of my Fly cars.... mmm could not remember how they run - lets take them for a spin, I tested eight different Fly cars and none of them liked left turns (!) - at least this was a constant problem. It occured to me that I had known about that problem before. Basically it is the right wheel that gets stuck on the innerside of the chassi and as we could easily predict it slows down the car like a charm when going left.... (gosh - I really have to sort it out one day). Anyway this did not exactly make my day any better. So when putting the (fly) cars back in the shelf I noticed a teamslot car, it was a Saleen in burnt orange, on the track with it and it looked fantastic, it even run reasonably well. Time for a Ninco Mercedes, aaah - this is how it is to have a nice non-magnetic experience yes yes yes. .... now I felt that the evening started to be really pleasant after all. OK I had these two Revell Corvette in a box and it was time for them to be run on the track. First impression - they look really nice and I mean REALLY nice! Pictures cannot make them justice to me at least they can be favourably compared to any other slotcar manufacturer when it comes to detail and precision. It cannot be seen on pictures or even when looking at the car in its box - the car needs to be taken out and cherished from a hands on perspective...
Ok so it looks good, so how does it run. First impression is, just as mentioned before - this car is quiet - the only other manufacturer that makes cars this silence that I know of is Carrera. But this car is running very well indeed. It comes with quite a strong magnet and as mentioned above this magnet can be moved a la carrera style back and forth. Except this car is not really comparable to carreras cars because it runs much better on the track without any tuning what so ever.
So it runs well with a magnet - how about taking the magnet out? Well first thing was to open the car - wow - it is really neatly made. Quality that speaks to you straight away, nice. After fiddling a little with the magnet holder I get rid of it. Back to the track without magnet this time. First impression - it runs very well indeed. For a car with these kind of tyres it runs really nicely. It gave me the impression of running in the same fashion like the ninco cobra without magnet. A little slippery but consistently and it was a pure pleasure - I liked it a lot. Somehow it made me think that these cars behave in the way carrera would like their cars to run. To me at least these revell / monogram slotcars look just as good as the Fly ones, run as quietly as Carreras and drive as nicely as Nincos. They may not be the fastest but they are not slow and they are certainly not bad. To me they represent a standard that any manufacturer could be compared with - considering the price quality relationship - it would be difficult to find anything better today I think.
I saw the Grand Sport replica on this website. I am interested to find out who owns this car. I am the person who built the car. I knew it was going overseas. Wanted to see how the car has worked out with the new owner. Also to find out what changes he made to the car.
The Grand Sports really are nicely modelled cars. Acceleration and braking could be improved, but the cars reach a high top-end speed on my 5m straight. I like the quiet running, the solid feel to the cars and their superior crash durability. I just have to remember to brake early.
Thanks for the review Nuro,
Nuro i thought you might want to know of a unique foot note on the real GrandSports. There is a strong rumor of a sixth car existing. Mecon i Believe insists he had all six in his shop at one time. I think it is he that also suggests he owned all the GS's and loaned them out to other people. I also watch a program and they had a GM employee that said he took a car he believed to be the sixth GS out to the desert and set it ablaze as ordered.
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