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I don't think it has already been pointed out that the NSU's by Revell are now out in Germany. Two liveries are out, one blue, the other green.

Not my cup of tea but they definitely look great and from the reaction of a few members when they were announced, it should be a success.

Quite a few can be found on Ebay.
 

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What an intriguing choice of prototype. Brave move by Revell to take a more international viewpoint than just Cobras and Corvettes. But the lightweight E-type is more my cup of tea, I have to say.
 

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Quirky but cool!


Should make great alternatives to small Fiats, all we need now is a mass produced Hillman imp, the original Mini and the small Autobanchi would be nice.

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I like theese! A bit unusual slot territory, these small cars
. I'm with howmet here, kudos to Revell for making these available. How small are they really? I really like my small Austin Healey Sprites (in the pic underneath). A different ballgame to other normal big slot cars.

And Mark, I second your requests there for other small goodies
I really miss a good little Mini.

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Beautiful cars, I would've expected Teamslot to have made these first. They are quite similar to the Teamslot Mk2 Escorts and Fiat Rally cars-these are worth a look. I like the one with the raised boot lid. Can't wait for the E-Type.
 

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I had previously heard of NSU but having said that, I know next to nothing of these particular cars.

Like Toby mentions I would like to know how big these cars are; although I am quietly hoping the smaller the better, another fan of small cars here!

Also, I wonder how they run? Intrigued by the combination of small squat looking wheels with Carrera style running gear? Should be interesting!

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These look great!
I am one of the few members both old enough and on the right side of the pond to have considered buying one of these (full-size) when they were new!


Applause to Revell - Monogram for being brave enough to do something completely different!
 

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I second you to that, Tropi. Even though I am not interested in the NSU, I find it to be a good idea. It is simply more interesting to be offered the opportunity to buy that NSU or the March GTP rather than a fifth or sixth version of the Subaru or 307 WRC cars.
 

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These do look interesting and definitely have a novelty value. They will be top sellers in Germany. They look very Team Slot who up until now have been the kings of classic saloon racing cars.

What would be the equivalent for a car of British origin I wonder?

Is the Hillman Imp really that quirky?

Its about time some of the manufacturers had a look at RallyCross as this form of motorsport is overlooked by all slot car manufacturers and yet it possibly is the form of motorsport that most closely resembles slot car racing and is great fun to watch on TV as it offers very close racing combined with spectacular race action.


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PS Am I the only one who feels that these could do with a "guide shroud" to tidy the front end up?
 

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"I am one of the few members both old enough and on the right side of the pond to have considered buying one of these (full-size) when they were new!"

Well, I can't claim to be as old as Tropi, but I DID own an NSU and buzzed all over the Dutch Achterhoek with it in the mid 70s. Fun car but was incredibly noisy when wound out to expressway speeds. Always felt like it was about to take flight. I eventually sold it when I moved back to the US to my wife's younger cousin, who planned to auto-cross it. I saw it again a few years later when back on a visit, sitting forlornly in his father's cow pasture. An ignominious end to be sure, but I was told it went out in a blaze of glory.

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True!


The fact is any European saloon car of the NSU period if produced by a mass manufacturer would be considered quirky because it is sadly all too rare an event.


The Americans get the Mustang and Camaro.

What do we Euros get?



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The NSU Prinz were wonderful little cars powered by an air-cooled 4-cylinder engine. The design was inspired by the General Motors "wraparound" concept first seem on the Corvair, later adopted for the Corvette Sting Ray.
The quality and performance of the little car made them very popular, but NSU was in financial trouble already and had a tough time producing at a profit. After the courageous but failed experiment of the Wankel rotary engine of which the segmentation was defective, NSU was absorbed by the Auto-Union group.

The Prinz sedan were actively raced in Germany and France, and won their class more often than not. They are indeed popular cars with collectors and represent an excellent choice for a slot car, as good as any Fiat-Abarth 1000TC.

Of course if Revell GMBH had been based in England, they could have decided to produce yet another Mini-Cooper... but an Hillman Imp would have been indeed a better choice.
I am really waiting for a "Deek", a DKW 3-cylinder 2-stroke, beautiful little sedan from the same mid 1960's period. Allan McNish drove one at Goodwood 3 weeks ago.
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Now these I must have, I think Dad had one as a wee lad but I dont remember it. He did make a point of making me order these for him though!!!

Now a decent model of the classic mini would be good, especially with an enclosed chassis and slightly heavier motor/design (for non-magnet racing)
 

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The first NSU Prinz was powered by a 2 cylinder 600 cc engine with an ingenious eccentric rod driven camshaft. It was only the later cars that had a 4 pot, but even these were of a very technical design.
I had quite a few of these cars when I was importing used cars from Belgium in the early seventies, never had a 1200 TT though, but did have a 1000 TT which was a very fast car in it's day

The engine was later used in the VW K70 which was a NSU with VW badge.

also had a couple of the DKW 1000 SP's the 'Mini Thunderbird'


 

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rengggtennng-tenggg reeeeeenggteeennng teeennnggg...

These 2-stroke cars provided always a lot of fun - looked more impressive than they sounded...

About the NSU Prinz TT - with the 996ccm-engine - in race-trim they provided app. 130hp - a lot for it's time and for the size of the cars!
 
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