I've got one. I love it, but then I have reason to be biased.
Mine came built and so looks great. With the magnet in it runs fine, but I have never pushed it hard, not wanting to damage it.
I recently took the magnet our, lubed the various bits and noticed it has a sprung guide. Whatever, it runs nicely, but again have never raced it. It's on a rough par with other Fly GT cars in lap times around my smallish, home (Sport/SCX) track.
It is a shame in many ways the did not use the Marcos/Panoz/Corvette front engined chassis as this would be more in keeping, but also might mean the driver isn't sitting with his nose on the windscreen.
If you go to the Ninco website (or get the Ninco club newsletter) your attention may be drawn to an impressive 4 lane track in Japan, which from the photos, looks like it may be in a well stocked hobby shop!
I've said it before and I'll say it again (and again and again probably), if we can get the Japanese hooked on 1/32 slots, we will really start to see some impressive models! And their home grown race series would be an excellent source of original subject matter for them to break into the market with.
No and maybe is the answer based on the stock in two model car shops I found in Tokyo last year. One, a huge multi-floor place with everything small and scale like had no slot cars, but a small otherwise all diescast shop had a few Fly and MRRC. There was no track so my assumption was they were being sold as static models, and why not.
I think space is the issue (Japanese houses are much smaller than European or US ones) and the lack of relavent cars if you overlook the ever growing multitude of Subarus.
in this japanese context it is interesting to look at the newly emerging slotcar effort made by Autoart - some interesting Japanese cars coming up it seems - oh and some lambos and porsches as well as a sidekick
yes I admit - I ordered the Miura straight away - both of them...
Oddly enough, the guys on this BBS were just asking about how big slot car racing is in the "West." Go here.Tom's Slot Gallery is one of my favorite sites for slot cars. I really wish I could read Kanji.
Click here to go to the Japanese Slot Car Web Ring.
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