I purchased one last week and raced at a club event this past Friday. I got a lot of Oohs and Aahs from from fellow club racers. Ran the car straight out of the box with only light sanding of the rear tires. I bought a set of Scalex TVR silicones but did not bother to put them on as the stck tires performed quite nicely. My driving skills are not the greatest as I am just getting back into the hobby and do not have a suitable track in my home to practice on but even so, straight out of the box and reacing against the Scalex GT 40s I did manage a to finish much higher than I have in the recent past. Everyone liked the tail lights and everyone wanted more colors.
This `big Fella` got his own red suit just to make sure I get what I asked for. Is that cheating? I`ve got twelve of those to give out Weds night at our presentation and I reckon it could be like the Dawn French Choc orange `ad on telly.... will hurt giving them away
Thanks for the review, I always enjoy other's thoughts.
I like my copy of this car just fine, but I would caution those considering the red version to check out the shade of red carefully, as it might not be what you expect.
The car is so well modeled to my eye, that the odd red shade is probably a ford color. In any event it is not quite a salmon and much paler than any race car red. A slight thing, but something a person might not expect, or even see until they arrived home and have the car out of the box.
I just bought the color on hand, it was on sale. It's not bad, just an odd, faded out kind of red, worth a second look if color choice is a part of your buying decision. My buying decision was prompted by the reduced price, I had every confidence in Scalextric's ability to build a slot car. The new designs are very strong, little details are well done. For example , the tires have rounded edges, a very slight but nice detail, said to help performance in a slide.
It is a little odd that the driver figure in a street car is wearing a helmet. I suppose they thought a lot of these cars would get race numbers slapped on them, who knows? Was it a price issue? (Does red pigment cost a lot?) I know they have civilian figures in stock, l have one driving a Camero SS from them. Another red car with a color that just misses, on accuracy only, but is livelier than the Ford GT red.
Have you seen other examples in the faded red? I have the white one, but seen the red scalextric ones in shops often and it looks quite vibrant. Then at the landspeed thing, I saw them holding up a red one next to the real red GT, the colour matched really well. Maybe your one was on sale after being bleached by the sun or something?
It's odd that many slotcars have odd shades of red. Some old Ninco and all Pink Kar and some Carrera reds are a bit cheapy looking. I think they just dye the plastic and clearcote it (which gives a semi-transparent look).
MRRC and Fly seen to get great red colourings.
The red Scalex GT40 looks a bit 'cheapy' as well in comparison to other GT40s.
I've also noticed that when scratchbuilding some red paints are a bit troublesome to get to dry properly. Maybe it's just what constitutes red paint that makes it necessary to dye the plastic, rather than paint it.
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