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MGB 1964 Sebring 12 hour Drivers: Adams (USA) Brennan (USA) Morell (USA)

No. 48
Finished 4th in class, 22nd overall.

Reference: C3312
Type: Single car, crystal box
Class: Classic
Availability: 2012



A great iconic British sports car for the Scalextric classic car enthusiast, the MGB is an iconic car. This version is modeled on the team car sent to the USA for the Sebring 12hr endurance race in 1964. The detailed car includes wire wheels with knock-off spinners, working lights at the front and rear as well as Magnatraction and Scalextric Digital DPR facility.

 

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David J
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Looks good at first glance, the different indicators I could live with but swapping from left hand to right hand drive is a bit cheeky.

I'm not a rivet counter, I know these are scale models (toys) and not exact replicas, I know all about tooling costs, etc.. but the position of the driver in a car is fairly important and wouldn't be too difficult to get right.

Or is one of the two photo's above wrong?
 

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Oh look its LHD

Yup they did it again, this pic clearly shows it is LHD, not surprising as it was a US entered car... the flyscreen on the bonnet (hood) is a bit of a give away

So lessons not learned from the Escort MK1s..........
 

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Rumour has it this one comes with a slower motor than former releases.

Around 15k at 12 volts... Any truth to this rumour? (I'm hoping it's true)
 

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It's still a rumour that the container ship may or may not have landed
 

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Don`t care if they`ve got the driver on the wrong side. I still like it & will definitely get one .
Cheers
Kev.
 

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I like it a lot and would probably have bought one, had it not been pointed out that the driver is on the wrong side. Now I'm aware of the error, it would constantly irritate me and spoil my enjoyment of the car, so I'll save my money.

It's because of threads like this that I like this forum. Manufacturers try to sell us stuff on which they've cut corners (Scalextric is especially bad in this regard). Someone somewhere will spot the flaw and point it out for the benefit of us all. It's not nit-picking or rivet counting, it's demanding quality and value for money. Enlightened manufacturers listen and take note and keep my custom. Others don't.

Thank you DJ and Tifosi for providing the information.
 

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Is that really what the car is going to look like? It looks like a terrible reproduction of the real thing and nothing like the lovely lines of the first Scalex model release last year. It looks like the photo has had it length shortened and its height lifted. Not the best of marketing pictures
 

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QUOTE (Screwneck @ 25 Jul 2012, 07:58) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It looks like a terrible reproduction of the real thing and nothing like the lovely lines of the first Scalex model release last year.

Agreed that it's a poor reproduction of the real thing (because of the driver position), but I can't see where its lines look any different from the first one.


 

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It doesn't look a bad representation to me, I can live with the lack of fly screen and the driver on the wrong side, it's still about a thousand times more realistic looking than the slot cars of my youth. In conclusion ,I'll definitely be getting one...maybe two. Regards Jason
 

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Hang on a bit Kev, Jason is bitching those ancient cars that you love so much....


I don't think the MGB is a bad model, I think it looks great actually, just wish Scaley would take a bit more care with getting the basics right.
 

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Hang on a bit DJ, For the most part, those lovely cars of Kev's were built before I was born, not in my youth, your putting years on me.

You are correct in what you say, it would be easy for Scalextric to get those couple of things right, but which manufacturer gets everything right? We'll always find something to criticize if we look hard enough, I don't have a car that I couldn't find some fault with. All the best Jason
 

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Sorry Jason, just looked at your date of birth, believe it or not there's just over a month between us, in my book that makes you a youngster...

Back to our youth, the late 70's, early 80's, OK you've got a point..


You're right though, only happy whan we're moaning or picking fault. None of these faults(errors) really mean much in the scheme of things, sometimes I just can't help myself though. We perhaps should just be happy that the slot companies keep churning out new offerings to tempt us out of the holiday money.
(Sorry kids, no holiday this year but Daddy has some lovely new toys.)

ATB
Dave
 

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Hi Guys,

Please don't take this as an over-jealous criticism, but the iconic difference tween MGBs and the Sebring MGB is the faired in headlamps.

Ninco, Slot-it, and Fly, for example, would never have missed that.

Why did Scalextric ??.

No comment.

vbr Chris A.
 

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QUOTE (CJA @ 25 Jul 2012, 23:43) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>the iconic difference tween MGBs and the Sebring MGB is the faired in headlamps.
Ninco, Slot-it, and Fly, for example, would never have missed that.
Why did Scalextric ??.

Probably because they know and exploit the power of the Scalextric brand, safe in the knowledge that whatever they put out, however carelessly researched or deliberately inaccurate to save costs it may be, it will still be bought in sufficient numbers to be profitable. Ninco, Slot-it and Fly are smaller with, I'd guess, a more demanding customer base which wouldn't accept such a mediocre product.

There was a time when I too trusted the Scalextric brand and was happy to pre-order their cars, but I don't any longer, having been bitten once too often. The "real car pictured, model may differ" nonsense that litters Scalextric's website is quite honestly disgraceful. Minor differences are one thing, but using a photograph of a left hand drive car and then producing a right hand drive one is, in my opinion, pretty shady behaviour. They have at last updated the website with a picture of the model, but the "real car, blah, blah, blah" photo was there for a long time.

 

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I have the rally version (# 83) and it runs great with the slower motor (16 k RPM I believe). I think the race car looks good, despite the driver being on the wrong side for this particular car. Wonder when the Pioneer version is coming out !
 

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QUOTE (steveaca @ 26 Jul 2012, 11:32) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Wonder when the Pioneer version is coming out !
Sigh. That is one of the great mysteries of the universe, I'm afraid.
 

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QUOTE (CJA @ 26 Jul 2012, 00:43) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Ninco, Slot-it, and Fly, for example, would never have missed that.

Not true!

Ninco produced an iconic twin headlamp Corvette livery on their single headlamp model and also produced probably the most famous XK120 in the world with the driver on the wrong side. And wasn't there uproar when Fly released a 917 variant with the wrong front end?

And these old eyes aren't what they once were, but I'm fairly sure there aren't any "faired in headlamps" on the pictures of the real car, so don't see the reason for that comment either.

To answer the earlier concern about the shape being different, I think there must be some image distortion, because if you compare the section of the front wing behind the wheelarch and below the waistline you can see the difference.
 
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