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· Brad Korando / Brad Korando
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My MGA's arrived here (Wisconsin, USA) yesterday. I ordered both models and am pleased with them. I removed the magnet from both cars and they run pretty well. The red Dames car has a bit of wheel hop to it that I suspect can be remedied by truing the wheels and tyres. The white Monte Carlo car runs very smooth and is easy to drift around the corners without it showing any signs of tipping. Ironically, the gear mesh on the Monte Carlo car sounds like a coffee grinder while it is very smooth on the Dames car. The lights are bright with a bit of bleed through surrounding the lenses.

The white Monte Carlo car features a nice fit and finish. The Monte Carlo emblem is not centered on the bonnet, but that seems to be consistent with photos from the manufacturer and the cars featured at Home Racing World (link to HRW in 356 speedster's posts above). Perhaps this was the case on the 1:1 model? The Old English White is spot on with the examples I've seen. The red Dames car also looks nice, but my example came with a blemish that looked like dust in the paint on top of the right front wing.
The early pictures posted by JEXY1 show the rear lamps without the bases painted to match the body colour. The bases of the lamps on the white Monte Carlo car I received were painted correctly (including the black rubber gasket and chrome bezel), whereas the red Dames car was not. This is not as noticeable when the lights are not on due to the red body colour, but does make the lamps a bit out of proportion and toy-like; especially when they are lit.

Both cars come without over riders. Both cars come without a rack and spare tyre. Both cars some with wind deflectors mounted that are cast with the windscreen. The windscreen is nicely proportioned and curved and looks like a nice representation of the 1:1 car. The base of the windscreen on the white Monte Carlo car is painted black to represent the rubber gasket found on the 1:1 car. This is not the case on the red Dames car.
The interiors of the cars do not include a lot of detail, therefore I think that it shouldn't be all that difficult to swap the driver and navigator in the Dames car, but this will leave the wipers in the wrong direction.

The cars are very well proportioned, and run well without magnets. I think that this is a bigger issue than the aforementioned botched details. Overall I am impressed with these cars for the money.

Regards,
Brad
 

· One petunia in a field of onions
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Nice little review Brad. Thanks for taking the time. I will be getting both cars at some time. Always loved the "A"s.

The SCX cars always seem easier to get running well without magnets than the Scalex ones.

If the light bleed is too bad and becomes and annoyance it is fairly easily fixed with some aluminium paint on the inside of the body.

Embs
 

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Got my MGA. It took ages to get it to do a lap of the club track. Those stupid copper contacts would not stay in contact with the braids through the tighter corners. We spent ages tweaking the copper strips so every left and right turn could be negotiated without it stopping. Even now it randomly stops on corners. Pile of pants!
 

· Jim Moyes
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QUOTE (Hobby @ 22 Jun 2011, 18:26) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi guys.
MG looks great. If the first to get one would be kind enough to run the rule over it for me (O/A body width and length), I can then check out how scale correct it is...it does look 'right'.
Interested in Jim's comments on the 2cv motor...is it not a normal RX type?
Cheers Bill.

Bill

Width 45mm
Length 120mm
W/B 75 mm.

First impression is it's a little bit long and thin. So either too narrow or too long. But I thought that about the Citroen DS, which turned out to be spot on. Distance between the front wheelarch and door looks too long to me, which could be the culprit.

The motor is more worrying, it's an RK41. I immediately pulled it out to see if an RX41 would clip in but unfortunately there is a 2mm difference in length. A shame because all other dimensions look OK - even the "chicken legs" look as if they would be right if the SCX can could be sat flat in the mount.

I shall at least give it the benefit of the doubt, and use it in the class I picked for it next week. The motor's brush holder looks very similar to the ones fitted to the early Cartrix GP cars, which I seem to recall were Sun motors.

Looking at the thread about the latest F1 car released by SCX it would appear that this motor will now be the norm. So that's two grand old designs that SCX have dropped this year. Classic track and RX cans.


Are there any motor specs shown anywhere?
 

· Jim Moyes
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QUOTE What is a RK41 motor

It is the motor fitted to the MGA by SCX


QUOTE and why did you pull it out before even trying the car?

Because I was at home and was interested to see if an original RX can would swap straight into the mountings.
 

· Tore
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The RK motors will probably replace all RX motors on new SCX releases. Still waiting for RL to test it (Slotcar News Motor list) but the RK is about as quick as the RX-41B / RX-42B motors. The main difference is that they require less Amp's to run so now SCX can fit them to both their analog and digital range (the SCX digital chips could not handle the RX "B" motors).

They probably choose the new motor design over a standard long-can FK-180 motor to maintain the drive shaft 4WD system. But this also seem to be the end of the slower RX-41/42 motors, which is a bit sad since they where a good match to Ninco NC-1 classics, but the NC-1 era is over too, so...

Stole a pic from the SCX forum to show the new motor compared to the old one. This is the RK-42 on left vs RX-42 on right:

 

· Jim Moyes
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So does that mean there is a possibility that on the podded cars there may be the chance to change back to RX motor by swapping pods? Do you know what car the chassis in the picture was from?

Unfortunately the MGA isn't a podded car
 

· Tore
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I think the chassis in the pic is from the Cuda's

It's been mentioned on the SCX forum that the pods are interchangeable, and that there might be spare pods available later. But for the non-podded cars the motors are not interchangeable, but it's been mentioned that the new pods/chassis will fit NC-2 style long-cans, need to get this verified though.
 

· Tore
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Finally recieved both SCX MGA's today




Real MGA / SCX
Length: 3962 mm / 120.5 mm = 1:32.89 scale
Width: 1473 mm / 46,1 mm = 1:31.95 scale

So the SCX model is as close to 1/32 scale as you can get, it's actually slightly too short but that probably due to the missing overriders.

When placing them beside Ninco Haley's they look a little bit small, but that's because the Ninco is overscale.



Compared to the new MRRC Porsche 911 they look very good. I'll post some more pics soon.

Tore
 

· Nobby Berkshire
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QUOTE It is the motor fitted to the MGA by SCX

Thanks for being so informative. I surely know all about this new motor now


Well, it looks like the car is near spot on and with nothing wrong with this motor, it looks like a great buy and a fine little gem of a slotcar
 

· Tore
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More pictures


SCX MGA with MRRC Porsche 911



With the SCX Alpine







Chassis underside:



Front details:



Rear details:





Hope you like the pics

I have not fired them up yet, but the overall first impression is good. Nice detailed classics from SCX in true 1/32 scale as we have seen from other SCX classics lately.

I measured the tires to be a tad over 7 mm wide but they look wider than they are because of the flat profile. The tyre is the SCX type 044 "Abarth" which is the same tires as used on the SCX Alpine, Fiat 131, etc... In my opinion these tires does not suit the car, the profile is too low when stretched over the large rims. I managed to fit the SCX "034" tires from the SCX Escort MKII but they fit tight on the center rib so some massaging is needed to seat them properly, but they have a higher sidewall profile so they look much better on the MGA. Ninco classic 20/7 does also fit but might need gluing to stay on when driven hard. I'll look further into this later, and show some more pics


Tore
 
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