Slot.It Nissan GT-R GT3 Unboxing
Hello Slotfriends, DHL delivered a bit later than expected, but here are some pictures of Slot.it's latest GT3, the long expected Nissan GT-R GT3.
Kept everything completely stock for these pictures, or as they say "Box Standard"...
...even though the first thing I did after I'd opened the box...was too take out the Dremel and start grinding away
First glance, first stance
So above the first picture I took after grinding away the ridges on the Slot.it plinth. Mounted the rear wing that's taped to the underside of the plint, a tight but good fit.
Lovely finish, great tamponed printed sponsoring, some covered by a nice layer of clear. Incredibly detailed right down to the correct Tech Inspection stickers on the roof.
Masking of the black on de side skirts and rear bumper a bit on the loose side. So far so good...but then...on close inspection
First stance didn't look right at all, front of the car a bit high and wobbly, front wheels of the block...what the f###...was going on here
Quality control, Covid and common sense
Havent bought many cars these years, but enough to notice that, for all manufacturers that have their slot cars produced in China, since 2020 quality control seems to be slipping.
And there's a simple reason for that...Covid19.
Cause since the outbreak strict quarantine restrictions in China have prevented European manufacturers to make inspection visits to their factories.
Factories that had been in lockdown for months and since reopening been working flat out to make up for the back log in production.
Factories where workers are paid by piece.
So most of the time, the first opportunity a manufacturer has to verify if proper Quality control has been applied...is when they receive the cars here in Europe.
And sometimes these moments can bring some nasty surprises...as can bee seen in this Slot.it video on Youtube
This is the reason why the European distributers have received their Nissans with such a delay. Slot.it had to manually rectify the errors made by the factory.
And there are far less hands available at Slot.it in Italy than in China.
So long story, what does that have to do with the first stance of the car? Well....
1st off all, with the focus on the wrong washers under the body screws and the incorrect positioning of the front axle grub screws, this one (see image above left) seemed to have slipped attention.
If you look carefully you'll see what looks like the tip of the lead wire eyelets sticking out underneath the guide.
With the braids folded over them this raises the nose of the car considerably.
And with left and right sticking out un evenly...makes the front of the car wobble.
But when I demounted the chassis and tried to pull the eyelets up a bit, I couldn't see them
So I pulled a bit harder with a set op pliers...and the wire snapped off...only to reveal a grub screw and the remains of the tinned tip of the lead wire that had been pocking through at the bottom.( see image above right)
Has it been so long ago that I bought a slot.it car? Apparently, cause I've totally missed that they switched from eyelets to grub screws. 😇
Anyhow...point of attention for all that are prepping their GT-R's, check the guide...and be aware, grubscrews.
Looking bad, looking good
First thing I noticed (or better heard) during unboxing, was that the interior had come loose during "Shipping"? (loud clunk as I turned the box upside down)
So ok Maurizio had mentioned that in the Nissan vid, easy fix, clicked right back in. But not before I had a good look at it...and boy does it look good.
Up until now, regardless what you think of the rest of their cars, Carrera has beaten all other manufacturers hands down when it come to interior detail....
...but no longer.
A full roll cage, a driver in a correct position that actually holds the steering wheel. And look at that detailed helmet...unheard of.
The rest of the half deep tray interior spurs lots of nicely moulded and painted details. This one should be a very easy job to vacform for a light weight upgrade.
Oh and did you notice the side mirrors? Slot.it has made me eat my words on what I posted in the Mission8 topic
on main manufacturers crude representation of mirrors and mirror supports. Do hope that they will be released soon as part of a Nissan Tearproof set..as stock mirrors are cast in hard plastic. 😬
Was it all good? No!
As I replaced the interior into the body I noticed that without it, the body was straight and true, but with the interior mounted it became twisted.
Close inspection showed that a not perfectly mounted roll cage was the culprit here.
As you can see in the picture above right, left side of the roll cage wasn't inserted deep enough by little Chinese hands.
And when my big Dutch fingers tried to reposition...I also noticed that the cage was hitting the drivers helmet and left hand.
With a little bit more applied force and repositioning I managed to have the Roll cage clear both.
Inserted the interior again and now the body remained straight and true.
So again...attention point here., check if body isn't bent by out of position roll cage.
Tipping the scale
Part of my unboxing procedure is weighing all parts, but for this post I didn't want to disassemble the whole car...
...but at least here are the figures for the stock body with rear wing and windows and the tray interior.
So guide, braids and front axle set properly, body now straight again, noticed that as assembled previously the chassis had warped on the trip over from China.
Ok, warm bath standard procedure for all plastic chassis, nothing out of the ordinary.
Chassis by the way comes with some nice features that will be welcomed by the digital fans. Like a receptacle into which you can click you hall sensor (3).
Small plastic bag taped underneath the box contains not just the usual Allen key, but also 2 grubs for the top axle mounts (1)
A plastic bracket to secure your O2 or SSD chip (2) with plenty of holes for the IR Lane Change LED to shine through in many orientations.
Welcome surprise are the two brackets (4) to turn the stock pod into an "Evo" pod with side suspension (springs & screws not included).
Last but not least...not a fan of stock screws with their coarse thread...but at least these from Slot.it are half shafts...so loosen the body screws a few turns and you'll have a perfect float.
Small wheels...Big wheels?
Will always remain an area of discussion, but I can tell you this, the Nissan comes with the biggest tires ever mounted on a Slot.it GT.
20,3 mmø at the front...and a whopping 21,5 mmø at the rear. Inserts in the 17,3mmø rims are gorgeous, central lock nut sharply detailed and painted.
What more can you ask for....but a set of nice brake discs 😇
Front axle without spacers a bit narrow, when set at same width as wheel arches you've got about 2-3mm of play.
Rear axle has a good number of shims between right rear and pod, left wheel could use some between rim and Spur gear.
Good mesh between pinion and spur gear with motor just clicked in pod, but would advice securing motor better with slot.it motor screws.
Pod itself in new type of white "plastic" different color than previous "stock" 0,75 and 1,0 pods.
Would have to disassemble pod from chassis and measure to check what Stock Nissan pod "offset" is.
2nd Glance and Stance
Time to reassemble the car and check its stance, noticed that all pod screws had been tightened extremely firm.
So unscrewed those for a wee bit of pod play and float. Took these pictures with the car still on braids and wires pushed back up in the guide.
Wheels tiny bit off centre in wheel arches but this is due to regular pod play...and me not centering them properly for this picture (was a bit of a rush job).
Yes there's still a bigger gap above the front wheels than the rears, but that's not because the front wheel arch is oversized (like on Sideways M6)
But due to front tires being undersized...as in real life the Nissan ran with same size tires on all corners. (325-705-18)
Leading the pack
So, one of the first things I will do is swap the rears for some stickier G25's and mount the rears on the front rims.
Narrow them, true & glue them and all should be fine.
Picked up two Nissans, this lovely spa 24hrs livery and a white kit. More than happy with them so far.
This first proper GT3 racer from Slot.it has a lot of potential.
#23 Spa car will be rebuild to DiSCA GT3 spec and raced at Suzuka Double Digital...but...
Its the white kit I'm sure of that it wil be in the lead...even in stock form with its small can SW motor.
As the white kit will be build to serve as the new Suzuka pace car..leading the pack at the start of the 2022 Suzuka 6hrs WEC race
With kind regards