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Some cars will just always look good. They exude a sense of an era. The Vanwall is by MRRC Pink Kar wheels at the front, BWA wheels on the rear Ninco tires on front and Carrera on back. The look is similar to one I saw a while ago in Motor. The Bug and Auto Union are Pink Kar, new Scaley motors and pick ups with a few mods to run well. Hope you get the same sense and feel from the photos that I do running these cars.

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Hi Ferrari 550

Some time back I bought a Bugatti from the Radtrax sale and on recieving it I decided to fit a 60's Scalex RX motor I had. I had rewound it and remagnetised it as it was burnt out. The motor fitted into the Bugatti with no extra work.

I then decided to give the front end a little bit of sideways roll to take the stiffness out of it by trimming the sides of the front axle mount in the body. This gave the front wheels about 5-7mm side rock. The car drives a dream, it has beautifully controlled drift and clean pull out of corners. The RX motor being quite heavy, is just right for most tracks.

As and when the new Scalex vintage F1's come out, I hope they are realistic from the point of track/ground clearance and don't have too powerful a motor in them. I think something like an NC1 is ample. I am sure, too, that the driver figures will be more suitable than those of the recent past. A simple trick like moving the drivers head makes all the difference to the presentation of a model.

The pictures below are of an A2M W196 I built up using an SCX RX41 motor with a 10z pinnion and a 27z contrate. It also drives very well and has no vices or bad habits. Being a resin body I expected it to drag its heels a bit but the SCX motor has plenty of low down grunt and pulls it very well. I also moved the drivers head for effect.

 

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Hi ferrari1950,

Which Scalex engines did you use (current range or something else?) and does it perform much differently from the original ?

I also have one of the PinkKar Bugattis with the original motor and I'd like to replace it with something more reliable as long as it doesn't change the performance too much. The current performance is fine and very much like a real Bug until the tiny tinny motor overheats and faints.

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"Getting into cars like that must add a whole new dimension to slot car racing and collecting."

Well, yes, it does! I'm surprised more people are not aware of Mac Pinches' fantastic line of vintage F1 resin bodies. He offers several cars from the 30s -- Mercs, Auto Unions, Alfas & Masers, as well as newer models from the 50s -- Talbot Lago, BRM V16, Ferrari 375, Maser 4CLT and I hear, the Lancia D50, Merc 196 and Ferrari Squalo soon to come. These are very fine body kits with cast metal details and are reasonabley priced. They are a bit heavier than plastic, but look absolutely great when broadsliding around corners -- no magnets of course! Check out Mark Gussin's site for pix (http://www.mgussin.freeuk.com/).

For me, the 1950s epitomize auto racing -- for both open-wheeled and sports cars. Great, easily recognizable, powerful machines being wrested around by manly men. Makes modern computer-controlled cars seem cookie-cutter and sterile.

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Wix..beautiful work! I have not yet worked a resin kit and look forward to it. I received an airbush kit for Christmas and can't wait to improve my paint detailing skills. Thanks teaboy they perform quite well, not a Scaley F1 but smooth and requiring more touch on the throtle. The motor in the Auto Union is a Scaley standard can about 3 years old but the Bug has a standard SCX RX41. What I do John is remove the HO type PinkKar motor and trim the bracket down to two arms to help position the new motor. Line everything up and epoxy! I have also modified the front ends with Scaley pickups as PinkKars idea of sort of draging wires and steering just is not effective. Both these motors give the cars much better performance on par with say a Ninco NC1( about 15,00 rpm.) I use a botton magnet (Scaley small F1 type) to stabalize things as my layout (The Autodrome) is a Scaley classic and a bit bumby in places(that prewar paving was rough)! Turisimo is right as the feel and pace of the race or drive is completely different than other cars. Both cars can't be described as slow but they get the job done at a more relaxed rate(cornering is slower and you need to adjust.) The Vanwall is standard MRRC but the change of wheels and tires have lead to dramatic improvements. The car is faster again than the other two but not up to todays standards. I need that new Scalextric Masser and Vanwall quick.
I run a couple of other 60's F1s I'll post later when I work out some more "moody atmosphric shots." John I used the shrink o later ray to reduce myself in size and when I stepped out of the bar the Bug ran over my toes!

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QUOTE (speedyweenie @ 6 Jan 2004, 03:45 PM)For me, the 1950s epitomize auto racing -- for both open-wheeled and sports cars. Great, easily recognizable, powerful machines being wrested around by manly men. Makes modern computer-controlled cars seem cookie-cutter and sterile.

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Spot on! I couldn't agree more - although I would add a couple of the thundering behemoths from the 30's as well.

I like them so much that I am replacing my 63' Scaley Classic track with a simpler routed track so I can have a long sweeping corner ( r = 2.2 m) to drift through.

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Wonderful stuff! Anyone else got pictures of home-made monsters like these? Terrific. I shall now remove my Mac Pinches BRM v16 shell from the pending file. I've been nursing a few ideas on that one. Keep this thread going, folks.
 

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The only pictures of my work I have at the moment are posted on the first Marconi Proxy Race website (http://electricdreams.freeservers.com/photo.html). There were lots of very nice cars at this race, including some of Mac's originals. My own contribution was the 1939 Italian Batmobile Streamliner, which, while not open-wheeled, competed in the monoposto class.

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QUOTE (howmet tx @ 6 Jan 2004, 09:44 PM)Wonderful stuff! Anyone else got pictures of home-made monsters like these? Terrific.
O.K. - You asked for it - hope these Sony Imagstation files load - can't get Starphoto to respond to my password!







The Alfa 12C is a FitzPatrick body, the 8C and the 375 are Mac Pinches - the BRM is a 1/24 very old Merit body with a new chassis done last year and the B/W shot is, as the label indicates, from 1961 - all 1/24 Merit-bodied cars. The bare chassis is for a Lancia -Ferrari - just to show how much you can stuff under one of the smaller 50's GP cars

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QUOTE (howmet tx @ 7 Jan 2004, 02:21 PM)Gaaaaah!

You're teasing me Mr Martini! Please try again. The pics didn't come up on my screen....
Not sure what the problem might be - they came up when previewed them and are here on a revisit - I'll dig up the URL of the album and you can go there directly

http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4288084013

This should take you there - it is not password protected.

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......AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggh
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You must sign in to view this album! Man you need webspace - or you've to remember your password to show us these pictures!
 

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QUOTE (thomas @ 7 Jan 2004, 03:06 PM).Man you need webspace -
Only for you would I go to all this trouble: Just created a website:

http://mysite.verizon.net/compass - and - I'll try to load the pictures from there:







If the pictures don't show up - go to the website and right click on a picture and choos "show"

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Holy Manoli Al,

What is that TSRF mill doing in the 375? Your driver must really be hairy-chested to drive that beast. Seems like you would lay rubber every time you squeeze the trigger, or toss the tires off the rims completely. Most of my vintage machines use a Rabbit or milder motor and they sometimes seem over-powered. Or does the 1/4 thick brass chassis keep things under control? Looks VERY nice, BTW.

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QUOTE (speedyweenie @ 7 Jan 2004, 09:38 PM)Holy Manoli Al,

What is that TSRF mill doing in the 375? Your driver must really be hairy-chested to drive that beast. Seems like you would lay rubber every time you squeeze the trigger, or toss the tires off the rims completely. Or does the 1/4 thick brass chassis keep things under control?
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Thanks for the comment - yes, it is a bit hairy but it was built to run on the Blue King @ Rad Trax (the Olde Pharts Society does funny things @ our annual fest) so I wanted a lot of straight line punch - and got it! Actually - probably too much since the slip-on spring universal didn't do a good job of standing up to the torque of the motor and the (considerable) mass of the chassis and came adrift about half-way through the race. I'm going to swap out the motor and re-do the universal. No problem with the tires, though - Ortmanns on modified BWA rims. It is pretty controllable with my PM controller.

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