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Simon Moss (Undisputed #1 Racer Fan)
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I must say, what a beautiful pair of Ferrari's. The #12 NART team car driven by Sam Posey & Tony Adamowicz, which finished 3rd at Le Mans in 1971, and the #16 David Piper car driven by Chris Craft & David Weir, which finished 4th in the same race.
When the parcel arrived last Tuesday, I was immediately impressed. Both cars have a good finish and in my opinion are the best of this model from Spirit to-date. I also have the other 512m's, and although they too are very nice, they don't quite hit the mark like these two do.
Unfortunately though, the case they come in is superb, with a lift up flap for easy access, but I will have to remove them and place them individually in my new Picture Pride Display cabinet when it comes, as it will only be 4" deep.
A well recommended product




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Alan Tadd
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Fully Agree M....Got mine yesterday.

Really first class finish and perform very well.

I've also got the full set now.

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QUOTE (foroslot @ 2 May 2004, 00:06)I have mine already also.

I have also all the Le Mans editions of Spirit Ferrari 512M.
After seeing this set I have decided to go after the rest of the Le Mans 512M too.

but I don't understand the box of this set.

The only place where I'll put it it's on a great desk, and mine it's not suited.
 

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So, has anyone actually run their Spirit 512Ms? I have the Sunoco version, and although its overall performance is very similar to my Fly 512s, the gear noise drives me crazy - I refer to it as my Ferrari diesel! I have read on other boards that they eventually quiet down a bit, but after lapping in the gears on a stand with toothpaste and running lots of laps, it still sounds like a tractor. This is esp. disconcerting when compared to the V12-like whine of my Fly versions. Is there any hope for these gears or should I just replace them with Slot-Its?

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Glad to see that you all like the new Spirit cars - don't forget the Reynards and the Lolas that they make too!!

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Russell Sheldon
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I'm not familiar with Spirit cars. I've read elsewhere (on this forum, if I recall correctly) that they are not 1/32nd scale. Could someone please enlighten me as to what scale they are?

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Hi Russell,

I don't think its so much a case of the Spirit model being out of scale (i.e. too large or small) as being possibly inaccurately shaped. Some aficionados have compared its proportions to the Fly 512s and found it lacking. I have no scale drawings with which to compare the model, but to my eye, and based on photographs in MCR, it doesn't look too bad. Not perfect by any means, and not as finely detailed as a Fly, but not a total travesty either. It certainly doesn't bother me when on the track among a flock of Flys. The 512M was a bit boxier than the 512S, which may account for at least part of the discrepancy between the Fly and Spirit models. As stated earlier in the thread, mine runs decently except for the god-awful racket of its gears. FWIW, I think there are reviews on SCI, HRW, and maybe Slot Garage.

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Alan Tadd
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Hi Russell

I checked the Wheelbase dimensions:-

From this website http://www.geocities.com/fgto512s/ which gives Technical specifications of Ferrari's throughout the ages it appears that the wheelbase of the 512M was the same as the 512S. Wheelbase given as 2.400m.

Assuming this is correct this equates to a scale wheelbase of 75mm, the Spirit model is dead on this measurement, so I would say it's pretty much spot on for scale.

Excellent pictures on the site by the way showing the Sunaco #6 car.

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Russell Sheldon
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Thanks, Guys. The shape of the windscreen of the Spirit 512M is wrong, making the cockpit look too "tall". This is probably why it appears to be out of scale. The Racer 312/412P's are unfortunately 1/30th scale.

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There is now a review of the Spirit 512M done by an independant person on the Gaugemaster website.

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