Newsletter June 21st, 2013
Down Under Delta Wing
We recently reported that Avant Slot is developing a slot racing model of the Delta Wing car that competed at LeMans. Some hobbyists, however, are not waiting for that project to bear fruit. Customer Andy Whyte of Australia sends us photos of his resin-bodied Delta Wing in 1/32 scale.
With reference to your recent email showing the fascinating Avant prototype Nissan Delatawing, I have made my own version using an extensively lightened AA 1/32 resin body from the UK and a modified Scalextric F1 chassis with an F130 motor, NSR tyres all around and decals from Pattos Place, Australia. As I used mainly parts from my spares ” bin “, the total cost was $50.
You will see from the chassis view that I used a single brass bearing held by a portion of an old plastic chassis which was then bonded with Araldite into the resin body. This supports a small length of 3/32 axle to which both front wheels are attached.
I thought long and hard over the guide position and came up with the same solution as Avant. It handles well but is not very forgiving when on the limit. An alternative would be a TSRF pin-guide in front of the front wheels- there should be room!
Nice work, Andy! Thanks for sending us these photos.
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New wheel insert product line
Electric Dreams is now carrying the EZ-Mag line of injection-molded plastic wheel inserts for 1/2″ and 5/8″ i.d. wheels. Because they are injection-molded plastic, not resin-cast, you can wash them before painting with ordinary soap and water. You don’t have to scrub them to a farethewell to get resin-casting mold release agent off. EZ-Mag inserts come in several styles, molded in your choice of black or silver. You can see our selection of these inserts here.
New items in stock
Carrera 23780 Porsche 917K, Gesipa, Digital124 – $77.49
Carrera 23783 Cheetah, Yellow #63, Digital124 – $77.49
Carrera 30168 Time Race race set, Digital 132 – $474.99. Carrera’s 1/32 scale Porsche 904 is scheduled to be offered only in race sets this year.
Carrera 30644 Audi R8 police car – $54.99
Carrera 30646 Ferrari 458 safety car – $54.99
Carrera 30647 Alfa GTA silhouette, red/white/green #9, Digital 132 – $54.99
Carrera 62308 GO! Empire Challenge race set, 1/43 scale – $74.99
Carrera 62313 Police Power Chase race set, 1/43 scale – $96.99
LeMans Miniatures 132065-1 Ford GT40 MkII #1, 1965 – $149.99
LeMans Miniatures 132065-2 Ford GT40 MkII #2, 1965 – $149.99
NSR 1139AW Audi R8 GT, FC Barcelona – $109.99
NSR 1140AW Audi R8 GT, Real Madrid – $109.99
NSR 1152SW Porsche 917 LeMans 1971, white/blue #55 – $109.99
NSR 1153AW Porsche 997 #35 green, Playboy, Daytona 2007 – $109.99
NSR 1143AW Porsche 997 #35 black, Playboy, Daytona 2007 – $109.99
NSR SET07 Corvette C6R 15th Anniversary limited edition – $113.99
PSK 012/2 Lotus 40, A.J. Foyt, Riverside 1965 – $249.99
Racer SWK/BM Lancia Beta Montecarlo white kit – $66.99
Racer SWK/CZ Capri white kit – $66.99
Slot Classic CJ42 MGB GT, Targa Florio 1968 – $299.99
Vintage NASCAR at America’s Car Museum
A member of the Electric Dream team got a day at ACM, aka the LeMay Museum, as a Fathers’ Day gift. One of the exhibits was a collection of historic NASCAR stock cars. Here are some of the photos he took…
A 55 Chevy prepared by none other than the legendary Smokey Yunick.
This is a replica of a 56 Ford convertible raced by Curtis Turner. At one time the convertibles we a popular division of NASCAR. Note that back then they raced these cars with all the chrome trim in place. They really were, for the most part, stock cars.
A 66 Chevy Impala raced by Roy Mayne. For part of his driving career he was a US Army officer who managed to arrange his duty schedule so he could go to races.
A couple of Richard Petty cars, a 70s Oldsmobile and a 90s Pontiac.
Another 70s car, this one driven by Bobby Allison.
Allison also drove this Ford.
No wonder drafting worked so well back in those days. Can you imagine the hole this squared-off body style punched through the air? A lot of the 70s cars could be mistaken for packing boxes for today’s cars. Notice, also, how few decals many of these cars had on them. The days of live network TV, megadollar corporate sponsorships and rolling billboards were still in the future.
America’s Car Museum is a must-see for any car enthusiast. If you ever find yourself in the Seattle/Tacoma, Washington area make time to tour its multiple levels featuring cars of all kinds on display. It will be well worth your time. Visit the ACM web site at http://www.lemaymuseum.org for more information.
And speaking of the museum, its management has been interested from the beginning in holding slot car racing events as an ongoing part of its overall program. We are told that the first of these, a race for 1/32 scale TransAm cars, will be announced shortly. The scheduled date will be October 18-19, 2013. Both in-person and mail-in entries will be accepted with a local slot racing club managing the racing of the mail-in entries. Watch for an official announcement with full information to appear on the various slot car web sites and on the museum’s site before the end of this month.
Thanks for shopping with us!
The Electric Dream Team
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