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Newsletter May 10th, 2013

May 10, 2013 by  
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New items in stock

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF01 Ferrari F1 RTR car

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF01 Ferrari F1 RTR car – $189.99

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF02 Lotus F1 RTR car

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF02 Lotus F1 RTR car – $189.99

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF03 McLaren F1 RTR car

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF03 McLaren F1 RTR car – $189.99

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF04 Mercedes F1 RTR car

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF04 Mercedes F1 RTR car – $189.99

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF05 Red Bull F1 RTR car

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF05 Red Bull F1 RTR car – $189.99

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF06 Sauber F1 RTR car

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF06 Sauber F1 RTR car – $189.99

 With these cars Allslotcar and Ostorero have done what somebody should have done years ago.  They have taken full advantage of the similarity among current Formula One cars to create an F1 grid consisting of exactly the same car but with liveries for 6 different teams.  We know that if you took one each of the current F1 cars, painted them all solid white, and parked them side-by-side there would be very few people who could tell you which each of them was.  Allslotcar’s approach satisfies the aesthetic sense of all but the true rivet counters while providing slot cars that very much look the part of the teams they represent while benefiting from one set of tooling for economy and providing equal performance across the field for close, competitive racing.  With these RTR cars Ostorero’s master modelers have done the painting, decal work, and assembly for you and done it to a fine standard of workmanship.

Carrera 23784 Ferrari 250GTO #77, Digital124

Carrera 23784 Ferrari 250GTO #77, Digital124 – $77.49

MMK 49A Costin Maserati 450S coupe with headlight detail

MMK 49A Costin Maserati 450S coupe with headlight detail – $249.99

MMK 49A-PK Costin Maserati 450S coupe with headlight detail, painted body kit

MMK 49A-PK Costin Maserati 450S coupe with headlight detail, painted body kit – $109.99

MMK G14 Sauber C5-BMW, LeMans 1977

MMK G14 Sauber C5-BMW, LeMans 1977 – $249.99

Slot It SICA14C Nissan R390 GT1 #30, LeMans 1998

Slot It SICA14C Nissan R390 GT1 #30, LeMans 1998 – $64.99

Inexpensive horsepower

Did you know that we stock  18 different slot car motors priced at $10.00 or less?  Configurations include FC130, FK130, FF, and SCX, with RPM ratings from 14,000 to 40,000.  Replacing or upgrading the motors on your cars need not be a budget-buster.  See our low-priced motors HERE.

Carrera McLaren M20 project update

Development and track testing

Since our last update we have spent a lot of time working on downforce.  The car has a ton of straight line speed with the Flat 6 motor, but handling is turning out to be another matter.  Not that the car isn’t fast; it has turned a best lap time of 5.051 seconds vs. 5.379 for our control car, a brand-new box-stock M20 with sanded stock rear tires.  But the car needs about 300 grams of downforce, as measured by the Magnet Marshal, to hit the “sweet spot” at which it can be driven really aggressively into and out of the corners but still does have to be driven.  Right now, the best magnet installation we can fit around the Flat 6 provides only 253.  That’s the original rear magnet lowered as much as possible by cutting out the bottom of the magnet pocket and CA gluing a piece of thin sheet styrene  under the chassis  The stock plastic magnet retainer can still be used with a shim between it and the top of the magnet. The MM reading is down from the stock M20’s figure of 289, achieved with two magnets, one aft of the original FF motor and one forward of it.  The forward magnet location had to be sacrificed to install the longer Flat 6. Everything else we have tried produces either less downforce  than what we now have or way too much – 400 grams or more.  We still haven’t exhausted all the possibilities, but our experience with the M20 so far confirms something we have observed repeatedly in the past — that for optimizing a car for magnet racing the sidewinder chassis layout offers significant advantages over inlines or anglewinders. 

If we can’t get the downforce we want with the current setup we may have a backup plan.  We could just cut off the entire back of the chassis and convert the car to a sidewinder.  A bit of test-fitting shows that there’s adequate room  for a sidewinder FK130 with only slightly narrower rear tires.    We have already built a couple of CanAm cars using Fly sidewinder chassis, and grafting the back of one to the front 2/3 or so of the M20 chassis does not appear to present any insurmountable problems.  The FK130 will require us to raise the rear of the body slightly from where we have it now, but it would just take a shim under each rear body post and would still be significantly lower than stock.  We could also use a sidewinder FC130 but we would most likely have to put a small hump in the body to clear the endbell.  We might also look at the rear sections of certain Scalextric  sidewinder chassis that offer the option of a snap-in bar magnet either just forward or just aft of the motor.

A note for non-magnet racers… some of the same problems that keep us from putting magnets where we really need them may also make it harder than it needs to be to put weight in the best place.  The location of the rear body mounts is one, and the overall shape of the chassis, as constrained by the bodywork, is another.

The story continues in future editions of this newsletter.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or other comments please send them to support@electricdreams.com.

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

 Free shipping

Slot car technical information and advice:  support@electricdreams.com

Our warehouse is open to walk-in customers Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.  Next time you’re in the greater Los Angeles area stop by and see us at:

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

 

Newsletter February 8th 2013

February 8, 2013 by  
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Pioneer Models Update

We recently had an opportunity to communicate with Julian Birley, owner of Pioneer models.  He was able to fill us in on what is happening with the company.

About a year ago, Jules, as he is known in the slot car world, discovered that the contract factory in China that was producing his cars was behaving in a highly dishonest manner.  He pulled out his tooling, which took some doing because of chicanery on the part of the factory managers.  In cooperation with several other small slot car manufacturers he set about establishing his own factory in China.  That effort ran into problems almost from the start.  It proved impossible to find honest, reliable people in China to run the factory, and initial production of cars failed to get through to conclusion . Efforts to overcome the issues proved to be unsuccessful, even though Jules himself spent enormous amounts of time in China trying to turn things around.

Finally, around the end of last year, Jules was forced to make the decision to pull out of China entirely and move production to England.  At the time of our exchange of e-mails several shipping containers full of tooling and some at least partially completed cars were on the water between China and the UK and will have arrived there by now.  Jules is in the process of setting up a UK factory so he can get back into production. 

Jules writes, “It’s going to be a monster task to get it all together so (several associates) and I are running around organizing a factory, some workers and machinery. I wish I could say it was fun but it’s not! Just hellish pressure. The plan is to have the product checked over, re-worked where necessary and available to ship mid–March. The whole story will unfold as we unload the containers. All production will be shifted to UK. Researching and designing new models? The Legends are half tooled. The MGB is ready to tool as is the Javelin and Cuda. The Mustang Tube-Frame is done bar the interior. We have plenty to do at the moment. Frankly, I’m somewhat shell-shocked by this whole episode but I have a positive attitude and my guys are up for the challenge.”

Pioneer’s US distribution and R&D arm confirms that it has been told it will be receiving new products, though no word has come through regarding exact timing or new runs of existing models.  There are also at least two cars, as yet unrevealed, that have been approved at the concept level and will be proceeding to design and production once the cars mentioned above are out onto the market. The entire Pioneer design and R&D staff is still intact and ready to move ahead with new projects as soon as possible.

The decision to move Pioneer slot car production is just a small part of a growing trend, known as “reshoring” that is seeing manufacturing being moved out of China and back to or closer to the home countries of companies large and small, including The US, the UK, and much of Europe.  In addition to problems such as those Jules had to cope with, China also is becoming less attractive to manufacturers due to rapidly rising wages and shipping costs, not to mention labor unrest and signs of growing political instability.  An increasing number of companies producing for the US market are moving production either back to the US or to just across the border in Mexico.  When all costs, including shipping, are factored in it actually costs no more, in some cases, to produce at home or next door rather than an ocean away, and companies find it much easier to keep proper control over costs and quality.  European companies are discovering much the same thing, though perhaps to a lesser extent.  China remains a manufacturing powerhouse, but its advantages continue to shrink as its drawbacks increase.  This means that slot car purchasers who avoid the “Made in China” label as a matter of principle will likely have more cars to choose from as time goes on.

Meanwhile, Pioneer Models is alive and moving ahead with its plans. The Electric Dream Team wishes Jules and his company all success going forward, and we will pass on to our readers further updates on Pioneer as we receive them.

New items in stock

 Allslotcar GP001 All white Formula One car

Allslotcar GP001 All white Formula One car – $77.49

We have received our initial shipment of the Allslotcar product line.  Quantities are limited for now and not all parts are in stock, but we will be receiving more soon.  In addition, we have ordered fully assembled, painted, and decaled RTR F1 cars being built by the master modelers at Ostorero, the original designer of the Allslotcar generic F1 car.  They are available now for preorder.  We think some of the parts, and perhaps the complete Allslotcar running chassis, will be popular with scratchbuilders and kitbashers for many different projects.  You can see the parts at  http://www.electricdreams.com/Shop/slot-car-parts-allslotcar-parts-c-3_1236.html and the RTR cars at  http://www.electricdreams.com/Shop/slot-cars-allslotcar-rtr-formula-one-cars-c-168_1227.html.

 MCR68 Model Car Racing Magazine, March-April 2013

 MCR68 Model Car Racing Magazine, March-April 2013 – $6.95

Proto Slot CB071P Matra 660 LeMans 1970 painted body kit

Proto Slot CB071P Matra 660 LeMans 1970 painted body kit – $99.99

Proto Slot CB072P Lotus 40, Jim Clark, Riverside 1965 painted body kit

Proto Slot CB072P Lotus 40, Jim Clark, Riverside 1965 painted body kit – $99.99

Proto Slot CB073/1P Bocar XP5, red, painted body kit

Proto Slot CB073/1P Bocar XP5, red, painted body kit – $99.99

Proto Slot CB073/2P Bocar XP5, "Texas Spirit", painted body kit

Proto Slot CB073/2P Bocar XP5, “Texas Spirit”, painted body kit — $99.99

Proto slot MN003/1 Brabham BT34 , RTR

Proto slot MN003/1 Brabham BT34 , RTR – $249.99.  RTR car, previously available only as a body kit.

Proto Slot MN003/2 Brabham BT34 , RTR

Proto Slot MN003/2 Brabham BT34 , RTR – $249.99  RTR car, previously available only as a body kit.

PSK 009/1 Abarth Simca 200TC. red

PSK 009/1 Abarth Simca 200TC. red – $249.99  RTR car, previously available only as a body kit.

PSK 009/2 Abarth Simca 200TC. blue

PSK 009/2 Abarth Simca 200TC. blue – $249.99  RTR car, previously available only as a body kit.

PSK010/1 Jaguar XJ13, green,RTR car -

PSK010/1 Jaguar XJ13, green, RTR car – $249.99  RTR car, previously available only as a body kit.

PSK010/2 Jaguar XJ13, blue, Ecurie Ecosse,RTR car

PSK010/2 Jaguar XJ13, blue, Ecurie Ecosse, RTR car – $249.99  RTR car, previously available only as a body kit.

Scalextric C8176 2013 Catalog - $10.99

Scalextric C8176 2013 Catalog – $10.99

 

NSR 1112SW Porsche 917 LeMans 24 Hours, Gulf #22

NSR 1112SW Porsche 917 LeMans 24 Hours, Gulf #22 – $106.99

NSR 1131AW Mosler MT900R Vallelunga 2007, Coke livery, anglewinder – $106.99

NSR 1131IL Mosler MT900R Vallelunga 2007, Coke livery, inline – $106.99

NSR 1131SW Mosler MT900R Vallelunga 2007, Coke livery, sidewinder – $106.99

NSR 1134AW Mosler MT900R Vallelunga 2007, Coke livery, Evo 4 – $106.99

Scalextric parts

We just received a large shipment of Scalextric car parts, including 65 newly released ones.  Refill items are already on line and the new ones will be going on line over the coming week.  Electric Dreams has a larger selection of OEM and aftermarket 1/32 scale slot car parts than any other slot car dealer we know of, and we are constantly adding to our catalog.  We’re your go-to place for parts.

New Racer cars announced for 1st half of 2013

SL15 Ferrari 250 Breadvan, LeMans 1962.  There will also be a red road car.

SL16R Ferrari 275GTB red road car.  There will also be a yellow one, SL16Y.

SL17 Ferrari 275GTB, NART, LeMans 1966

RCR66 Ferrari 512S, Escuderia Montjuich, LeMans 1970

SL18A Datsun 240Z, John Morton, SCCA C-production national champion

SL18B Datsun 240Z, Dan Parkinson

SL19 Ferrari 250GTO, Noblet / Guichet, LeMans 1962

SL21 Maserati 450S, 1957 Sebring winner, Fangio / Behra

Also, 2 more Toyota 2000GTs in Shelby Racing colors and another Capri RS2600.  We will have these cars up for preorder shortly.

Note:  Our warehouse will close early, at 2pm, on Wednesday, February 13.  On-line ordering remains active 24/7/365

 

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

 

Free shipping

Slot car technical information and advice:  support@electricdreams.com

Our warehouse is open to walk-in customers Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.  Next time you’re in the greater Los Angeles area stop by and see us at:

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

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