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Newsletter October 8th, 2013

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Coming soon from Proto Slot

Are you ready for this?

Proto-Slot CB078P

Proto Slot CB078P Hussein Dodge Mk1, painted body kit. Preorder now! – $99.99

Proto slot has done it again!  The Mecom Racing  Hussein, that wild rebodied Cooper Monaco powered by a NASCAR 426 Hemi, is one of the icons of American road racing, driven in wild, tail-out fashion by racing legend A.J. Foyt in 1964.  We think this will be the resin kit release of the year.  There will also be RTR cars, with racing number 1, as the car appeared at Nassau Speed Weeks in 1964 and number 23, which it carried at the LA Times Grand Prix at riverside that same year. We’ll have the RTR cars up for preorder soon.  The kits will be on their way to us withing the next few days, so get your order in.  This is one you don’t want to miss!

Also…

Proto Slot CB077P Alpine A220 rally car, painted body kit

Proto Slot CB077P Alpine A220 rally car, painted body kit. Preorder now! – $99.99

On the way now from Scalextric

Scalextric C3308 Jaguar D-type, Sebring 12 hrs. Briggs Cunningham

Scalextric C3308 Jaguar D-type, Sebring 12 hrs. Briggs Cunningham Racing. Preorder now! – $54.99

Scalextric C3391 Camaro, Yaco Racing #34

Scalextric C3391 Camaro, Yaco Racing #34. Preorder now! – $54.99

Scalextric C3412 Volkswagen Beetle, Historic Rally Series.

Scalextric C3412 Volkswagen Beetle, Historic Rally Series. Preorder now! – $54.99

Scalextric C3413 Lotus 49B Jo Siffert 1968

Scalextric C3413 Lotus 49B Jo Siffert 1968. Preorder now! – $54.99

Scalextric C3431 1970 Camaro, Tony DeLorenzo

Scalextric C3431 1970 Camaro, Tony DeLorenzo . Preorder now! – $54.99

Updated and back in stock under new stock number

TRM02 Falcon 7 Racing Motor 51000 RPM FK130

TRM02 Falcon 7 Racing Motor 51000 RPM FK130 – $12.95

New items in stock

Carrera 61286 GO! Raphael's Trike, 1/43 scale

Carrera 61286 GO! Raphael’s Trike, 1/43 scale – $17.49

BRM 025 Porsche 917 , Martini, 1/24 scale

 

BRM 025 Porsche 917 , Martini, 1/24 scale, – $169.99

BRM 027 Porsche 917 , white kit, 1/24 scale

 

BRM 027 Porsche 917 , white kit, 1/24 scale – $114.99

MMK 52 Cunningham C5R LeMans 1953

MMK 52 Cunningham C5R LeMans 1953 – $214.99

MMK 53-20 Ferrari TR500, #20 yellow, LeMans 1956

MMK 53-20 Ferrari TR500, #20 yellow, LeMans 1956 – $224.99

MMK 53-21 Ferrari TR500, #21 blue, LeMans 1956

MMK 53-21 Ferrari TR500, #21 blue, LeMans 1956 – $224.99

MMK 53-22 Ferrari TR500, #22 blue/white, LeMans 1956

MMK 53-22 Ferrari TR500, #22 blue/white, LeMans 1956 – $224.99

Another project idea from the Electric Dreams Technical Department

 

One of the cool things about our job is being surrounded by every imaginable kind of slot car and slot car part, including lots of loose parts and used /junk cars to play around with.  We like to just fiddle around, fitting parts to cars and seeing what we come up with.  This is how a lot of our projects get started. 

Now, as it happened, the other day we had a semi-disassembled Scalextric L88 Corvette floating around.  We also had a set of wheels and tires from a Flyslot Ferrari 512.  One of the things we have never liked about the Scalextric L88 is the skinny tires.  Of course, their L88s use the same wheels and tires as the Scalextric TransAm cars, and for the TA cars they are the right size.  But those big fender flares on the Corvette just beg to be filled up with the fattest tires that can be stuffed under them.  The 1:1 scale Corvette racers use every bit of the available space, even cutting  back the rear suspension trailing arms to make more room for still wider rubber.  When you look at a Scalextric L88 from any angle that lets you see just how narrow the tires are inside those fender flares  the car looks…well, more than a little ridiculous.

So, just out of idle curiosity, we pressed the Ferrari wheels and tires onto the Corvette’s axles and, to our happy surprise, they are a near-perfect fit and they instantly transform the car’s look, giving it the outrageously wide tires it’s really supposed to have.  Check it out…

THAT, friends, is how an SCCA L88 Corvette should look.  And now we have a new project under way.  You can see that the front tires stick out a tiny bit beyond the fenders, but there is room to take a bit of width off the chassis where the axle passes through it to bring the tires in just enough.  Or we might leave them as they are.  It’s not as if these cars never pushed the limits of tire/fender legality in life size.  The Ferrari wheels, by the way, actually resemble some of the wheels used on SCCA Corvettes in the 70s.  They didn’t all have Torq-thrusts or Minilites.

And while we are at it we’ll fix the other thing we don’t like about the Scalextric L88, its forward motor location.  Watch future issues of this newsletter for more.

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 May 20th, 2011

Just announced by Slot It

Slot It SICA19B Toyota 88C #37 Taka Q.

Slot It SICA19B Toyota 88C #37 Taka Q. Preorder now! – $64.99

New items in stock

Avant Slot 51201 Mirage GR8, LeMans 1976

Avant Slot 51201 Mirage GR8, LeMans 1976 – $64.99

Avant Slot 51301 Kremer K8 STP

Avant Slot 51301 Kremer K8 STP – $64.99

BRM 011SE Toyota 88C Minolta RTR 1/24 scale

BRM 011SE Toyota 88C Minolta RTR 1/24 scale – $169.99

BRM 012SE Toyota 88C Taka Q RTR 1/24 scale

BRM 012SE Toyota 88C Taka Q RTR 1/24 scale – $169.99

BRM 013SE Toyota 88C STP #45 RTR 1/24 scale

BRM 013SE Toyota 88C STP #45 RTR 1/24 scale – $169.99

BRM 014SE Toyota 88C Southeast Toyota Dealers #98 RTR 1/24 scale

BRM 014SE Toyota 88C Southeast Toyota Dealers #98 RTR 1/24 scale – $169.99

These BRM cars had previously been available only as kits.  We now have them in ready-to-run form.

Pioneer P019 '69 Cherry Red Charger

Pioneer P019 ’69 Cherry Red Charger – $61.99

Pioneer P023 Dodge Charger, Ace of Spades rat rod

Pioneer P023 Dodge Charger, Ace of Spades rat rod – $61.99

Pioneer P025 Dodge Charger, Lady Luck rat rod

Pioneer P025 Dodge Charger, Lady Luck rat rod – $61.99

Pioneer P027 Phantom Bullitt Mustang

Pioneer P027 Phantom Bullitt Mustang – $61.99

Top Slot 5004 Porsche 917-10 CanAm, STP

Top Slot 5004 Porsche 917-10 CanAm, STP – $159.99

Top Slot 5005 CunninghamC4R LeMans 1954, 7th place

Top Slot 5005 Cunningham C4R LeMans 1954, 7th place – $159.99

Top Slot 5006 Porsche 910 Targa Florio 1976

Top Slot 5006 Porsche 910 Targa Florio 1976 – $159.99

Slot It SICA15B Mazda 787B LeMans 1991

Slot It SICA15B Mazda 787B LeMans 1991 – $59.99

Monogram McLaren M6A project, part 2

NOTE:  This article picks up where our earlier article on modifying this car leaves off.  See that article first at http://www.electricdreams.com/Slot-Car-Collecting-and-Racing-News/slot-car-tech-news/deja-vu/ before starting on the modifications described in this article.

A while back we published an article on how to modify a Monogram McLaren M6 CanAm car to get the body down lower over the chassis and enhance the cars performance. Since then we have decided that there is room for more improvement, so we built a second car to try more ideas.  One feature of the car we found annoying the first time around was the motor brush housing that sticks up from the top of the FC130’s endbell.  This made it more difficult to get the rear of the body down where it belongs.  However, the FK130 motor doesn’t have that problem.  As you can see in the photo below, the FK130 is completely flat on top. which will allow the body to be lowered more easily.  The FK130 fits into the same length and width as the FC130 but requires modifications to the mount.  We had some Falcon motors floating around the Tech Department, so we decided to see what it would take to fit one into the McLaren chassis.

The can end of the motor mount would be unchanged, while the endbell end would need considerable modification to fit the FK’s smaller bushing housing and make room for its lead wire tabs, which come straight out of th end of the motor instead of on top as on the FC.

This photo shows the original FC130 installation (l.) and the new FK130 installation.  To get from one to the other we needed to fabricate a sleeve for the motor mount.  We CA glued a length of Evergreen Styrene 5/16″ od plastic tube inside a length of 3/8″ od tube.  When the glue set we cut a slice off the end, made a small flat spot in one side, and had a perfect adapter to allow the FK130 shaft bushing to ft snugly in the mount.  We discovered, however, that the mount for that end of the motor was thin enough that it didn’t really offer enough surface to glue the adapter to.  We could foresee the adapter  coming unglued from of the mount under the stress of snapping the motor in or out.  So, we dug through the junk box until we found an old broken chassis with an intact FC130 mount built into it. (This, friends, is why you should always save your broken chassis.  You never know when you may need part of one for a kitbash project.)  We cut out the FC130 endbell mount portion of the chassis and trimmed it so it could be CA glued in place outboard of the original endbell mount, effectively doubling its thickness and providing lots of gluing surface for the adapter.  With the everything glued in place we cut the notches for the FK130 lead wire tabs and still had a more than adequately strong snap-in mounting for the FK130.

The car’s original anglewinder pinion easily transferred over tho the shaft of the FK130.  A little adjustment of its position on the shaft gave a smooth, quiet gear mesh.  We installed a Slot It guide up front, and replaced the original lead wires with Professor Motor lead wire and eyelet connectors, which fit easily but snugly into the guide.  With the axle assemblies snapped back in place the car was ready for body installation and track testing.  We used on-track testing to determine the optimum magnet installation for the more powerful FK130.  After trying a number of combinations we settled on two Professor Motor PMTR1030 1mm bar magnets CA glued to the bottom of the chassis as shown below.

This magnet arrangement looks a little odd, but it works well, and only delivers a reading of 310 grams on our Magnet Marshal, a quite moderate figure. With the Falcon motor, Maxxtrac M28 tires, and this magnet fit the car is fast, highly drivable, and runs just fine on a single Scalextric C996 power pack per lane.  Of course, you can modify the magnet arrangement to deliver more or less downforce, but the very low clearance under the chassis doesn’t leave enough room for thicker magnets unless you recess them into the chassis, which will not be easy to do.

Here’s the completed chassis from both left and right sides.  And if you are racing against other owners of Monogram McLarens…

THIS is the view of it they will most likely get.

If you have any questions or comments about this article please e-mail 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.

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