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Slot Cars on Prime Time TV!

December 15, 2014 by  
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Electric Dreams’ slot cars hit Prime Time TV! We’re very excited to have had our slot cars featured on the hit show “Castle” on ABC TV. Most of this show’s episode weaves around our slot cars, and they are seen up front and center!

Here a bit of the plot:

This episode, “Last Action Hero,”

After the star of Castle’s favorite ‘80s action movie is inexplicably murdered, he and Beckett investigate the victim’s secret past with help from a team of aging action heroes.

The case of the week is the murder, as mentioned above, of an aging 1980s action movie star, Lance DeLorca of the films “Hard Kill”. This gets Castle as giddy as a schoolgirl, as he grew up watching them. It was his chance to get in some bro time, he admits, since he was raised by a single mother.

Castle even gets to go on set as he and Beckett interview the dead action star’s old co-stars reunited for an Expendables style film. Castle shows off the films to Ryan and Esposito, introducing them to all the characters – including the man who played the villain in the big film starring the murder victim.

As he, Beckett, Ryan and Esposito weave their way through the case, Castle has some of his beliefs shattered as the murder victim is revealed to not have as much of a black ops background as he claimed – he was not former Spanish intelligence – he was a goat herder before coming to the U.S. to become a movie star.

The leads bring Castle and Beckett to the actor who played the villain in the murder victim’s films. It seems he got so into his role, when he was done with acting, he bought a club and started selling drugs just like his role. Only problem for New York’s finest narcotics’ cops is they can’t pin anything on him.

But it seems the murder victim wants to pin something on him as he bought a listening device and a USB drive. When Beckett and Castle interview the former movie villain, Beckett shocks Castle when she takes the man for his word he knew nothing about how the former action hero was murdered. Later, Beckett tells Castle she has realized the listening device used by DeLorca was placed in a slot car that was behind the suspect’s desk.

Yes indeed, slot cars, front and center!

Check it out!

See more of our now famous cars in our shop!

Newsletter October 8th, 2013

October 8, 2013 by  
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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 August 27th, 2013

August 27, 2013 by  
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Electric Dreams announces contingency award program

for LeMay Museum TramsAm race

The Electric Dream Team is pleased to announce that we will be supporting the LeMay America’s Car Museum Miniature TransAm Challenge, to be held October 18-19, 2013, with a contingency award program in both classes of competition. 

Our contingency program is open to anyone competing in the event.  It does not require a car or parts purchase from ED but does require the car being raced to carry Electric Dreams logo and URL decals as specified below.  Participants are eligible for the following awards in either or both classes (Stock and Modified):

$10.00 for 3rd place.

$20.00 for 2nd place

$30.00 for 1st place

To qualify for the program, cars may not carry logos, URLs or any other text or graphics referring in any way to any other retail slot car dealer.

When any event-eligible car is purchased during the program period the decals will be shipped free with it.  If you have already purchased your event-eligible car during the program period you can request a sheet of decals and we will mail you one free of charge.  Event entrants who have not purchased an event-eligible car from us may purchase a decal sheet on the Electric Dreams web site for $1.99 including shipping (within the US). The decal sheets include enough decals for more than one car so you can do a car for each of the two classes from one sheet.  We also expect to continue our contingency program at selected future events, and leftover decals can be used for those events.

All mail-in entries must arrive at the event site with our decals already in place on them.  On-site In-person entrants have the option of applying our decals (available on site) to their cars at the event itself before their cars are submitted for tech inspection.  An Electric Dreams representative will be at the event and will be glad to assist if needed in selecting and placing our decals on your car to work around any existing livery while meeting our requirements. Note:  Our decals are peel-and-stick.  You probably don’t want to place them over any waterslide decals on your car if you ever intend to take them off, but they should be fine over tampo-printed graphics.  (Added benefit:  If your car happens to have a boo-boo in the paint you may be able to use one of our decals to cover it up.)

To apply for the program send an e-mail to support@electricdreams.com with the following information :

  • Your name, mailing address, and phone number.
  • For each car being entered:  Manufacturer, make and color of the car you will be racing in the event (ex:  Pioneer 68 Mustang, red)
  • If you have purchased an eligible car from us during the program period:  Your Electric Dreams customer number and the date and Electric Dreams order number on which you purchased your eligible car.
  • In the subject line of your e-mail, type: Contingency program for (your name)

It will be helpful to us, though not required, if you will attach a JPEG photo of the car(s) you will be racing in the LeMay event.

Race entrants may sign up for the program anytime up to and including the day of the event prior to submitting the entered car(s) to tech inspection.

All contingency awards earned under this program will be paid out following publication of the official entry list and race results by the event organizers. This should be sometime in the week following the event.  We will pay by crediting the credit card or Paypal account the award winner uses to make purchases from us or a credit card or Paypal account designated by the award winner.

Any car or entrant disqualified or excluded from the event by the event organizers for any reason will also be automatically disqualified from this program.

Electric Dreams reserves the right to reject any application for this program without cause.

Here is a photo showing some possible decal locations:

We require, for the purposes of this contingency award program, that our logo and URL show clearly when your car is photographed from the front or from either side.  Any combination of decal placements that accomplishes this will be satisfactory.  If you are in doubt about the decal arrangement you want to use, just e-mail a photo of your car to support@electricdreams.com and we will let you know whether your scheme meets the requirement.   Our decals can be removed and relocated as long as you don’t do it too many times with the same decals.  We just need them to stay in place for the whole event.  As mentioned above, if you are attending the race in person we can offer you on-site help with decal placement.

If you have any questions or concerns about our program please e-mail them to support@electricdreams.com.

The Electric Dream Team wishes the LeMay Museum and all race participants a fun and successful race weekend.

For complete information on the event, click HERE.

New Items In Stock

Kyosho 90101 Toyota 86 with X-Speed motor

 

 

 

 

Kyosho 90101 Toyota 86 with X-Speed motor – $59.99

Scalextric C3316 1970 Camaro, Frank Gardner

Scalextric C3316 1970 Camaro, Frank Gardner – $54.99

Scalextric C3318 1969 Mustang, Mike Folsom

Scalextric C3318 1969 Mustang, Mike Folsom – $54.99

Scalextric C3368A Corvette 60th anniversary 2-car set

Scalextric C3368A Corvette 60th anniversary 2-car set – $129.99

Scalextric C3396 McLaren Mp4-12C road car, red

Scalextric C3396 McLaren Mp4-12C road car, red – $54.99

 

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 July 9th, 2013

July 9, 2013 by  
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New items in stock

BSR031/1 Ferrari 250GT Scaglietti #170

BSR031/1 Ferrari 250GT Scaglietti #170 – $214.99

BSR031/2 Ferrari 250GT Scaglietti #417

BSR031/2 Ferrari 250GT Scaglietti #417 – $214.99

Carrera 23785 Aston Martin DBR9, Digital124

Carrera 23785 Aston Martin DBR9, Digital124 – $77.49

Carrera 25197 Celebracers race set

Carrera 25197 Celebracers race set – $189.99.  The #50 Porsche 904 will be available this year only in this race set.

Carrera 25199 Rolling Thunder race set

Carrera 25199 Rolling Thunder race set – $189.99

Carrera 27433 Cobra roadster, kandy red/gold

Carrera 27433 Cobra roadster, kandy red/gold – $36.69

Carrera 30650 Cobra roadster, kandy red/gold, Digital 132 – $54.99

Carrera 30654 Porsche 917-30 CanAm, white #5, Digital 132

Carrera 30654 Porsche 917-30 CanAm, white #5, Digital 132 – $54.99

 

Pacific Northwest Historics, 2013

We trust that all our readers had a great 4th of July weekend.  One member of the Electric Dream Team spent part of the weekend at Pacific Raceways enjoying the 25th annual Pacific Northwest Historics vintage races.  Here are some of the photos he took there.

The event’s featured celebrity was racing legend and multiple LeMans winner Brian Redman.  Each day of the event he did a few exhibition laps in the #20 Porsche 917 driven by Steve McQueen in the film “LeMans”

Another famous Porsche on hand was Cameron Healey’s 908/3 which raced in this livery at the 1970 Targa Florio.

Another piece of racing history was this 1964 BRP-BRM Formula One car.   The engine is a 1.5 liter BRM V8.

Not all the interesting cars were on the race track.  Everywhere you looked there were also road cars of many makes and eras.

For those of you who may never have seen one, this is what the Tesla looks like.  We think the styling, as well as the car’s cutting-edge electric technology, has a lot to do with why it’s the only really successful all-electric car so far.

And from cutting edge to retro surfer/hippie chic, how about this 60s VW pickup truck?  Note the simple but effective air conditioning system.

And then there was this Datsun 510.  The round object is neither a rocket booster nor a forward-firing weapon but a sort of detachable air conditioning unit, more often seen on hot rods. Sort of one step up from the system on the VW pickup.

This is a genuine Yenko Stinger, one of several Corvairs seen in the Car Corral.

Here’s a car our man had never seen or heard of before.  It’s a Crusader sports-racing car.  Powered by an 1800cc VW engine, it was one of seven made in an attempt to create an inexpensive entry-level sports-racing class in SCCA racing along the lines of the very successful Formula Vees, of which Crusader was a leading constructor.  The company remains in business today.

No, this isn’t the 1966 LeMans winner, but it is a very nicely turned-out replica, one of two replica GT40s at the event.  There are several companies making these reproductions which are better in many ways than the original GT40s, at a fraction of the price of an original one.  Several owners of “real” GT40s have had replicas of their cars built so they can enjoy the driving fun without putting their multimillion-dollar historical icons at risk.

The big-bore production cars and sedans are always a high point of the PNW Historics, and they got a lot of track time each day.

Rick Stark, driver of this well-known small-block Corvette, celebrated his 50th anniversary season of sports car racing, almost all of it in Corvettes, by running up front in his race group.  He won a race on Friday and scored another win and a second place on Saturday.  For decades, Rick has been known as “Mr. Corvette” in the Northwest with many SCCA National wins and strong finishes in several TransAm races.

Stark’s main competition in the Saturday morning race was this indecently fast Ford Falcon owned and driven by longtime competitor Randy Dunphy.  This car regularly beats big block Corvettes as it did in finishing second to Stark.

This is the bigblock car that won the Saturday afternoon race.  It passed Stark’s smallblock near the end, using its straightline speed to win the drag race to the finish line.

This very appropriately painted bigblock coupe, owned and driven by vintage race car collector John Goodman, contended for the win in each of its races.

This is one fast vintage Camaro.  It carved its way from the back of the 28-car grid to 5th place in the 20-minute afternoon race, beaten only by four Corvettes that had started in the first four positions.  We love that shade of red paint.

The exhibition class is made up of newer cars and anything else that doesn’t fit into any of the other classes.  In this photo you can see a Formula Atlantic, a tube-frame IMSA Corvette, a Formula 5000 car and an early one-off CanAm car.

The tube-frame Corvette is a Protofab car that won the GTO class in the 1988 12 Hours of Sebring.  It’s the latest addition to John Goodman’s collection.

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.

Newletter September 21st, 2012

September 21, 2012 by  
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New Electric Dreams race sets– limited quantities

EDS2006 CanAm McLarens race set w/ 4 cars

EDS2006 CanAm McLarens race set w/ 4 cars – $219.99

EDS2007 Bruce and Denny Show race set

EDS2007 Bruce and Denny Show race set – $169.99

EDS2008 CanAm Challengers race set

EDS2008 CanAm Challengers race set – $169.99

New Electric Dreams 2-car packages

EDSET-22 McLaren M6A & MRRC Chaparral 2F 2-car pack

EDSET-22 McLaren M6A & MRRC Chaparral 2F 2-car pack – $94.98 value! – $52.99

EDSET-23 McLaren M6B & MRRC Chaparral 2F 2-car pack

EDSET-23 McLaren M6B & MRRC Chaparral 2F 2-car pack – $94.98 value! – $52.99

 

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 August 31st, 2012

August 31, 2012 by  
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New items in stock

New from Proto Slot

GM024/3 Aerodjet, LeMans 1963, RTR car, race #53

GM024/3 Aerodjet, LeMans 1963, RTR car, race #53 – $205.99

GM024/1 Aerodjet, LeMans 1963, RTR car, race #51

GM024/1 Aerodjet, LeMans 1963, RTR car, race #51 – $205.99

GM024/2 Aerodjet, LeMans 1963, RTR car, race #52

GM024/2 Aerodjet, LeMans 1963, RTR car, race #52 – $205.99

PSK 008 Lola GT, LeMans 1963 - $219.99

PSK 008 Lola GT, LeMans 1963, RTR car – $219.99

More new Electric Dreams 2-car packs

EDSET-26 McLaren M6A & Avant Slot Peugeot 908 2-car pack

EDSET-26 McLaren M6A & Avant Slot Peugeot 908 2-car pack – $109.98 value! – $69.99

EDSET-27 McLaren M6B & Avant Slot Pescarolo 2-car pack

EDSET-27 McLaren M6B & Avant Slot Pescarolo 2-car pack – $109.98 value! – $69.99

EDSET-28 McLaren M6B & Avant Slot Audi R10 2-car pack

EDSET-28 McLaren M6B & Avant Slot Audi R10 2-car pack – $109.98 value! – $69.99

EDSET-29 McLaren M6A & Avant Slot Audi R10 2-car pack

EDSET-29 McLaren M6A & Avant Slot Audi R10 2-car pack – $109.98 value! – $69.99

EDSET-30 McLaren M6B & Avant Slot Audi R10 2-car pack

EDSET-30 McLaren M6B & Avant Slot Audi R10 2-car pack – $109.98 value! – $69.99

New manufacturer – Slot Racing Company

A new slot car manufacturer, Slot Racing Company (SRC) has announced itself to the world.  Photos of some of their projects have been making the rounds of the slot car web sites

From top to bottom:

Test shots of a 1/32 scale Porsche 907 body in both long and short tail versions.  According to one US distributor who has been contacted by SRC their sports car models, which will be made in injection-molded plastic, will retail in the US for around $100, putting them in the same price range as NSR cars.

Prototype parts for a 1/32 scale 80s F1 car.  SRC’s most ambitious plan is to produce a series of 70s and 80s F1 cars with resin bodies.  Note the unusual motor pod design and the metal wheels.

Two prototype F1 bodies.  The F1 cars are expected to retail in the US for around $250, putting them in the same price range as resin Racer cars as well as many other resin-bodied slot cars by “boutique” slot car makers.  These cars appear to be engineered to a higher standard than most boutique cars, which typically consist of a resin body on some kind of generic chassis.  There are few details about chassis and running gear, but if these cars look and run like a Racer car, which uses Slot It mechanicals, they may be worth the price,  One concern, however, has to be all the fragile appendages, such as wings, found on F1 cars.  How resin F1 bodies will stand up to the perils of any kind of real racing will definitely affect the price/value equation for anybody but collectors who will never run the cars.  It seems to us that SRC would do better to make the cars in plastic at $100 retail and make sure lots of spare body parts are available.

We will pass on further information as it becomes available.

On the way to us now from Monogram

Monogram 85-4845 1967 Plymouth, Richard Petty

Monogram 85-4845 1967 Plymouth, Richard Petty. Preorder now – $49.99

 

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 August 17th, 2012

August 17, 2012 by  
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Coming in September from MRRC

MRRC MC12005 Cobra roadster w/hardtop, #19 yellow

MRRC MC12005 Cobra roadster w/hardtop, #19 yellow. Preorder now!

MRRC MC12006 Cobra roadster w/LeMans hardtop

MRRC MC12006 Cobra roadster w/LeMans hardtop. Preorder now!

New items in stock

Arrow Slot 1001B Saleen S7R kit, red

Arrow Slot 1001B Saleen S7R kit, red – $79.99

Arrow Slot 1001C Saleen S7R kit, yellow

Arrow Slot 1001C Saleen S7R kit, yellow – $79.99

Arrow Slot cars are designed to compete with Slot It, Avant Slot, NSR, and similar cars developed for high-end organized open competition.  They are powered by Scale Auto motors and feature a podded rear end, aluminum wheels, and other pro-racing features.

NSR 1107IL Audi R18, 2011 LeMans winner

NSR 1107IL Audi R18, 2011 LeMans winner – $97.99

NSR 1117AW Corvette Z06R GT2 #27, ADAC Masters

NSR 1117AW Corvette Z06R GT2 #27, ADAC Masters – $94.99

NSR 1121AW Audi R8 GT, Race of Champions

NSR 1121AW Audi R8 GT, Race of Champions – $94.99

In recent months more favorable dollar/euro exchange rates have brought the prices of NSR cars below $100, making them a better value along with their outstanding on-track performance.

Monogram 85-4846 1967 Plymouth, Jim Hurtubise

Monogram 85-4846 1967 Plymouth, Jim Hurtubise – $64.99

 

More new Electric Dreams 2-car sets

EDSET-10 McLaren M6B & Porsche 934 2-car pack

EDSET-10 McLaren M6B & Porsche 934 2-car pack – $119.98 value! – $69.99

EDSET-11 McLaren M6B & Porsche 911 2-car pack

EDSET-11 McLaren M6B & Porsche 911 2-car pack – $119.98 value! – $69.99

EDSET-12 McLaren M6A & Alfa Romeo 2-car pack

EDSET-12 McLaren M6A & Alfa Romeo 2-car pack – $119.98 value! – $69.99

EDSET-13 McLaren M6B & Ferrari F40 2-car pack

EDSET-13 McLaren M6B & Ferrari F40 2-car pack – $114.98 value! – $62.99

EDSET-14 McLaren M6B & Ferrari 365GTB 2-car pack

EDSET-14 McLaren M6B & Ferrari 365GTB 2-car pack – $109.98 value! – $59.99

EDSET-15 McLaren M6B & Ferrari 365GTB 2-car pack

EDSET-15 McLaren M6B & Ferrari 365GTB 2-car pack – $119.98 value! – $69.99

Monogram/Fly Lola T70 Kitbash

We build a Monogram Lola T70 the way Monogram should have built it to begin with

You may recall an article we did some time ago in which we corrected the principal shortcomings of the Monogram Lola T70.  We got the body down out of the stratosphere and solved the problem of insufficient clearance under the spur gear.

We not only made the car look better; we also turned it into a pretty decent runner.  Still, we couldn’t help thinking that the whole chassis should have been designed differently to begin with, especially in regard to the magnet installation.  What we really wanted was a car that would run with our highly successful modified Fly classic cars.  So, we thought, why not just put the Monogram Lola body on a Fly chassis?  It wouldn’t be the first time we had rebuilt a car around a Fly chassis.  We had previously done it with a Spirit Porsche 936, totally transforming the car. 

We have lots of different chassis floating around the shop, including several of the Fly classics, so we took a body off a Monogram 85-4826 George Follmer Lola and began test fitting chassis to it.  The Fly Ferrari 512S chassis, we discovered, is a near-perfect fir for the Lola body.  It needed only some trimming at the front, a new body mount at the rear, and two new front mounts to match the position of the body’s front mounting posts to look like body and chassis were made for each other.  The chassis also needed a very slight change in the wheelbase, but we noticed that both the front and rear wheels fell withing the body’s wheel openings, just not quite centered.  So, instead of cutting up the chassis we decided to do a little work on the rear wheel openings instead, moving the center of the rear wheel openings slightly aft to accommodate the wheelbase of the chassis. 

Here you see what we’ve done to alter the rear wheel openings.  We CA glued in pieces of strip styrene and used a Moto-tool to shape them to the desired configuration.  We have made the wheel opening smaller; it fits more snugly around the rear tires while still giving adequate clearance.

With the trimming, filling, and sanding done and a coat of paint on the body this is how it looks.  The wheels and tires are spares for a Fly BMW 3.5CSL.

The Fly Ferrari chassis shown here with the new rear body mount made from sheet styrene and mounted by drilling the screw hole for securing the motor pod to the chassis and using a 4-40 machine screw and nut.  You can also see the new front body mounts, made from styrene tubing, as well as our standard Fly classic car modifications – replacing the stock gears with Scalextric ones and notching the pod to accept a bar magnet in place of the original cylindrical magnet.  The blue tape around the magnet serves to make the magnet a tight fit and also to allow the magnet to be shimmed up or down slightly to adjust magnetic downforce when equalizing the car’s performance with other cars for closer racing.  Also visible are the Slot It guide and the Pioneer 21K motor we swapped into the car.  Neither requires any modifications to install.  We had to cut a little out of the bottom of the interior tub to clear the magnet installation.  Note that the Fly BMW wheels and tires are wider at both front and rear than the original Monogram wheels.  Note also the trimming at the front of the chassis.  At this point all that needs to be done to complete the running chassis is to install lead wires and braid.

The pod modification for the bar magnet is seen here.  From left to right, the stock pod, the pod with the notch for the bar magnet cut into it, and the pod with the bar magnet in place.  This modification does not prevent the original cylindrical magnet from being swapped back in if desired, but you won’t want to.  Th bar magnet gives plenty of downforce with improved drivability. Note that the bar magnet is centered on the socket for the cylindrical magnet, which centers it on the car as a whole.

Here’s a closeup of the rear of the chassis showing the new body mount, the Scalextric gears, and the Pioneer motor.  Note how the body mount is shaped to fit snugly into the pod so it can’t move when the nut is tightened down.  The asymmetrical design of the pod places the mounting holes in the correct position to line up with the body posts.

The body and interior are completely stock except for removing a bit of material from under the left side of the carburetor detail to clear the endbell and a little trimming of the bottom edge of the radiator air outlet to clear the top of the guide post, as well as the mod to the interior tub described above. We did replace the driver’s head with one in a full-face helmet.  Overall body color is Testor Boyd’s True Blue Pearl Metallic over pale gray primer.   We made the Kitt’y’s Guns and Ammo, Kalashnikitty, and ASR decals on an HP Photosmart inkjet printer.  The rest of the decals are odds and ends from our decal box.  The BBS wheels, wider tires, and the full-face driver’s helmet give the car the look of a Lola being campaigned in Sports Car Club of America amateur racing in the 70s or 80s.  Such cars were always under continuing development with updated components throughout their active racing careers, and some raced into the 90s before being restored to their original specifications to begin a new life as vintage racers.

The Fly chassis as we have modified it makes the Lola quick, good-handling, and drivable on our Scalextric Sport track, even with the stock Fly tires.  Available aftermarket tires will give it even m,ore grip.   Monogram Lola bodies are available separately on the the Electric Dreams web site so you don’t need to buy a whole car to get the body.

We’re beginning to accumulate quite a nice field of CanAm/A Sports Racing cars.  Row 1: Carrera McLaren M20 and Porsche 917-30. Row 2: Kitbashed McLaren M12 and Carrera Lola 222.  Row 3: Lola T70 on Fly chassis and lowered Monogram Lola T70.  Row 4: GB Track Porsche 917PA and lowered Monogram McLaren M6A. Row 5: Fly Porsche 908 and kitbashed Cooper-Chevy (modified Monogram Cooper-Cobra.)

If you have questions or comments about this article 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 August 10th, 2012

August 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2012

New Cartrix cars in stock

Cartrix 0936 Vanwall F1 #6, 1956

Cartrix 0936 Vanwall F1 #6, 1956 – $89.99

Cartrix 0966 Ferrari-Lancia D50 F1

Cartrix 0966 Ferrari-Lancia D50 F1 – $89.99

More Electric Dreams 2-car packs

EDSET-04 McLaren M6A & Porsche 906 2-car pack

EDSET-04 McLaren M6A & Porsche 906 2-car pack – $114.98 value! – $62.99

EDSET-05 McLaren M6B & Porsche 908 2-car pack

EDSET-05 McLaren M6B & Porsche 908 2-car pack – $114.98 value! – $62.99

EDSET-06 McLaren M6B & Porsche 911 2-car pack

EDSET-06 McLaren M6B & Porsche 911 2-car pack – $104.98 value! – $57.99

EDSET-07 McLaren M6A & Brumos Riley DP 2-car pack

EDSET-07 McLaren M6A & Brumos Riley DP 2-car pack – $94.98 value! – $54.99

EDSET-08 McLaren M6B & Fly Riley DP 2-car pack

EDSET-08 McLaren M6B & Fly Riley DP 2-car pack – $94.98 value! – $54.99

EDSET-09 McLaren M6A & Porsche 934 2-car pack

EDSET-09 McLaren M6A & Porsche 934 2-car pack – $119.98 value! – $69.99

EDSET-20 McLaren M6B & Porsche 935 2-car pack

EDSET-20 McLaren M6B & Porsche 935 2-car pack – $119.98 value! – $69.99

 

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.

The Cars of Virtuoso Performance

August 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Slot Car News

As we mentioned in our August 4 newsletter a member of the Electric Dream Team recently had the fun job of visiting the Virtuoso Performance race shop in Hayward, California to assemble a slot car track that the VP staff was going to take to Laguna Seca and other vintage racing events as entertainment for their guests.  While at the shop our ED team member had the opportunity to photograph the many interesting historic cars VP maintains for its customers.  Here is a selection of the photos he took.

This is what you see when you enter the front door.  this is the “showroom” with the offices to the right. The walls are covered with posters and photos and the cars and engines on display are just a hint of what lies beyond.

This chair is one of the artifacts on display in the showroom.  The autographs include George Follmer, Tom Pryce, J.P. Jarier, and Jackie Oliver, all Shadow drivers, plus many others.  See if you can make out all the famous signatures.

For all you Porschephiles and Gulfophiles, how about this?  A Porsche 911 GT3 in Gulf Porsche colors for a really nice retro touch.

And sitting right next to the Porsche is an Aston Martin DBR2 replica in a beautiful metallic green as on the original Aston Martin works race cars.

And speaking of Aston Martins, here’s one to die for…

Or how about a Ferrari 288 GTO?

The Len Terry-designed Shelby King Cobra was never much of a performer, but you have to love the shape of it.

This is either the latest Batmobile or a little-known Shadow CanAm design.  The bazooka-like thing above the cockpit is either an air intake or a forward-firing weapon, located right next to the driver’s head.

And while we’re on CanAm cars, sitting in a corner was the one and only Sting GR-1, built and driven by CanAm independent Gary Wilson.

Here’s an Osella-BMW fresh from restoration.  note the Yardley BRM and the Chevron in the background.  VP does everything from complete restorations to routine maintenance to trackside support for its customers and their cars.

Here’s another Osella.  Both of them are powered by 2-liter engines.

This AC Aceca coupe (an AC Ace with a top) is one of the Cobra’s ancestors. The shade of red in which it’s painted is gorgeous. VP has its own paint booth and master painter.

A shot of some of the many customer cars stored at VP, with a very nice Elva Courier in the foreground.

Body panels and wing for a Lola T163.

These are either truly elegant flower pots for the office and showroom or vintage CanAm car or F-1 wheels.

This is the shop’s “winter project”.  When finished it will be powered by a 500 cubic inch Chevy and feature all carbon-fiber ground effects bodywork…well, maybe not.  But it ought to be great fuel-efficient transportation for two people who like to be close to each other.

Our thanks to Virtuoso Performance not only for their business but also for giving us the chance to see and photograph a great shop full of fine race cars.  If any of our readers are into 1:1 scale vintage racing and looking for a prep shop in the San Francisco Bay area, check out VP at  www.vprace.com.

Newsletter August 19th, 2011

August 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2011

New items in stock

Pioneer P032 68 Mustang, Dan Gurney

Pioneer P032 68 Mustang, Dan Gurney – $55.99

Pioneer P039 68 Mustang, Dean Gregson

Pioneer P039 68 Mustang, Dean Gregson – $55.99

Pioneer RTP3 Mustang twin pack

Pioneer RTP3 Mustang twin pack – $75.99

The cars of Virtuoso Performance

As we mentioned in our August 4 newsletter a member of the Electric Dream Team recently had the fun job of visiting the Virtuoso Performance race shop in Hayward, California to assemble a slot car track that the VP staff was going to take to Laguna Seca and other vintage racing events as entertainment for their guests.  While at the shop our ED team member had the opportunity to photograph the many interesting historic cars VP maintains for its customers.  Here is a selection of the photos he took.

This is what you see when you enter the front door.  this is the “showroom” with the offices to the right. The walls are covered with posters and photos and the cars and engines on display are just a hint of what lies beyond.

This chair is one of the artifacts on display in the showroom.  The autographs include George Follmer, Tom Pryce, J.P. Jarier, and Jackie Oliver, all Shadow drivers, plus many others.  See if you can make out all the famous signatures.

For all you Porschephiles and Gulfophiles, how about this?  A Porsche 911 GT3 in Gulf Porsche colors for a really nice retro touch.

And sitting right next to the Porsche is an Aston Martin DBR2 replica in a beautiful metallic green as on the original Aston Martin works race cars.

And speaking of Aston Martins, here’s one to die for…

Or how about a Ferrari 288 GTO?

The Len Terry-designed Shelby King Cobra was never much of a performer, but you have to love the shape of it.

This is either the latest Batmobile or a little-known Shadow CanAm design.  The bazooka-like thing above the cockpit is either an air intake or a forward-firing weapon, located right next to the driver’s head.

And while we’re on CanAm cars, sitting in a corner was the one and only Sting GR-1, built and driven by CanAm independent Gary Wilson.

Here’s an Osella-BMW fresh from restoration.  note the Yardley BRM and the Chevron in the background.  VP does everything from complete restorations to routine maintenance to trackside support for its customers and their cars.

Here’s another Osella.  Both of them are powered by 2-liter engines.

This AC Aceca coupe (an AC Ace with a top) is one of the Cobra’s ancestors. The shade of red in which it’s painted is gorgeous. VP has its own paint booth and master painter.

A shot of some of the many customer cars stored at VP, with a very nice Elva Courier in the foreground.

Body panels and wing for a Lola T163.

These are either truly elegant flower pots for the office and showroom or vintage CanAm car or F-1 wheels.

This is the shop’s “winter project”.  When finished it will be powered by a 500 cubic inch Chevy and feature all carbon-fiber ground effects bodywork…well, maybe not.  But it ought to be great fuel-efficient transportation for two people who like to be close to each other.

Our thanks to Virtuoso Performance not only for their business but also for giving us the chance to see and photograph a great shop full of fine race cars.  If any of our readers are into 1:1 scale vintage racing and looking for a prep shop in the San Francisco Bay area, check out VP at www.vprace.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 July 29th, 2011

Wow, have we ever got the mother lode of new items for you this week!

New from Carrera

Carrera 23754 Ferrari 250 GT "Breadvan", D124.

Carrera 23754 Ferrari 250 GT “Breadvan”, D124.  $75.49

Carrera 23755 Ferrari 250 GT "Breadvan", silver

Carrera 23755 Ferrari 250 GT “Breadvan”, silver.  $75.49

Carrera 23756 Ferrari 599XX, red, D124

Carrera 23756 Ferrari 599XX, red, D124 – $75.49

Carrera 27362 Ferrari 458 Italia, blue

Carrera 27362 Ferrari 458 Italia, blue – $34.99

Carrera 30566 Ferrari 458 Italia, blue, D132 – $53.39

Carrera 27365 Audi R8 LMS "Remington"

Carrera 27365 Audi R8 LMS “Remington”.  $34.99

Carrera 30569 Audi R8 LMS Remington, D132 – $53.39

Carrera 30142 Pro GT set, Digital 132

Carrera 30142 Pro GT set, Digital 132 – $449.99

Carrera 30563 Ferrari 599XX, yellow, D132

Carrera 30563 Ferrari 599XX, yellow, D132 – $53.39

Carrera 30564 Ferrari 599XX, silver-grey, D132

Carrera 30564 Ferrari 599XX, silver-grey, D132 – $53.39. Yes, we know it looks like flat gray primer but actually, the effect is rather striking in a bad-boy kind of way.

Carrera 30565 Ferrari 458, silver, D132

Carrera 30565 Ferrari 458, silver, D132 – $53.39

Carrera 30575 Opel GT, red/black, D132

Carrera 30575 Opel GT, red/black, D132 – $53.39. We’ve always thought the Opel GT looks like the runt in a litter of C3 Corvettes, but Carrera’s model, with the fat tires and flared fenders, needs only a wing on the back to look like a poor man’s Greenwood Corvette

Carrera 40013 Ferrari Formula 1 race set, Digital 143

Carrera 40013 Ferrari Formula 1 race set, Digital 143 – $166.69. Your formula one-literate grade schoolers can fight over who gets to be Alonso and who is stuck being Massa.  But once they get past that hurdle and get on with racing there’s lots of digital racing fun at low cost.

New from MRRC

Well, friends, it looks like MRRC’s new owners have the resources to get new products out in a much shorter time frame and meet projected release dates.  Here are the first two under the new regime…

MRRC MC11031 Ford MkIV, #3 LeMans 1967

MRRC MC11031 Ford MkIV, #3 LeMans 1967. – $63.99

MRRC MC11032 Ford MkIV, #4 LeMans 1967

MRRC MC11032 Ford MkIV, #4 LeMans 1967. – $63.99

New from Ninco

A little something for everyone, from dirty driving (see #50577) to classic motoring…

Ninco 50546 Audi R8 Lightning, S-Line

Ninco 50546 Audi R8 Lightning, S-Line – $86.99

Ninco 50556 Renault Megane Trophy green/yellow

Ninco 50556 Renault Megane Trophy green/yellow – $86.99. With that paint job nobody will be able to say they didn’t see this one coming…

Ninco 50577 Ford Focus WRC

Ninco 50577 Ford Focus WRC “dirt effect” – $69.99. Ninco appears to be taking up SCX’s penchant for modeling dirty rally cars.  What somebody needs to invent is a slot car that gets progressively dirtier over the course of a race and then reverts to clean for the next one.

Ninco 50584 Classic Corvette, "speed record"

Ninco 50584 Classic Corvette, “speed record”.  $79.99.  Or paint it black and have a sort of B-movie Batmobile.

Ninco 50585 Cobra 427, Comstock Racing

Ninco 50585 Cobra 427, Comstock Racing – $79.99. Here’s a car that was raced extensively in the US and Canada, perfect for your 1/32 scale USRRC grid.

Ninco 55015 Lamborghini Diablo "Fedon"

Ninco 55015 Lamborghini Diablo “Fedon”.  $59.99

Ninco 55030 Lamborghini Diablo “Fedon”, digital.  $69.99

Ninco 55024 Corvette Z06 GT3 "Sangari"

Ninco 55024 Corvette Z06 GT3 “Sangari”, Ninco 1.  $59.99

Ninco 55031 Corvette Z06 GT3 “Sangari”, Ninco 1 digital.  $69.99

More new cars

Scalextric C3218 Dodge Charger R/T, black road car

Scalextric C3218 Dodge Charger R/T, black road car. – $49.99

Slot Classic CJ37 OSCA MT4. Alfonso DePortago 1954

Slot Classic CJ37 OSCA MT4. Alfonso DePortago 1954 – $349.99. Cars like this aren’t for everyone, but if you enjoy hand-crafted works of art the Slot classic models are worth the price.

Slot It SICA19A Toyota 88C #98, Daytona 1989

Slot It SICA19A Toyota 88C #98, Daytona 1989. – $64.99. Slot It offers a combinations of scale authenticity and performance that’s very hard to beat..  For best handling on a plastic track use a pair of 19mm silicones slicks and the racing magnet.

Note:  Our warehouse will be closed Thursday and Friday, August 4-5.  The on-line store will be operating 24/7 as usual.  All orders placed on those two days will be shipped the following Monday.  Tech help will be available by e-mail as usual.

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 July 22nd, 2011

Just for fun…

The McLaren M12 is finished!

“It’s been a long road, gettin’ from there to here…”   Yup, but we’re here, or rather our Aurora/Fly McLaren M12 is. So here’s a recap and wrapup of the project.  We started with this…

This was an original, unmodified Aurora 1/32 scale McLaren M12 body made around 1970.  A bit of history is probably in order here.  The M12 was McLaren’s customer car for the 1969 season.  It had a body similar to that of the M8A and a chassis based on the 1967 M6B.  Most M12s used Chevrolet V8 engines but some purchasers fitted other engines.  Among the more notable campaigners of the M12 was Chaparral Cars, which purchased one to race when the development of its own new car was delayed.  Others included Lothar Motschenbacher and George Eaton.  SCCA racer Jerry Hansen used one to win the A-sports racing class national championship race in the fall of 1969.  Other M12 CanAm drivers through 1972 included Jerry Titus, Graeme Lawrence, Ron Goldleaf, Stanley Szarkowicz, and Frank Kahlich. The M12s were progressively updated with larger spoilers, wings, and bigger engines as time went on and were seen in many different variations.  After the end of their CanAm careers they gravitated to amateur racing where they did battle into the 80s. Several of them survive and now turn up at vintage races.

Aurora’s M12 came as part of race sets in the early 70s, along with a Ferrari 612, Ferrari 312 coupe, and a Mirage coupe.  They had a plastic chassis with a motor that looked like something out of a Motorific car.  Just as the bodies were scaled-up HO car bodies the chassis was, in many ways, a scaled-up HO car chassis, especially the shoe-type pickups, a design that worked passably well on an HO track with very narrow contact strips but was far inferior to braid on a 1/32 or 1/24 scale track.

Clearly, this kind of chassis was not going to get the job done in the 21st Century.  One of the chassis we considered was the Monogram/MRRC Sebring chassis.  The Sebring is actually our favorite kitbash platform because of its versatility, and we even went so far as to set one up for the McLaren body.  But we envisioned the completed McLaren racing against Fly sidewinder cars and decided to give it a comparable chassis. We were about to adapt a Fly Ferrari 512 or Porsche 908 chassis when we noticed the Fly “Starter” kits, in particular the Joest-Porsche chassis.  It used the same pod arrangement as the Fly classic cars, and we had lots of them on hand.  With a little well-planned surgery it became an excellent platform for our kitbash.

This photo shows the modifications we made.  We had to shorten the chassis to fit, which required just a couple of transverse razor saw cuts and some Evergreen strip and sheet styrene (the white parts of the chassis in the photo) to reinforce the joints.  We also modified the pod to accept a bar magnet, giving the car downforce over a greater portion of its width.  You can also clearly see the Monogram Greenwood Corvette wheels with stock tires on the front and Maxxtrac M13 silicones on the rear.  They were the perfect width and diameter for both appearance and performance.

With the modified chassis painted we enlarged the front axle holes slightly and CA glued in a brass front axle tube to provide maximum front axle stability and to keep the rather fat silicone-insulated lead wire from rubbing on the axle.  The guide is from Slot It and the motor was one we had left lying around from some pre-production testing we did for a manufacturer that will remain nameless.

We installed some body posts inside the body, checked for proper fit to the chassis, and then got to work on body modifications. The first thing we did was to give our McLaren a more aggressive rear spoiler.

We CA glued a piece of .020″ sheet styrene onto the back of the original spoiler.  The extra thickness makes it stronger and we made the spoiler a bit higher in the process.  Next we made some sheet styrene fences for the end of the spoiler and two more to be placed farther inboard as shown above.  This not only strengthens the spoiler, which was somewhat fragile but also gives it a more aggressive look.  Next, we cut out several of the body openings.

This photo shows the opened up cockpit which eliminated the molded-in original driver figure.  We also cut out the molded-in injector details and added some bits of sheet styrene to reduce the width of the opening.  We also drilled out the holes molded into the body to the right of the cockpit.

We cut out the three openings in the top of each front fender.  On the full-sized car these serve the purpose of venting high-pressure air from around the front wheels.  We also added canard spoilers to the front fenders.  On each side we drew a line on the fender and cut along it with a Moto-tool fitted with a carbide disc to make a slot.  We then CA glued in a rectangle of sheet styrene and used an emery board to trim it to the desired shape.  We also cut out the center one of the three rear body openings. (Not shown here but see photo of the rear of the finished car below.)  With all the body modifications completed here’s how the car looked in primer.

It’s hard to see in the photo but before beginning to paint we CA glued a narrow strip of sheet styrene to the top edge of the original spoiler, It sticks up slightly above the piece we glued to the rear face of the spoiler and helps give it a 3-dimensional look..

We chose Testor Model Master Boyd Red as the overall body color.  It;s a deep, rich red, a bit darker than one would want to put on a Ferrari but just right for a CanAm car.

Here’s the painted car with just the number decals applied.  The red and some areas of black were the only colors painted on the body.  All the rest of the car’s livery was done with decals. The numbers are from a vintage 60s decal sheet that originally came in a Russkit 1/24 scale slot car kit.   In this photo you can also see the injector  assembly we made for the car.

We had an old intake manifold in our junk box.  We drilled 1/16″ holes in it where the injector stacks needed to go.  We then CA glued short bits of 1/16″ plastic tubing into the ends of Parma 622 1/16″ i.d. long axle spacers to serve as mounting pins and glued them into the manifold.  We glued the manifold onto a rectangle of sheet styrene (not shown) to fill up the opening in the body.

From there it was just a matter of decaling, clear coating, fabricating a simple tray interior, and putting everything together.

The black stripes are decals from a Pioneer Models TransAm Mustang kit decal sheet.  It took quite a bit of cutting and piecing together of the stripe decal to get it to fit properly over the body’s contours.  We used up all the black striping on one sheet doing this model.  The white stripes are just blank white decal paper, clear coated and cut to size with a sharp hobby knife.  The ASR SCCA class decal is one we printed on our HP printer.  The rest of the decals came from leftovers in our decal box.

We chose Coca-Cola as the car’s primary sponsor for several reasons.  First, it is the perfect sponsor for a red car.  Second, it is a uniquely American brand, just as the CanAm was a race series uniquely American in spirit and character.  Finally, we could easily imagine the owner of a local Coke bottling franchise being well-to-do enough to afford to own and race an ex-CanAm car in SCCA amateur competition back when a McLaren M12 would have been just a used race car and not a stratospherically priced collector’s item.

Note the black strip along the top of the spoiler.  This is the small styrene strip we glued on.  It gives the impression of being adjustable to trim out the car’s handling.

The roll bar is wire-filled styrene tubing and the driver’s head is a Cartrix spare part

The finished car is a bast to drive on our Scalextric Sport track.  The wide silicone tires provide lots of grip, giving the model CanAm-worthy handling with relatively modest magnetic downforce. You probably don’t have an original Aurora body to build your own from, but resin clones are readily available on line from boutique manufacturer RMS Resins at http://www.rmsresins.com/.

If you have any questions or comments on this article 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.

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