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Newsletter November 3rd, 2016

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We made a special search and found three of the extraordinary hand-made Le Mans Miniatures cast resin kits. These are not ready to race but the bodies are painted and all of the decals to recreate their markings are included so you can complete the model.

 

LeMans Miniatures 132006KP Audi R8 LeMans 2004, PAINTED KIT (C)

PRICE REDUCED 20%. Complete, unassembled, painted kit.

$137.95 $109.95

Save: 20% off

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LeMans Miniatures 132013KP Audi R8, PAINTED KIT (C)

PRICE REDUCED 20% 2002 LeMans winner, complete, unassembled kit with painted body. Builds up into a complete running car.

$141.95 $109.95

Save: 23% off

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LeMans Miniatures 132016KP Pescarolo C60 Judd, PAINTED KIT (C)

PRICE REDUCED 20% Builds up into a complete running car. Complete painted, unassembled kit with decals to model either the #16 or #17 car. LeMans 2006.

$139.95 $109.95

Save: 21% off

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New This Week

Want to see what’s new? Just keep reading…

Keep reading – or if you would rather just cut to the chase and see all our new products, click here to go to the shop.

The “authentic” General Lee Charger (after its flight through the mud hole) is here from Pioneer with the “dirt” effect applied to each model by hand. There is a limited number so order yours now.

 

Pioneer P017 Dodge Charger “General Lee—Moonshine Run” (dirty version)

Features:

Standing figurine of ‘Daisy’ with yellow shirt.

19K ‘DIXIE POWER’ motor, tuned for Moonshine runs.

Scalextric Digital DPR ready

New ‘PurePower’ wiring loom

Model complete with display case and special edition packaging + vehicle data card.

Spare ‘Dixie’ parts bag included under base.

$80.99

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Pre-order

New Cars Coming Soon

Three more Slot.it 2016 releases, including a new Can-Am McLaren M8D, are available for pre-order now.

 

Slot It SICA26E McLaren M8D, n.5 1st Can-Am Watkins Glen—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Slot It SICA26E McLaren M8D, n.5 1st Can-Am Watkins Glen.

$69.99

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Slot It SICA06H Sauber Mercedes C9 ‘Kouros’ LeMans 1987—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Slot It SICA06H Sauber Mercedes C9 ‘Kouros’ LeMans 1987.

$69.99

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Slot It SICA31B Lola Aston Martin DBR1-2—PRE-ORDER NOW!!!

SICA31B Lola Aston Martin DBR1-2.

$69.99

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The Scalextric “Gulf” Porsche 997 (a new body) and five more new cars are due in November so you can pre-order yours now.

 

Scalextric C3732 Porsche 911 (Type 991) – ‘GULF’ Silverstone, 2015 Elms Series—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Gulf Racing started using the Porsche 911, type 991 in 2014 and was the first Porsche to wear the iconic blue and orange in over 30 years. Gulf Racing has been winning races for over 50 years and is arguably the most famous name in motorsport.

Pro Chassis Ready (PCR)

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

High Detail

Magnatraction

Working Rear Lights

Xenon Effect Headlights

The replacement underpan (frame) to accept Slot.it motor pods and drive train components must be purchased separately: C8543 PCR Underpan Porsche 911 (type 991).

$54.99

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Scalextric C3721 BMW Z4 GT3 – Blancpan Series Brands Hatch 2015—PRE-ORDER NOW!

A legend of GT circuits all of the world, the iconic BMW Z4 is seen here wearing the colours of BMW Sports Trophy Team Brazil. Driven by Caca Bueno and Sergio Jimenez, the two Team cars finished in 2nd and 4th in the Brands Hatch leg of the 2015 Blancpain Series.

Pro Chassis Ready (PCR)

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

High Detail

Magnatraction

Working Rear Lights

Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3722 Aston Martin DB5, red—PRE-ORDER NOW!

The Aston Martin DB5 was designed by Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. First released in 1963, the DB5 is famous for being one of the most recognisable James Bond cars. While often associated with darker colours like silver, the DB5 here is produced in a vibrant red.

$54.99

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Scalextric C3743 BMW Mini Cooper S – Mini Challenge JCW 2015 Champion—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Hastings based driver Neil Newstead began racing in 2011 following some track days he attended in 2010. Moving up from the MSVR track day to the Kumho BMW Championship, Neil soon made it to the Power Maxed MINI Challenge for the 2014 season.

Neil had an unbelievable 2015 season and claimed first place overall in the JCW class.

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

High Detail

Magnatraction

Working Rear Lights

Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3749 Ford Escort MK2, 1980 Acropolis Rally—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Racing for Rothmans Rally Team, after Ford’s withdrawal in 1979, Ari Vatanen took his first win in the Ford Escort RS1800 MkII at the Acropolis Rally in 1980. The following year he became the first driver to become World Rally Champion without being on an official factory team, a feat that remains unbroken to this day.

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

High Detail

Magnatraction

Working Rear Lights

Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3750 Audi Sport Quattro E2, Swedish Rally Cross 1990—PRE-ORDER NOW!

After finishing 1st in the first round of the 1990 European Rally Cross Championship in Austria, Herbert Breiteneder went to Sweden for round two. Breiteneder took to the track in his ex-Röhrl Audi Sport Quattro S1E2, finishing a respectable 7th in the group B class. Breiteneder finished the season 5th overall.

$54.99

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Click Here to See All of this Week’s New Arrivals

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone: (310) 676-7600

Slot car technical information and help email:

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.

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We’re just minutes from LAX.

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Newsletter February 4th, 2016

February 7, 2016 by  
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Slot car racing is fun and it’s even more fun with these high-rolling racing trucks. The set is a bargain price and you can race any 1/32 scale car as well as the Monsters.

Scalextric C1302T Sport – Monster Truck Mayhem Set (C)

The two Monster Trucks in this set compete on this oval track, leaping over a pair of jumps and swerving through the two racing curves. Track borders and barriers are supplied. The Super Resistant Monster Trucks are tough enough for full impact racing.

$159.99 $134.99
Save: 16% off

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New This Week

Want to see what’s new? Just keep reading…

Keep reading – or if you would rather just cut to the chase and see all our new products, click here to go to the shop.

We have a limited time sale on these three sixties GT racers:

Scalextric C3312 MGB, Sebring 1964

Digital plug-ready, working front and rear lights. One of the most famous classic British sports cars captured in 1/32 scale.

Features

  • High Detail
  • Easy Change Pick-Ups
  • Magnatraction™ System
  • Digital Plug Ready (DPR) – convert for use with the Scalextric Digital range in under sixty seconds using the C8515 Digital Plug.
  • Working headlights and taillights.

$49.99 $33.95

Save: 32% off

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Scalextric C3229 Corvette L88, Filipinetti

WAS $49.99 1/32 scale slot car. Ready to run on all 1/32 scale non-digital slot car tracks. The sharp-eyed viewer will have noticed that the 1:1 scale car is a coupe, not a roadster with a top, as Scalextric has modeled it. Even so, this is an impressive-looking model that will stand out on your track.

$39.95

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Scalextric C2917 Ford GT40 Mk II, LeMans 1966 (C)

1/32 scale slot car, ready to run on all 1/32 and 1/24 scale non-digital tracks. Chassis XGT-2, a MKII GT40, was driven by one of the most famous F1 and sports car drivers of the era – Graham Hill. This model of the car pays tribute to the driving ace with a driver figure likeness of the man himself – complete with his trademark moustache.

Hill’s teammate was supposed to have been Dr. Dick Thompson, but he was disqualified by the French officials for an obscure infraction in practice. Ford suddenly had to scramble for a driver at the last minute and came up with Brian Muir. Muir had never raced at night, never driven anything remotely as fast as the Ford Mk. II, and had never raced at LeMans, but he was available, so he was duly deputized into the team for the event and performed well until the car expired.

$49.95

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The new issue of Model Car Racing is here with reports on the newest cars and how you can assemble your own giant “Blue King” race track on a tabletop or on the floor.

MCR86 Model Car Racing Magazine, March/April 2016

The pros and cons of all five different brands of track for the digital systems are examined to help you decide which one is best for you. You can assemble this 1/32 scale Ferrari GTO LM from a kit in a few hours using simple hand tools. There are full reports on the prototypes’ racing background, specifications and the performance and details of the 1/32 scale models of the 1950 Ford Tudor NASCAR (Grand National), 1959 Austin Healey “Bugeye” Sprite, 1956 Jaguar XK 140 coupe, 1964 Ferrari GTO LM and 2009 Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2 LeMans and 1968 Lotus 49B and Ferrari 312 T4 Formula 1 cars. There are step-by-step techniques to connect wiring and provide lap counting and timing on your own plastic or wood racetrack. There are plans so you can assemble a 4-Lane Blue King Raceway on a 16 x 24-foot tabletop and on a 5 x 9-foot ping-pong tabletop using snap-together plastic track.

$6.95

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The first three cars from the Scalextric 2016 catalog are here now!

Scalextric C3705 McLaren F1 2015 (2015 livery on 2014 car)

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

High Detail

Magnatraction

Race: Russian Grand Prix, 2015, Sochi

Driver: Fernando Alonso

Number: 14

The Pre-season excitement for McLaren’s partnership with Honda, due in no small part to their dominance of the Formula One Championship in the late Eighties and Nineties meant expectations were high for the team going into the 2015 Formula One Calendar. Jenson Button in particular put in a stellar performance in Monaco where he grabbed the team’s first points of the season however without the support of his Team mate Fernando Alonso, this would not have been possible.

$54.99

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Scalextric C3669 F1 2015 Season Generic Car 1

It is not “officially” a Force India Formula 1 car but the stick-on markings on the unpainted black body come very close.

A rugged GP Racer ideal for the junior racer.

Super Resistent

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

Inlcudes self-adhesive stripes, numbers and sponsers—car is unpainted.

$36.99

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Scalextric C3746 MGB – Thoroughbred Sports Car Series

Driver: Roy McCarthy

Roy McCarthy and his two sons, Russell and Spencer, formed McCarthy Motorsport using Roy’s knowledge and expertise with MGs. Over the years, the family took hundreds of podiums and class wins across many historic racing championship classes. Sadly, Roy passed in 2010 but his sons continue to race with Russell recently winning the Thoroughbred Sportscar Championship in 2015.

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

High Detail

Magnatraction

Working Rear Lights

Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Pre-orders

New Cars Coming Soon

The General Lee is on the way. After years of waiting, Pioneer has finally shipped their replica of the 1969 Dodge Charger, ‘General Lee’ and they should be here sometime in late February. This first production run for these models includes the special promotional ‘01’ Key ring for your full-size car keys. This may be the ‘collectible” car of the year so pre-order yours now. Limited two to a customer. No dealers. Note: If you placed a pre-order (and did not cancel it) during 2015 or earlier it will be shipped at the then-current price.

Pioneer P016 General Lee Charger.PRE-ORDER NOW!

This is the Pioneer Slot Cars version of the General Lee Dodge Charger made famous in the much-loved TV series ‘Dukes of Hazzard’. This car is superbly modeled with the quality and detail you would expect from Pioneer.

SPECIAL : the initial order for these models includes the special promotional ‘01’ Keyring for your full-size car keys.

Features:

19K ‘Dixie Power’ motor, tuned for moonshine runs, sidewinder configuration

Fully detailed interior.

Bo & Luke figures in car. Standing figure of cousin Daisy supplied in box.

QuickChange braids

Scalextric Digital DPR ready

New ‘PurePower’ wiring loom

Model complete with display case and Special Edition packaging.

Spare Dixie parts bag included under base.

$79.99

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Again, we waited and Mr. Slotcar is delivering the LeMans-winning McLaren and the popular Gulf-sponsored McLaren by the end of the month. We will also be receiving the front suspension kit that allows you to have independently-rotating front wheels on these cars.

MRSlotcar MR1044 McLaren F1 GTR Gulf Livery #34 PRE-ORDER NOW!

A pair of low profile front tires is under the package tray to replace the larger stock front tires that may rub the body in some corners.

Setscrew Aluminum Wheels all 4 corners – Independant front axle suspension feature (optional at extra cost) – Tunable spring suspension motor pod (springs available separately) – NEWLY DESIGNED Anglewinder 21,500 RPM LONG CAN high torque balanced motor – brass pinion drivetrain – Setscrew ERGAL axle gear – Screw mount guide system – Adjustable front axle/wheel ride height – Machined bronze axle bushings – 3/32″ (2.37mm) hardened axles – Traction magnet – Press fit rear wing mounting system – Damage resistant rear view mirrors. OPTIONAL: This car can be upgraded to independently rotating front wheels by purchasing and installing the Mr. Slotcar MR8025 Front Suspension Kit.

$79.99

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MRSlotcar MR1046 McLaren F1 GTR Ueno Clinic Livery #59 Limited Edition PRE-ORDER NOW!

MR Slotcar MR1046 McLaren F1 GTR Ueno Clinic Livery #59 Limited Edition Presentation Boxed with Individual Serial Numbered Card

A pair of low profile front tires is under the package tray to replace the larger stock front tires that may rub the body in some corners.

Setscrew Aluminum Wheels all 4 corners – Independent front axle suspension feature (optional at extra cost) – Tunable spring suspension motor pod (springs available separately) – NEWLY DESIGNED Anglewinder 21,500 RPM LONG CAN high torque balanced motor – brass pinion drivetrain – Setscrew ERGAL axle gear – Screw mount guide system – Adjustable front axle/wheel ride height – Machined bronze axle bushings – 3/32″ (2.37mm) hardened axles – Traction magnet – Press fit rear wing mounting system – Damage resistant rear view mirrors. OPTIONAL: This car can be upgraded to independently rotating front wheels by purchasing and installing the Mr. Slotcar MR8025 Front Suspension Kit.

$79.99

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MR 8025 Front Suspension Kit – For McLaren F1 GTR—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Mr. Slotcar Front Suspension Kit – For McLaren F1 GTR – Includes Stub axles, e-clips, springs, spring posts and screws – representative (not final) image

Independent rotating front wheels are enabled with this installation – Wheels can be set at up with up to 3° Camber.

$19.99

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The third Porsche 934/5 with the monster rear wing is coming this summer from Flyslot (Slotwings), so pre-order yours.

Fly (Slotwings) WO65-03 Porsche 934/5 IMSA Mid-Ohio 1977—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Drivers Doc Bundy and Roy Woods.

$59.95

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NSR will be shipping a replica of Ken Miles’ Ford GT40 with the unusual white and black LeMans test car colors later this month.

NSR0008SW 1/32 Analog RTR Ford GT40 Mark II #2 1966 LeMans Test Ken Miles—PRE-ORDER NOW!

EVO Chassis with adjustable front axle ride height – Includes 20,000 RPM Shark Motor Sidewinder – Lightweight drilled aluminum setscrew wheels front & back – Ultra smooth & quiet lightweight drilled aluminum axle gear & brass pinion – Suspension type motor pod – Heat treated axles with self lubricating bronze bushings – traction magnet – Photo Etched stainless steel grills – Clear coat finish over Tampo printing and paint for high gloss and maximum durability – Photo Etched stainless steel grills, body produced from 3 separate sections for improved detail, fully accessorized and painted body shell weighs 19 grams and the complete car 70 grams.

$86.99

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Click Here to See All of this Week’s New Arrivals

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone: (310) 676-7600

Slot car technical information and help email:

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.

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

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Newsletter October 10th, 2014

October 10, 2014 by  
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NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL iHobby SHOW

We have news about products that are due by Christmas and in early spring from the National iHobby Show in Chicago:

Scalextric has announced the race set using their upcoming ARC (App Control System) system that utilizes an app so your tablet or smartphone will control and display lap counting and timing, race results, a listing of your racing stable, track planning and dozens of other race and car control options. Scalextric announced the system and described it in the 2014 catalogs as the RCS (for Race Control System) but has changed the name to ARC to more accurately reflect the system’s advantages. There’s more information below.

Ninco also has some new 1/32 scale sets at bargain prices (we will inform you when pre-orders are available in a future newsletter).

Slot.it had early unpainted samples of the 2013 Audi R18 e-tron quattro LeMans car with four-wheel drive (they are due in spring but you can pre-order now.

Policar displayed pre-production samples of their Lotus 72 Formula 1 cars (all are due in the spring —we will inform you when pre-orders are available in a future newsletter).

NSR announced a new 1/32 scale 2013 BMW Z4 (we will inform you when pre-orders are available in a future newsletter).

Mr. Slotcar had their forthcoming McLaren F1 GTR on display (which you can pre-order now—search MRS1045O). Mr.Slotcar also will offer an optional add-on front suspension with working springs and adjustable camber for the McLaren (we will inform you when pre-orders are available in a future newsletter). Carrera and SCX did not attend the iHobby show.

This week we have several new arrivals and a new new racing set from Scalextric available for pre-order.

** ANNOUNCEMENT – NEW SATURDAY HOURS **

Warehouse will be open to the public the first and third Saturday of every month from 9am-1pm.

Because we’ve had a lot of requests for weekend hours, we’re happy to announce that our El Segundo warehouse will be open on the first and third Saturday of every month. You’ll be able to come in and browse our huge selection of slot cars between 9am and 1pm.

Have a great weekend!

New This Week

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Or if you would rather just cut to the chase and see all our new products, click here to go to the shop.

 

Carrera 23794 Porsche GT3 RSR “Manthey Racing, No.18″, 24h Nürburgring 2011

1/24 scale digital slot car, ready to run on all Carrera Digital 124 slot car tracks. Not compatible with other digital racing systems.

$77.49

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Carrera 23795 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Erebus Motorsports, Winner Bathurst 2013

1/24 scale digital slot car, ready to run on all Carrera Digital 124 slot car tracks. Not compatible with other digital racing systems.

$77.49

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Carrera 23804 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 “AF Corse No.51″

1/24 scale digital slot car, ready to run on all Carrera Digital 124 slot car tracks. Not compatible with other digital racing systems.

$77.49

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Carrera 30697 Porsche 918 Spyder, Digital 132

1/32 scale slot car. Ready to race on your Carrera Digital 132 layout. Not compatible with other manufacturers’ digital systems. Motor: FC130.

$54.99

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Carrera 30698 Porsche 918 Spyder, Martini Racing, Digital 132

1/32 scale slot car. Ready to race on your Carrera Digital 132 layout. Not compatible with other manufacturers’ digital systems. Motor: FC130.

$54.99

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FLM132028/4M Painted (ONE figure) “Suzon” Grid Girl black hair with green panel

FLM132028/4M Painted figures “Suzon”Grid Girl black with green panel–only ONE figure

$19.95

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FLM132028/1M Painted (ONE figure) “Lisa” Grid Girl blond with yellow panel

FLM132028/1M Painted (ONE figure) “Lisa” Grid Girl blond with yellow panel

$19.95

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FLM132028/3M Painted (ONE figure) “Lola” Grid Girl brown hair with pink panel

FLM132028/3M Painted (ONE figure) “Lola” Grid Girl brown with pink panel

$19.95

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FLM132028/2M Painted (ONE figure) “Maud” Grid Girl red hair with blue panel

FLM132028/3M Painted (ONE figure) “Lola” Grid Girl red hair with blue panel

$29.95

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Pre-orders

Awesome Cars Coming Soon

Here are some of the new cars we are expecting to be arriving soon. Don’t miss out, pre-order now!

Scroll to see all the new cars available for pre-order or click here to see all pre-orders.

 

Scalextric C1329T ARC One (App Control System) Set —PRE-ORDER NOW!

The Scalextric C1329T ARC One (App Control System) set utilizes an app so your tablet or smartphone will control and display lap counting and timing, race results, a listing of your racing stable, track planning and dozens of other race and car control options. The set includes two cars and enough track (over 16-feet of track) to assemble into either of two figure 8s or an open road course.

Scalextric ARC ONE is a revolutionary slot car system that allows users to wirelessly create and manage races with a handheld smart device*, such as a smartphone or tablet. Download the ARC app, then connect your device via Bluetooth to the new ARC powerbase, unlocking unique features and control of your races. The two controllers and Power Supply (included) are connected to the Power Base track with the standard Scalextric cables.

Personalize your race by selecting features such as race type, driver names and number of laps. Customize and save your race settings and car setup, before you head out on the track to test your skills and challenge your opponent.

Use the interactive ARC app to create your own Scalextric garage, listing your slot car collection, track pieces and accessories. See available layout options, post your race stats on Facebook or Twitter – the possibilities are endless!

Early in 2015 you will also be able upgrade to wireless analog with a replacement C8434 ACS AIR Power Base track and controllers or to Scalextric Digital with wireless controllers with a replacement C8435 ACS PRO Power Base track and controllers.

$189.99

 

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Click Here to See All of this Week’s New Arrivals

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone:  (310) 676-7600

Slot car technical information and help email:

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.

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX. 

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Newsletter May 17th, 2012

May 17, 2013 by  
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New items in stock

Proto Slot CB072/2P Lotus 40, A.J. Foyt, Riverside 1965 painted body kit

Proto Slot CB072/2P Lotus 40, A.J. Foyt, Riverside 1965 painted body kit – $129.95

oto Slot CB074P Cooper Zerex Special painted body kit

Proto Slot CB074P Cooper Zerex Special painted body kit – $129.95

Scalextric C3389 McLaren MP4-12C, United Autosports

 

Scalextric C3389 McLaren MP4-12C, United Autosports – $54.99

Scalextric C3424 1969 Mustang, Paul Pettey

 

Scalextric C3424 1969 Mustang, Paul Pettey – $54.99

Ninco 50612 Audi R18 2011 LeMans winner

 

Ninco 50612 Audi R18 2011 LeMans winner – $99.99

Ninco 50613 Porsche 934 Martini

Ninco 50613 Porsche 934 Martini – $89.99

Ninco 50614 Lancia 037 rally car, Pioneer

Ninco 50614 Lancia 037 rally car, Pioneer – $84.99

Ninco 50616 Porsche 356, Caminos -

Ninco 50616 Porsche 356, Caminos – $89.99

Ninco 50619 Audi E-tron LeMans 2011, lightning

Ninco 50619 Audi E-tron LeMans 2011, Lightning – $84.99

Ninco 50620 Jaguar E-type (XKE) coupe, Union Jack

Ninco 50620 Jaguar E-type (XKE) coupe, Union Jack – $79.99

Ninco 50621 Lancia 037 rally car, Wurth

Ninco 50621 Lancia 037 rally car, Wurth – $69.99

Ninco 50622 Lancia Stratos rally car, Pirelli

Ninco 50622 Lancia Stratos rally car, Pirelli – $69.99

Ninco 55081 Camaro GT, "Flame", Ninco1

Ninco 55081 Camaro GT, “Flame”, Ninco1.  $54.99

Ninco 55082 Corvette Z06R GT2, Compuware, Ninco1

Ninco 55082 Corvette Z06R GT2, Compuware, Ninco1 – $54.99

 

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

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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 10th, 2013

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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

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606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

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Newsletter February 15th 2013

February 15, 2013 by  
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New items in stock

Fly 044102 Porsche 934, Danone

Fly 044102 Porsche 934, Danone – $72.99

Fly 051104 BMW M1 Jagermeister

Fly 051104 BMW M1 Jagermeister – $72.99

Fly 055303 Williams FW07, Eliseo Salazar

Fly 055303 Williams FW07, Eliseo Salazar – $81.99

Fly 060102 Kremer CK5 Group C, LeMans 1983

Fly 060102 Kremer CK5 Group C, LeMans 1983 – $78.99

Fly 060301 Kremer CK5 Group C, all black

Fly 060301 Kremer CK5 Group C, all black – $78.99

Fly 709102 Porsche 917LH, LeMans 1971

Fly 709102 Porsche 917LH, LeMans 1971 – $62.99

Kyosho 50101, Aston Martin DBR9, LeMans 2007

Kyosho 50101 Aston Martin DBR9, LeMans 2007 1/43 scale – $49.99

Kyosho 50102, Aston Martin DBR9, Jet Alliance

Kyosho 50102 Aston Martin DBR9, Jet Alliance 1/43 scale – $49.99

Kyosho 60101 McLaren F1 GTR, black #59

Kyosho 60101 McLaren F1 GTR, black #59 1/43 scale – $49.99

Kyosho 60102 McLaren F1 GTR, BMW, 1996

Kyosho 60102 McLaren F1 GTR, BMW, 1996 1/43 scale – $49.99

Kyosho 70101 Corvette C6R, yellow #63

Kyosho 70101 Corvette C6R, yellow #63 1/43 scale – $49.99

Kyosho 70102 Corvette C6R, 2007

Kyosho 70102 Corvette C6R, 2007 1/43 scale – $49.99

Electric Dreams warehouse open on Presidents’ Day

We will be open normal hours on Monday, Feb. 18, for the Holiday (Presidents’ Day).  No USPS mail will ship out as it is a postal holiday, but all UPS shipments will go out 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.

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 September 14th, 2012

September 14, 2012 by  
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New items in stock

Carrera 23771 Ferrari 250 GT "Breadvan" red/black

Carrera 23771 Ferrari 250 GT “Breadvan” red/black, 1/24 scale.  $75.49

Carrera 27399 Ferrari 458 GT2, JMW #66, 2011

Carrera 27399 Ferrari 458 GT2, JMW #66, 2011 – $34.99

Carrera 30606 Ferrari 458 GT2, JMW #66, Digital 132 – $53.39

Carrera 30607 Ferrari 458 GT2, black D132

Carrera 30607 Ferrari 458 GT2, black D132 – $53.39

LeMans Miniatures 132048 Dauer 962 with girl driver

LeMans Miniatures 132048 Dauer 962 with girl driver – $113.99

Scalextric C1297T Supercars race set

Scalextric C1297T Supercars race set – $159.99

Scalextric C3267A Rallycross 2-car set

Scalextric C3267A Rallycross 2-car set – $119.99

Scalextric C3273 McLaren Mp4-12C, green

Scalextric C3273 McLaren Mp4-12C, green – $37.99

Scalextric C3293 Aston Martin DBR9, Young Driver

Scalextric C3293 Aston Martin DBR9, Young Driver – $52.99

Scalextric C3300 Ford Fiesta RS WRC, weathered

Scalextric C3300 Ford Fiesta RS WRC, weathered – $52.99

Scalextric C3301 BMW Mini Rally D'Italia 2011

 

Scalextric C3301 BMW Mini Rally D’Italia 2011 – $52.99

Scalextric C3305 Ford RS200, white #4,1986

Scalextric C3305 Ford RS200, white #4,1986 – $52.99

Slot Classic CJ40 MGB GT orange road car

Slot Classic CJ40 MGB GT orange road car – $279.99

Slot It SICW11 Jaguar XJR12, LeMans winner 1990

Slot It SICW11 Jaguar XJR12, LeMans winner 1990 – $74.99

 

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 November 4th, 2011

November 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2011

Just announced by Ninco

Ninco 50594 Porsche 356, "Testirosa"

Ninco 50594 Porsche 356, “Testirosa”. Preorder now!  $79.99

Ninco 50595 McLaren F1 GTR Italjet

Ninco 50595 McLaren F1 GTR Italjet. Preorder now! – $69.99

Ninco 55044 Mustang FR500 "DHL"

Ninco 55044 Mustang FR500 “DHL”, Ninco 1. Preorder now!  $57.99

And then there’s this, which just turned up on the Ninco Facebook page…

It looks like we’ll be seeing a new classic car from Ninco in the coming year.  We’ll bring you more details as they become available.  Can’t wait to get our hands on one of these and turn it into a proper vintage racing car.

And this coming sometime in the future from MR Slotcar…

Nissan R89C Calsonic (and no doubt many other liveries).  Again, more details as they become available.

New items in stock

Monogram 85-4834 Cobra Daytona Coupe, #59 red

Monogram 85-4834 Cobra Daytona Coupe, #59 red – $49.99

NSR 1075AW Porsche 997 Loctite

NSR 1075AW Porsche 997 Loctite – $95.99

NSR 1078AW Porsche 997 Profilate X

NSR 1078AW Porsche 997 Profilate X – $117.99

NSR 1084AW Corvette C6R GT2 No Prisoners

NSR 1084AW Corvette C6R GT2 No Prisoners – $117.99

NSR 1088SW Ford MkII, silver, LeMans 1966

NSR 1088SW Ford MkII, silver, LeMans 1966 – $117.99

NSR 3023 King Motor Evo3 magnetic effect, 21,400 RPM

NSR 3023 King Motor Evo3 magnetic effect, 21,400 RPM – $23.99

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 October 7th, 2011

October 7, 2011 by  
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Pioneer Camaro shots

These images recently appeared on Pioneer’s Facebook site.

Pioneer Camaro

Pioneer Camaro

Note that the metallic red car is a road car with rally wheels and the SS grille with hidden headlights.  A production model of such a car has not yet been announced, but these images can be taken as a sign that one is in the works.

Just announced by Proto Slot

Proto Slot CB064P Chaparral 1 painted body kit

Proto Slot CB064 Chaparral 1 RTR car, Jim Hall, 1962. Preorder now! – $249.99

Proto Slot CB064P Chaparral 1 painted body kit. Preorder now! – $99.49

New Items in stock

Scalextric C3162A Aston Martin DB5 Casino Royale

Scalextric C3162A Aston Martin DB5 Casino Royale – $69.99

Scalextric C3179 Audi R8 GT3

Scalextric C3179 Audi R8 GT3 – $42.99

TKP27 Maserati Tipo 52, LeMans 1964, body kit

TKP27 Maserati Tipo 52, LeMans 1964, painted body kit – $87.99

MMK SF12A Delahaye 1938 LeMans winner

MMK SF12A Delahaye 1938 LeMans winner, RTR – $295.99

MMK SF12B Delahaye 1938 LeMans winner w/ engine detail

MMK SF12B Delahaye 1938 LeMans winner w/ engine detail, RTR – $342.99.

MMK continues to work its way through the early LeMans winners in its series of handmade resin-cast collectors’ models.

Proto Slot CB062P Aston Martin DBR1, LeMans 58, painted body kit

Proto Slot CB062P Aston Martin DBR1, LeMans 58, painted body kit – $96.99

Proto Slot CB063-1P Ferrari 275GTB4, LeMans 66, painted body kit

Proto Slot CB063-1P Ferrari 275GTB4, LeMans 66, painted body kit – $96.99

Proto Slot GM020-1P Alpine Renault A106 Tour de France, white

Proto Slot GM020-1P Alpine Renault A106 Tour de France, white – $87.99

Proto Slot GM020-2P Alpine Renault A106, Mille Miglia 1956

Proto Slot GM020-2P Alpine Renault A106, Mille Miglia 1956 – $87.99

Scalextric C1248T Total Endurance race set

Scalextric C1248T Total Endurance race set – $179.99

Scalextric C1274T GT Force race set

Scalextric C1274T GT Force race set – $229.99

Just in the door from Carrera

Carrera 23760 Cheetah, blue, Digital 124

Carrera 23760 Cheetah, blue, Digital 124 – $75.49

Carrera 23761 Cheetah, green, Digital 124

Carrera 23761 Cheetah, green, Digital 124 – $75.49

Carrera 23763 Aston Martin DBR9, Jet Alliance, D124

Carrera 23763 Aston Martin DBR9, Jet Alliance, D124 – $75.49

Carrera 23764 Ferrari 250 GTO, blue, D124

Carrera 23764 Ferrari 250 GTO, blue, D124 – $75.49

Carrera 27371 Ferrari 512BB/LM NART

Carrera 27371 Ferrari 512BB/LM NART – $34.99

Carrera 30576 Ferrari 512BB/LM NART, D132 – $53.39

Carrera 27380 McLaren M20, Weisberg

Carrera 27380 McLaren M20, Interserie – $34.99

Carrera 30587 McLaren M20, Interserie, D132 – $53.39

Carrera 30558 Mercedes streamliner, Digital 132

Carrera 30558 Mercedes streamliner, Digital 132 – $49.99

Carrera 30557 Auto Union, Digital 132

Carrera 30557 Auto Union, Digital 132 – $49.99

Carrera 30567 Mercedes-Benz McLaren GT SLR, D132

Carrera 30567 Mercedes-Benz McLaren GT SLR, D132 – $53.39

Carrera 30577 Ferrari 512BB/LM, D132

Carrera 30577 Ferrari 512BB/LM, D132 – $53.39

Carrera 30581 Corvette C6R GT2, D132

Carrera 30581 Corvette C6R GT2, D132 – $53.39

 

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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