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Newsletter August 4th, 2016

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Two of the Fords that ruled the high banks and infield turns of Daytona are available now at new low prices.

 

Scalextric C3231 Ford GT40 MkII, Daytona 1966 (C)

1/32 scale slot car, ready to run on all 1/32 and 1/24 scale non-digital tracks.Model of car driven by Walt Hansgen and Mark Donohue. With working headlights and taillights.

Motor: Mabuchi SP (FC130); 18k rpm; Gear ratio 11:36

Chassis: Rear mounted sidewinder motor; rear 2 wheel drive

Magnet: Rectangular 2.5 mm; downforce 208gm

Overall length: 133 mm

Wheelbase: 76 mm

Axle/Hub width: 54 mm front; 56 mm rear

Tire diameter/width: 21(ext), 14(int) x 8 mm Front; 22(ext), 14(int) x 10 mm Rear

Weights: Car 78 gm; case 156gm

Scale: 1/32

$49.99 $33.95

Save: 32% off

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Scalextric C3325 Ford GT40 P1075, Daytona 1969 (C)

1/32 scale slot car, ready to run on all 1/32 and 1/24 scale non-digital tracks. The most successful GT40 of all, 2-time LeMans winner P1075, as it appeared at Daytona in 1969. With working headlights.

$69.95 $49.95

Save: 29% 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.

A new Porsche 917K is here from NSR.

 

NSR0017SW Porsche 917K #2 Targa Florio 1970 Vic Elford

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Porsche 917K Blue w/White Stripes #2 Targa Florio 1970 Vic Elford – Sidewinder Shark Motor 20,000 RPM & 164g-cm torque – EVO Chassis with adjustable front axle ride height – Lightweight drilled aluminum setscrew wheels front & back – Ultra smooth and quiet all metal gearing – Heat treated axles with self lubricating bushings – Neodymium traction magnet – Clear coat finish over paint and Tampo printing for maximum durability and high gloss.

$88.99

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Two incredible painted figures of the famous fifties era drivers are in stock now.

 

LeMans Miniatures FLM132045M Juan Manuel Fangio 1950

LeMans Miniatures Juan Manuel Fangio 1950. Hand-painted cast resin from France.

$13.99

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LeMans Miniatures FLM132046M Pedro Rodriguez

LeMans Miniatures Pedro Rodriguez. Hand-painted cast resin from France.

$15.99

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The latest issue of Model Car Racing magazine is here with special features on how you can set up race meets and more.

 

MCR89 Model Car Racing magazine September/October 2016

Model cars are designed to be raced and this issue includes feature articles on how to use wireless controllers, how set up a full racing program for two to 20 drivers and how to provide skid areas and hedge barriers for the outside edges of the track. There are full reports on the prototypes’ racing background, specifications and the performance and details of the 1/32 scale models of the 1970 McLaren M7C Formula 1, 1977 Porsche 935/4 LeMans, 1990 E30 BMW BTCC, 1990 Ford Sierra RS500 BTCC, 1994 Ferrari F40 IMSA, 2013 Audi R18 e-tron quattro LeMans and 2015 Corvette C7.R Daytona. There are plans so you can assemble a 2-Lane version of the 2-Lane LeMans Bugatti Circuit on a 5 x 9-foot and on a 10 x 18-foot tabletop using snap-together plastic track. There is also a racetrack plan for an HO scale AFX 4-Lane LeMans Bugatti Circuit on a 4-x8 foot tabletop.

$6.95

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The first-ever 1/32 scale models of the prototype for the 1961 E Type Jaguar, the E2A from Le Mans ’60 are here as a ready-to-race car and as a cast-resin kit:

 

Slot Classic CJ46 Jaguar E2A – Le Mans ‘60

The prototype for 1961 E Type Jaguar, the E2A from Le Mans ’60. Even though the English company originally wanted to use this car as a test car for the subsequent production of the legendary Jaguar E Type, the intervention of the American team of Briggs Cunningham resulted in its participation in Le Mans in 1960. The model is painted to reproduce the version from that race (with the double blue stripes in the nose, which were removed after a crash) considering its nicer looks and historical importance.

Custom-made cast-resin body with etched-metal parts. Fully assembled with metal wheels.

$329.99

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Slot Classic CJ46KPP Jaguar E2A – Le Mans ‘60 PAINTED BODY KIT

Even though the English company originally wanted to use this car as a test car for the subsequent production of the legendary Jaguar E Type, the intervention of the American team of Briggs Cunningham resulted in its participation in Le Mans in 1960. The model is pated to reproduce the proactive version from that race (with the double blue stripes in the nose, which were removed after a crash) considering its nicer looks and historical importance.

Custom-made cast-resin body with etched-metal parts. Painted body, clear windows with complete unassembled chassis with metal wheels.

The photo is the assembled model–the kit may require some detail painting—product is unassembled 1/32 scale kit to operate on most brands of 1/32 or 1/24 scale track.

$269.99

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A new line of premium quality tools is on the way from Professor Motor. You can pre-order your choices now.

 

Professor Motor PMTR1305 Allen Driver 0.050

Professor Motor PMTR1305 Allen Driver 0.050” (1.27mm) Aluminum Handle Allen Wrench for Gear / Wheels / Tires or Similar Setscrews

Features :

Anodized Aluminum Light Weight Machined Handle

Knurled Non-Slip Grip

Free-Spinning End Cap for Ease of Operation

Setscrew Secured Extra Long Replaceable Machined Steel Tip

TiN (Titanium Nitrate) Tip Coating for Wear Resistance

$21.99

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Professor Motor PMTR1309 Allen Driver 1.5mm

Professor Motor 1.5mm (0.059″) Aluminum Handle Allen Wrench for Gear / Wheels / Tires or Similar Setscrews

Features :

Anodized Aluminum Light Weight Machined Handle

Knurled Non-Slip Grip

Free-Spinning End Cap for Ease of Operation

Setscrew Secured Extra Long Replaceable Machined Steel Tip

TiN (Titanium Nitrate) Tip Coating for Wear Resistance

$21.99

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Professor Motor PMTR1308 #0 Phillips Screwdriver Straight Blade

Professor Motor #0 Size Phillips Drive Screwdriver Aluminum Handle – Ideal for Body to Chassis Attaching Screws

Features :

Anodized Aluminum Light Weight Machined Handle

Knurled Non-Slip Grip

Free-Spinning End Cap for Ease of Operation

Setscrew Secured Extra Long Replaceable Machined Steel Tip

TiN (Titanium Nitrate) Tip Coating for Wear Resistance

$20.79

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Professor Motor PMTR1307 Screwdriver 2.5mm

Professor Motor 2.5mm (0.098″) Straight Blade Screwdriver Aluminum Handle

Features :

Anodized Aluminum Light Weight Machined Handle

Knurled Non-Slip Grip

Free-Spinning End Cap for Ease of Operation

Setscrew Secured Extra Long Replaceable Machined Steel Tip

TiN (Titanium Nitrate) Tip Coating for Wear Resistance

$20.79

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Professor Motor PMTR1306 Tool Handle only—no blades

Professor Motor Aluminum Handle for Allen Wrench OR Screwdriver / OTHER Tool

Features : Anodized Aluminum Light Weight Machined “Hollow” Design

Knurled Non-Slip Grip

Free-Spinning End Cap for Ease of Operation

Setscrew Secured Feature for Replaceable Tips

Suitable for ANY Brand Tips with a 3mm (0.118″) Shaft Diameter

$15.79

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Professor Motor PMTR1312 Allen Driver 0.050” Tip Only

Professor Motor 0.050″ (1.27mm) Allen Wrench Replacement Tip for Gears / Wheels / Tires or Similar Setscrews – NSR, JK, Parma & Similar Brands

Features :

Setscrew Secured Extra Long Replaceable Machined Steel Tip

TiN (Titanium Nitrate) Tip Coating for Wear Resistance

$6.99

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Professor Motor PMTR1310 Allen Driver 1.5mm Tip Only

Professor Motor 1.5mm (0.059″) Allen Wrench Replacement Tip for 1/24 Gear / Wheels / Tires or Similar Setscrews

Features :

Setscrew Secured Extra Long Replaceable Machined Steel Tip

TiN (Titanium Nitrate) Tip Coating for Wear Resistance

$6.99

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Professor Motor PMTR1311 #0 Phillips Screwdriver Tip Onl

Professor Motor #0 Phillips Screwdriver Replacement Tip – Ideal for All Chassis to Body Phillips Mounting Screws

Features :

Setscrew Secured Extra Long Replaceable Machined Steel Tip

TiN (Titanium Nitrate) Tip Coating for Wear Resistance

$5.99

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Professor Motor PMTR1313 Straight Blade Screwdriver Tip Only

Professor Motor 2.5mm (0.098″) Straight Blade Screwdriver Replacement Tip – Ideal for All Chassis to Body Straight Blade Mounting Screws

Features :

Setscrew Secured Extra Long Replaceable Machined Steel Tip

TiN (Titanium Nitrate) Tip Coating for Wear Resistance

$5.99

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These two new H&R high-speed motors designed for long wood tracks (but sometimes the choice of the speed-hungry home racer) are in stock now.

 

H&R HRMs1 35,000 RPM 130 Size (short can) motor (Stingray)

H&R Racing STINGRAY Motor – 35,000 RPM – 130 Size Short Can Mabuchi Replacement Type – Double ended Plain 2mm shaft – NOT Compatible with home racing wall pack power supplies.

$11.95

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H&R HRMX1 50,000 RPM FK130 Size (rear motor leads) motor (Crusher)

H&R Racing CRUSHER Motor – 50,000 RPM – Plain 2mm shaft – NOT Compatible with home racing wall pack power supplies.

$11.95

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Pre-order

New Cars Coming Soon

This may be the best set Scalextric has ever offered—Trans-Am action with full race lap timing, counting and control plus wireless controllers. Note that this set is the only source for 1969 Mustang paint scheme and for the number 9 Camaro!

 

Scalextric C1362T American Classics Set ( Trans-Am Camaro & Mustang (ARC ONE App) —PRE-ORDER NOW!

C1362T American Classics Set ( #9 Sunoco Camaro and the 1969 Red/black/white Trans-Am Mustang (ARC ONE App set)

Analogue set with wired controllers.

$199.99

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The “Crocodile” Audi R8 is on the way with three other new Scalextric cars. Be sure to pre-order yours now.

 

Scalextric C3717 Audi R8 GT3 Crocodile Phoenix 12hr Bathurst—PRE-ORDER NOW!

The famous crocodile livery of one of Pheonix Racing’s Audi R8s (the other depicting a kangaroo) proved to be a head turner at the annual Bathurst 12 hour endurance race in 2015 at Mount Panorama. The R8 finished 9th overall, giving the team yet another respectable result with one of the most recognisable liveries on the circuit.

  • Digital Plug Ready
  • Easy Change Pick-Ups
  • High Detail
  • Magnatraction
  • Working Rear Lights
  • Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3697 Ford XB Falcon 1976 “street”—PRE-ORDER NOW!

With modified versions appearing regularly in iconic Hollywood films, the Ford Falcon XB is a remodel of the popular XA Falcon. First hitting the streets in 1976 the XB Falcon had been given a face lift with what was considered to be a “less aggressive” nose and an improved interior to enable better visibility, which had been a down point on the previous XA model.

  • Digital Plug Ready
  • Easy Change Pick-Ups
  • High Detail
  • Magnatraction
  • Working Rear Lights
  • Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3756 McLaren P1 – Green—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Considered the successor to the McLaren F1, the McLaren P1 sold out in November 2013 having only been delivered to retail customers within the UK in October 2013. The Scalextric model captures the McLaren P1 two-door coupe in green, following successful releases in yellow and red.

  • 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 C3781 Ford Sierra RS500 – BTCC, Brands Hatch 1990—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Robb Gravett and his Ford Sierra RS500 was able to win the 1990 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) with his team Trakstar Motorsport. Despite a disappointing start to the season, Robb was able to bounce back and win nine times that year, including this race at Silverstone in 1990. Robb got the fastest lap time and claimed another win for the imposing Ford Sierra RS500.

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: C8546 PCR Underpan Ford Sierra RS500

$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.

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

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Newsletter December 7th, 2012

December 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2012

New items in stock

And we have a ton of ‘em this week…

Carrera 23770 Porsche 997 #97, Digital 124

Carrera 23770 Porsche 997 #97, Digital 124 – $75.49

Carrera 23776 Porsche 917 1970 LeMans winner, Digital 124

Carrera 23776 Porsche 917 1970 LeMans winner, Digital 124 – $75.49

Carrera 23777 Porsche 917 1971 Daytona winner, Digital 124

Carrera 23777 Porsche 917 1971 Daytona winner, Digital 124 – $84.95

Carrera 27397 Dodge Charger 500 #30, 1969

Carrera 27397 Dodge Charger 500 #30, 1969 – $34.99


Carrera 30604 Dodge Charger 500 #30, 1969 Digital 132 – $49.99

Carrera 27398 Plymouth Superbird #8, 1971

Carrera 27398 Plymouth Superbird #8, 1971 – $34.99


Carrera 30605 Plymouth Superbird #8, 1971 Digital 132 – $49.99

Carrera 27415 Alfa GTA silhouette

Carrera 27415 Alfa GTA silhouette – $34.99

 

Carrera 30624 Alfa GTA silhouette Digital 132 – $53.39

Carrera 30619 Audi R18 #1, Spa, 2011 Digital 132

Carrera 30619 Audi R18 #1, Spa, 2011 Digital 132. – $53.39

Carrera 30625 Alfa GTA silhouette D132 - $53.39

Carrera 30625 Alfa GTA silhouette D132 – $53.39

Fly 019101 Porsche 917-10, Interserie, Emerson Fittipaldi

Fly 019101 Porsche 917-10, Interserie, Emerson Fittipaldi – $68.99

Fly 058301 Lotus 78, Hector Rebaque 1978

Fly 058301 Lotus 78, Hector Rebaque 1978 – $77.49

Fly 704102 Porsche 997 BMS Scuderia Italia

Fly 704102 Porsche 997 BMS Scuderia Italia – $60.49

Fly 705101 Lola T70, Watkins Glen 1970

Fly 705101 Lola T70, Watkins Glen 1970 – $58.99

Fly 708101 Ford GT40 MkII, Gurney / Grant, Sebring 1966

Fly 708101 Ford GT40 MkII, Gurney / Grant, Sebring 1966 – $58.99

GMC11 Porsche 907 #67, RTR car

GMC11 Porsche 907 #67, RTR car – $209.99

GMC11/01 Porsche 907 #67, painted body kit

GMC11/01 Porsche 907 #67, painted body kit – $99.99

 

 GMC12 Porsche 907 #66, RTR car

GMC12 Porsche 907 #66, RTR car – $209.99

GMC12/01 Porsche 907 #66, painted body kit

GMC12/01 Porsche 907 #66, painted body kit – $99.99

MCR67 Model Car Racing Magazine, January-February 2013

MCR67 Model Car Racing Magazine, January-February 2013 – $6.95

Slot It SICA01-10 Audi R8C 10th anniversary

Slot It SICA01-10 Audi R8C 10th anniversary – $74.99

MMK F625LM-12 Ferrari 625LM LeMans 1956, #12

 

MMK F625LM-12 Ferrari 625LM LeMans 1956, #12 – $224.99

MMK F625LM-10 Ferrari 625LM LeMans 1956, #10

MMK F625LM-10 Ferrari 625LM LeMans 1956, #10 – $224.99

MMK F625LM-11 Ferrari 625LM LeMans 1956, #11

MMK F625LM-11 Ferrari 625LM LeMans 1956, #11 – $224.99

MMK F625LM-PK Ferrari 625LM LeMans 1956 painted body kit

MMK F625LM-PK Ferrari 625LM LeMans 1956 painted body kit – $124.99.  Includes decals for #10, #11, and #12.

New race sets in stock

 

Just in the St. Nick of time for Christmas gift shopping…

Carrera 23609 Classic Speed race set, Digital 124 -

Carrera 23609 Classic Speed race set, Digital 124 – $639.99

Carrera 23610 Ultimate Race race set, Digital 124

Carrera 23610 Ultimate Race race set, Digital 124 – $639.99

Carrera 30159 Porto Corsa Cup set, Digital 132

Carrera 30159 Porto Corsa Cup set, Digital 132 – $566.69

Carrera 30160 Long Race set, Digital 132

Carrera 30160 Long Race set, Digital 132 – $549.99

Deals of the week

Scalextric C2981A Alan Mann Racing 2-car set

Scalextric C2981A Alan Mann Racing 2-car set – WAS $109.99, NOW $69.95!

 Last remaining stash found!

Scalextric C2426 Cadillac Northstar LMP

Scalextric C2426 Cadillac Northstar LMP.  $49.95

The last time these cars were available the price went as high as $89.95.  We have acquired what is believed to be the lat remaining supply of them in the world.  Get yours for $49.95 while supplies last! 

Christmas ordering information

These are the dates by which you need to order for delivery before Christmas, depending upon the form of shipping being used.

USPS :

First class mail :  Dec 18th.

Priority Mail : Dec 19th.

Express Mail : Dec 20th.

UPS Ground : December 14th up until December 20th – Takes from 1 to 6 business days depending on the distance between your location and Los Angeles.

For information on expedited shipping please call our warehouse at (310)676-7600.

 

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 5th, 2012

October 5, 2012 by  
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Just announced by Racer

Racer SW18 Lancia Beta Montecarlo, Fruit of the Loom

Racer SW18 Lancia Beta Montecarlo, Fruit of the Loom. Preorder now! – $77.99

Coming from Racer in 2013

Sideways Schnitzer BMW Gp5

Sideways Porsche 935 Moby Dick

We can’t quite figure out the appeal of these cars, two of the most ungainly race cars ever constructed, but Carrera’s models of them have been reasonably successful and Racer’s probably will be, too.  Both appeared in prototype form at the Slotlandia show.

Ferrari 250GT “Breadvan”, most likely on the Racer 250GTO chassis.

More info on these cars as it becomes available.

What took Slot It so long?

 McLaren M8D.  Let’s hope this is just the first in a series that will include all the major CanAm cars.

Just announced by Flyslot

Flyslot 053302 Ferrari 250LM, plain red.  We don’t have this up for preorder yet but we will shortly.  You will be able to model any of the red 250LMs at relatively low cost just by using Racer decals on these Flyslot cars.

Coming in 2013 from Flyslot

Ferrari 512BB-LM.  We have no information on this car beyond these CAD images, but if the quality control is good it should be a success.

Updated product images

Racer SW15 Dallara DP, Doran Racing.

Racer SW15 Dallara DP, Doran Racing.

New edition of Model Car Racing now in stock

 MCR66 Model Car Racing Magazine, November/December 2012

MCR66 Model Car Racing Magazine, November/December 2012 – $6.95

Grassroots road racing

Here are some shots of cars seen at a recent International Conference of Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC) race at Pacific Raceways.  The ICSCC is made up of a group of local clubs in the Pacific Northwest.  It attracts the more low-budget racers (although low-budget is a highly relative term) who have been priced out of SCCA racing as well as some SCCA drivers looking for more races to run and vintage racers wanting more track time.  Some of the cars look a bit long in the tooth and frayed around the edges, but the racing is fun for drivers and spectators alike.  And speaking of spectators… admission was free.  For an afternoon of watching road racing in  the sunshine you can’t beat the price.

This is a tube-frame Nissan 240SX that runs both ICSCC and SCCA.

This Mazda RX3 must be 40 years old but it still gets with the program.  It embarrassed several GT1 cars and Porsches.  Check out the muffler.  That’s what it takes to keep all those rotary decibels within today’s noise limits.

If this MGB doesn’t shout “American production sports car racing!” we don’t know what does.  This one was actually taken at an SCCA race at the same track, but it epitomizes grassroots racing to the core.

The Miustang FR500C “Boy Racer” has penetrated to all levels of American road racing.  This actually is an SCCA car that went to the 2012 Runoffs.  You can see from the 3 different class designators that it runs in different classes and racing organizations.  Many cars run two classes in one weekend just by adding or subtracting ballast.

Some people’s grass roots run deeper and greener than others.  This BMW M3 is not a low-dollar car but for those who can afford one like this it delivers a lot of bang for the buck.

And now for something completely different… As nearly as we can tell this is some kind of a tube-frame chassis with a sort-of Mazda RX7 body draped over it and an engine of undetermined origin located to the rear.  Backyard ingenuity lives still.

As we said, low-budget is a highly relative term.

Here you go, Jagermeister fans!  This car runs in a class called Pro 3, as in M3.  It seemed like half the cars in the paddock were some kind of 3-series BMW.  By the way, this car’s owner told us that Jagermeister is not beer, as we had always thought, but a liqueur that tastes like liquid licorice.  Or, as he put it, it tastes like crap.  Must be an acquired taste, but you have to love their livery.

This venerable Formula Atlantic car was way faster than anything else in its 6-car race group, and it sounded nice going up the front straightaway.  Before its race we saw and heard the owner pounding away at length with a hammer on something in the vicinity of the exhaust.  When you don’t have a rolling machine shop for a hauler you make do with whatever you have in the toolbox.

Not all the interesting cars were  on the track.  Check out this Volvo wagon.

Another numerous make was Mazda, mostly RX7s and Miatas, including one RX7 powered by a Corvette V8 engine.

How about a VW Corrado?  We wouldn’t mind having one that looks like this, minus all the graphics, to drive on the street.

Another car you don’t see on a race track very often, a Nissan Sentra.   Interestingly, this rather battered-looking car arrived in a transporter you’d expect to see hauling a 5 million-dollar vintage Ferrari.  We wonder what else the owner has in his car collection.

And finally…

A Morris Minor that has to be over 50 years old but is still out there logging laps and looking good doing it.  We love the Minilite-style wheels on this car.

 

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 April 6th, 2012

New items in stock

Fly 005105 Porsche 917 Martini #22, Spa 1971

Fly 005105 Porsche 917 Martini #22, Spa 1971 – $58.99

Fly 707101 Ferrari 512S Coda Lunga, #6, 1970

Fly 707101 Ferrari 512S Coda Lunga, #6, 1970 – $58.99

MCR63 Model Car Racing Magazine, May/June 2012

MCR63 Model Car Racing Magazine, May/June 2012 – $6.95

Scalextric C3169A Mercedes SLR/Bugatti Veyron

Scalextric C3169A Mercedes SLR/Bugatti Veyron – $119.99

Scalextric C3205 Jaguar D-type, 1957 LeMans winner

Scalextric C3205 Jaguar D-type, 1957 LeMans winner – $49.99

Scalextric C3213 Classic Mini police car

Scalextric C3213 Classic Mini police car – $49.99

Scalextric C3214 Holden L34 Torana

Scalextric C3214 Holden L34 Torana – $49.99

Scalextric C3286 Audi R8, Porta

Scalextric C3286 Audi R8, Porta – $52.99

Paint test

We recently received a sample of a paint line we are considering adding to our on-line catalog. The paints are water-based acrylics, so they can be shipped with no problems.  We started looking around for something to test them on and discovered two used Fly Lola T70s one of our people had bought on eBay.  The two bodies both had multiple coats of paint on them that had to be at least a scale inch thick, so the first task was to strip the bodies back down to bare plastic, or as close to it as possible.  Paint stripping has been covered many times on various slot car web sites, but as long as we were going to do it anyway we decided to put it in the newsletter for the benefit of our readers who may not have seen it elsewhere.

We went to the local home improvement bigbox and bought a can of denatured alcohol, which can be found in the paint department.  Then we went to Wal Mart and looked through the housewares department for a Tupperware-type container just big enough to hold a slot car body.  The container has a tight-fitting lid, which keeps alcohol fumes contained.  It cost about $2.00.  We placed the body in the container, poured in enough alcohol to cover it, and snapped the lid in place.  After 24 hours the paint was ready to peel off the body.  It all came off quite easily except for parts of the initial primer coat, which didn’t seem to be as strongly affected by the alcohol.  Another overnight soaking seemed not to make much difference so we washed the body off and wet-sanded away the rest of the primer with 400-grit sandpaper.  We repeated the procedure with the other body and the result is as seen below, two bodies ready for repainting.

The alcohol can be reused after filtering it through a piece of cloth placed in the funnel to remove any paint flakes when it is poured back into the can .  The alcohol is somewhat discolored by dissolved paint, but is still perfectly usable for more paint stripping.  It takes off the paint and does not harm either the body itself or the container.

Next- the repaint itself, coming soon.

 

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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