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Newsletter May 10th, 2013

May 10, 2013 by  
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New items in stock

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF01 Ferrari F1 RTR car

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF01 Ferrari F1 RTR car – $189.99

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF02 Lotus F1 RTR car

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF02 Lotus F1 RTR car – $189.99

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF03 McLaren F1 RTR car

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF03 McLaren F1 RTR car – $189.99

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF04 Mercedes F1 RTR car

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF04 Mercedes F1 RTR car – $189.99

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF05 Red Bull F1 RTR car

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

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF06 Sauber F1 RTR car

Allslotcar by Ostorero GPF06 Sauber F1 RTR car – $189.99

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

Carrera 23784 Ferrari 250GTO #77, Digital124

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

MMK 49A Costin Maserati 450S coupe with headlight detail

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

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

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

MMK G14 Sauber C5-BMW, LeMans 1977

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

Slot It SICA14C Nissan R390 GT1 #30, LeMans 1998

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

Inexpensive horsepower

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

Carrera McLaren M20 project update

Development and track testing

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

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

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

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

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

 Free shipping

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

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

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

 

Newsletter October 12th, 2012

October 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2012

New Product line: Allslotcar

Ostorero Slot cars has been developing a generic 1/32 scale Formula 1 car that can be painted and decalled in the liveries of any of the F1 teams and drivers.  They have spun off the project into a new brand to be called Allslotcar. 

This is what the Allslotcar kit consists of, an assembled chassis and an all-white injection-molded body kit ready for paint and decals.  There will be decal sheets available separately for all the F1 teams. 

Here is a car completed as the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.

And here’s the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonnen.

And Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren.

All the teams are expected to be represented, and, of course, you can paint up these kits in your own fantasy team liveries also.

The components will be available as spare parts and will be useful for upgrades to other brands of F1 cars as well as scratchbuilding and kitbashing projects.

The kit is expected to be priced in the $75 range, not bad at all for a car with high-end wheels, axles, bushings, and gears.  We will be carrying the complete line.  Everything will be on line for preorder as soon as we get the complete catalog/price list from the manufacturer.

New items in stock

Racer RCR64 Ferrari 250LM, Daytona 24 Hours 1967

Racer RCR64 Ferrari 250LM, Daytona 24 Hours 1967 – $204.99

Racer RCR65 Ferrari 250LM, LeMans 1968

Racer RCR65 Ferrari 250LM, LeMans 1968 – $204.99

Racer SW15 Dallara DP, Doran Racing

Racer SW15 Dallara DP, Doran Racing – $74.99

Racer SW16 Lancia Beta Montecarlo, Nurburgring 1979

Racer SW16 Lancia Beta Montecarlo, Nurburgring 1979 – $77.99

 Scalextric C3258 2009 Camaro, Sunoco

Scalextric C3258 2009 Camaro, Sunoco – $42.99

Scalextric C3279 Audi R8, KK Motorsport

Scalextric C3279 Audi R8, KK Motorsport – $42.99

Scalextric C3285 BMW Mini Rally D'Italia 2011

Scalextric C3285 BMW Mini Rally D’Italia 2011 – $42.99

 Scalextric C3288 Corvette C6R GT2, McDonald's

Scalextric C3288 Corvette C6R GT2, McDonald’s – $52.99

Scalextric C3291 Lola-Aston Martin, Muscle Milk

Scalextric C3291 Lola-Aston Martin, Muscle Milk – $52.99

Scalextric C3317 Dodge Charger R/T w/supercharger

Scalextric C3317 Dodge Charger R/T w/supercharger – $52.99

Scalextric C1293T Start Finish Line race set

 

Scalextric C1293T Start Finish Line race set – $129.99

Scalextric C1295T Rally Stage race set

Scalextric C1295T Rally Stage race set – $199.99

 

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.

 

 

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