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Newsletter July 21st, 2016

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British delights, a classic MGB and D-type Jaguar from Scalextric. We purchased a few especially for this sale so order yours while the supply lasts.

 

Scalextric C3143 MGB, red (C)

1964 Monte Carlo Rally GT class winner. One of the most famous classic British sports cars captured in 1/32 scale. With working headlights and taillights.

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 $39.95

Save: 20% off

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Scalextric C3486 Jaguar D-type, Dundrod 1955

Race – Dundrod 1955

Drivers – Mike Hawthorn, Desmond Titterington

Special Features:

Easy Change Pick-ups

Magnatraction

Working Headlights

Working Rear Lights

Xenon Effect Headlights

High Detail

$54.99 $39.95

Save: 27% 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 Fly Brabham BT44 cars are finally here. We shipped all of the cars that were pre-ordered but there are still a few left in stock so you can order yours now.

 

Fly (Slotwings) 062102 Brabham BT44, Brazil GP 1975 “Martini” #8 Carlos Pace

Fly (Slotwings) 062102 Brabham BT44, Brazil GP 1975 “Martini” #8 Carlos Pace.

$69.99

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Fly (Slotwings) 062103 Brabham BT44, USA GP 1974 John Watson

Fly (Slotwings) 062103 Brabham BT44, USA GP 1974 John Watson.

$69.99

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The Lola T70 is back from the Slotwings division of Flyslot. There are a limited number of them but you can order them while that supply lasts.

 

Fly W004-01 Lola T70, Tourist Trophy 1968, drivers Denny Hulme

Fly (Slotwings) W004-01 Lola T70, Tourist Trophy 1968, drivers Denny Hulme.

$59.99

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New Cars Coming Soon

 

The first of the Policar series of March Formula 1 cars from 1970 will be this brilliant red STP car that Chris Amon drove to finish seventh in the 1970 F1 Championship. The cars are due by Christmas so pre-order yours now.

 

PCAR04A March 701 ‘STP’ no. 10, 1970 Belgian GP driver Chris Amon—PRE-ORDER NOW!

The Policar March 701 has the same double gear-reduction, motor and weight as the Policar Lotus 72 so the two cars should very similar speed and handling.

$64.99

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Two “Stealth” Dodge Hemi Chargers in matte grey and matte black are coming soon from Pioneer and there will be very few so pre-order yours now.

 

Pioneer P091 Stealth Charger Stage 2 Black—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Pioneer P091 Stealth Charger Stage 2 Black

Sidewinder chassis with 21K Typhoon motor

Detailed interior with “Crazy Lee” drive

Scalextric Digital DPR ready

Pure power wiring loom

$79.99

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Pioneer P092 Stealth Charger Stage 2 Grey—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Pioneer P092 Stealth Charger Stage 2 Grey

Sidewinder chassis with 21K Typhoon motor

Detailed interior with “Serious Sam” driver

Scalextric Digital DPR ready

Pure power wiring loom

$79.99

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Two of the very-quick NSR cars are on their way so it is time to pre-order yours.

 

NSR0017SW Porsche 917K #2 Targa Florio 1970 Vic Elford—PRE-ORDER NOW!

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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NSR0018SW Ford GT40 Mark IV #1 Rothman’s “Tribute” Livery Limited Edition—PRE-ORDER NOW!

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Ford GT40 Mark IV #1 Rothman’s Livery Limited Edition – 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 durability.

$88.99

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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 September 12th, 2014

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As summer begins it’s wind down, we are ramping it up with some super cool new arrivals and some new cars available for pre-order.

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

Want to see what’s new? Just 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.

 

Slot It SICA26C McLaren M8D Vic Elford #2 Can-Am Laguna Seca 1971

McLaren M8D #2 Can-Am Laguna Seca 1971

DRIVER : Vic Elford

$69.99

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Pioneer P011 67 Camaro, Gary Gove, Sebring 67

Limited edition of 640 cars worldwide. Model of the Alan Green Chevrolet car from Seattle, campaigned in early TransAm races by Gary Gove, who later won an under-2-liter CanAm championship during that series’s single-seat era The Camaro is still active in historic TransAm racing.

$79.99

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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.

 

Fly 042301 Ferrari GTO Road Car —PRE-ORDER NOW!

Fly 042301 Ferrari GTO Road Car

$79.99

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Fly 058107 Lotus 78, British GP 1978 Ronnie Peterson—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Fly 058107 Lotus 78, British GP 1978 Ronnie Peterson

$69.99

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Fly W40103 Williams FW08, Monaco GP 1983 Keke Rosberg—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Fly W40103 Williams FW08, Monaco GP 1983 Keke Rosberg

$69.99

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Fly 062101 Brabham BT44, German GP 1975 Carlos Reutemann—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Fly 062101 Brabham BT44, German GP 1975 Carlos Reutemann

$85.99

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MSC7401 Peugeot 205 T16 #205 Grand Raid 1987 1/24 SCALE—PRE-ORDER NOW!

MSC7401 Peugeot 205 T16 #205 Grand Raid 1987 1/24 SCALE

4WD replica of the off-road racer.

$214.99

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MSC7403 Peugeot 405 Grand Raid Dakar #203/204 1/24 SCALE—PRE-ORDER NOW!

MSC7403 Peugeot 405 Grand Raid Dakar #203/204 1/24 SCALE—PRE-ORDER NOW! 4WD replica of the off-road racer.

$214.99

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Scale Auto SC7057 ‘Presentation’ SRT Viper GTS-R 1/24 scale—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Scale Auto SC7057 ‘Presentation’ SRT Viper GTS-R 1/24 scale—PRE-ORDER NOW!

$169.99

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Scale Auto SC6049 BMW M1 Group 5 ‘BASF’ #50—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Scale Auto SC6049 BMW M1 Group 5 ‘BASF’ #50 – PRE-ORDER NOW!

$74.99

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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 January 17th, 2014

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New items in stock

Fly 005106 Porsche 917K Gulf #91, Watkins Glen CanAm 1971

Fly 005106 Porsche 917K Gulf #91, Watkins Glen CanAm 1971 – $57.99

Fly 055106 Williams FW07, Carlos Reutemann, USGP 1980

Fly 055106 Williams FW07, Carlos Reutemann, USGP 1980 – $59.95

Fly 704103 Porsche 997 Flying Lizard, LeMans 2010

Fly 704103 Porsche 997 Flying Lizard, LeMans 2010 – $49.99

Fly 704103C Porsche 997 Flying Lizard, LeMans 2010, with sound – $59.99

Fly W50101 Ferrari 512BB, Daytona 6hr 1982

Fly W50101 Ferrari 512BB, Daytona 6hr 1982 – $57.99

Fly W50102 Ferrari 512BB, #71, Pioneer

Fly W50102 Ferrari 512BB, #71, Pioneer – $57.99

GMC Nomad MkII LeMans 1969

GMC Nomad MkII LeMans 1969, RTR car – $209.99

GMC Nomad MkII LeMans 1969, painted body kit – $114.99

 Pioneer P014 67 Camaro, blue

Pioneer P014 67 Camaro, blue – $64.99

Pioneer P042 Stealth Camaro 427SS

Pioneer P042 Stealth Camaro 427SS, limited edition of 427 worldwide- $69.99

PSK 018-23 Hussein Dodge, Mecom Racing #23, Riverside 1964

PSK 018-23 Hussein Dodge, Mecom Racing #23, Riverside 1964 – $255.99.  We now have the Hussein RTR car in both #23 and #1. 

Scalextric C3264 Lamborghini Aventador road car, blue

Scalextric C3264 Lamborghini Aventador road car, blue – $37.99

Scalextric C3364 Lotus-Renault 2013, Kimi Raikkonen

Scalextric C3364 Lotus-Renault 2013, Kimi Raikkonen – $54.99

Scalextric C3372A Stig Blomqvist Rally Legend 3-car set

Scalextric C3372A Stig Blomqvist Rally Legend 3-car set – $159.99

Scalextric C3380 Maserati Trofeo

Scalextric C3380 Maserati Trofeo – $44.99

Scalextric C3388 Maserati Trofeo #99

 

Scalextric C3388 Maserati Trofeo #99 – $54.99

Scalextric C3401 BMW Mini Countryman Rally Sweden 2012

Scalextric C3401 BMW Mini Countryman Rally Sweden 2012 – $54.99

Scalextric C3408 MG Metro 6R4 Lombard Rally 1986

Scalextric C3408 MG Metro 6R4 Lombard Rally 1986 – $54.99

Scalextric C3410 Audi Sport Quattro 1985

Scalextric C3410 Audi Sport Quattro 1985 – $54.99

Scalextric C3423 Dodge Daytona, Bobby Isaac, NASCAR 1970

Scalextric C3423 Dodge Daytona, Bobby Isaac, NASCAR 1970 – $54.99

Scalextric C3429 Eagle F1, 1967, Dan Gurney, Nurburgring 1967

Scalextric C3429 Eagle F1, 1967, Dan Gurney, Nurburgring 1967 – $79.95

Scalextric C3430 1969 Camaro, Jerry Petersen

Scalextric C3430 1969 Camaro, Jerry Petersen – $54.99

Scalextric C3440 Ford Escort, Monte Carlo Rallye 1970

Scalextric C3440 Ford Escort, Monte Carlo Rallye 1970 – $54.99

Scalextric C3444 Dodge Challenger, all white

Scalextric C3444 Dodge Challenger, all white – $44.99

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 29th, 2013

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New (old) manufacturer announces first release

Policar R01A Ferrari 312PB, Monza 1972

Policar R01A Ferrari 312PB, Monza 1972. Preorder now! – $59.99

The old Policar name is being revived with this car, which looks to us very much like the Slot It Ferrari 312PB under a new name and offered as an RTR instead of a kit.  Time will tell, but we suspect Slot It is farming out some of its older tooling to produce cars at a lower price point.  The info provided to us says the cars will have Slot It running gear and be made to Slot It standards.  So, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

Coming soon from Carrera

First actual product photos released, so it can’t be long…

Carrera 27447 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, Young driver

Carrera 27447 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, "Young Driver". Preorder now!  $36.69

1/32 scale TransAm cars race at LeMay Museum

The LeMay America’s Car Museum scored a solid success with its firs organized slot car racing event, the ACM Miniature TransAm Challenge, on October 19 and 20.  A field of 28 Scalextric and Pioneer 1/32 scale TransAm cars competed in two classes with close, hard-fought battles in both classes.  Two 4-lane Scalextric Sport tracks, nearly equal in length but different in design, challenged the entrants with racing on two different track configurations as they rotated across the tracks’ 8 lanes.  With only limited practice drivers had to adapt quickly to track designs they had never seen before arriving at the event.

All the competitors came from the greater Puget Sound area except for one mail-in entrant, Arrold Martin of Nashville, Tennessee, who sent a Scalextric Mustang for each class and saw his efforts rewarded with a solid third place out of ten entries in the Modified class. 

Close racing was the order of the day with five positions being decided by less than one lap after 40 minutes of racing in each class.The Modified class saw Jim Berg of Duvall, WA pull out a fairly comfortable 10-lap margin of victory over Brett Harrison of Everett, WA with mail-in racer Martin’s car taking third less than a lap behind Harrison.  In Stock the margin of victory was just over one lap with Ray Bishop edging out Craig Rieland for the win with the day’s biggest winner, Jim Berg, taking third,  Less than 3 laps covered the top 3 finishers.

Scalextric cars outnumbered Pioneer Mustangs 23 to 4.  All the Scalextrics were 69 Camaros or 69/70 Mustangs except for one Dodge Challenger and one 70 Camaro.  A number of unique liveries turned up among the factory pint schemes, making for a colorful field and not too many look-alike cars, though we noted that George Follmer was entered 3 times and Bill Maier twice.  Here are some of the custom-painted entries.

Bob Novack, Scalextric Mustang,  Stock class

Bob Novack, Scalextric 69 Camaro, Modified class

Craig Rieland, Scalextric Mustang, Modified class

Craig Rieland, Scalextric 69 Camaro, Stock class

Gerry Brott, Scalextric Dodge Challenger, Stock and Modified.  This was the only car in the race that was not a Mustang or a Camaro.

Roger Fossum, Pioneer Mustang, Stock class

Pat Clifton, Pioneer Mustang, Stock class

Brett Harrison, Scalextric 69 Camaro, Modified class

And what race would be complete without a car in primer?  This Scalextric Mustang was entered in the Modified class by Dallas Dixon.

The event received solid support from several sponsors who supplied prizes, essential equipment, and valuable assistance in organizing and conducting the racing.

Pioneer Models sent cars, including its last two unsold Bullitt Dodge Chargers in North America.  The Bullitt Chargers have become significant collectibles.

Hornby America sent several of its latest Scalextric cars including the two newest 1970 Camaros.

Innovative Hobby Supply provided an attractive selection of its decals, sign kits, chrome trim kits, and wheel inserts.

Griot’s Garage, a manufacturer and retailer of high-quality car care products and the museum’s official car care products provider, sent bottles of its wheel cleaner and Speed Shine.

Electric Dreams paid out cash prizes for top-3 finishes by cars carrying its decals.  The Electric Dream Team also put in many hours of time and effort in the organizing of the event.

 

Fantasy World’s Bonus Bucks, good for merchandise at its Lakewood, WA store, went to the top 8 finishers in each class.

Professor Motor  provided two essential elements of the event, the controllers used with the two Scalextric Sport tracks and the Maxxtrac M06X handout spec tires used by all the cars.

Two Scalextric Sport 4-lane tracks made up the layout for the race.  They functioned as one 8-lane layout, managed by a DS timing and scoring system.  Race director Alan Smith provided one of the tracks.  The other came from Lighthouse Christian Center, a church in Puyallup, WA that uses its track for various church events.

The museum rented folding office tables to make up the platform on which the tracks were set up.  The original design of the 2-track layout, done on track design software, took into account the various sizes of tables available, enabling the table arrangement to be planned as an integral part of the layout design. Both the track layout and the table arrangement were designed entirely on a computer.   The layout had never actually been built before the setup day for the event

 

Here you can see how the table arrangement was laid out to fit the track plan and provide turn marshal access.

The finished layout fit the tables with only very minor adjustments and worked well for racing.  The only significant problem turned out to be the concrete pillar, at the left of the photo above, that interfered more than expected with the sight lines of two of the drivers’ positions.  Those two driving positions had to be moved to the opposite corner of the layout using extender cables for the controller cords.  The two tracks, though different in configuration, were within 6 inches of being the same length.  With two different track designs and one track running clockwise and the other counterclockwise the drivers had to learn quickly in the limited amount of practice time available.

The tracks were laid out so that the start/finish lines were adjacent to each other about 2/3 of the way down the longest straightaway,  A line of borders in the middle provided space for the ends of the light bridges and also kept the cars on the two innermost lanes from sideswiping each other entering the side-by-side straights.

The museum’s guest services manager, Jeff Keys, expressed great satisfaction with the event, which was understood by all involved in its creation to be something of an experiment and learning experience.  Its success clears the way for more slot car racing at ACM.  There are plans for two events in 2014, one in April and the other in October.  The details of the April event will be announced as soon as the organizers analyze the lessons learned and incorporate them into the planning.  The eventual goal is to hold slot car races of national and world stature in keeping with ACM’s own stature as one of the premiere automobile museums in the US.  The events will have two central purposes.  One is simply to be a lot of fun for participants and for the museum visitors who will watch some part of the racing as they circulate through the area of the tracks on event days.  The other is to re-create in miniature specific race series and eras from the rich history of motorsports, celebrating automotive competition in all its many forms.   This first event has made a good start toward achieving those purposes.

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 30th, 2013

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New items in stock

Scale Auto SC6015 HSV010 Super GT, #8 Autobacs

Scale Auto SC6015 HSV010 Super GT, #8 Autobacs – $74.99

Scale Auto SC6018 BMW Z4 GT3 #17, Liqui-Moly

Scale Auto SC6018 BMW Z4 GT3 #17, Liqui-Moly – $74.99

Scale Auto SC7034 BMW Z4 GT3, #17 Team Engster, 1/24 scale

Scale Auto SC7041 Porsche 911 RSR, #18, 24H Nurburgring 2011, 1/24 scale – $165.99

Scale Auto SC7045 Audi R8 LMS, Phoenix Racing, 1/24 scale

Scale Auto SC7045 Audi R8 LMS, Phoenix Racing, 1/24 scale – $165.99

Just announced by Pioneer

Pioneer P013 67 Camaro, orange. Preorder now!

 

Pioneer P013 67 Camaro, orange. Preorder now!  Price TBA.

Pioneer P014 67 Camaro, blue. Preorder now!

Pioneer P014 67 Camaro, blue. Preorder now! Price TBA

These photos are of prototype cars. 

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 June 28th 2013

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An easy project with a big payoff

Ever since Monogram introduced its vintage NASCAR stock cars we have fielded questions from customers about how to overcome the shortcomings of the cars’ less-than-stellar chassis design.  Along with our responses we have often added the suggestion that the definitive fix for all the problems was simply to deep-six the entire Monogram running chassis and mount the body on a complete Pioneer chassis.   When this rather secondhand-looking Monogram Plymouth GTX made its way into our workshop we decided to do the chassis swap for this newsletter. We always thought in terms of using a stretched Mustang chassis, which requires some fabrication.  However, we discovered that Pioneer offers a much simpler and more elegant solution.  We also had a complete Pioneer Dodge Charger running chassis lying around.   When we test fitted it to the Monogram Plymouth body we discovered that all we had to do to make the body and the chassis a perfect fit for each other was to trim 3/32″ off the front edge of the chassis, cut off the Monogram body posts right at the inner surface of the body, and relocate them to match the mounting points on the chassis.  That was as simple as screwing the posts to the chassis, putting a drop of medium CA clue on the end of each, and setting the chassis into the body.  We put a rubber band around the car to hold body and chassis tightly together until the glue set.  Cutting and re-gluing the posts made them slightly shorter, and the body sat at just the right height on the chassis to give the car a perfect stance with no clearance problems anywhere.  We then swapped the Monogram wheels onto the new chassis, which required a slight shortening of the front axle for tire / fender clearance.  Here’s the final result…

Except for needing a bit of extra length at the rear you would think the chassis was made for the body.  In a way, it was, because the Plymouth GTX and the Dodge Charger were essentially the same car under the skin, and both Monogram and Pioneer modeled their cars’ dimensions more or less accurately.  Eagle-eyed readers may notice that the rear tires are Maxxtrac M10 silicone slicks, which came on the used GTX and add extra grip on our Scalextric Sport test track.  In addition to giving the car a more capable chassis this swap also makes it Scalextric digital plug-ready.

We are aware that the Monogram press-on plastic wheels leave a bit to be desired in the trueness and concentricity department, but we find that for home racing with magnets they work well enough.  Non-magnet racers may want to convert to the aftermarket wheels of their choice and turn down the Monogram wheels to serve as inserts.

This whole project took less than an hour and required only simple modeling tools to complete.  It is well within the skills of even beginners in the slot car hobby

If you have comments or questions about this article please send them to support@electricdreams.com.

Coming soon from Pioneer

Pioneer P018 67 Camaro, Penske Racing, Sebring 68

Pioneer P018 67 Camaro, Penske Racing, Sebring 68.  We received this photo of an actual production model of this car, which indicates that its release is not far off.  No price yet, but we will let our readers know as soon as possible.

Major slot car event coming in October

America’s Car Museum Presents the
ACM Miniature TransAm Challenge, October 18-19, 2013
A race event for 1/32 scale slot car racing models of classic TransAm cars, 1966-1972

America’s Car Museum, also known as the LeMay Museum, announced today that it will hold a race for 1/32 scale classic TransAm slot cars on October 18-19, 2013.  This will be the first in what is intended to become a series of slot car racing events that will cover a wide variety of slot cars modeling all the famous types and eras of life-sized automobile racing.  Jeffery Keys, ACM’s Guest Services Manager, says, “We’re excited about having slot car racing events here at the museum.  They represent a unique opportunity to recreate auto racing history in miniature and to pay homage to great cars and drivers past and present while providing a lot of fun for participants and spectators alike.”

The October event, to be called the ACM Miniature TransAm Challenge, will be run on two Scalextric Sport 4-lane slot car tracks to be set up for the event in an area adjacent to the museum’s Fun Zone, where its highly detailed Slotmods slot car track and its racing simulators are located.  The tracks will be controlled as one 8-lane track by an electronic timing and scoring system and each driver and car will race on each of the 8 lanes of the two tracks.

There will be two racing classes, Stock and Modified, providing two levels of challenge for slot car racers of all skill and experience levels.  The rules have been carefully crafted to offer plenty of scope for creativity and ingenuity while keeping the cost of competing well within the reach of all who are interested in entering.

Both in-person and mail-in entries will be accepted.  A local slot racing club has agreed to manage all the proxy entries from their arrival through the event until their return to their owners.

The Race Director for the event will be the well-known slot car racing competitor and businessman Alan Smith.  He is widely recognized as one of the top slot car race directors in the US.

Entry fee for the event will be $10 per car.  All entrants will be limited to one car in each class.  All in-person entrants will receive a pass good for admission to the museum for the entire weekend, allowing them to come back on Sunday, October 20, and spend the day exploring the museum’s 4 floors of historic car exhibits.

America’s Car Museum, located in Tacoma Washington, has been open just over one year and is already recognized as one of the premier automobile museums in America and the world. Its exhibits of carefully preserved and restored cars cover the panorama of automobile history from the first horseless carriages to today’s exotic supercars. For more information on ACM, visit the museum’s web site at http://www.lemaymuseum.org.
 
Additional Event Details
Tracks: 2 Scalextric Sport tracks, 4 lanes each, all controlled by one DS timing and scoring system and operating as one 8-lane track. 
Track power: Aftermarket power supplies, 15v. (no shortage of amperage)
Controllers: Basic Professor Motor home/club racing controllers (no adjustments) will be installed on each lane and must be used by all competitors. Our thanks to Professor Motor for providing these controllers.
Classes:
Group 1 – Box-stock Trans Am
Eligible cars: 1/32 scale Scalextric 1969 Camaro, 1969/70 Mustang, 1970 Camaro; Pioneer 1967/68 Mustang notchback and Camaro. Scalextric Dodge Challenger and Mercury Cougar will also be eligible if they are available for sale to the public before September 15, 2013.
Spec rear tire: Maxxtrac X-compound. All cars must use the spec tire. A pair of these tires will be provided free of charge (courtesy of Professor Motor) to each entrant and will be installed on the car at initial tech inspection.
Allowable modifications:
Magnetic downforce: Cars will be weighed on a digital scale then placed on a Magnet Marshal. The difference between the scale reading and the Magnet Marshal reading may not exceed 220 grams.
Magnet may be shimmed to adjust magnetic downforce to a maximum of 220 grams. Magnet must be placed in the stock location immediately forward of the motor.
Body screws may be loosened for body float.
Braid may be replaced with braid of the same size but alternate material. (In other words, copper braid can be used on all cars.)
Cars may be repainted for easier identification and entrants are encouraged to do so to avoid having a field of look-alike cars. Repaints do not have to be painted as specific real cars but liveries should look period-appropriate. A car painted in a single overall color with racing numbers is all that is required to be period-appropriate.
NO OTHER MODIFICATIONS ARE ALLOWED!
 
Group 2 – Modified TransAm
Eligible cars: All Group 1 cars. In addition, 1/32 scale cars with period and series-correct injection molded or resin-cast bodies of cars raced in the TransAm series between 1966 and 1972 will be allowed. All cars must use the chassis of one of the Group-1-legal cars. The chassis may be lengthened or shortened to fit the body by making a single transverse cut and either adding or removing material. Chassis may also be lengthened by splicing together front and rear sections of two of an eligible chassis. See list of eligible bodies.  Front and rear wheel openings must be properly centered on the wheels.
Chassis, motor, and running gear: 
All stock components from any of the Group 1-eligible cars may be freely substituted for each other. This means, for example, that a car can use a Pioneer chassis, a Scalextric motor, and a mix of Pioneer and Scalextric wheels, axles, and gears.
Spec rear tire: Maxxtrac X-compound. Cars must use the spec tire. This will be the same tire as for Group 1. A pair of these tires will be provided free of charge to each entrant and will be installed on the car at initial tech inspection.
Magnetic downforce specifications are the same as for Group 1 as described above.  Magnet must be placed on the upper surface of the chassis forward of the motor. Only one magnet may be used.
Any guide, braid, and lead wire may be used. Guide adapters, such as B-nova may be used.
Maximum track (distance between outer edges of wheels/tires) Front- 55mm, rear- 59mm.
Wheels/tires may be spaced outward to the above limits or to the maximum width allowed by the body, whichever is less.
Body screws may be loosened for body float.
Chassis perimeter may be trimmed but not extended (except by altering wheelbase as described above) to fit the body being used and/or to allow free body float.
NO OTHER COMPONENTS OR MODIFICATIONS ARE ALLOWED!
Body:
Any eligible body may be used on any eligible chassis. The stock body mounting points on the chassis must be used. The body’s mounting posts may be moved to fit. 
Body screws may be loosened for body float. Bodies from cars that incorporate parts of the body into the chassis may have those parts cut from the chassis and attached to the body. Body parts may be cut from a chassis to allow fitting of an alternate body.
Body must cover wheels and tires completely when viewed from the top, including axle float.
Fenders and wheel openings may not be modified. Body can be raised on chassis but not lowered beyond a period-correct height. Any car deemed by the organizers to have its body sitting lower over the chassis than would have been seen on a TA car in the day will be required to add spacers to raise it to a period-correct height.
Full-depth interiors may be cut down into a tray interior or may be replaced by an injection-molded or resin-cast tray interior. Vacuum-formed interiors are not allowed.  All interiors must retain a roll bar/roll cage and an injection-molded or resin-cast racing driver figure with at least head, shoulders, arms, hands, and steering wheel.
Body must have windshield and rear window and any other period-correct windows in place. Vacuum-formed windows may be used only on resin-cast bodies.
Eligible body list: In addition to the bodies of all the Group 1 cars the following bodies will be allowed in Group 2.
Carrera
66 Mustang convertible (if converted to notchback hardtop)
Carrera
69 Camaro
Carrera
70 Hemi Cuda
Monogram/Revell
66 Barracuda ( also Aurora)
Monogram/Revell
69 Camaro snap kit
Monogram/Revell
70 Mustang snap kit
Monogram/Revell
71 Firebird
Revell
67 Camaro
Revell
67 Cougar
Revell
68 Barracuda
Revell
68 Firebird
Revell
68 Javelin (AMX is NOT allowed)
RMS Resins
63 Falcon
RMS Resins
66 Barracuda
RMS Resins
66 Mustang
RMS Resins
67 Cougar
RMS Resins
68 Barracuda
RMS Resins
68 Firebird
RMS Resins
68 Javelin
RMS Resins
70 Barracuda
RMS Resins
70 Camaro
RMS Resins
70 Challenger
RMS Resins
70 Firebird
SCX
70 Barracuda
Bodies not on this list may be submitted for possible inclusion.
 
Event schedule October 18-19, 2013
Friday 5pm-9pm          Registration, tech inspection, and open practice for all entrants
Saturday 9am-11am    Registration, tech inspection, and open practice for all entrants
Saturday 11am             All cars placed in impound. Final inspection of cars from 11am to noon
Saturday noon-4:30pm   Race
Saturday 4:30pm-5:00pm (or immediately upon conclusion of the race)   Podium ceremony and prize awards
Prizes and awards:
There will be trophies (configuration not yet determined) for the top 3 finishers in each class. There will be additional prizes and awards TBA.
All entrants will receive an ACM cap and an ACM lanyard for their museum pass. 
Entry fee: $10 per car. 
Additional:
  1.  The museum’s Slotmods track will not be used for racing, but it will be available during Friday evening open practice as a photo backdrop for entrants wishing to photograph their cars on it.
  2. All entrants will receive a pass good for admission to the museum for the entire weekend, including Sunday, so they will have the entire day on Sunday to explore and enjoy the museum.
  3. It is the intention of the race organizers to have the racing concluded by the museum’s closing time at 5pm on Saturday, but if necessary the race will run past that time so it can be completed on Saturday.
  4. Each entrant will be limited to one car in each class. In case of a very high number of entries, the number of entries accepted for each of the two classes may be limited. All entries will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  5. Because of time constraints there will be no qualifying. In each of the two class races, each entry will rotate across all 8 racing lanes. Starting lanes will be assigned by a random procedure, though race officials may place lookalike cars into the rotation to avoid having more than one on the track at a time as much as possible.  Lane rotation scheme TBA.
  6. Mail-in (proxy) entries will be accepted for this event. Racing of the mail-in entries will be managed by a local club that will receive cars, provide drivers, and return the cars to their owners. All mail-in cars will be inspected and track- tested before the race to ensure that they have arrived in good condition. The mailing address is TBA. Cars must be received no later than October 12, 2013.
  7. All entrants in the modified class will be required to fill out a spec sheet listing the components used in building their cars. This information will be published on the Internet, at an official location to be determined, where it will be available to the general public. The form will be provided on line so mail-in entrants can submit their completed spec sheets with their cars and on-site entrants can fill it out in advance.
  8. The two Scalextric Sport tracks for this event will be provided by 132 Slotcar (www.132slotcar.us) and by Lighthouse Christian Center of Puyallup, WA. Our thanks go to these two organizations for their participation in this event.

To contact the event organizers e-mail to slotcarevent@lemaymuseum.org.

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

 

Free shipping

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

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

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

 

Newsletter May 24th, 2013

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New Items In Stock

GMC14 Sauber C5, LeMans 1977, RTR car

GMC14 Sauber C5, LeMans 1977, RTR car – $189.99

GMC14/1 Sauber C5, LeMans 1977, painted body kit

GMC14/1 Sauber C5, LeMans 1977, painted body kit – $79.99

Coming soon from Pioneer Models

Pioneer P042 Stealth Camaro 427SS, limited edition of 427 worldwide

Pioneer P042 Stealth Camaro 427SS, limited edition of 427 worldwide. Preorder now!

And following rapidly after that…

Pioneer P011 67 Camaro, Gary Gove, Sebring 67.

Pioneer P011 67 Camaro, Gary Gove, Sebring 67. Preorder now!

Pioneer P018 67 Camaro, Penske Racing, Sebring 68

Pioneer P018 67 Camaro, Penske Racing, Sebring 68. Preorder now !

Pioneer P033 68 Camaro, #44 orange

Pioneer P033 68 Camaro, #44 orange. Preorder now!

PRICES ON THESE CARS TO BE ANNOUNCED.  NOTE:  ALL PREORDERS WILL BE FILLED AT THE PRICE AT WHICH THEY WERE ORDERED OR AT MSRP, WHICHEVER IS LOWER.  THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO GOT THEIR PREORDERS IN EARLY!

The Memorial Day weekend is here!

It’s the biggest racing weekend of the year with the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500, and the Coke 600 making a marathon of race watching for fans worldwide.  Enjoy the holiday and the racing!

But more important, please remember that Memorial Day is when we take time to remember and honor all those who serve and have served in our nation’s armed forces, especially those who have given their lives in defense of our country and of the free and civilized world.  Take time and make opportunities to thank the military people you know and their families for the sacrifices, big and small, they make daily so America can remain free and strong.  Remember that in the world today there are individuals, nations, and ideologies that want to drag us into a barbarian past and shackle us under despicable tyranny.  Our fighting men and women stand between America and her sworn enemies and, ever more so, between all that is good in the world and all that is utterly evil.  Honor them this day, especially, and every other day of the year as well.

Our warehouse will be open on Monday for walk-in customers and phone orders but no orders will ship on Monday due to the holiday. 

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 14th, 2011

October 14, 2011 by  
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Just announced by Racer:

Racer RCR59 Chaparral 2G, Jim Hall, 1968. Preorder now!

Racer RCR59 Chaparral 2G, Jim Hall, 1968. Preorder now! – $279.99. As soon as they announced their 2E model you just knew that sooner or later they would do a 2G.  And now, here it is.  This was always the meanest-looking of the Chaparrals and our favorite.

Racer RCR60A Alfa Romeo 33/3, Sebring 1970 #31. Preorder now!

Racer RCR60A Alfa Romeo 33/3, Sebring 1970 #31. Preorder now! – $272.99

Racer RCR60B Alfa Romeo 33/3, Sebring 1970 #32.

Racer RCR60B Alfa Romeo 33/3, Sebring 1970 #32. Preorder now! – $272.99

Racer RCR60C Alfa Romeo 33/3, Sebring 1970 #33

Racer RCR60C Alfa Romeo 33/3, Sebring 1970 #33. Preorder now! – $272.99

Release date getting near!

Carrera has just released these photos of their forthcoming Lola T222 CanAm cars.  This means their release date is not far off.

Carrera 30549

Carrera 30549 Lola T222, Interserie. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 30550 Lola T222, Dave Causey

Carrera 30550 Lola T222, Dave Causey. Preorder now! – $53.39

New items now in stock

Carrera 30151 Streamline race set, Digital 132

Carrera 30151 Streamline race set, Digital 132 – $366.69. Now you can race those cool 30s German streamliners in 1/32 scale as well as in 1/24.

Carrera 30152 GT Masters race set, Digital 132

Carrera 30152 GT Masters race set, Digital 132 – $449.99

Carrera 41340 NASCAR Chevrolet, Tony Stewart, Digital 143

Carrera 41340 NASCAR Chevrolet, Tony Stewart, Digital 143 – $33.39

Carrera 41341 NASCAR Chevrolet, Ryan Newman, Digital 143

Carrera 41341 NASCAR Chevrolet, Ryan Newman, Digital 143 – $33.39

Carrera 62248 GO! Spongebob race set 1/43 scale

Carrera 62248 GO! Spongebob race set 1/43 scale – $98.99. We told you in an earlier edition of this newsletter that Bikini Bottom was going to join the F1 series.  The introduction of this race set further stokes the rumor mill.

Fly 005104 Porsche 917 Gulf #10

Fly 005104 Porsche 917 Gulf #10 – $88.99

HR 701 Safety cones, 1/32 or 1/24 scale, pk. of 10 - $5.99

HR 701 Safety cones, 1/32 or 1/24 scale, pk. of 10 – $5.99

HR 702 Trash cans, 1/32 or 1/24 scale, pk. of 5

HR 702 Trash cans, 1/32 or 1/24 scale, pk. of 5 – $5.49

Now your 1/32 or 1/24 scale track employees can route spectator traffic as needed and keep the property free of litter.

Scalextric C3195 Peugeot 908 LMP

Scalextric C3195 Peugeot 908 LMP – $49.99

Scalextric C3216 BMW Mini, Cooper S

Scalextric C3216 BMW Mini, Cooper S – $49.99

Possible future Pioneer projects?

Check out these photos from the Pioneer Models web site.  These are said to be creations from Pioneer USA (apparently Pioneer’s US distribution arm) that might (or might not) lead to future production models.

This one is described as a “phantom” current-model Camaro GT1 car that could possibly be built on the same chassis platform as one of the Pioneer tube-frame TransAm cars that are due out sometime next year.

This one is a “widebody” Chevy Lumina TransAm/IMSA GTO car that fits a Pioneer Mustang/Camaro chassis (and therefore would also fit a Scalextric TA Camaro chassis).  This car is also a “phantom” but it could easily morph into an Oldsmobile Cutlass, which was raced extensively in TransAm/IMSA and was essentially the same car.  It looks as though a lot of unorthodox thinking is being explored by Pioneer Models, and the results, no doubt, will be interesting.

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 26th, 2011

August 26, 2011 by  
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Pioneer does it again!

We just got word from Pioneer Models that their Dukes of Hazzard General Lee Charger is close to production, and the news comes with a BIG surprise!

Pioneer P016 General Lee Charger. Preorder now!

Yep!  coming at the same time will be a Hazzard County Dodge Monaco police car!

The cop car will have good ol’ Roscoe behind the wheel and his hound dog riding shotgun.  Let the chase begin!

YEEEEEE -HAAAAAAAH!

No word yet on stock number or price for the police car but we will have it up for preorder soon.

You can bet that the Hazzard County car will be just the first in a series of movie and TV show police cars, since the Dodge Monaco was the standard police cruiser both in real life and in the movies for a long, long time.  We have it on good authority that there will also be state and city police cars from all over the US as time goes on, though no plans beyond the DOH car have been firmed up as yet.

On the way to us now

Scalextric C3223

Scalextric C3223 Dodge Charger R/T, plain white. Preorder now – $42.99

New items in stock

MRRC MC11051 Porsche 910 #8

MRRC MC11051 Porsche 910 #8 – $63.99

MRRC MC11052 Porsche 910 #24, open cockpit

MRRC MC11052 Porsche 910 #24, open cockpit – $63.99

Coming soon from Carrera

Carrera has distributed updated images of these cars, which means that they are on their way to the US and will be out soon.

Carrera 23761 Cheetah, green, Digital 124.

Carrera 23761 Cheetah, green, Digital 124. Preorder now! – $75.49.  Don’t ask us why, but somehow this car in this color makes us think of Kermit the frog.

Carrera 27380 McLaren M20, Weisberg

Carrera 27380 McLaren M20, Weisberg. Preorder now! – $34.99

Carrera 30587 McLaren M20, Weisberg, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 30567 Mercedes-Benz McLaren GT SLR, D132

Carrera 30567 Mercedes-Benz McLaren GT SLR, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Recently announced by GMC for release this year

Costin Nathan, blue #58

Costin Nathan, blue #58, RTR.  Price TBA.  also to be available as painted body kit.

GMC09 Porsche 718 #27, LeMans 1963, RTR.

GMC09 Porsche 718 #27, LeMans 1963, RTR. Preorder now! – $204.99

Osca, LeMans 1955, red #40, RTR

Osca, LeMans 1955, red #40, RTR.  Also to be available as a painted body kit.

Stanguellini, LeMans 1957, red #58 RTR

Stanguellini, LeMans 1957, red #58 RTR. Also to be available as a painted body kit.

 

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 19th, 2011

August 19, 2011 by  
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New items in stock

Pioneer P032 68 Mustang, Dan Gurney

Pioneer P032 68 Mustang, Dan Gurney – $55.99

Pioneer P039 68 Mustang, Dean Gregson

Pioneer P039 68 Mustang, Dean Gregson – $55.99

Pioneer RTP3 Mustang twin pack

Pioneer RTP3 Mustang twin pack – $75.99

The cars of Virtuoso Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or how about a Ferrari 288 GTO?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Body panels and wing for a Lola T163.

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

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

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

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

Free shipping

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

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

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

Newsletter July 15th, 2011

New Items In Stock

Slot It SICA14Z Nissan R390 GT1, all white

Slot It SICA14Z Nissan R390 GT1, all white – $54.99

Cars due for release this month

We can’t guarantee that all these will all actually show up by the end of the month, but here’s what’s scheduled.

Pioneer P032 68 Mustang, Dan Gurney. Preorder now!

Pioneer P032 68 Mustang, Dan Gurney. Preorder now! – $55.99

Pioneer P039 68 Mustang, Dean Gregson

Pioneer P039 68 Mustang, Dean Gregson. Preorder now! – $55.99

Pioneer RTP3 TransAm Mustang twin pack

Pioneer RTP3 TransAm Mustang twin pack. Preorder now! – $75.99

MRRC MC11031 Ford MkIV, #3 LeMans 1967

MRRC MC11031 Ford MkIV, #3 LeMans 1967. Preorder now! – $63.99. On the way to us now!

MRRC MC11032 Ford MkIV, #4 LeMans 1967

MRRC MC11032 Ford MkIV, #4 LeMans 1967. Preorder now! – $63.99. On the way to us now!

Carrera 23754 Ferrari 250 GT "Breadvan", D124

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

Carrera 23755 Ferrari 250 GT "Breadvan", D124

Carrera 23755 Ferrari 250 GT “Breadvan”, D124. Preorder now!  $75.49

Carrera 23756 Ferrari 599XX, red, D124

Carrera 23756 Ferrari 599XX, red, D124. Preorder now! – $75.49

Carrera 23757 Ferrari 599XX,blue, D124

Carrera 23757 Ferrari 599XX,blue, D124. Preorder now! – $75.49

Carrera 27362 Ferrari 458 Italia, blue

Carrera 27362 Ferrari 458 Italia, blue. Preorder now! – $34.99

Carrera 30566 Ferrari 458, blue, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 27365 Audi R8 LMS "Remington"

Carrera 27365 Audi R8 LMS “Remington”. Preorder now!  $34.99

Carrera 30569 Audi R8 Remington, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 30563 Ferrari 599XX, yellow, D132

Carrera 30563 Ferrari 599XX, yellow, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 30564 Ferrari 599XX, silver-grey, D132

Carrera 30564 Ferrari 599XX, silver-grey, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 30565 Ferrari 458, silver, D132

Carrera 30565 Ferrari 458, silver, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 30575 Opel GT, red/black, D132

Carrera 30575 Opel GT, red/black, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

 

Just for fun…

Fiat 124 project

We’re big fans of SCCA club racing around here.  you will probably have noticed that many of our kitbash projects have been aimed at creating cars, real or mythical, that raced or could have raced for a national championship in one of the SCCA’s many club racing classes.  They have included numerous A-Sedan (TransAm type) Mustangs and Camaros as well as a Javelin and a Pontiac GTO.  We have also done or are in process with a McLaren M12 and our “Super Cooper” both A-Sports Racing cars.  We’ve done several A-production Corvettes, a Cobra, and even a mythical production class Ferrari GTO roadster.  Our eventual goal is to create two SCCA race groups, a big-bore sports-racing, production, and sedan group and one for smaller production cars and sedans, each with about 40 cars.  We also want to do a GT1 grid for more modern tube-frame cars.

We’re fairly well along with out big-bore grid but just starting out on the lesser game.  We’ve chosen, for our first small-bore kitbash, to take one of these…

An SCX Fiat 124 rally car and turn it into something like this…

or like this…

In SCCA racing the Fiat 124 has raced in the E-production or F-production classes for many years.  Individual cars have undergone extensive development and some of them are really cool-looking race cars.

Here’s where we are so far with ours.

We have cut the top off and cut out most of the interior, leaving the model’s original roll cage, which will be retained for our project.  I’s a bit crooked in this photo but it will be straightened and modified before we are done. We also removed the entire lighting system from the car.

We have also begun to return the hood to a more stock appearance by cutting off the housings for the extra driving lights found on the rally car. You can see, too, that we have replaced the original wheels with Minilites from a Scalextric TransAm car with the original Scalextric tires turned don to a smaller diameter suitable for a smaller car. Other than the wheels and tires we have retained the original SCX chassis and mechanicals unchanged, though we will eventually see what we can do to enhance its performance if needed.

We picture this car as racing with Scalextric and Pioneer MGBs, Fly and Autoart Alfa Romeo sedans, Scalextric Caterham Sevens, Scalextric and Revell Cortinas, classic Minis from several sources, Fly Classic BMW 320i’s, Carrera BMW 2002s, and most of the Ninco classic cars, as well as kitbashes of similar cars from resin or model kit bodies and probably many other RTR cars we can’t immediately think of.

We’ll be keeping you updated on this project as we go along.

 

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

Free shipping

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

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

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

 

Newsletter May 20th, 2011

Just announced by Slot It

Slot It SICA19B Toyota 88C #37 Taka Q.

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

New items in stock

Avant Slot 51201 Mirage GR8, LeMans 1976

Avant Slot 51201 Mirage GR8, LeMans 1976 – $64.99

Avant Slot 51301 Kremer K8 STP

Avant Slot 51301 Kremer K8 STP – $64.99

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pioneer P019 '69 Cherry Red Charger

Pioneer P019 ’69 Cherry Red Charger – $61.99

Pioneer P023 Dodge Charger, Ace of Spades rat rod

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

Pioneer P025 Dodge Charger, Lady Luck rat rod

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

Pioneer P027 Phantom Bullitt Mustang

Pioneer P027 Phantom Bullitt Mustang – $61.99

Top Slot 5004 Porsche 917-10 CanAm, STP

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

Top Slot 5005 CunninghamC4R LeMans 1954, 7th place

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

Top Slot 5006 Porsche 910 Targa Florio 1976

Top Slot 5006 Porsche 910 Targa Florio 1976 – $159.99

Slot It SICA15B Mazda 787B LeMans 1991

Slot It SICA15B Mazda 787B LeMans 1991 – $59.99

Monogram McLaren M6A project, part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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