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Newsletter August 6, 2013

August 6, 2013 by  
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New items in stock

GMC15 Costin Nathan, blue #54, RTR

GMC15 Costin Nathan, blue #54, RTR – $199.99

GMC15/1 Costin Nathan, blue #54, painted kit – $89.99

MCR71 Model Car Racing Magazine, September/October 2013

MCR71 Model Car Racing Magazine, September/October 2013 – $6.95

MRSlotcar MR1004 Mazda 787B 1991 JSPC

MRSlotcar MR1004 Mazda 787B 1991 JSPC – $79.99

MRSlotcar MR1005B Mazda 787B RTR, blue

MRSlotcar MR1005B Mazda 787B RTR, blue – $69.99

MRSlotcar MR1005G Mazda 787B RTR, green – $69.99

MRSlotcar MR1005O Mazda 787B RTR, orange – $69.99

MRSlotcar MR1005P Mazda 787B RTR, purple – $69.99

MRSlotcar MR1005R Mazda 787B RTR, red – $69.99

MRSlotcar MR1005Y Mazda 787B RTR, yellow – $69.99

Racer RCR66 Ferrari 512S, Escuderia Montjuich - Le Mans 24hrs 1970

Racer RCR66 Ferrari 512S, Escuderia Montjuich – Le Mans 24hrs 1970 – $229.99

Racer SL16R Ferrari 275GTB red road car

Racer SL16R Ferrari 275GTB red road car – $169.99

Racer SL16Y Ferrari 275GTB yellow road car

Racer SL16Y Ferrari 275GTB yellow road car – $169.99

Racer SL17 Ferrari 275GTB #26, LeMans 1966

Racer SL17 Ferrari 275GTB #26, LeMans 1966 – $169.99

Slot It SICS22LB Lola LMP Painted body with chassis and guide

Slot It SICS22LB Lola LMP Painted body with chassis and guide – $39.99

Slot It SICS24LA Audi R18 LMP Painted body with chassis and guide

Slot It SICS24LA Audi R18 LMP Painted body with chassis and guide – $34.99

Coming soon…

A Vintage Toy Reborn…And Then Some

The famous McKee Cro-Sal Wedge on steroids

 

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 7th, 2013

June 7, 2013 by  
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New low prices on selected Racer cars

Racer RCR32 Ferrari 312P Daytona 1970

Racer RCR32 Ferrari 312P Daytona 1970 (C18) – $199.95.  PRICE REDUCED!  Was $269.99.

Racer RCR38B Ferrari 312P #19. LeMans 1969

Racer RCR38B Ferrari 312P #19. LeMans 1969 – $199.95.   PRICE REDUCED!  Was $269.99. 

Racer RCR39 Ferrari 330P, Sebring 1965

Racer RCR39 Ferrari 330P, Sebring 1965 – $216.95. PRICE REDUCED!  Was $289.99.

Racer RCR40 Porsche 935 K3, LeMans 1980

Racer RCR40 Porsche 935 K3, LeMans 1980, RTR – $199.95.  PRICE REDUCED!  Was $259.99.

Racer RCR40K Porsche 935K3 Sachs, unpainted kit – $115.95.  PRICE REDUCED!  Was $154.99.

Racer SW01 Riley-Matthews Riley MkXX

Racer SW01 Riley-Matthews Riley Mk XX – $52.49.  PRICE REDUCED!  Was $69.99. 

New item in stock

Slot It SICA25A Porsche 962 IMSA, Daytona 1986

Slot It SICA25A Porsche 962 IMSA, Daytona 1986 – $64.99

 

Carrera McLaren M20 project – the journey continues…

Last time we completed the mating of the TSRF rear pod to the Carrera McLaren M20 chassis, converting the car into a sidewinder.  Here’s how the chassis looks now.

In this photo you can see the lead wires in place.  They were cut from a meter-long piece of silicone-insulated lead wire we keep on hand for projects like this.  Our web site sells silicone lead wire from many different manufacturers.  To find them just type the words lead wire into our site’s search engine.  This photo also shows the brass washers we glued onto the rear body mounts to raise the rear of the body back up enough to clear the TSRF motor installation.  The washers are temporary.  Later we’ll add some length back into the body posts.   You can also see the sanded rear tires (which need to be sanded a bit more).  The front tires have been turned down about 1/16″ to make the front of the car sit lower.  That’s about all you can take off without cutting into the lettering on the sidewall.   If you don’t care about that they could stand to be taken down a bit more to get the front edge of the body even lower.

We also did some work on the interior tray.  We like the intake manifold/injector trumpet detail incorporated into it, but with the new motor arrangement it’s too thick to let the body sit at a proper height.  So…

 

We removed the roll bar and driver figure.  Then we cut the tray apart at the rear of the cockpit.  We then cut the intake manifold detail out of the rear part of the tray that we had just removed and then glued it to a rectangle of .020″ sheet styrene.  The little triangle snipped off one corner is to clear a contour on the underside of the body.  The hole in the styrene rectangle is for the roll bar’s rear brace. 

We drilled out the broken-off mounting pins of the original plastic injector stacks, which are too fragile.  Into each hole we CA glued a piece of 1/16″ wire-filled tubing.    Using them as a very secure and sturdy mounting we CA glued a Parma #622 International 32 front axle spacer over each one. The result as shown at right above, is an engine intake detail assembly that is much more survivable than the original.  We’ll paint the whole assembly before we’re done.

Here’s the car, put together for testing with the interior and engine detail temporarily taped in place and the body sides not yet put back on.  You can see that it’s really starting to come together. The TSRF FK130 motor we’re using is, as we suspected, too much motor for the power we want the car to be able to run on, a stock Scalextric power pack on each lane.  We know from experience it will eventually heat up the Scalextric pack enough to pop its internal circuit breaker. But for the moment it serves for testing, despite its 2-amp draw from rest.  We’ll replace it with a better-suited motor before we’re done.

The car still has too much magnet but it is much more drivable, even with the stock Monogram Greenwood tires on it.  Silicones will come a bit later.  As of now we’ve just had time to give the car some shakedown laps to see if everything is staying in place and all the moving parts are turning freely.  It’s looking good, though we will still have to look for a way to get the magnetic downforce lower.  More about magnets in the next installment.

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

 

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

 Free shipping

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

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

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

Newsletter January 18th, 2013

January 18, 2013 by  
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The ultimate slot car project

audio-slot-car-video

Last year we we were involved in a project that pushes out the boundaries of what can be done with slot car racing.  It mated up a Slotmods custom-built track with advanced computer technology to create a mobile interactive exhibit that allows members of the public to drive a slot car controlled by an IPad.   The project, commissioned by Audi, was created as a promotion for the introduction of a new Audi car.  It is being used at car shows and other public events as a part of Audi’s North American marketing effort. 

The company putting the project together used a 3-D printing process to make the bodies for the slot cars from CAD data of the actual car.  They designed a control module for the cars that incorporates a tiny forward-facing TV camera so the driver of the car can drive it via the Image on the IPad screen, just as if he or she were sitting in the car.  But they needed a running chassis for the bodies and control modules to make complete cars.  For that they called the Electric Dream Team. 

We worked with them to identify a chassis that could be purchased as an assembled running unit and could be adjusted to fit the car bodies.  It had to be suitable for extensive use without excessive maintenance and provide the necessary performance level.  It also needed to come with wheels that looked something like the wheels on the actual car being modeled and tires that worked well with the Slotmods track surface.  And, on top of that, they wanted the chassis to be all-wheel drive, as the full-sized car is.  We finally selected an MSC rally car chassis that came complete and ready to run but without a body.   We supplied a substantial quantity of the chassis which then had the control modules installed and the bodies mounted at the customer’s facility in the Toronto, Canada, area.   Throughout, we provided technical information and advice as needed.

You can see the final result in two videos on the project at Electric Dreams.  

Caution!  The second of these videos has some R-rated language in it.  Parental guidance recommended.

You will see that the layout and operating concept are very impressive.  We are pleased to have had a part in bringing it to reality.

New items in stock

Racer SL12A Ferrari 250 GTO, LeMans 1964 #26

Racer SL12A Ferrari 250 GTO, LeMans 1964 #26 – $169.99

Racer SL12B Ferrari 250 GTO, Reims 12 hr. 1964 #26

Racer SL12B Ferrari 250 GTO, Reims 12 hr. 1964 #26 – $169.99

 

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

 

Free shipping

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

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

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

Newsletter August 24th, 2012

August 24, 2012 by  
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Just announced by Ninco

Ninco 50606 Audi R18 E-Tron. Preorder now!

Ninco 50606 Audi R18 E-Tron. Preorder now! – $79.99

Ninco 50607 Audi R18 2012 Sebring winner. Preorder now!

Ninco 50607 Audi R18 2012 Sebring winner. Preorder now! – $79.99

Just announced by LeMans Miniatures

LeMans Miniatures 132048 Dauer 962 with girl driver

LeMans Miniatures 132048 Dauer 962 with girl driver. Preorder now!

Just announced by Racer

Racer SL09 Ferrari 250 GTO, LeMans 1963, Beurlys / Langlois

 

Racer SL09 Ferrari 250 GTO, LeMans 1963, Beurlys / Langlois. Preorder now! – $179.99

Racer SL10 Ferrari 250 GTO, LeMans 1963, P.Dumay / Elde

Racer SL10 Ferrari 250 GTO, LeMans 1963, P.Dumay / Elde. Preorder now! – $179.99

 

Coming from BRM Slot

BRM 917 Porsche 917 Gulf 1/24 scale 

BRM 917 Porsche 917 Gulf 1/24 scale. Preorder now! – $169.99

 Coming from Slot Classic

Slot Classic CJ40 MGB GT orange road car

Slot Classic CJ40 MGB GT orange road car. Preorder now! – $279.99

 New items in stock

2 new Fly Alpha chassis cars

 Fly 707102 Ferrari 512S Coda Lunga, #8, 1970

Fly 707102 Ferrari 512S Coda Lunga, #8, 1970 – $57.99

Fly 709101 Porsche 917LH, LeMans Test Day

Fly 709101 Porsche 917LH, LeMans Test Day – $57.99

Also new this week…

Monogram M5154 Body for McLaren M6B # 48 Dan Gurney

Monogram M5154 Body for McLaren M6B # 48 Dan Gurney – $19.99

We have in stock all the parts for the Monogram McLaren M6 here.

Slot It SICA10F McLaren F1 GTR, Fina #42

Slot It SICA10F McLaren F1 GTR, Fina #42 – $64.99

Scalextric C1288T Start Star Wars Battle of Endor race set

Scalextric C1288T Start Star Wars Battle of Endor race set – $149.99.  The perfect gift for the little Jedi Knight in your family.  Well, we hope he’s a little Jedi Knight.  Our sympathies to you if he’s more like a Storm Trooper.

More Electric Dreams 2-car sets

EDSET-16 McLaren M6A & Fly ford GT40 2-car pack

EDSET-16 McLaren M6A & Fly ford GT40 2-car pack – $109.98 value! – $59.99

EDSET-17 McLaren M6B & Fly ford GT40 2-car pack

EDSET-17 McLaren M6B & Fly ford GT40 2-car pack – $99.98 value! – $56.99

EDSET-18 McLaren M6B & Fly Ford GT40 2-car pack

EDSET-18 McLaren M6B & Fly Ford GT40 2-car pack – $94.98 value! – $54.99

EDSET-19 McLaren M6A & Fly ford GT40 2-car pack

EDSET-19 McLaren M6A & Fly ford GT40 2-car pack – $99.98 value! – $56.99

EDSET-21 McLaren M6B & Scalextric Ford Escort 2-car pack

EDSET-21 McLaren M6B & Scalextric Ford Escort 2-car pack – $94.98 value! – $52.99

Pioneer Models update

We’ve all been waiting for hard news about the future plans of Pioneer Models, which has been going through a long, difficult process of establishing its own factory after having too many bad experiences with contractor factories in China.   We have it on good authority from Pioneer USA that the first shipments of cars from the new factory are expected to arrive on these shores sometime in October..  These should be the first of the new and much anticipated Camaro models.  Pioneer says that with the entire manufacturing process under its own control, from initial research to final distribution it will be able to bring out new models much more quickly.  The Legends cars and the 1971 Javelin are expected to follow the Camaro in rapid succession.  Meanwhile, Pioneer is now showing on its web site the first official drawing of the Chevy Legends car.

We will pass on to you any additional information as we receive it.  For now, however, the end of the long drought of Pioneer cars is in sight, for which we can all rejoice.  Electric Dreams wishes Julian Birley and all the gang at Pioneer all success and we congratulate them upon the imminent completion of their new factory.

 

New NSR 2mm axles, bushings, and gears. 

NSR has released and we have received 2mm diameter axles along with bushings and spacers to fit them.  Apparently, the level of competition in European racing has reached the point where reducing the axle diameter by .4mm or so is worth the effort for even the tiny incremental weight reduction this allows.  NSR has also released a line of very lightweight plastic spur gears with metal hubs for both 2mm and 3/32″ axles, but there have been immediate reports of these gears failing due to improper design.  We received a shipment of these gears but we will not be putting them on line for sale until we are certain the problem is resolved.  We may end up returning all of them for replacement with improved gears.

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.

Newsleter October 22nd, 2010

October 23, 2010 by  
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Coming November/December from Racer…

Racer SL04A Toyota 2000 GT, Fuji 24hrs, 1967

Racer SL04A Toyota 2000 GT, Fuji 24hrs, 1967. Preorder now! – $139.99

Racer SL04B Toyota 2000 GT, Fuji 24hrs, 1967

Racer SL04B Toyota 2000 GT, Fuji 24hrs, 1967. Preorder now! – $139.99

New items in stock:

Carrera 27317 Nissan GT-R GT500 JGTC Calsonic

Carrera 27317 Nissan GT-R GT500 JGTC Calsonic – $39.99

Carrera 27323 Ferrari F1, 2010

Carrera 27323 Ferrari F1, Fernando Alonso 2010. – $39.99

Carrera 27330 Plymouth Superbird, Pete Hamilton, #40

Carrera 27330 Plymouth Superbird, Pete Hamilton, #40 – $39.99

Racer S01/A Ford P68 Gulf #11

Racer S01/A Ford P68 Gulf #11 RTR car – $239.99

Racer S01/B Ford P68 Gulf #21

Racer S01/B Ford P68 Gulf #21 – $239.99

Back in stock…

SCX 88840 RX42B motor

SCX 88840 RX42B motor – $16.99

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.

Newsleter October 15th, 2010

October 16, 2010 by  
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New Pioneer Cars!

In stock now at Electric Dreams!

Pioneer P003 Dodge Charger, Bullitt assassins

Pioneer P003 Dodge Charger, Bullitt assassins – $61.99

Pioneer P024 Stealth Bullitt Mustang

Pioneer P024 Stealth Bullitt Mustang – $54.99

Pioneer PWK1 1968 Mustang notchback plain white kit

Pioneer PWK1 1968 Mustang notchback plain white kit – $46.49

Other new items in stock…

Racer RCR57 Ford P68 Brands Hatch 1969

Racer RCR57 Ford P68 Brands Hatch 1969 RTR car – $239.99

Slot-Indy ODG-180 Watson-Offenhauser, R. Ward,1962

Slot-Indy ODG-180 (Ostorero) Watson-Offenhauser, R. Ward,1962, RTR – $219.99

Slot-Indy ODG-185 (Ostorero) Watson-Offenhauser, R. Ward,1962, kit – $114.99

Slot-Indy ODG-181 Watson-Offenhauser, Al Keller

Slot-Indy ODG-181 (Ostorero) Watson-Offenhauser, Al Keller, RTR – $219.99

Slot-Indy ODG-186 (Ostorero) Watson-Offenhauser, Al Keller, kit – $114.99

Slot-Indy ODG-182 Watson-Offenhauser, R. McCluskey

Slot-Indy ODG-182 (Ostorero) Watson-Offenhauser, R. McCluskey, RTR – $219.99

Slot-Indy ODG-187 (Ostorero) Watson-Offenhauser, R. McCluskey, kit – $114.99

Team Slot Decals

Team slot Decals: We have just received a selection of waterslide sponsor and number decals from Team Slot.  These decals can be used on many different cars and are excellent for relivery, kitbashing, and scratchbuilding projects.  At $4.69 per sheet, the price is very reasonable.

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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