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Newsletter June 15th, 2012

New car announced by Racer

Racer RCR64 Ferrari 250LM, Daytona 24 Hours 1967. Preorder now!

Racer RCR64 Ferrari 250LM, Daytona 24 Hours 1967, RTR car. Preorder now! – $204.99

Racer RCR64P Ferrari 250LM, 1967 painted KIT . Preorder now! – $144.95

Coming from Ostorero

Ostorero has announced this new project, a generic F1 car that comes only in plain white but with decal sheets for all the F1 liveries available separately so you can create your own Grand Prix field with all the various teams represented.  This is an idea somebody should have run with a long time ago.  F1 cars all look so much alike that if you took one of each, painted them solid white, and parked them side-by-side only a small percentage of F1 fans would be able to tell them apart.  By producing only a single generic car Ostorero keeps tooling costs low.  This should mean a low unit price for the cars while allowing them to be equipped with high-end wheels, gears, and other components, as well as built-in competitive parity.  Those who want to go the extra mile and modify the generic body to more closely resemble specific F1 cars should find the car an excellent starting point for their efforts.  There is no word yet on pricing and other details but the cars are said to be scheduled for production in 2 to 3 months.  We will publish more information as it becomes available.

Due June 28 from Slot It

Slot It SICA09E Porsche 956 KH, Gulf

Slot It SICA09E Porsche 956 KH, Gulf. Preorder now – $64.99

Coming soon from LeMans Miniatures

LeMans Miniatures 132049 Alpine A441, LeMans 1975

LeMans Miniatures 132049 Alpine A441, LeMans 1975.  Price TBA.

Autoart drive shaft assemblies

We get requests from customers for drive shaft assemblies of various lengths for front-motor and 4 wheel-drive cars, either as replacement parts or to complete a front-motor scratchbuild project.  We have now received all the drive shaft assemblies made by Autoart for their various cars, which gives us a selection of 2mm shaft assemblies with shaft lengths from 19mm to 56mm.  Each assembly includes the shaft, shaft bushing, pinion gear, and coupling spring.  These drive shafts can be used with all the motors we sell except the FF configuration, which has a 1.5mm shaft, and you could even use them with an FF if you sleeve the motor shaft up to 2mm.  You can find them on our web site under Autoart Parts.

New items in stock

Fly 704101 Porsche 997, Felbermayr #77

Fly 704101 Porsche 997, Felbermayr #77 – $61.99

Fly 038101 BMW M3 DTM 1988

Fly 038101 BMW M3 DTM 1988 – $70.99

Fly 051101 BMW M1 LeMans 1985

Fly 051101 BMW M1 LeMans 1985 – $68.99

Fly 058103 Lotus 78, Gunnar Nilsson, 1977

Fly 058103 Lotus 78, Gunnar Nilsson, 1977 – $78.99

Racer SL08 Toyota 2000 GT, Fuji speed trials, 1966

Racer SL08 Toyota 2000 GT, Fuji speed trials, 1966 – $112.99

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 April 20th, 2012

April 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Slot Car News

New items in stock

SCX D10030X300 Mercedes SLS GT #7

SCX D10030X300 Mercedes SLS GT #7 – $69.99

New items from last week – did not make the newsletter

Racer RCR61 Ford P68 Brands Hatch 1969 #34

Racer RCR61 Ford P68 Brands Hatch 1969 #34 – $239.99

Racer RCR62 Porsche 935 Joest, Road America 1981

Racer RCR62 Porsche 935 Joest, Road America 1981 – $259.99

Scalextric C3197 Porsche RS Spyder

Scalextric C3197 Porsche RS Spyder – $49.99

Slot It SICA18B Ford GT40, "Shell" LeMans 1968

Slot It SICA18B Ford GT40, “Shell” LeMans 1968.  $64.99

Coming April 30 from Slot It

Slot It SICA22A Lola B09/60 LeMans 2010

Slot It SICA22A Lola B09/60 LeMans 2010. Preorder now! – $64.99

Coming soon from NSR

NSR 1099AW Porsche 997 Coca Cola

NSR 1099AW Porsche 997 Coca Cola. Preorder now! – $109.99

NSR 1109SW Ford P68 (F3L), silver #6

NSR 1109SW Ford P68 (F3L), silver #6. Preorder now! – $109.99

Just announced by BSR

BSR will be producing these two versions of one of the earliest Ferraris, the 166 of 1948.  They will be available as RTR cars and as painted kits.  We will have them on line for preorder shortly.

On the way to us now from Polar Lights

POL 824 Batmobile (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT

POL 824 Batmobile (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

POL 884 Green Hornet (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT

POL 884 Green Hornet (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

Fly 005105 – correction to product description

We originally listed this car as having the new Flyslot Alpha inline chassis but it actually has the original pod-type sidewinder chassis.  This makes the car, at $58.95 retail, a great bargain for people looking for the old-style Fly Classic chassis, which is a perennial favorite of many scratchbuilders, kitbashers, and resin-body modelers.

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 March 2nd, 2012

New item in stock

Slot It SICA19B Toyota 88C #37 Taka Q

Slot It SICA19B Toyota 88C #37 Taka Q – $64.99

New items just announced by Ninco, due March/April

Ninco 50578 Mercedes SLS GT3 Lightning

Ninco 50578 Mercedes SLS GT3 Lightning "Viage". Preorder now!  $84.99

Ninco 50597 Audi R8 GT3 Lightning

Ninco 50597 Audi R8 GT3 Lightning "Total". Preorder now! $84.99

Ninco 50598 Citroen C4 Lightning,

Ninco 50598 Citroen C4 Lightning, "Novikov". Preorder now! $84.99

Ninco 50599 Jaguar E-type (XKE) roadster, green

Ninco 50599 Jaguar E-type (XKE) roadster, green. Preorder now! – $79.99.  This is the one they should have produced first.  Let’s hope the tooling is designed so this version can be modeled without the hardtop (which is removable on the 1:1 scale car) so we can have proper E-type roadster models with no top or with a convertible top in the up position.

Ninco 50601 Porsche 550 Spyder, red

Ninco 50601 Porsche 550 Spyder, red. Preorder now! – $79.99

Ninco 55053 Mercedes SLS GT3 Team Holland

Ninco 55053 Mercedes SLS GT3 Team Holland. Preorder now! – $54.99

Ninco 55054 Mercedes SLS GT3 Team Holland, Digital. Preorder now! – $69.99

On the way to us now

We are adding to our product selection the CB Design line of aluminum set screw wheels.  We will have them on line and available for order as soon as they arrive, probably in the next 10 days or so.

We are also ordering and receiving the new Supertires silicone and urethane tires with rounded sidewalls as they become available.  These will be added to our web site as they arrive.

New limited edition car announced by Monogram

Monogram 85-4846 1967 Plymouth, Jim Hurtubise

Monogram 85-4846 1967 Plymouth, Jim Hurtubise. Preorder now! – $64.99.  Limited edition of 500.

New car coming soon from Racer

Racer SW14 Zakspeed Capri, #2 Wurth, K. Ludwig

Racer SW14 Zakspeed Capri, #2 Wurth, K. Ludwig. Preorder now!  Price is still to be established but should be in line with previous Sideways cars.

Also coming from Racer

Racer SW15 Dallara DP, Doran Racing

Racer SW15 Dallara DP, Doran Racing. Preorder now! – Price TBA.

Coming soon from NSR

NSR 1120IL Audi R18, 2011 test car livery,#2

NSR 1120IL Audi R18, 2011 test car livery,#2. Preorder now! – $119.99.  This is exactly the same as NSR’s first black Audi R18 but with race number 2 instead of 1.

 

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 February 3rd, 2012

February 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Slot Car News

Slot It 2012 releases, now available for preorder

Slot It SICA01-10 Audi R8C 10th anniversary. Preorder now!

Slot It SICA01-10 Audi R8C 10th anniversary. Preorder now! – $74.99

Slot It SICA06F Sauber C9, AEG. Preorder now!

Slot It SICA06F Sauber C9, AEG. Preorder now! – $64.99

Slot It SICA09E Porsche 956 KH, Gulf. Preorder now!

Slot It SICA09E Porsche 956 KH, Gulf. Preorder now – $64.99

Slot It SICA11E Alfa Romeo 33/3, "Motoradio"

Slot It SICA11E Alfa Romeo 33/3, “Motoradio”. Preorder now!  $64.99

Slot It SICA19C Toyota 88C #38 Denso. Preorder now!

Slot It SICA19C Toyota 88C #38 Denso. Preorder now! – $64.99

Slot It SICA20B Ford GT40 MkII, Daytona winner. Preorder now!

Slot It SICA20B Ford GT40 MkII, Daytona winner. Preorder now! – $64.99

Slot It SICA21B Lancia LC2/85 Martini, Spain 1985. Preorder now!

Slot It SICA21B Lancia LC2/85 Martini, Spain 1985. Preorder now! – $64.99

Slot It SICA22B Lola B09/60 Rebellion Racing. Preorder now!

Slot It SICA22B Lola B09/60 Rebellion Racing. Preorder now! – $64.99

Slot It SICA23A Porsche 911 GT1-98 Jever. Preorder now!

Slot It SICA23A Porsche 911 GT1-98 Jever. Preorder now! – $64.99

Slot It SICA23B Porsche 911 GT1-98 test car. Preorder now!

Slot It SICA23B Porsche 911 GT1-98 test car. Preorder now! – $64.99

Slot It SICA24A Audi R18 test car, 2011. Preorder now!

Slot It SICA24A Audi R18 test car, 2011. Preorder now! – $64.99

Slot It SICA25A Porsche 962 IMSA, Daytona 1986. Preorder now!

Slot It SICA25A Porsche 962 IMSA, Daytona 1986. Preorder now! – $64.99

Slot It SICW11 Jaguar XJR12, LeMans winner 1990. Preorder now!

Slot It SICW11 Jaguar XJR12, LeMans winner 1990. Preorder now! – $74.99

Slot It SICW12 Audi R18 2011 LeMans winner. Preorder now!

Slot It SICW12 Audi R18 2011 LeMans winner. Preorder now! – $74.99

In addition, we have all the Slot It coming releases that were originally announced in 2011 but have not yet appeared, still on line and available for preorder here.

New items in stock

AMT 743 2006 Camaro 1/24 scale KIT

AMT 743 2006 Camaro 1/24 scale KIT – $59.99

AMT 744 1970 Camaro 1/24 scale KIT

AMT 744 1970 Camaro 1/24 scale KIT – $59.99

AMT 745 1966 Chevy Nova 1/24 scale KIT

AMT 745 1966 Chevy Nova 1/24 scale KIT – $59.99

AMT 746 1957 Chevy 1/24 scale KIT

AMT 746 1957 Chevy 1/24 scale KIT – $59.99

Scalextric H2649A Renault R25 F1 Limited edition (C)

Scalextric H2649A Renault R25 F1 Limited edition, ca. 2005 (C) – $19.99

Slot Classic CJ38 Ferrari 250GT TDF 1957

Slot Classic CJ38 Ferrari 250GT TDF 1957 – $329.95

New Racer cars in stock

Racer RCR59 Chaparral 2G, Jim Hall, 1968

Racer RCR59 Chaparral 2G, Jim Hall, 1968 – $279.99

 

Racer RCR60A Alfa Romeo 33/3, Sebring 1970 #31

Racer RCR60A Alfa Romeo 33/3, Sebring 1970 #31 – $272.99

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

Racer RCR60B Alfa Romeo 33/3, Sebring 1970 #32 – $272.99

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

Racer RCR60C Alfa Romeo 33/3, Sebring 1970 #33 – $272.99

Racer SL05MB Ferrari 250 GTO metallic blue


Racer SL05MB Ferrari 250 GTO metallic blue – $179.99

Racer SL07 Ferrari 250 GTO, Laguna Seca 1963

Racer SL07 Ferrari 250 GTO, Laguna Seca 1963 – $179.99

Racer SLE02 Abarth 500 Gulf, limited edition

Racer SLE02 Abarth 500 Gulf, limited edition – $139.99

 

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 14th, 2011

October 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2011

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 September 23rd, 2011

September 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2011

Just announced by Racer

Sideways Zakspeed Capri CAD image

Sideways Lancia Beta Montecarlo CAD image

Racer Slot Cars just announced plans for a major expansion of its Sideways line of slot cars.  The first two cars scheduled for production are the Zakspeed Capri and the Lancia Beta Montecarlo (images above).  In addition, Racer’s project list includes the BMW 320, Sauber BMW M1, Porsche 935L IMSA, Porsche 935/77,  Mustang GTP, Kremer 935K3 and Moby Dick.  Racer is moving into a segment of the market vacated by Fly and can be expected to produce models with better performance and overall quality.  Clearly Racer, which started as a boutique maker of resin-cast slot cars is moving full-bore into making the transition to a mainstream volume producer of all-plastic slot cars with production in China to keep prices down. We will publish additional information on Racer’s new range of cars as it becomes available.

Just announced by BSR

BSR030 Mercedes 300 SL, Paul O’Shea, SCCA racing 1957.  Paul O’Shea was a very well-known production class driver who enjoyed considerable success in the 1950s with his Mercedes 300SL.  We will have this car in both RTR and painted kit versions up for preorder shortly.

New items in stock

Carrera 61198 GO! "Cars 2" Raoul Caroule 1/43

Carrera 61198 GO! “Cars 2″ Raoul Caroule 1/43.  $16.69

Carrera 61199 GO! "Cars 2" Max Schnell, 1/43 scale

Carrera 61199 GO! “Cars 2″ Max Schnell, 1/43 scale.  $16.69

Carrera 61215 GO! Ferrari 599XX, yellow, 1/43

Carrera 61215 GO! Ferrari 599XX, yellow, 1/43 – $14.99

Carrera 61230 GO! Spongebob Squarepants, 1/43 scale

Carrera 61230 GO! Spongebob Squarepants, 1/43 scale – $16.69

Carrera 61231 GO! Patrick, 1/43scale

Carrera 61231 GO! Patrick, 1/43 scale.  $16.69

This just in… The government of Bikini Bottom is said to have made a very large cash offer for the rights to run a Formula One race on a circuit yet to be constructed beginning in 2014.  Bernie Ecclestone is reported to be giving the offer “serious consideration” according to an F1 insider who agreed to comment on condition of anonymity.  The principal concern is believed to be the technical issue of what kind of tires the cars will race on.

Carrera 61656 GO! half straight 1/43 scale, pk. of 4

Carrera 61656 GO! half straight 1/43 scale, pk. of 4 – $11.99

Carrera 61658 GO! short straights 1/43 scale, 6 pcs

Carrera 61658 GO! short straights 1/43 scale, 6 pcs. – $11.99

These two new track items in the Carrera GO! 1/43 scale track system represent a very important development in the progress of 1/43 scale  slot car racing.  They give the GO! track system four different straight track section lengths.  This adds tremendous versatility to the GO! system, exponentially increasing the track builder’s layout options and making complex layouts, especially those modeling real-world racing circuits, much easier to build.  They, along with other additions, vault the GO! system to the forefront of 1/43 scale track systems and take it from the toy end of the market to a place where it now deserves serious consideration from adult hobbyists, helping to set the stage for 1/43 to begin a period of rapid growth and development similar to what  1/32 scale began to experience around 10 years ago.  This is positive for the future of the entire slot car racing hobby.

Fly F01105 Williams FW07, Geoff Lees

Fly F01105 Williams FW07, Geoff Lees – $85.99

Fly F02104 Ferrari 250LM, David Piper, Tony Maggs

Fly F02104 Ferrari 250LM, David Piper, Tony Maggs – $83.39

Fly F17101 Porsche 911S, U-2.5 TA champion 1968

Fly F17101 Porsche 911S, U-2.5 TA champion 1968 – $83.99

Fly M04101 Fiat Punto rally car

Fly M04101 Fiat Punto rally car – $57.99

Fly M04102 Fiat Punto rally car

Fly M04102 Fiat Punto rally car – $57.99

Ninco 20154 Mustang Showdown race set

Ninco 20154 Mustang Showdown race set – $246.99

Slot It SICA12C Audi R8C #10 Le Mans 1999

Slot It SICA12C Audi R8C #10 Le Mans 1999 – $64.99

Slot It SICA18Z Ford GT40, all white

Slot It SICA18Z Ford GT40, all white – $54.99. Well, almost all white…

Ninco 50587 Jaguar XK120, Donington

Ninco 50587 Jaguar XK120, Donington – $82.39

Ninco 55032 Mustang FR500 "Ohio"

Ninco 55032 Mustang FR500 “Ohio”.  $59.99

Ninco 55037 Mustang FR500 “Ohio”, digital.  $74.99

Ninco 55033 Mustang FR500 "Green"

Ninco 55033 Mustang FR500 “Green”.  $59.99

Ninco 55038 Mustang FR500 “Green”, digital.  $74.99

Pioneer Bullitt Charger converted to a stock car

One of our customers, who prefers to remain anonymous, sent us this article and photos…

Deep in the vast American heartland there’s a wicked-fast half-mile oval with smooth, sticky asphalt, progressive banking, and two great racing grooves. The racers at this track are a special breed. They either remember or have grown up on tales of stock car racing’s golden era, the 60s and 70s, before NASCAR went all tube-frame spec cars. And they are determined to keep the magic alive and kickin’. So, they’ve quietly scoured the country to find real old stock cars from those days. Of course, real racing stock cars of that era have mostly been found and over-restored by wealthy vintage racers, bit every now and then, in some forgotten corner of America, they find one and truck it home. There they rebuild the cars so they look, sound, and drive like in days of old, but they plug in the best of modern safety and performance technology. They also build replicas from old road cars they find.. well, they aren’t saying where. Then they take these cars out to the track two Saturday nights a month from May through September and race the wheels off ‘em. Oh, and it just happens that the half-mile oval is part of a racing complex that includes a 2.8 mile road course. So, just for a change of pace, one Sunday a month they road-race the cars. Oval or road course, these drivers still think that racin’ is rubbin’ and that’s how they drive, but they don’t let the cars get all ratty looking; these racers take pride in how their cars look. The whole countryside turns out for the races. In fact, it seems like half of ‘em are in somebody’s crew. And practically every business for 100 miles around has its name on the fenders of one of the cars, or two, or half a dozen. The locals call them…

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIALS!

Here’s one of them…

This one is said to have started life as one of the Dodge Chargers used to film the movie Bullitt. Where they found the car is anybody’s guess, and they aren’t telling. It uses the Charger chassis completely unchanged, except for swapping the wheels and tires for a set from a Scalextric NASCAR. The Charger body has been lowered over the chassis by the simple expedient of shortening the body posts and grinding out the wheel openings farther up into the body. The wind wings are gone and the window “glass” modified accordingly. The interior is lifted from a Carrera vintage stock car, unchanged except for a modern helmet on the driver and a slight bit of surgery to clear the endbell on the motor. It fits like it was made for the car. The front air dam is just a rectangle of sheet styrene glued (with some extra material added for strength) to two pieces of styrene tubing that press-fit into the front body screw holes, still allowing the screws to be inserted through them and tightened down. Exhausts are from a Scalextric TransAm car, and a piece of sheet styrene glued to the trailing edge of the body makes a spoiler. The rest is just paint and decals, and most of the decals were printed on an HP inkjet printer using Micro Mark decal paper.

Would you like to see cars like his in production?  It could happen. In fact, we have reason to believe it will happen in the foreseeable future.  There is a substantial market out there for historic stock cars with better on-track performance than Carrera’s or Monogram’s.  We already know that Pioneer can deliver the performance.  In addition, Pioneer is already more than halfway to being ready to produce a Charger stock car.  They can use their existing Charger complete running chassis as is with the exception of swapping out the wheels and tires and adding racing exhausts.  Much of the design work to produce a stock car version of the body can draw upon the design work already done on the road car body.  They won’t be starting from a blank screen.  The basic Charger chassis design, with minor changes in wheelbase and outline, will fit under any of the stock cars raced from the late 50s through the 70s.  All the essential structural elements will remain the same.  In essence, Pioneer would simply have to do on a CAD program what our customer has done in actual plastic, and it’s not that difficult a conversion.  Another fact that isn’t widely known is that the Charger R/T body, as distinct from the charger 500 with it’s “fastback” rear window treatment, was actually used for stock car racing and examples can be found in various photo archives, so we are talking about real historical race cars as well as the opportunity for fantasy liveries like the one shown here.

This is a story that is just beginning to unfold.

 

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

Free shipping

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

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

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

 

Newsletter September 2nd, 2011

September 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2011

This week features a slew of cool new cars from AMT/Polar Lights Slot Cars and Racer! There are a few really nice slot car kits from AMT/Polar Lights featuring an awesome DYI kit for the one and only original Bat Mobile (and the Green Hornet’s car too). New in stock this week, we have new cars and Race sets from NSR and Scalextric. Come on in and browse around… Enjoy!

Just announced

AMT 743 2006 Camaro 1/24 scale KIT

AMT 743 2006 Camaro 1/24 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

AMT 745 1966 Chevy Nova 1/24 scale KIT

AMT 745 1966 Chevy Nova 1/24 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

POL 824 Batmobile (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT

POL 824 Batmobile (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

POL 884 Green Hornet (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT

POL 884 Green Hornet (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

Racer SL05MB Ferrari 250 GTO metallic blue

Racer SL05MB Ferrari 250 GTO metallic blue. Preorder now – $179.99

Racer SL07 Ferrari 250 GTO, Laguna Seca 1963

Racer SL07 Ferrari 250 GTO, Laguna Seca 1963. Preorder now! – $179.99

On the way to us now from Scalextric

Scalextric C3217 BMW 320Si.

Scalextric C3217 BMW 320Si. Preorder now! – $49.99

New items in stock

NSR 04-#1 Ford MkIV 1967 LeMans winner

NSR 04-#1 Ford MkIV 1967 LeMans winner – $137.99

NSR 04-#2 Ford MkII 1966 LeMans winner

NSR 04-#2 Ford MkII 1966 LeMans winner – $137.99

These two cars have been made available as separate items by breaking up a limited number of the 2-car Ford LeMans winners sets.  These cars come in plain cardboard boxes.

NSR 1033 Porsche 917 white kit

NSR 1033 Porsche 917 white kit – $93.99

NSR 1056 Porsche 917 Gulf #20

NSR 1056 Porsche 917 Gulf #20 – $106.99

Scalextric C3223 Dodge Charger R/T, plain white - $42.99

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

Scalextric C1252T Pro Racers race set

Scalextric C1252T Pro Racers race set – $159.99

 

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 12, 2011

August 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2011

New items in stock

We have another good-sized batch of new cars for you this week.  Here they are…

NSR 1100 Ford MkII, blue #2 Sebring 1966

NSR 1100 Ford MkII, blue #2 Sebring 1966 – $259.99. What accounts for a $260 price on an NSR car?  Partly it’s because they only made 178 of them, but it’s mostly because each one come with a backing card personally autographed by Dan Gurney.

Racer RCRG5 Ferrari 312P aero test car

Racer RCRG5 Ferrari 312P aero test car – $289.99

Racer SL05B Ferrari 250 GTO black road car

Racer SL05B Ferrari 250 GTO black road car – $179.99

Racer SL05R Ferrari 250 GTO red road car

Racer SL05R Ferrari 250 GTO red road car – $179.99

Racer SL05Y Ferrari 250 GTO yellow road car

Racer SL05Y Ferrari 250 GTO yellow road car – $179.99

Racer SL06 Ferrari 250 GTO, Daytona 1964

Racer SL06 Ferrari 250 GTO, Daytona 1964 – $179.99

Scalextric C3140 START (LMP) GT Twin Pack

Scalextric C3140 START (LMP) GT Twin Pack – $44.99

Scalextric C3175 BMW Mini road car

Scalextric C3175 BMW Mini road car – $34.99

Scalextric C3177 Audi R8 LMP road car, red

Scalextric C3177 Audi R8 LMP road car, red – $34.99

Scalextric C3196 Aston Martin DBR9

Scalextric C3196 Aston Martin DBR9 – $49.99

Scalextric C3201 Aston Martin DBS, light blue

Scalextric C3201 Aston Martin DBS, light blue – $49.99

Just for fun…

GT1 Camaro project

A few editions back we gave you a first glimpse of our project to unite a Carrera Camaro Concept Car body with the chassis and interior of a Scalextric TransAm Jaguar to make a 2011 tube-frame Camaro.  Well, it’s time we gave you a progress report and began describing the process of turning what looks like a caricature of a road car into a proper SCCA GT1/TransAm car.  Here’s what we started with and where we are now:

As you can see, a lot has happened between the upper and lower images.  The project consists of 5 main tasks.

1. Shortening the body to fit the TransAm Jaguar chassis.

2. Modifying the chassis and interior as needed.

3. Lowering the body over the chassis and mounting it.

4. Remaking the wheel openings.

5.  Adding all the signature GT1 car details.

At this point we are finished with tasks 1 and 3, close to finished with task 4, right where we need to be at this point on task 2 , and we’ve made some progress on task 5.

Initial measurements indicated that we would need to shorten the Camaro body by 9/16″ and that to fit the Jaguar roll cage the cut had to come out of the Camaro’s passenger compartment.  If you look closely at the photos you can see that we didn’t get the cut through the top quite straight, but the door cuts were right on and we were able to fill the small gap in the top with sheet styrene.   Our process here has some similarity to the ways in which a 1:1 scale road car body shape is transformed into a race car configuration.  If you look closely at almost any tube frame race car you will see that while the car is instantly recognizable as the make and model it represents there are few or no dimensions or contours on the body that exactly match the road car’s.

As you can see in this photo we used pieces of sheet styrene inside the body to reinforce the joint between the two body halves and provide lots of surface area for CA gluing them together.  There are also pieces of sheet styrene on the underside of the top.

NEXT- body mounting and chassis/interior mods.

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

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

Free shipping

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

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

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

Newsletter March 18, 2011

March 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2011

Just announced by Racer, due early April

Racer RCR58A Ferrari 250P 1963 LeMans winner

Racer RCR58A Ferrari 250P 1963 LeMans winner. Preorder now! – $279.99

Racer RCR58B Ferrari 275P 1964 LeMans winner

Racer RCR58B Ferrari 275P 1964 LeMans winner. Preorder now! – $279.99

Two LeMans winners, ready to do battle on your track or be the centerpiece of your display case…or both!

Coming soon from Slot It

Slot It SICA18A Ford GT40, Sebring 1966.

Slot It SICA18A Ford GT40, Sebring 1966. Preorder now! – $59.99. Slot It’s GT40 shows every sign of becoming the definitive GT40 slot car in both looks and performance.  If you don’t have your preorder in yet now is the time!

New items in stock

MRSlotcar MR1001 Mazda 787B white kit

MRSlotcar MR1001 Mazda 787B white kit – $59.49

MRSlotcar MR1002 Mazda 787B test car

MRSlotcar MR1002 Mazda 787B test car – $69.49. Lots of advanced design features in these cars.  Expect them to be worthy challengers to Slot It and

Proto slot MN004/1-60 Lotus 56 STP, Indy 500, RTR

Proto slot MN004/1-60 Lotus 56 STP, Indy 500, RTR – $224.99

Proto slot MN004/1-70 Lotus 56 STP, Indy 500, RTR

Proto slot MN004/1-70 Lotus 56 STP, Indy 500, RTR – $224.99. We’ve had the kit for some time but now you can buy a fully painted, detailed and assembled RTR.

Proto slot MN004/2-RTR Lotus 56 F1 ready-to-run car

Proto slot MN004/2-RTR Lotus 56 F1 ready-to-run car – $224.99

Proto slot MN004/2P Lotus 56 F1 painted body kit – $84.99

We also now have the formula 1 version of the car in both body kit and RTR form.

Proto Slot PC01 Parts kit

Proto Slot PC01 Parts kit – $32.99. Here’s something our customers have been asking for, a parts kit that provides everything needed to go under a resin body to make a complete car, except for the wheels and tires.  This kit will work under just about any resin body kit we sell. now you only need to order 3 items to have everything you need: the body kit, this parts package, and the wheel and tire set of your choice (we have many to choose from).

Recent Avant Slot releases now in stock

Avant Slot 50601 Porsche RS Spyder black test car

Avant Slot 50601 Porsche RS Spyder black test car – $59.99

Avant Slot 50602 Porsche RS Spyder DHL #6

Avant Slot 50602 Porsche RS Spyder DHL #6 – $54.99

Avant Slot 50603 Porsche RS Spyder DHL #7 with lights - $59.99

Avant Slot 50603 Porsche RS Spyder DHL #7 with lights – $59.99

Avant Slot 50604 Porsche RS Spyder Team Essex, LeMans 2008

Avant Slot 50604 Porsche RS Spyder Team Essex, LeMans 2008 – $59.99

90% off cars

The 90% off sale is still going on.   Remember, the cars may be lurking anywhere in our on-line catalog.  Happy hunting!

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  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2010

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  
Filed under Newsletter Archive

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.

Newsletter October 8th, 2010

October 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2010

Coming in 2011 from Racer:

A Toyota 2000GT in 2 different liveries (no doubt with more after those).

And Racer joins Fly and Scalextric in offering a Ferrari 250GTO.

Stock numbers, prices, release dates, and technical specs to come…

New Items In Stock:

NSR 1054 Ford MkIV, yellow, LeMans 1967

NSR 1054 Ford MkIV, yellow, LeMans 1967 – $106.99

NSR 1056 Porsche 917 Gulf #20

NSR 1056 Porsche 917 Gulf #20 – $106.99

NSR 1058AW Mosler MT900R Spa 2009 Racing Festival

NSR 1058AW Mosler MT900R Spa 2009 Racing Festival – $99.99

BSR017P Ferrari 250 GT LeMans 1959, painted body kit

BSR017P Ferrari 250 GT LeMans 1959, painted body kit – $99.99

BSR017R Ferrari 250GT LeMans 1959 RTR car - $229.99

BSR018/1P Ferrari 250GT, silver, painted body kit

BSR018/1P Ferrari 250GT, silver, painted body kit – $99.99

BSR018/1R Ferrari 250GT, silver RTR car - $229.99

BSR019P Ferrari 250 GT, red, painted body kit

BSR019P Ferrari 250 GT, red, painted body kit – $99.99

BSR019R Ferrari 250GT, red RTR car - $229.99

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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