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Newsletter February 25th, 2014

February 25, 2014 by  
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We have some really great new additions to the Electric Dreams Shop this week. Curious? Read on…

Exciting News!

Additions to the Electric Dream Team

We are expanding the Electric Dreams technical department with the addition of Carlos Raphael & Robert Smith.

Carlos and Robert both have many years of slot car knowledge & expertise. They are founding members of I.T.G. / In The Groove Slot Car racing club in the Los Angeles California area. Their expertise includes slot car track construction, modification of cars, slot car events and more!

They will be bringing their expert knowledge to the blog at Electric Dreams answering visitor questions, posting how-to and DIY articles covering all things “Slot Car”.

Here they are – Robert and Carlos – the newest members of the Electric Dream Team. Let’s give them a warm Welcome!

New Slot Cars This Week

Lots of new slot cars and kits this week

It has been a action packed couple of weeks around the warehouse… We’ve been busy stocking the shelves with new slot cars from makers like: Arrow Slot, BRM, Kyosho, Ostorero, Proto Slot, Scale Auto, SCX and Slot It.

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.

Arrow Slot 1002A BMW V12 LMR #42 Sebring 1999 winner

1/32 scale analog car, ready-to-run. Driven by: T. Kristensen, J.J. Lehto and J. Müller. $79.99

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BRM 025R RED Special Edition Martini 917

1/24 scale slot car ready to run on all 1/24 scale tracks. Special Edition release in red. $169.99

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Kyosho 30501 Porsche 911 GT1 #25

1/43 scale analog slot car. Will run on all 1/43, 1/32, and 1/24 scale non-digital plastic track systems. Kyosho cars run and handle exceptionally well out of the box. They are excellent upgrade cars for Carrera and SCX 1/43 scale racing layouts. $49.99

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Ostorero ODG126 Lotus Type 38 Bobby Johns, Indianapolis 1965

Teammate of Jim Clark at the Indy 500 in 1965. He finished 7th, after starting 22nd. Highly detailed ready to race model. $289.95

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Scale Auto SC6034 1/32 scale DeTomaso Pantera Grp 3 yellow – 2 DECAL SETS

This plain yellow car comes with two decal schemes: 24h Le Mans 1974 Wicky Racing Team #52 (pictured) 24h Le Mans 1976 Andre Wicky & Martial Deblande #82. $74.99

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Scale Auto SC6063 1/32 scale BMW M1 white Racing Kit

This 1/32nd scale racing kit comes unassembled with everything you need for a working car. $79.99

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Scale Auto SC-7052 1/24 Porsche 911 RSR GT3 IMSA Performance Matmut #76 LeMans 2011

This is a replica of the IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR as driven to 17th place overall, 5th in LMGTE-Pro class, at Le Mans 2011 by Raymond Narac – Patrick Pilet – Nicolas Armindo. $169.99

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SCX A10120X300 Citroen DS3 WRC Qatar

SCX analog 1/32 scale. This is the Citroën version of Qatar driver Nasser Al Attiyah. $49.99

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Slot It SICA26B McLaren M8E/D, Led Zeppelin

IN STOCK NOW! This McLaren M8E/D was driven by Kaye Griffiths at Silverstone in 1974. $69.99

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Parts & Accessories

Many new arrivals

From performance parts to rocker arms, to controllers – we got ‘em…

SCX D10086X100 Digitalization Kit

Upgrade your Original circuit to Digital system and race with up to 6 cars, Choose your own strategy Program, your breaking power, change lanes and overtake your opponents. $179.99

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AMT Performance Parts Kit

Just what the doctor ordered! Hop up your Slot Star 1:25 scale kits with this all new performance kit.

For use with all Slot Stars 1/25 scale kits.

$15.49

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DS-3502E 25 ohm Basic Controller for Ninco, Scalextric

A high quality and economic controller ready to use directly on any Ninco, SCX or Scalextric track through its 3mm jack.

$36.99

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DS0052 Serial Wiring Assembly, 1.8 meters

Wiring assembly – connects DS Lap Counters to PC (9 pins COM port)

$11.99

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Carrera 85244 Rocker Arm for 1/24 scale Exclusive

Guide / Rocker Arm for post 2006 Exclusiv 1/24 scale cars. Includes brushes. $9.99

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1/32 Accessories, Red Bull RB7

Fits the following 1/32 Carrera Cars: 30628, 30629, 27419, 27420 1 – front and rear wing 1 – set of side mirrors 2- side wings 1- additional wing $5.99.

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Professor Motor 1401 Universal Tire Truing Machine 1/32 & 1/24

Professor Motor version of the Area 3 Design Universal Tire Truing Machine. Designed to mount complete 1/32 or 1/24 FRONT or REAR axle assemblies and true both tires at once.  $239.99.

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Click Here to See All 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 2nd, 2014

January 2, 2014 by  
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Happy New Year to all our customers and friends around the world!

Thank you for shopping with us in 2013.  We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2014 and beyond.

New items in stock

RS001 Racing chassis kit for sports/GT & large sedans

RS001 Racing chassis kit for sports/GT & large sedans – $28.99

RS002 Racing chassis for F1 & small/med sports or sedans

RS002 Racing chassis for F1 & small/med sports or sedans – $26.99

SCX A10116X300 Aston Martin Vantage, Gulf

SCX A10116X300 Aston Martin Vantage, Gulf – $49.99

SCX D10116X300 Aston Martin Vantage, Gulf, digital – $69.99

SCX A10119X300 Porsche 911GT3, Red Bull

SCX A10119X300 Porsche 911GT3, Red Bull – $49.99

SCX C10124X5 Super Champion Race Set, 1/43 scale

SCX C10124X5 Super Champion Race Set, 1/43 scale – $59.99

Slot It SICA08D Lancia LC2 Jolly Club Racing, Imola 1984

Slot It SICA08D Lancia LC2 Jolly Club Racing, Imola 1984. – $69.99

 

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  
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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 December 9th, 2011

December 9, 2011 by  
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New items in stock

And we’ve got lots of them this week, still in time for Christmas!

From Carrera

Carrera 27377 Dodge Charger Daytona, blue #55

Carrera 27377 Dodge Charger Daytona, blue #55 – $34.99


Carrera 30585 Dodge Charger Daytona, blue #55, Digital 132 – $49.99

Carrera 30551 Mercedes SLS GT3 Black Falcon, D132

Carrera 30551 Mercedes SLS GT3 Black Falcon, Digital 132. – $53.39

Carrera 30552 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, Heico, D32

Carrera 30552 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, Heico, Digital 132 – $53.39

Carrera 30588 Audi R8, D132, limited edition car, 2011

Carrera 30588 Audi R8, D132, limited edition car, 2011 – $61.69

From Monogram

Monogram 85-4843 1967 Plymouth, Paul Goldsmith

Monogram 85-4843 1967 Plymouth, Paul Goldsmith – $49.99

From MRRC

MRRC MC11061 Cobra roadster #14

MRRC MC11061 Cobra roadster #14 – $63.99

MRRC MC11062 Cobra roadster #11

MRRC MC11062 Cobra roadster #11 – $63.99

From Proto Slot

Proto Slot GM020-1 Alpine Renault A106, 1958, white

Proto Slot GM020-1 Alpine Renault A106, 1958, white – $213.99

Proto Slot GM020-2 Alpine Renault A106, Mille Miglia 1956

Proto Slot GM020-2 Alpine Renault A106, Mille Miglia 1956 – $213.99

PSK 002-2-RTR Aston Martin DBR1 #2, LeMans 1958

PSK 002-2-RTR Aston Martin DBR1 #2, LeMans 1958 – $257.99

PSK 002-3-RTR Aston Martin DBR1 #3, LeMans 1958 – $257.99

PSK 002-4-RTR Aston Martin DBR1 #4, LeMans 1958 – $257.99

PSK 003-1-RTR Ferrari 275GTB, red, LeMans 1966

PSK 003-1-RTR Ferrari 275GTB, red, LeMans 1966 – $257.99

From Scalextric

Scalextric C1284T McLaren MP4-12C race set

Scalextric C1284T McLaren MP4-12C race set – $149.99

Scalextric C3204 1963 Volkswagen Beetle

Scalextric C3204 1963 Volkswagen Beetle – $49.99

Scalextric C3229 Corvette L88, Filipinetti

Scalextric C3229 Corvette L88, Filipinetti – $49.99

Scalextric C3230 1969 Mustang, Smokey Yunick

Scalextric C3230 1969 Mustang, Smokey Yunick – $49.99

Scalextric C3219 1970 Camaro


Scalextric C3219 1970 Camaro – $49.99

From SCX

SCX A10026X300 Peugeot 908 LMP

SCX A10026X300 Peugeot 908 LMP – $49.99

SCX A10030X300 Mercedes SLS GT #7

SCX A10030X300 Mercedes SLS GT #7 – $49.99

SCX A10040X300 Lotus Renault F1

SCX A10040X300 Lotus Renault F1 – $49.99

SCX A10054X300 Mercedes SLS GT #8

SCX A10054X300 Mercedes SLS GT #8 – $49.99

SCX D10051X300 Corvette safety car, digital

SCX D10051X300 Corvette safety car, digital – $74.99

SCX D10061X300 Chevrolet NASCAR, Tony Stewart, digital

SCX D10061X300 Chevrolet NASCAR, Tony Stewart, digital – $69.99

SCX D10062X300 Chevrolet NASCAR, Jamie McMurray, digital

SCX D10062X300 Chevrolet NASCAR, Jamie McMurray, digital – $69.99

From Slot It

Slot It SICA07D Jaguar XJR6

Slot It SICA07D Jaguar XJR6 – $64.99

Coming soon from MRRC

We’re told that these cars will be on the way to us sometime in the coming week.

MRRC MC11141 Kellison #90.

MRRC MC11141 Kellison #90. Preorder now! – $63.99

MRRC MC11142 Kellison #12

MRRC MC11142 Kellison #12. Preorder now! – $63.99

And…

MRRC MC11132 Cheetah #27

MRRC MC11132 Cheetah #27. Preorder now! – $63.99

Yep, it looks like the long-awaited MRRC Cheetah is finally about to appear after every imaginable kind of setback.  Let’s hope the plane carrying the shipment doesn’t go down in mid-ocean…

Christmas shipping information

Here are the suggested ordering deadlines to ensure that your Christmas purchases get to you in plenty of time for the big day, whatever part of the world you live in.

US Postal Service within the US:

FIRST CLASS MAIL : DEC. 17

PRIORITY MAIL:  DEC. 18

EXPRESS MAIL:  DEC. 22 (Check your local Post Office)

Please note that Express Mail is the only USPS service that guarantees the delivery date.

US Postal Service International:

First class mail international – 5 to 21 business days  - Dec. 2nd

Priority mail international – 6 to 10 business days – Dec. 10th

Express mail international – 3 to 5 business days – Dec. 15th

Delivery dates with these services are not guaranteed as customs can delay packages and that is out of anyone’s control.

United Parcel Service:

UPS does not give specific dates but here is our best approximation:  Basically, UPS Ground shipments (our free shipping method for tracks)  take up to 6 business days depending on distance from our warehouse to the customer.  If you’re within a couple hundred miles of Los Angeles it typically gets there next day.  A state or two away might take a couple days, and so on.   A shipment to the East Coast might take a week, perhaps more if Christmas shipping volume is exceptionally heavy.  UPS does not guarantee delivery dates. Customers should account for 2 handling business days before order is shipped ( We almost always ship in 1 day but we’re being careful) and their distance from Los Angeles. You can use the www.UPS.com time and cost calculator to see the expected delivery date based on shipment date.  If you have special needs please call our warehouse at (310) 676-7600 or e-mail shop@electricdreams.com for further information.

 

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 November 11th, 2011

November 11, 2011 by  
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Just announced by Ninco

Ninco 50579 Jaguar E-type (XKE) coupe

Ninco 50579 Jaguar E-type (XKE) coupe. Preorder now! – $74.99

Ninco 50596 Jaguar E-type (XKE) Lightweight

Ninco 50596 Jaguar E-type (XKE) Lightweight. Preorder now! – $74.99

Ninco 55050 Mercedes SLS GT3 "Postbrief"

Ninco 55050 Mercedes SLS GT3 “Postbrief”. Preorder now!  $54.99

New chassis design announced by Flyslot

Fly Alpha Chassis

These are the first CAD images of the forthcoming Flyslot Alpha chassis to be released.  Cars with this chassis are scheduled to begin arriving sometime in the new year.  The design is simplified over previous Fly chassis and looks sturdy and workmanlike.  It is shown here with an FC130 motor installed but it looks like it could accept an FK130 with few or no modifications other than the use of an adapter ring.  Note the magnet positions both forward and aft of the motor.  The design appears to give ample room for tires of any width that might be needed.

Fly Alpha cars

The CAD drawings show the chassis as configured for a Porsche 917K body, and sure enough, a 917K is among the first Alpha-chassis cars announced for production, along with a Ferrari 512S and an all-new Porsche 997.  The longevity of the Fly brand has been in question for some time now, but we will take the new product announcements as signs of the company being able to get itself on a more sound financial footing and move ahead with new products.  There are indications that the new Alpha cars may carry significantly lower prices than previous Fly / Flyslot cars.  If that is the case and if the new chassis and the cars built on it can overcome the company’s long-standing quality control issues at a better price point there should be real optimism for the future.  We will have more complete information in next week’s newsletter.

On its way to us now

Slot It SICA20Z Ford GT40 MkII, all white

Slot It SICA20Z Ford GT40 MkII, all white. Preorder now! – $54.99

Coming soon from Carrera

Carrera 30551 Mercedes SLS GT3 Black Falcon, D132


Carrera 30551 Mercedes SLS GT3 Black Falcon, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

New items in stock

Carrera 23759 Porsche 997, Falken, Digital 124

Carrera 23759 Porsche 997, Falken, Digital 124 – $75.49

Carrera 23765 Maserati streamliner, burnt copper finish 1/24

Carrera 23765 Maserati streamliner, burnt copper finish 1/24 – $83.79

Carrera 27372 Porsche 935/78, PPG

Carrera 27372 Porsche 935/78, PPG – $34.99

Carrera 30578 Porsche 935/78, PPG, Digital 132 – $53.39

Carrera 61212 GO! Ferrari 458, 1/43 scale

Carrera 61212 GO! Ferrari 458, 1/43 scale – $14.99

Carrera 41353 Ferrari 458, Digital 143 – $33.39

Carrera 61211 GO! Ferrari 458, 1/43 scale

Carrera 61211 GO! Ferrari 458, 1/43 scale – $14.99

Carrera 62246 GO! Ferrari GT race set 1/43 scale - $83.39

Carrera 62246 GO! Ferrari GT race set 1/43 scale – $83.39

NSR 1086 Audi R8 GT, red

NSR 1086 Audi R8 GT, red – $112.99

NSR 1087 Audi R8 GT, silver

NSR 1087 Audi R8 GT, silver – $112.99

Scalextric C1275T Digital Race Line race set

Scalextric C1275T Digital Race Line race set – $319.99

Scalextric C1278T Turbo Flyers race set

Scalextric C1278T Turbo Flyers race set – $159.99

Scalextric C1279T Full Throttle race set

Scalextric C1279T Full Throttle race set – $269.99

Scalextric C3189 Corvette C6R GT2

Scalextric C3189 Corvette C6R GT2 – $49.99

Restocks received

SCX A10032X300 MGA, white

SCX A10032X300 MGA, white – $49.99

SCX A10039X300 MGA, red

SCX A10039X300 MGA, red – $49.99

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 21st, 2011

October 21, 2011 by  
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Coming soon from Carrera

Carrera 27377 Dodge Charger Daytona, blue #55

Carrera 27377 Dodge Charger Daytona, blue #55. Preorder now! – $34.99

Carrera 30585 Dodge Charger Daytona, blue #55, Digital 132, Preorder now! – $49.99

Carrera 27378 Plymouth Superbird NASCAR, #02

Carrera 27378 Plymouth Superbird NASCAR, #02. Preorder now! – $34.99

Carrera 30586 Plymouth Superbird NASCAR #02, Digital 132. Preorder now! – $49.99

Coming from Slot It

Slot It SIPGRC Poster, Group C cars. Preorder now!


Slot It SIPGRC Poster, Group C cars. Preorder now! – $19.99

New and recent SCX arrivals

We have expanded our SCX selection with a number of new and recent SCX releases, including…

SCX 64870 1970 Barracuda TransAm

SCX 64870 1970 Barracuda TransAm – $49.99

SCX A10039X300 1970 MGA, red

SCX A10039X300 MGA, red – $49.99

SCX A10048X300 1970 Barracuda, C. Schwartz

SCX A10048X300 1970 Barracuda, C. Schwartz – $49.99

SCX A10024X300 Renault F1

SCX A10024X300 Renault F1 – $49.99

SCX A10033X300 BMW M3

SCX A10033X300 BMW M3 – $49.99

SCX A10035X300 Renault Megane

SCX A10035X300 Renault Megane – $49.99

SCX A10036X300 Aston Martin

SCX A10036X300 Aston Martin – $49.99

SCX A10037X300 Porsche 911 GT3

SCX A10037X300 Porsche 911 GT3 – $49.99

SCX A10027X300 Audi R10 LMP

SCX A10027X300 Audi R10 LMP – $49.99

SCX D10040X300 Lotus Renault F1, digital

SCX D10040X300 Lotus Renault F1, digital – $69.990

New items in stock

H&R HRMC1 Cobra motor FC130

H&R HRMC1 Cobra motor FC130 – $8.99

Slot It SICA11D Alfa Romeo 33/3, purple/gold

Slot It SICA11D Alfa Romeo 33/3, purple/gold – $64.99

Slot It SICA19Z Toyota 88C all white

Slot It SICA19Z Toyota 88C all white – $54.99

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.

What are Slot Cars and what’s the Appeal Behind these Big Boy’s Toys?

August 18, 2011 by  
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Slot cars are electrically powered miniature race cars, hot rods, or muscle cars.  They are similar in some ways to RC or radio controlled models. These miniature cars, about 4 to 8 inches long, are also controlled by a hand-held controller that varies their speed but their course is guided by a guide pin or blade that extends downward from the bottom of the car. The guide follows a slot in the track, hence the name slot car racing.

The controller is simpler than those used for RC models because it only has to control the car’s speed and, for digital racing, tell the car when to change lanes. Most look like guns with triggers, while digital controllers also have a lane change button on top. Since the cars are guided by their guides in the slots, no directional controls are necessary. Slot cars run on 12 to 18 volt DC power which they pick up from metal strips in the track surface.  The current is provided by a power supply that plugs into a wall outlet.

There are two kinds of slot car racing, conventional (commonly referred to as analog) in which each car runs in only one lane of the track and digital, in which an extra button on the controller allows the driver to change lanes at certain points on the track to overtake, pass, block, or just take the fastest line around the track. With a digital system any or all of the cars in the race can be in any of the lanes at the same time and as many as six cars can race on a 2-lane track, each under independent control.

The real challenge of slot car racing is driving through the curves. The object is to take each corner at the highest speed without de-slotting your car. Most of today’s slot cars have magnets on the bottom to increase the downforce and the cornering grip of the cars.  This results in faster lap times and cars that are easier for beginners to drive. Some slot car hobbyists prefer to race without magnets on their cars, finding non-magnet racing more challenging. This is, however, very much a minority view, and magnet racers will tell you that either type of racing is a test of skill with differences in how the skill is applied. Either way, the principle is to get maximum performance from whatever technology is in play.

A slot car can be an exact miniature replica of a real car or a “phantom”, a completely original or customized car. The parts of the slot car racing track, the cars themselves, and the accessories that make up a complete slot car racing layout can be as simple or complex as your tastes and budget dictate.  Slot car racers range all the way from children for whom slot cars are toys to adults who find the detailed construction of the cars and the race tracks intellectually stimulating and relaxing.  Many slot car racers are would-be full-sized car racers who are able to fulfill their racing dreams and relive racing history in miniature

There are literally thousands of slot cars on the market today. They come in 1:24, 1:32, 1:64 (HO), and 1:43scale. The 1:64 and 1:43 slot cars at present are marketed primarily as children’s toys and are more affordable than the other scales but each has its following of serious hobbyists. HO is still the most widely sold scale with race sets and cars available from many big-box retailers and most hobby shops and toy stores.  In recent years the biggest growth in the slot car hobby has been in 1:32 scale with manufacturers including Scalextric, Carrera, and Ninco offering complete product lines with race sets, cars, track, and accessories. Other manufacturers, such as Slot It, Pioneer, Revell-Monogram, NSR, and MRRC, offer cars but not sets and track. Carrera holds a prominent position in the 1:24 scale slot car market because its track system is the only one wide enough to race 1/24 scale cars successfully. Carrera also shares the 1/43 scale market with Spanish manufacturer SCX.

Digital Slot Car Review – Carrera, SCX & Scalextric

February 23, 2011 by  
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We ran across a review of 3 different digital track sets, in of all places, Car and Driver. We think that’s pretty cool.The reviews are short and sweet, but they do give nice comparisons and contrasts between 3 of the most popular digital slot car track makers: Scalextric, Carrera and SCX.

Scalextric, SCX, Carrera reviews

Digital Slot Cars Tested: Carrera, SCX, Scalextric – Gearbox

Slot Machines: Digital technology has juiced up the slot-car-racing scene.

Slot cars, as we know them, have been around since 1957, when Minimodels electrified its clockwork Scalex cars. During the 1960s, slot-car racing enjoyed a boom, but the craze “hit a wall in the late 1970s to the 1990s,” according to Dave Kennedy, the North American marketing manager for Carrera, an Austrian maker of these sets. He says that demand has “grown a lot since 2002,” partly because the cars have become more realistic and also due to the introduction of digital technology, which allows for a number of advances. In the past, you could run only one car per lane on a two-lane track. On a digital track, though, the cars can switch lanes, up to six can run at a time, and different speed settings and even pseudo “fuel” strategies are possible. We looked at three digital sets—from Carrera, Spanish maker SCX, and the mack daddy of them all, Britain’s Scalextric (imported exclusively by Hornby America)—ranging from a two-car starter set that retails for just over $200 to a larger, $500 four-car layout.

Let’s see what they are saying about the different track sets:

Carrera Digital Racing Sets

“My 12-year-old son appreciated the ability to program different speed settings and the ease with which he could set up the cars. This starter set comes with 17.7 feet of track and a gorgeous Can-Am Porsche 917/30 and an equally stunning McLaren M20.”

Electric Dreams carries 12 different Carrera Race Sets. You can see them here: Carrera Digital Slot Car Sets.

Scalextric Digital Racing Sets

“With four cars and 22 feet of track, motorized mayhem ensued when we set up this one; the rear wing of one car was destroyed after just two races.”

Hmmm… sound like fun. We carry 11 different Scalextric Racing sets. You can see these here: Scalextric Digital Racing Sets.

SCX Digital Racing Sets

“After about two minutes, the Gillies family was bump draftin’, love tappin’, tradin’ paint, and spinnin’ out just like true NASCAR heroes. We even had a Talladega-style wreck. About the only thing missing was the ability to do donuts at the end of a race.”

I am first in line when they come up the the “donut track to finish a race! We carry a few different SCX systems in the Shop. You can check them out here: SCX Digital Slot Car Racing Sets.

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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

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Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

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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 13th, 2010

August 15, 2010 by  
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Happy Friday the 13th!  We hope this has been a lucky day for you.  It’s been a great one for us!

Coming soon from Pioneer!

Pioneer P003 Dodge Charger, Bullitt assassins

Pioneer P003 Dodge Charger, Bullitt assassins. Preorder now! – $54.99 This one is getting very close to production and release, as you can see from these photos of final pre-production prototypes.  Be sure to get your preorders in!

New Items In Stock:

NSR 1050 Ford P68 all white kit

NSR 1050 Ford P68 all white kit – $83.49

Racer RCR-G3 Ferrari 250LM, Daytona 1970

Racer RCR-G3 Ferrari 250LM, Daytona 1970 – $264.99

Racer RCR56 Porsche 935 Joest, Momo, IMSA 1980

Racer RCR56 Porsche 935 Joest, Momo, IMSA 1980 – $259.99

Slot It SICA05E Nissan R390 GT1, test 1997 1997

Slot It SICA05E Nissan R390 GT1, test 1997 1997 – $92.95

Scalextric C3084 Porsche 911 GT3R

Scalextric C3084 Porsche 911 GT3R – $49.99

SCX 14020 Toyota COT, #18, Interstate, digital

SCX 14020 Toyota COT, #18, Interstate, digital – $69.99

SICS02B Porsche 956 body kit, white

SICS02B Porsche 956 body kit, white – $27.99

SICS09B Porsche 956K body kit, white

SICS09B Porsche 956K body kit, white – $27.99

Newest from the Blog

Video – Slot Cars at the Peterson – Episode 1

Video – Slot Cars at the Peterson – Episode 1

So how did a Slot Car Exhibit make it into the Peterson Auto Museum any way? One way is to make it a charitable event. Here in the very first episode of Slot Cars at the Peterson, we chat with Amelia Davis, the President of MS Friends – the charity behind this cool event.

It was an amazing day at the Peterson Automobile Museum in Los Angeles… [Read more]

Video – Slot Cars at the Peterson – Episode 2

Video – Slot Cars at the Peterson – Episode 2

Well, Slot Cars at the Peterson Auto Museum Episode 2 is here. This episode features Stephen Farr-Jones of the Farrout Slot Racing Club. Interestingly enough, the event was masterminded by Stephen & the Farrout Slot Racing Club. Not only did he manage to get a mind boggling 13 (or 14) tracks in one place, he also managed to get the event sponsored… [Read more]

Video – Slot Cars at the Peterson – Episode 3

Video – Slot Cars at the Peterson – Episode 3

Here is Episode 3 of our Slot Car Adventure at the Peterson Automotive Museum. This episode features the legendary and ever so humble Keith Tanaka. Keith has been racing since the 60′s. He took a bit of a hiatus – but is really one of the “old timers” who are responsible for the Slot Car resurgence.
Listen in as we chat with… [Read more]

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

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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 6th, 2010

More New Carrera CanAm Cars!

Here at Electric Dreams Now!

Carrera 27327 Porsche 917-30 Sunoco

Carrera 27327 Porsche 917-30 Sunoco – $39.99.  This is the conventional (analog, non-digital) version of the car.  We also have the Digital 132 version:

Carrera 30521 Porsche 917-30 Sunoco, D132 – $51.69

Carrera 30523 McLaren M20, D. Hulme, 1972, D132

Carrera 30523 McLaren M20, D. Hulme, 1972, D132 – $51.69.  This is the digital version of the car.  We also have the conventional version:

Carrera 27328 McLaren M20, Denis Hulme, 1972 – $46.95

And Another NSR Ford P68…

NSR 1053 Ford P68 (F3L), green #33

NSR 1053 Ford P68 (F3L), green #33 – $114.99

Other New Cars This Week…

Carrera 30512 BMW M3 Rahal Letterman Racing D132

Carrera 30512 BMW M3 Rahal Letterman Racing Digital 132 – $51.69.    We also have the conventional version:

Carrera 27319 BMW M3 GT2 Rahal Letterman Racing – $39.99

Ninco 50543 Lamborghini Murcielago "Pirelli"

Ninco 50543 Lamborghini Murcielago “Pirelli” – $69.99

Ninco 60005 Ferrari F430

Ninco 60005 Ferrari F430 “Forato” Xlot 1/28 scale kit – $159.99

Ninco 60009 Porsche 997 #95, Xlot 1/28

Ninco 60009 Porsche 997 #95, Xlot 1/28 – $159.99

SCX 14030 Chevrolet COT Ryan Newman, digital

SCX 14030 Chevrolet COT Ryan Newman, digital – $69.99

SCX 14040 Chevrolet COT, Tony Stewart, digital

SCX 14040 Chevrolet COT, Tony Stewart, digital – $69.99

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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