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Slot Cars at the Greystone Mansion!

May 20, 2014 by  
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The 2014 Greystone Concours d’Elegance took place at the historic Greystone  Mansion in Beverly Hills on Sunday, May 4. This year celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Porsche Speedster and well as the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang.

The car show included  an awards ceremony and a fashion show. Food, drinks, and various auto  exhibits were present throughout the mansion grounds. The Greystone Mansion was also open for people to see its many rooms and history of the Doheny family who once lived there.

We had a great time introducing slot cars and slot car racing to some and rekindling the love affair for others. We had 100’s of cars on display and a great track set up for racers of all ages.

It was a great day all around!

Below are a couple of videos and lots of pics. Enjoy!

Slot Cars at the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance 2014 Part 1

Slot Cars at the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance 2014 Part 2

Images from the Greystone Mansion

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Newsletter January 18th, 2013

January 18, 2013 by  
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The ultimate slot car project

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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.

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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:

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El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

Electric Dreams Helps Audi Canada Reinvent The Test-Drive

January 18, 2013 by  
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Audi Canada Reinvents The Test-Drive With World’s First iPad Controlled Slot Car Race

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 Slot Mods 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 Slot Mods 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.

The Audi quattro® Experience

Painting Coconuts – The Audi quattro® Experience

Go behind the scenes of the Audi quattro® Experience – a one-of-a-kind interactive installation that put participants in the driver’s seat of a custom-made 1:32 scale Audi A4 to test their on-track skills using the world’s first iPad enabled slot car controller.

Captured through the eyes of track maker David Beattie of Slot Mods USA, the film offers a unique look into his personal story, passion for the art of custom track design and the sport of slot car racing. It also delves into the process and challenges his team faced to execute a project with so many innovative features.

Newsletter April 13th, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th!

Don’t break any mirrors, let a black cat cross your path, or walk under any ladders today.  Instead, spend the day safely… racing slot cars, of course.

Coming soon from Ninco

Ninco 50601 Porsche 550 Spyder, red.

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

Coming soon from Slot Classic

Slot Classic CJ39 OSCA MT4. LeMans 1954

Slot Classic CJ39 OSCA MT4. LeMans 1954. Preorder now! – $359.99. If you’re not familiar with Slot Classic cars they are exquisitely crafted, beautifully finished hand-built models of classic race cars and road cars from the 1950s.  They are definitely not cheap, but if you want to collect examples of the highest order of the model builder’s art they are well worth the price.  And you can put them on your track and see fine art in motion.

Coming soon from Scalextric

Scalextric C3293 Aston Martin DBR9, Young Driver

Scalextric C3293 Aston Martin DBR9, Young Driver. Preorder now! – $52.99

New race sets announced by Scalextric

Scalextric C1293T Start Finish Line race set

Scalextric C1293T Start Finish Line race set. Preorder now! – $129.99

Scalextric C1297T Supercars race set

Scalextric C1297T Supercars race set. Preorder now! – $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.

The Fast and the Miniature

September 7, 2011 by  
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Drivers zoom to glory at Gaithersburg remote-control car raceway. The Gazette A remote-control car goes over a jump inside The Track.

For vehicle enthusiasts who may not want to climb behind the wheel themselves, The Track indoor remote-control car raceway satisfies the need for speed.

With twists and turns, jumps and straightaways, drivers must navigate the warehouse-sized track’s many challenges with their scaled-down vehicles.

Owner Mimi Wong started operating RC car races in 1984, and has been occupying her current building in Gaithersburg since 1991 after closing a toy store. While Wong doesn’t race herself, she is a guru at repairing and painting cars that have made one too many wide turns into a barrier wall.

Wong’s customers range from young children who come in after school to retirees. She enjoys watching families learning how to race together.
“I think this hobby is great for father and son, or father and daughter, the families,” Wong says.

Open seven days a week, The Track provides a place for drivers to practice, tune up their cars or participate in races on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, Wong says. A day of racing costs $10 to $15 and cars are priced from $100 to $5,000, depending on size and other specifications.

In addition to the large track for remote control cars, the warehouse also has a full slot car track that Wong says has produced some of the fastest lap times on the East Coast. Slot cars run within grooves on a track and the driver is only in control of the gas. She also holds indoor miniature airplane and helicopter races.

Since she has been in business for more than 20 years, Wong has seen some of her original customers, whom she met as children, using the skills they learned at The Track in their adult life.

“A few of my customers —kids — became engineers and all that stuff, so it really makes me feel really good when they come by to see me,” she says.

Source: Gazette.net

Catching up with Zippety Slot Cars

August 25, 2011 by  
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Here’s a cool article about zipperty slot cars, learn from the Expert Dale Grove on how to manipulate and race with your slot cars!

Dale Grove is off to the races and he’s inviting young and old to join him.

Slot cars may seem as a blast from the past for some adults.

They have, however, been brought up to date at Zippety Slot Car Racing, which opened in July across from Valu-Mart in the Bay.

Two tracks, a six-laner and a two-laner, lovingly crafted by Grove himself, offer the opportunity for eight people at once to race each other at the same time.

The cars work on the same principle as trams and trolley cars, where a low voltage electric current runs in the slot, the car makes contact with it and it powers a small electric motor in the car.

The car’s “driver” has a controller that regulates the flow of electricity and the speed of the car.

If you go too fast, you’ll crash on the curves.

If you go too slow, you lose the race.

Incidentally, it’s all hooked up to a computer that will measure your laps in one hundredths of a second.

Grove has been taking his smaller track to the Barry’s Bay Farmers’ Market on Friday afternoons, where anyone can try it out.

Or drop by the store and let Grove give you a lesson in speed racing.

It’s fun.

Barry’s Bay

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.

Newsletter August 5th, 2011

New items in stock

NSR 1065 Porsche 917 Gulf #21

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NSR 1080 Ford MkII, blue #6, LeMans 1966 - $116.99

NSR 1080 Ford MkII, blue #6, LeMans 1966 – $116.99

Virtuoso Performance

The Electric Dream Team is pleased to welcome to our family of customers the fine people at Virtuoso Performance of Hayward, California.  VP is a racing prep shop specializing in vintage racing cars.  For this year’s Monterey historic races, where they will supporting 18 of their customers’ cars, VP wanted to have some special entertainment for their customers and friends and decided that a slot car track would be just the thing.  The ED tech department was able to design and spec a 4-lane miniature Laguna Seca in Scalextric Sport track.  Just this week a member of the Electric Dream Team spent a day at the VP shop assembling and checking out the track prior to its shipment to Laguna Seca.  While he was there he photographed an array of outstanding vintage race cars.  In an upcoming edition of Electric Dreams News we will have an extensive article on Virtuoso Performance and its slot car track along with photos of some truly mouth-watering vintage cars.  In the meantime, here is a little sampling of what you will see.

This is the VP layout.  For now it’s just set on a flat table painted in a sand color to approximate the real track’s surroundings, but this is just the beginning.  We’ll be telling you more as time goes on.

This is a very pretty little Ginetta sports-racer.  It looks like a lot of fun to drive.

Here’s a Brabham BT33 F1 car.  It’s on display in VP’s “show room” located in the entrance to the office area, which holds 3 cars, several engines on stands, a showcase of diecast models, walls covered with posters and photos, and some beautiful airplane models hanging from the ceiling.

Watch for more on Virtuoso Performance in coming newsletters.  Meanwhile, if you would like to know more about VP, visit their web site at www.vprace.com.  and see their customers’ cars in action at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion later this month.

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.

Slot Cars Evolution

July 21, 2011 by  
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Slot racers play to stay in the groove. Read more about the evolution, downfall and the rise of slot cars.

There was a time when a slot car racing set was a prized part of any youngster’s toy collection and then along came Mario Kart.

Scalextric gradually morphed into PlayStation and most commercial slot car centres closed down, but the hobby hasn’t quite gone the way of high-tops, music cassettes and stonewash jeans.

From the late 1950s through to the 1970s, slot car racing was big business. Hugely popular in Europe, manufacturers such as Cox, K&B, Scalextric and Revell also distributed their cars and track throughout Australia, and there was no shortage of places to race them.

An enthusiast who runs Way2fast Model Car Racing in Fyshwick, Steve Winchester, said he remembered a time when there was a slot car track in every second suburb.

”Then along came computers and most of it died off,” he said.

The 55-year-old opened the business in 2009. Increased demand meant a move to bigger premises in January this year, but it remains Canberra’s only dedicated commercial slot car raceway.

A former printer, Mr Winchester initially started taking a portable track to Tuggeranong Market and various swap meets to gauge demand.

So a semi-retirement project turned into a business which is now ”doing quite well”, and Mr Winchester remains one of his own best customers.

Canberra has two slot car clubs, the Southside and Northside, and members of both regularly race at the Fyshwick track.

A civil engineer and owner of about 700 slot cars, Alvaro Amorim, belongs to the Southside club. He says there isn’t too much panel beating required after regular Wednesday night competition.

Amorim hopes to qualify in a three-person team for the Ninco World Cup to be held in Spain in September.
Slot cars do not have a magnet to help them stick to the track, and watching a novice race is akin to a miniature demolition derby. Marshals man the track to re-slot crashed cars as quickly as possible.

Cars can reach up to 70km/h and Mr Winchester says just because they are smaller that doesn’t deter their owners trying just about anything within the rules to make them go faster. ”You can tune your car, change the tyres, change from plastic gears to metal gears, change the plastic wheels to aluminum or magnesium wheels, move the weight around with plasticine, shave the chassis …” he said.

Amorim believed there were a few parallels to be drawn between slot car racing and becoming a good driver on the open road.

”It’s fantastic to see the kids coming down and developing their skills on the track.’

Slot cars play to stay in the groove

Slot Cars Zipping Toward the Bay

July 13, 2011 by  
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Dale Grove shows his slot car race track. He will be bringing the activity to the Barry’s Bay area sometime this month.

For his 10th birthday, Dale Grove was given a small slot car set. Ever since, they have never ceased to give him a thrill and now he is going to share that feeling with the people of Barry’s Bay and area. Zippity Slot Cars will be opening in July.

Grove has built the two tracks that will be available in the store, a large six laner and a smaller two laner. He expects most of his clientele will be children and teens, but he adds, “When I lived in Mattawa, there was an adult slot car club in North Bay that I used to go to. The adults had just as much fun as the kids.”

For those who have never seen them, slot cars are miniature reproductions of racing cars, connecting through the slot in their lane to an electric current varied by the car’s controller through his or her hand-held device. The greater the current, the faster the speed of the car. The curves and “hills” built into the track add to the challenge, and a “champion” develops a level of skill that brings his car in constantly ahead of the others.

Slot cars are usually models of actual automobiles, though some have bodies purpose-designed for miniature racing. Most enthusiasts use commercially-available slot cars (often modified for better performance), others motorize static models, and some “scratch-build,” creating their own mechanisms and bodies from basic parts and materials.

HO slot cars work on a similar principle, but the current is carried by thin metal rails that project barely above the track surface and are set farther out from the slot. The car’s electrical contacts, called “pickup shoes”, are generally fixed directly to the chassis, and a round guide pin is often used instead of a swiveling flag.

Barry’s Bay

Newsletter June 24th, 2011

June 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2011

Coming soon from Cartrix

Cartrix 0936 Vanwall F1 #6, 1956

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Cartrix 0966 Ferrari-Lancia D50 F1

Cartrix 0966 Ferrari-Lancia D50 F1. Preorder now! – $89.99

Coming soon from Fly

Fly F20101 Porsche 908/2, 69 Targa Florio winner

Fly F20101 Porsche 908/2, 69 Targa Florio winner. Price TBA, but at least it’s coming, which means Fly is back in business in some form or other, at least temporarily.

New Items in stock

Scalextric C3146 Mercedes GP Petronas 2010

Scalextric C3146 Mercedes GP Petronas 2010, Michael Schumacher – $49.99

Scalextric C3147 Mercedes GP Petronas 2010

Scalextric C3147 Mercedes GP Petronas 2010, Nico Rosberg – $49.99

Scalextric C3148A Mercedes F1 Michael Schumacher

Scalextric C3148A Mercedes F1 Michael Schumacher, limited edition. – $69.99

Scalextric C3156 Ford RS200, 1986

Scalextric C3156 Ford RS200, 1986 – $49.99

Scalextric C3164 START pro racing twin pack

Scalextric C3164 START pro racing twin pack – $44.99

Project in progress

McLaren M12

We’re almost there with our McLaren M12.  Just a few details left to add, including mirrors and exhausts, and some detail painting, mostly on the driver.

This, you may recall, is what we started with – a vintage Aurora body made around 1970.

And this is the chassis we’ve made for it, a modified Fly Joest-Porsche chassis with a magnet upgrade and Monogram Greenwood corvette wheels and tires.

Look for a complete project recap and wrapup, coming soon in Electric Dreams News.  Yes, we know we need to fix the Coca Cola decal on the right side.

New project in progress

This is going to be a 2011 Camaro TransAm car made from a Carrera Camaro concept car body shortened to fit a Scalextric Jaguar TransAm chassis and interior.  More on this project in coming issues of the newsletter.

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

 

Free shipping

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

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

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

Newsletter May 20th, 2011

Just announced by Slot It

Slot It SICA19B Toyota 88C #37 Taka Q.

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

New items in stock

Avant Slot 51201 Mirage GR8, LeMans 1976

Avant Slot 51201 Mirage GR8, LeMans 1976 – $64.99

Avant Slot 51301 Kremer K8 STP

Avant Slot 51301 Kremer K8 STP – $64.99

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pioneer P019 '69 Cherry Red Charger

Pioneer P019 ’69 Cherry Red Charger – $61.99

Pioneer P023 Dodge Charger, Ace of Spades rat rod

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

Pioneer P025 Dodge Charger, Lady Luck rat rod

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

Pioneer P027 Phantom Bullitt Mustang

Pioneer P027 Phantom Bullitt Mustang – $61.99

Top Slot 5004 Porsche 917-10 CanAm, STP

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

Top Slot 5005 CunninghamC4R LeMans 1954, 7th place

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

Top Slot 5006 Porsche 910 Targa Florio 1976

Top Slot 5006 Porsche 910 Targa Florio 1976 – $159.99

Slot It SICA15B Mazda 787B LeMans 1991

Slot It SICA15B Mazda 787B LeMans 1991 – $59.99

Monogram McLaren M6A project, part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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