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Newsletter July 13th, 2012

July 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Slot Car News

Happy Friday the 13th – again. (3 times this year!)

Just announced by Racer

Racer SW16 Lancia Beta Montecarlo, Nurburgring 1979

Racer SW16 Lancia Beta Montecarlo, Nurburgring 1979. Preorder now! – $69.99Due August. SW16 Lancia Beta Montecarlo – Nurburgring 1000kms 1979 – R.Patrese/W.Rorhl

New items in stock

Carrera 25185 Grand Prix Masters race set

Carrera 25185 Grand Prix Masters race set – $174.99

Carrera 25187 Speed Race set

Carrera 25187 Speed Race set – $207.99

Carrera 30157 World F1 Champions set, Digital 132

Carrera 30157 World F1 Champions set, Digital 132 – $466.69

Carrera 40014 Super GT race set, Digital 143

 

Carrera 40014 Super GT race set, Digital 143 – $199.99

Carrera 40015 Victory Lane race set, Digital 143

Carrera 40015 Victory Lane race set, Digital 143 – $199.99

Carrera 61238 GO! McLaren F1, 1/43 scale

Carrera 61238 GO! McLaren F1, 1/43 scale – $14.99

Carrera 61247 GO! police car, 1/43 scale

Carrera 61247 GO! police car, 1/43 scale – $14.99

Carrera 61248 GO! Mustang "Rustler"

 

Carrera 61248 GO! Mustang “Rustler”, 1/43 scale.  $14.99

Carrera 61251 GO! Finn McMissile 1/43 scale

Carrera 61251 GO! Finn McMissile 1/43 scale – $14.99

Carrera 61255 GO! Capt. America 1/43 scale

Carrera 61255 GO! Capt. America 1/43 scale – $14.99

Carrera 62272 Formula Competition set, 1/43 scale

Carrera 62272 Formula Competition set, 1/43 scale – $84.99

Carrera 62277 London Race and Chase set, 1/43

Carrera 62277 London Race and Chase set, 1/43 – $97.99

Carrera 62280 Ferrari F1 Masters set, 1/43 scale

Carrera 62280 Ferrari F1 Masters set, 1/43 scale – $84.99

Carrera 62283 Avengers race set, 1/43

Carrera 62283 Avengers race set, 1/43 – $79.99

MSC 0500 complete running Monte Carlo chassis for rally cars

MSC 0500 complete running Monte Carlo chassis for rally cars – $49.99

MSC 6018 Ford RS200 1986 Rally Portugal winner

MSC 6018 Ford RS200 1986 Rally Portugal winner – $69.99

Scale Auto SC6000 Toyota GT1 Kit

Scale Auto SC6000 Toyota GT1 Kit – $64.99

Slot It SICA21B Lancia LC2/85 Martini, Spain 1985

Slot It SICA21B Lancia LC2/85 Martini, Spain 1985 – $64.99

Top Slot 3009 Lola T70 CanAm body kit, 1/24 scale

 

Top Slot 3009 Lola T70 CanAm body kit, 1/24 scale – $114.99

Top Slot 3010 Ferrari 365GTB4 body kit, 1/24 scale

Top Slot 3010 Ferrari 365GTB4 body kit, 1/24 scale – $114.99

Top Slot 3011 Ferrari 330P4 body kit, 1/24 scale

Top Slot 3011 Ferrari 330P4 body kit, 1/24 scale – $114.99

Top Slot 7111 Mercedes-Benz W196 GP Streamliner in special box

Top Slot 7111 Mercedes-Benz W196 GP Streamliner in special box – $259.99

Fly 036104 Porsche 911 vintage rally car, Gulf

Fly 036104 Porsche 911 vintage rally car, Gulf – $69.99

The Electric Dreams Top 40

Part 3, #s 11-20

Scalextric C2810 Lamborghini Gallardo, high impact, yellow

11. Scalextric C2810 Lamborghini Gallardo, high impact, yellow

Monogram 85-4888 1963 Ford, #22, Fireball Roberts

12. Monogram 85-4888 1963 Ford, #22, Fireball Roberts

Slot It SICW09 Ford GT40 1969 LeMans winner

13.  Slot It SICW09 Ford GT40 1969 LeMans winner

Monogram 85-4887 1965 Ford, Ned Jarrett

14.  Monogram 85-4887 1965 Ford, Ned Jarrett

Scalextric C2642 Ferrari 330P4 Le Mans 1967, 3rd place

15.  Scalextric C2642 Ferrari 330P4 Le Mans 1967, 3rd place

Monogram 85-4863 Greenwood Corvette

16.  Monogram 85-4863 Greenwood Corvette

Carrera 61147 GO! Lightning McQueen, 1/43 scale

17. Carrera 61147 GO! Lightning McQueen, 1/43 scale

Scalextric C2522 Viper GTSR, Bobby Archer

18.  Scalextric C2522 Viper GTSR, Bobby Archer

Scalextric C2822 Ferrari F430 High Impact, red

19.  Scalextric C2822 Ferrari F430 High Impact, red

Scalextric C2957 Chevrolet NASCAR COT, white

 

20.  Scalextric C2957 Chevrolet NASCAR COT, white

Next week — Part 4, the Top 10.

See previous editions of the newsletter for parts 1 and 2.

Coming soon…

A member of the Electric Dream Team recently visited the newly-opened LeMay Museum (America’s Car Museum) in Tacoma, Washington.  The museum has an amazing 4-lane Slotmods track.  We will give you a photo tour of the track, showing you the unique layout and all the exquisitely modeled scenery. 

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 16th, 2012

Just announced by Racer

RCR63A Ferrari 512S, Sebring 1970, Mario Andretti/Arturo Merzario

RCR63B Ferrari 512S, Sebring 1970, Jacky Ickx/Peter Schetty

Both cars will be arriving late April or early May.  Retail price for RTR will be $224,99.  We will have these in our shopping cart system for preorder shortly.

Just announced by MMK

Ferrari Sperimentale, LeMans 1961

Ferrari Sperimentale, LeMans 1962

These cars will be produced as RTRs only.  Price will be $209.99.  They will be on line for preorder shortly.

New items in stock

MRSlotcar MR1003 Mazda 787B 1991 LeMans winner

MRSlotcar MR1003 Mazda 787B 1991 LeMans winner – $89.49

Scalextric C3173 Bugatti Veyron road car, silver - $34.99

Scalextric C3173 Bugatti Veyron road car, silver – $34.99

Scalextric C3192 Audi R8 GT3 KIT

Scalextric C3192 Audi R8 GT3 KIT – $69.99

Scalextric C3193 Aston Martin LMP1 KIT

Scalextric C3193 Aston Martin LMP1 KIT – $69.99

Scalextric C3194 Porsche 911 GT3R, Infineon

Scalextric C3194 Porsche 911 GT3R, Infineon – $49.99

Scalextric C3297 McLaren Mp4-12C, azure blue

Scalextric C3297 McLaren Mp4-12C, azure blue – $52.99

Top Slot 7108 Mercedes-Benz W196 GP Streamliner #22

Top Slot 7108 Mercedes-Benz W196 GP Streamliner #22 – $199.99

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 September 9th, 2011

September 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2011

Just announced by Slot It

Slot It SICA09E Porsche 956 KH, Gulf

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

Slot It SICA10_ McLaren F1 GTR, Fina #42

Slot It SICA10_ McLaren F1 GTR, Fina #42, Preorder now! – $64.99

Slot It SICA18B Ford GT40, "Shell" LeMans 1968

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

Slot It SICA21B Lancia LC2/85 Martini, Spain 1985

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

Just announced by AMT

2 more new model kit-based slot car kits.

AMT 744 1970 Camaro 1/24 scale KIT

AMT 744 1970 Camaro 1/24 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

AMT 746 1957 Chevy 1/24 scale KIT

AMT 746 1957 Chevy 1/24 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

 

New items in stock

And we’ve got a ton of them this week…

Avant Slot 51003 Subaru rally car, Travis Pastrana

Avant Slot 51003 Subaru rally car, Travis Pastrana – $59.99

Carrera 27373 Corvette C6R, Luc Alphand Adventures

Carrera 27373 Corvette C6R, Luc Alphand Adventures – $34.99

Carrera 30580 Corvette C6R, Luc Alphand Adventures, Digital 132 – $53.39

Carrera 27375 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 '70, red

Carrera 27375 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 ’70, red – $34.99

Carrera 30583 Chevelle SS454 ’70, red, Digital 132 – $53.39

Carrera 27376 '57 Chevy race car, red/white

Carrera 27376 ’57 Chevy race car, red/white – $34.99

Carrera 30584 ’57 Chevy race car, red/white, Digital 132 – $49.99

Carrera 30570 Audi R8, D132

Carrera 30570 Audi R8, Digital 132 – $53.39

Carrera 30154 Formula One Champions race set, Digital 132

Carrera 30154 Formula One Champions race set, Digital 132 – $469.99

Received this week from MSC

We’ve expanded our selection of MSC rally cars with some new items and some earlier cars we had not previously carried.

MSC 6001 Subaru WRC McRae/Grist

MSC 6001 Subaru WRC McRae/Grist – $67.99

MSC 6002B Ford RS200 1986 Swedish Rally winner

MSC 6002B Ford RS200 1986 Swedish Rally winner – $69.99

MSC 6003 MG Metro, San Remo 1986

MSC 6003 MG Metro, San Remo 1986 – $67.99

MSC 6005 MG Metro, Export Tour 1986

MSC 6005 MG Metro, Export Tour 1986 – $67.99

MSC 6007 Ford RS200 1986 Swedish Rally

MSC 6007 Ford RS200 1986 Swedish Rally – $59.99

MSC 6008 Subaru WRC white kit

MSC 6008 Subaru WRC white kit – $64.99

MSC 6016 MG Metro, RAC Rally 1985 #10

MSC 6016 MG Metro, RAC Rally 1985 #10 – $69.99

MSC 6017 MG Metro, RAC Rally 1985 #13

MSC 6017 MG Metro, RAC Rally 1985 #13 – $69.99

MSC 6021 MG Metro, Heritage Edition

MSC 6021 MG Metro, Heritage Edition – $69.99

We have also received

several new cars as well as some earlier ones from Top Slot.

Top Slot 7101 Mercedes-Benz 540K, 1936, red

Top Slot 7101 Mercedes-Benz 540K, 1936, red – $259.99

Top Slot 7102 Mercedes-Benz W196 GP car, Reims 1954, #20

Top Slot 7102 Mercedes-Benz W196 GP car, Reims 1954, #20 – $199.99

Top Slot 7103 Mercedes-Benz 540K, 1936, blue

Top Slot 7103 Mercedes-Benz 540K, 1936, blue – $259.99

Top Slot 7104 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR competition coupe

Top Slot 7104 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR competition coupe, – $199.99

Have you ever wondered…

What Scott Bader, the owner of Electric Dreams, does all day when he’s not looking after the crown jewel of his business empire, the coolest slot car e-commerce site on the Internet?  Click on the photo below to read about Scott’s “other” company.  It doesn’t really have anything to with slot cars but we think you’ll agree that it’s pretty impressive.

 

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.

If you have any questions or comments about this article please e-mail 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.

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