Though I race exclusively 1/24th scale scratch built cars constructed with custom brass chassis and model kit plastic & resin bodies, I’m intrigued by the increasing popularity of 1/24th BRM and ScaleAuto RTR cars elsewhere. I’ve bought a few and am impressed with their advancing chassis technical innovations leading to much better running slot cars (except Carrera.) And they all (Carrera, too) excel in presenting such scale authenticity that they make impressive shelf models.
I bought a newly released “BRM” slot car, the beautifully rendered 1/24th 1971 Penske Ferrari 512M. Advertising and public relations comments indicate BRM released this particular slot car in limited production of 500 samples, so its available price across the retail field is near $200- not a cheap slot car for the casual inexperienced runner.
Didn't have to spend too much time tweaking the chassis- adjusted rear spring rates, re-oriented the guide flag so its leading edge wouldn't dig into the lane tape, changed to sponge tires and added some lead weight to the chassis pans. I found the accurately modeled slot car quite fast and smooth that handles surprisingly well on our tight, multi-cornered track. I see on the Internet some groups who race BRM's. I think this latest BRM with its aluminum chassis and "floating" body mounting makes for a very competative slot car in the authentic scale ready-to-run racing community.
Did a modeling revision. Like so many RTR's, ScaleAuto, Carrera, AutoArt and BRM slot cars, the driver figures appear too toy-like, so I substituted a better figure from a Fujimi Driver Figure kit, 1100-4 G T-4, who wears the appropriate period helmet, has decaled wide shoulder harness and is equipped with red colored safety gloves. Ordered some decals from Pattos, Australia, to change this model from its 1971 Le Mans appearance to the #6, 1040 chassis Penske with drivers Mark Donohue & David Hobbs raced at Watkins Glen, July 1971.