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#26 Mattb

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 05:55 PM

I guess my whole issue with this is that most of us can take one of these cars and work it over and it will handle somewhat better.   You can tweak it with some soldering and some thread locker.     My whole issue is, don't these companies have one person on the payroll that knows slot cars as well as guys here?   Can't they accept any input from a couple of guys on the payroll that know slot cars.   I don't think we are asking for a  bunch of improvements that increase costs.  Just some changes to a more competitive/better out of the box slot car.   I  think most of what has been discussed doesn't add much expense.     

 

Remember the AMT fiasco of a few years ago with their 1/25 slot car kits.  I guess their input came from people in the doll industry or something, but nobody that knew s**t about slot cars had any input.    They had screw together guide flags!   Push on plastic wheels!    This from a company that made a decent brass chassis in 1965.

 

Just let a slot car guy give some input.


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 06:18 PM

The AMT fiasco wasn't by the same company that made brass chassis in '65, other than in name only. They should have just sold hard body kits this time around. Today's AT&T isn't the same company they were 25-40 years ago either..


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 06:44 PM

I agree Mattb, there's a disconnect between design, manufacture and use, apparently done without input from the domestic slot racing community. Right now I have a handsome collection of 1/24th BRM and Scale Auto shelf model cars with guide flags!


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 07:05 PM

King tracks in Europe are thought appropriate for Wing cars and that's about it. Most club tracks are flat and 6 lanes with most having NO scenery.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 07:05 PM

Remember the AMT fiasco of a few years ago with their 1/25 slot car kits.  I guess their input came from people in the doll industry or something, but nobody that knew s**t about slot cars had any input.    They had screw together guide flags!   Push on plastic wheels!    This from a company that made a decent brass chassis in 1965.

 

Just let a slot car guy give some input.

They got input from one of the most slot savvy guys around. A blog member. They dismissed his advice.

 

Maybe they can be convinced to release a "Body Only".   


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Posted 08 February 2018 - 07:40 PM

LOL

 

Ours ain't shelf models and not very handsome either. The Toyota outhandles(can that be said of a BRM?  LOL) the other BRM Group C cars. Do I wish the BRM's were constructed better and handled better? For SURE! But they are what they are and if I paid $150 or more for a slot car(which I did), I'm damn sure gonna race it. It's an absolute JOY to finish a BRM race and then put our Scaleauto's on the track... the difference between night and day.

 

 

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 08:07 PM

Do you race the BRM's with the plastic or metal chassis?

I hosted a couple big BRM races, in conjunction with the hobby show.

The final 8 racers who transferred into the Main, were required to switch to new handout motors.

They did it at one table, 2 racers at a time, in 4 seperate stages, because the BRM officials felt that was the most they could keep an adequate, eye on.

It was 12:30 at night, while this was going on, and my head was slowly unscrewing from my neck.

IIRC, we finished 1:30-2:00 AM.

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 08:57 AM

We run the plastic chassis'. A few of us have the aluminum chassis but we've never gotten around to racing them. We mostly follow the rules but we don't get worked up about 'em; running the hardbody cars is our escape from the stress of "real" racing. I think the only thing we check at tech is if the car has some kind of clearance.


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 02:37 PM

I picked up two of the BRM Trans-Am Mustangs to run on my routed home track for a little scale realism. In contrast, the majority of my slot car collection is of the commercial track variety. The level of detail and quality of these cars is pretty good and to my surprise handle way better than my expectations and way better than any other home-set car I’ve tried on my track.

 

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 04:47 PM

Just got one of these Trans-Am Mustangs, out of the box, touched nothing and it performs flawlessly on my home Carrera track. It competes against my fully tuned H&R Racing chassis Hardbody cars. I really don't understand those who complain about the latest releases by BRM. These are far superior to their earlier plastic chassis cars, which were designed to race on plastic tracks, not commercial tracks. And yes, the earlier BRM cars can be tuned to race in commercial tracks, as i have done it for 7+ years and had a blast doing it. It is just like racing Hardbody cars back in the mid 1960's- ya have to race them, they are not glued down to the track cars. They are SCALE model car racing slot cars, not wing cars.  And when raced together they are very competitive and fun.

 

ps- an out of the box Scaleauto car, with Scaleauto foam rubber rears, performs perfectly on any commercial track. did that for years too 

 

all slotcars need tweaks and tuning to perform better- so why complain about tuning a BRM car??

 

SCALE model car Hardbody racing is not for everyone. That's why we have all types and scales of slot cars to choose from. Pick what ya like and race it, don't put down what others enjoy.

 

oh yeah- these new Trans-Am cars are $139.99, a big price reduction by their importer. The new anodized aluminum chassis is their best to date. Quality is top notch for the price. To build a quality H&R Racing Hardbody model kit bodied car costs approx. $100 and takes a lot of hours to build and tune, so worth $40 more to take one of these beauties out of the box and onto my track. For those of us who enjoy BRM and Scaleauto cars, these new Trans-Am models are a welcome release and we are happy to have them, and we want more. 

 

If you want to go really fast, race wing cars. If you want to race really SCALE cars, in other words- real model car racing as when the hobby started, and continues, in 1/24 scale- try one of these. You just might like it. 


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Posted Yesterday, 02:58 AM

Those Stangs look awesome!  I think I will get a Camaro and a Mustang too...


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