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#1 j patrick

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Posted 25 December 2019 - 11:09 AM

Just wondering what brands are popular these days. I like the look of the four-lane AFC track on A-Main Hobbies. I want to make sure I can get more track, spares, etc.


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Posted 25 December 2019 - 06:00 PM

Since 'Hot Wheels' bought out and killed the competitors, AFX is the best one still made, although the aftermarket supply of track and accessories seems endless for most others.

 

The HO size cars are very small parts by child safety laws now and 1/43 scale has been more child friendly in recent years.


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Posted 26 December 2019 - 10:17 AM

Check out  Dan has done a great job of making performace cars and parts easy to obtain.  He also sells hop up parts for other popular brands.


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Posted 26 December 2019 - 10:18 AM

Viper scale racing is the name.  For some reason the link did not stay in the post.


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Posted 26 December 2019 - 12:50 PM

If you want cars that perform well --Viper Scale Racing is the way to go!! From simple RTR near stock cars up to his modified monsters--you can't go wrong!!


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Posted 26 December 2019 - 05:05 PM

My AFX Super International 4-lane Mega G+ track set and 2 digital lap counters will arrive tomorrow (according to Fed-EX). I can’t wait to get set up and racing and to be 12 years old again! My wife wouldn’t let me get the BB gun... She’s worried I’ll shoot my eye out.


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Posted 27 December 2019 - 11:22 AM

My AFX Super International 4-lane Mega G+ track set and 2 digital lap counters will arrive tomorrow (according to Fed-EX). I can’t wait to get set up and racing and to be 12 years old again! My wife wouldn’t let me get the BB gun... She’s worried I’ll shoot my eye out.

ok thanks for all your input. checking out local HO guys, i'm used to 1/24 it might be too small. on a side note whats a thunder jet?


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Posted 27 December 2019 - 03:57 PM

Joe.
How much you want to spend?
The best tracks are the routed ones.
Check out Brads tracks and Viper scale racing.
The commercial toy cars are fine, but if you want the high performance cars, BSRT, Slotech, Viper, Wizzard are the brands
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Posted 28 December 2019 - 04:21 AM

The "thunder jet" is the second type of HO car released by Aurora back in 1963. It was actually the "Thunderjet 500" motor-chassis unit used on their cars, following the original vibrator type motors introduced in 59-60. It's also known as a 'pancake" motor because the armature is vertically mounted and drives the rear axle through a multiple gear chain. 

 

It went through a number of higher and higher performance versions, such as the AFX and Magnatraction. Even after Aurora closed down, it continued to be made, probably now in China (was made in Singapore at one time), and raced. 

 

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Posted 29 December 2019 - 12:05 AM

Also known as 'T-jet' and revived in the USA  by the (new) Auto World/Johnny Lightning/Playing Mantis names.  Nice and slow like the originals and all of the old and new bodies and parts fit.

 

Lucky Bob's Raceway in Milwaukee is a good source and REH Distributing has much inventory for HO dealers to buy.


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