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#1 rvec

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 01:27 PM

Building the Ferrari 458

By: Rich Vecchio Date: 5/26/2015

Summary

The 1/24 Revell 458 Italia plastic model kit was an easy build and fits into Electron Raceways Sports Car Class. The 458 may be one of the most competitive bodies in the class because of its wide track, low center of gravity and very large wheel openings that easily accommodate scale wheels. The class also specifies a production chassis and sealed 16 D type motor. I selected the Scholer i55-1360 Intruder 1/32 chassis and a Pro Slot 2002 Speed FX balanced sealed 16D motor as a power plant. In testing, the car performed quite turning near course record lap times. The car will make its racing debut at the next Electron Raceway Triathlon. I will update this article subsequent to that event.

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Background

For several years, Electron Raceway has relied upon the tried and true formula of racing scale-wheeled, production chassis based, sealed motor powered plastic model kits. Chassis modifications are quite limited and have been optimized over time. With such well-defined specifications, body selection is often the difference between success and failure in any given class.

The Sports Car Class is the latest addition to our racing program. Electron Raceways Sports Car Class features a production Scholer or Plafit chassis sporting scale wheels. Power is provided by a Deathstar or ProSlot 2002 Speed FX balanced sealed 16D motor. We are also experimenting with the ProSlot 4002 FK sealed motor as well. Legal bodies include production or racing sports cars models with a maximum width of 3.3 inches. Open cockpit cars are not permitted. Can-Am and Gran Sport cars (endurance cars of the mid-60s and early 70s such as the Porsche 906, 917, Ferrari 512, Ford GT-40) are excluded because each run in their own distinct class.

Prior builds for the class included a Ford GT and a Ferrari Modena coupe. Both have their limitations (see images below). The Ford GT has a relatively narrow front track, while the Modenas rear wheel openings require that the scale wheels be tucked under the body. The 458 exhibits neither of these problems.

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Both Fujimi and Revell produce 1/24 Ferrari 458s. I selected the Revell kit because it was less expensive. Both kits have a one piece body, but the Fujimi kit has many more detailed parts unnecessary for a slot car build (box art shown below). For the purist, Studio 27 sells Ferrari 458 decals sets in a wide variety of liveries. However, I was not about to pay $15 plus shipping for the privilege (see a couple examples of the Studio 27 decal sets below).

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 01:47 PM

Great build.  Do you use a 1/32 chassis because it comes closer to fitting a 1/24 "scale" car than a 1/24 chassis would?


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 02:15 PM

The 1/32 chassis is ideal for short wheelbase cars like the Porsche 917, Porsche Carrera 6, GT40 and others. For long wheelbase cars like the Porsche 962, Toyota GT-One etc, the 1/24 works (the 1/32 does not have the range). For cars in between these two extremes, either the 1/24 or 1/32 chassis works. I have used the 1/24 chassis on my new Camaro or some have used it on the new Mustang. The 1/32 chassis has a range of wheelbases that it could fit. The 458 is at the outer limit - any longer and I would have had to use the 1/24. Below is an image of my new Camaro with a 1/24 chassis and my Porsche Carrera 6 with the 1/32

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 04:56 PM

BTW, you might want to check the Electron Raceway Projects section at this link [url=http://slotblog.net/forum/431-electron-raceway-projects/LINKand cursor down to Building the Ultimate GT1 thread that has images of the chassis, body, etc., and other information for my Toyota GT-One.

The GT-One uses an older version of the 1/24 chassis

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:52 PM

Hi Rich,
 
Nice work. Am impressed with your corner of the world's scale realism.

I used a body from a Fujimi FUJ12382 kit mounted on a Hanna chassis. Added front splitter, wing rear fender flares, and Patto's decals to model the ALMS Risi Competizione 458 I saw race at Mid-Ohio, August, 2010.

By the way Patto's makes hundreds of decals for almost any race car from every era to every make and model-incredible! Am surprised so few slotracers know about his work. Astonishing source for decals.
 
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 10:36 PM

Thanks, Todd.

 

Great-looking ride!


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