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Slot.it Audi R18 ULTRA

1/32 Slot.it Audi R18 Ultra No. 4 – 3rd Le Mans 2012 #CA38a

I suppose I am more of an “old school” enthusiast and mostly enjoy the sight of the classics come race day. However, there are those times when a modern Le Mans Prototype car is just the ticket for an afternoon of fun trackside. 

And for my own personal taste nothing beats the value of a Slot.it LMP.  Consistently a well balanced and smooth running slot car that doesn’t break the bank.

Markings and overall finish are just fine to my eyes. They usually are with Slot.it. New body changes here compared to first release but the chassis is the same.

It is also 4WD compatible. So you could build it up like the E-Tron Quattro Shown Here

You might say that a car like this is almost wasted on a simple home racer like myself. This a good example of competition grade gear and in the hands of the skilled racer, it’s a major contender on race day.

Well I’m no skilled racer to be sure. But these models show their worth regardless. Sometimes I do not WANT to rebuild a car just to enjoy some laps. It’s nice to just take a car from the case, slip on some tires and GO. That is basically all I had to do and happy for it.

So there you have it.  Just a smooth running car and I’m not going through a lot of the advanced tuning that many competition enthusiasts do. 

One more modern LMP in the line up for Slot.it. Fans of the series should be pretty pleased and impressed overall.

-Harry

Sponsored by Scalextric/Hornby Hobbies USA

 

Scalextric AMC Javelin – Bill Collins 1972

Although it is January, one of the most appealing releases of the year from Scalextric has arrived. That is fine by me as I could not wait to add yet another one of these classics to my collection.

The paint and markings are done well enough for me. And detail level is more than enough for my taste.

Nothing has changed mechanically since the debut last year.  CLICK HERE FOR THAT REVIEW. 

Score another win for Scalextric in my book. Great classic slot car at a fair price.

-Harry

Sponsored by LEB Hobbies

Scalextric ARC ONE

There is nothing quite like the fun of opening a new slot car set. This is how most of us got started and choosing the right one can be the beginning of a very rewarding hobby. As we all know, that FIRST impression is a lasting one and this set from Scalextric delivered a positive one to say the least.

And sometimes the technology advancements this hobby has seen in the past few years can turn a once simple starter set into an impressive slot car experience.  That new technology was my reason for choosing this set.

The criteria I followed was short and simple:

  1. Low Cost.  A set that was under the $200 limit.

Set purchased HERE at LEB Hobbies

  1. Featured the ARC ONE system for quick race management/timing.

Please watch the videos as they tell it all.

I like to base my opinions just as a newcomer would when opening a new set. Imagine Christmas morning and this is the set you chose for that lucky racer.

  1. How easy is it to set up? That is a big deal isn’t it parents?
  2. How much fun is it? Isn’t that the goal? Can your new racers have some fun discovering this hobby with it?

My main reason for choosing this set was because it included the ARC ONE system or App Race Control. This is a simple race/lap timing system that works on your smart phone or tablet. I felt it could add some interesting aspects to  standard analog racing and although I was skeptical, it proved to accomplish that and more than I expected.

We will begin with looking at the ARC ONE system.

Here is a link to the Scalextric site which shows the 3 different ARC systems and shows you the differences. 

I just wanted the basic system. Something that added a little more to the standard analog racing without the added expense. So remember this is NOT DIGITAL. It is simple 2 car racing, but the ARC ONE has enough features to make it interesting.

The first thing we did was download the ARC ONE app. We were using our Apple iPad and iPhone but it also works with Android based devices.

Installation was easy enough. The instruction booklet included is simple to follow. My grandson had it ready to go in just a few seconds.

Tire wear and fuel strategy are not the only stars here. The lap timing is a major item of interest for me. We do a great deal of fast lap challenges around here and it was this feature I looked forward to the most.

Well, that was BEFORE we raced using the other options and having to pit. I must say this added a great deal of fun for simple analog racing. The ARC ONE version does not have all the full bells and whistles that the ARC AIR and of course the ARC PRO has, but the basic functions included are more than enough in my opinion, especially for just starting out.

My only concern was how easy would it be to connect? Nothing can frustrate you more than a system that needs advanced settings just to connect. Thankfully this one is as simple as it gets. Load the app on your device and the light on the powerbase will turn green. That let’s you know you are connected. Green means GO right?

Now to set up the track. Scalextric track is very easy to connect/disconnect.

We chose a track plan that would fit our table and in just a few minutes we were ready to race.

The power base is simple enough to connect as well. The connections are clearly molded to only fit the correct way. I left connecting the controllers and power to my 8 year old granddaughter. So I am sure that anyone reading this can do it as well.

You do not need the App to run the cars, although that is the main reason to choose this set. The transformer in this set is a new one as well. It is 15VDC with 1.2 AMPS output. This larger amp output was nice to see as it helps prevent that major increase of speed in one car when another crashes. With the speed limiter controllers, dialing down the speed is easily enough accomplished as well.

Now veterans might find this next opinion a little odd, but I have to say I am VERY impressed with the new controllers. The reason I am is the built in “governor” or speed limiter. These WORK GREAT and proved it the first time we set them up.

You can adjust the amount of control by turning the knob as shown in the video.

This has been a long time coming. It is just what our hobby needed to help the first time young racers. We can all say things such as “Just teach them”. But the real truth is that it’s nice to have an option built in to help us do that.

THE CARS!

Ah the highlight of any set. And for me there isn’t a better pair of cars than classic American Iron!

These cars have been in the Scalextric line up a long time. They have strong enough magnets to help keep the cars pinned to the track and they run VERY well right out of the box like they should.

Plus they just look great. Ford vs Chevy. It doesn’t get much better than this in a slot car set.

This video of my grandchildren and I racing says it all really.

Needless to say, I am VERY pleased with this set. It was easy to set up and in minutes we were all having a great time racing slot cars. The ARC ONE App adds so much to the racing that it is EASILY worth the extra investment over a standard set. From the tire wear and fuel strategy, to reaction times and overall lap timing. This is the one thing that most sets lack and what most enthusiasts look for. I have spent hundreds of dollars for timing systems on our wood tracks and although they are a bit more advanced for holding race events, this simple app does what most newcomers will want.

So if you are looking to get started in this hobby, I have to HIGHLY recommend this set. You should have a fun first impression and that is exactly what a good set should deliver.

-Harry

Set purchased HERE at LEB Hobbies

King of the Mountain!

Ford, Bobby Unser, Smokey Yunick, Holman & Moody.  These legendary names came together in 1969 for a record-setting effort at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. If there was a truly unique car for Carrera to choose to model, this one certainly qualified.

For those that enjoy the history of our models, take the time to watch this priceless interview.

It just doesn’t get much more classic than this. No, it’s not a car that flew around the high banks of Daytona but it seemed to have wings on that famous mountain in 1969.

Carrera has done a good job in giving us this car in our scale. Nothing is perfect but I feel the effort represents the car well enough.

No matter how many years this mold from Carrera has been with us, it just never gets old to me. I just do not take for granted classic American cars in our hobby.  Then they produce a car with this kind of history behind it and I can’t help but appreciate it even more.

And although it was not an oval racer, you can bet that is exactly where I will race it. We already race completely fictional schemes alongside scale efforts, why stop now? In our scale world anything is possible.

Great job Carrera. I truly appreciate this classic Ford.

-Harry

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Scalextric Ford Daytona Prototype

The Daytona Prototype series seemed like an odd choice for Scalextric to choose. This series is not the most popular, but there are those that follow it with a passion and having a new player in scale is a welcome sight.

One reason for the lack of a large fan club is most people simply do not like the look of the cars. And I cannot argue that because they certainly have a very unique shape. Just one of those types of cars that either you like or you don’t with no middle ground.

If you are not up to speed (ahem) on this series, here is an interesting overview. With the series going through a dramatic change for 2017, this mold by Scalextric will have limited liveries to produce, but with some creativity I can see it lasting for quite awhile.

This car represents the “Gen3” series of DP cars and the last of the series as we know it. As it is Scalextric did a fair job in 1/32nd scale. Nothing is ever perfect of course, but a clean and acceptable job all around for my eyes.

Quick Data
Height – 34 MM (36 MM @ Rear Wing)
Length – 145.5 MM
Width – 61.75 MM
Wheel Base – 87 MM
Weight – 74.8 Grams

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