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  1. Hi, I make resin copies of the BA wings in plain white for $2 each if you are still looking. I can also paint them up and decal them to specification if you want, but they will cost $5 each. I also do the Ford FG wings and the Holden VX, VY and FE wings. Here are a few recent examples. These are resin reproductions and are not as strong as the original plastic, and I would recommend removing them for racing. Perfect for shelf queens though.
  2. As far as I can tell, the mounting posts have not been shaved to lower the body, and the body lines all seem to line up perfectly to the chassis. But from the pic below, you should be able to see that the supports that come down from the body have been cut off the Ford. These were all bought from 3 different people, so its strange that the exact same mods have been made, or was this done at the factory for some reason? With regards to lowering, the Ford already seems to sit lower than the Holden, so its the Holden if anything that needs to be lowered, as there is a 2 or 3 mm gap from top of tyre to the wheel arch (see bottom pic). Also, the exhaust recess in the side of the Ford doesn't seem to have been deepened, which would surely need to have been done to lower the body? Just has me a little perplexed as it seems to me the wrong cars have been modified, and without any discernible benefit. Just wondering if anyone out there has one of these Falcons and if that they could check whether the bearing support posts have been removed or not?
  3. Not sure if its just coincidence or not, but have recently acquired three used Scalextric "Richards" FG Falcons as part of 2nd hand set purchases, and as I was pulling them apart to clean and tune, I noticed that in all three of them, the previous owner had cut the rear supports out that help hold the motor and bearings in place. The Holden Commodores in the same sets had not been modified at all, and I was wondering if there was a reason for this? Or is it just random coincidence that each owner thought it would make a difference? In the case of the first Falcon I opened, which was running pretty poorly and noisily, the non endbell end (don't know what the proper term is for the arse end of the motor) had popped out of the bracket, presumably because those braces weren't there. And with the second one, the axle popped out while I was trying to fit new tyres (without first removing the body - my bad). It was at that point I noticed the supports in the body top had been removed. So I then checked a third version which I'd had for a while, and it was missing the supports as well, yet the Commodores were all intact. Can anyone enlighten me on this practice? This is the car I am talking about, I don't have any pics of the inside of the body, but will do that later tonight if I remember.
  4. Great Review Rosco, I was so impressed with your initial comments, I decided to get myself one, even though I was not impressed with their earlier 4-door version of the Torana. It was rather disappointing out of the box, but once I trued up both the front and rear tyres, it was a completely different beast. Cannot believe how badly out of round the wheels & tyres were, particularly the front, which I normally don't worry too much about. But as you pointed out, with the axle fixed in position and the tyres level with the guide, it literally bounced all over the place once it picked up any speed. But it ran extremely well on my non-magnet timber track, once the tyres were fixed. Certainly much better than the 4 door, maybe even better than my own resin 4 door on a PCS chassis. I might actually add some lead strips to the chassis just to get the CoG a little lower and improve the grip levels as its a bit tail happy. Cheers,
  5. Will these replace the newer style scalextric mounts? I have a couple of scalextric chassis with broken mounts.
  6. Hi, I'd be interested in getting a Ford BA Chassis printed, but I am in Australia. I can send my details via pm if you are still looking for guinea pigs. Surprised you haven't had any volunteers, or are they contacting you via pm? Cheers,
  7. grt

    Brock - Johnson Sierras

    Although those early Aussie cars were just revamped Escorts, which were terrible to drive, you can convert them into a decent handling car, if you are prepared to butcher it a bit. Wouldn't do it on those rarer Aussie cars, but I did finish off a chassis lowering job I picked up off someone else. I think the ride height was dropped a good 4 or 5 mm, and it makes a huge difference. There are probably neater ways to achieve it, but I decided not to try and undo what had been done, and instead just cleaned it up, added finishing touches and ended up with a fairly decent runner. Gave a Rover the same treatment and it runs even better. There are more pics and comments here: XR3i
  8. There must be some residue of some sort left over from the original paintwork, or some other treatment it received in a former life. Maybe try giving it a really good soak and scrub with Turps? Although check first that the plastic won't be affected, and try Metho if necessary, but its not as effective as Turps. Then give another good scrub with paint soap or pure soap or similar, and then try. I've seen that happen with resin if an old batch was used or the mix wasn't right, but not with plastic, or not to that extent anyway. Good luck!
  9. Oops, forgot to include the Vanwall. The body top was in great condition, but missing the windscreen and exhaust, which I have now made copies of. I think the bottom must have been from a different car, as it had been painted black at some point, then stripped back. But I only had to remove a few specks of paint, then buffed and polished it up to a reasonable finish. Found all the right wheels as well, and the RX motor I grabbed from the box runs very fast indeed, so its a great runner. I know it might be seen as sacrilegious, but I converted this from loop braid to a swivel guide, as there was plenty of room, which meant I could leave the body mounts untouched. Just need to finish it off with the missing bits and number roundels. The other Lotus shells started off as mismatched top and bottom, but then I stumbled across their opposite numbers in a different box - I must really organise myself and sort all my parts boxes out a bit better. The green Cooper I already mentioned, and last is the mismatched BRM top and bottom, which will be repainted in red most likely. In the background, I am trying to sort out and identify all my different driver heads, I think I have 14 different open face ones! Cheers,
  10. Been working on a few projects with all this extra spare time. The 6 later F1s were low hanging fruit that didn't need much more than a good clean, service and the odd part or 2. The Lotus and Cooper both needed quite a bit of work. The Lotus top and bottom were different colours, but were both Austalian made and of the same type, fit together well. Didn't realise there were significant difference is length and mounts between the different types until I tried to match them up to other odd halves I had. I have kept the pin guide and loop braids for now, as I found a complete set in my spares box, along with the correct connector, and dug out an old running RX motor. Not that fast, but nor sure if its the motor or the braids, but will stay that way for now. I repainted both halves in the colour of the top as I figured that would be easier than trying to match either one. I made the exhausts, windscreen and head myself, the rest are all original. The Cooper was also a full restoration job, as both halves were covered in thick acrylic paint, which took a lot of soaking in brake oil, and a careful clean off of the final remnants with Acetone. The body was quite rough underneath, not sure if that was caused by my efforts to strip it, or was the reason it had such a thick layer of paint, but was able to sand and buff it down to a reasonably smooth finish, but it did require a repaint. I stayed with the original red colour, although this is a little brighter. It was the later model with the swivel guide, which is why I chose this out of the 3 odd pairs of tops and bottoms I had. I have already started to convert a nice green one to a swivel guide as well, as this runs much better (although slower) than the lotus with its pin guide. Might have to test a few of the other old RX motors I've got to see if I can find one with a little more oomph. Prior to that, I decided to clean up the timber track a bit, filling holes and cracks, sanding and repainting. Tried to give it a used 60's feel by splashing darker swathes of grey over the lighter grey, and then topped it off with a flat clear coat for protection and grip. I then decided to revamp my rather pathetic pit lane, by cleaning up the pit boxes, and gathering all my figures together into teams, making extra resin copies where I was short, then painting them up in team colours. Then found some old bodies, put broken motors and axles on them so I can leave them all there as props. Enjoy!
  11. Hi, I've had various layouts using classic scalextric track over the years, in sheds and garages, and the only time I had issue with expansion and contraction was when I surrounded the track with MDF to try and get the feel and look of a routed track, and remove the need for barriers. It worked well in winter but as soon as summer came around, the track expanded but the MDF didn't. I end up resolving it quite simply, by unscrewing the MDF so it was free floating and I could spread it out or close it up as needs be. Fortunately, I had used offcuts and it was cut and fitted in multiple sections, so the free floating trick worked a treat. So, as long as you haven't nailed your track to the board, you shouldn't have any expansion issue. I now have a routed track a fellow collector donated to me, which is already 15 years old, and will probably last forever, as the "braid" is actually 1/4" stainless steel cable. So no rust or wear and tear, ever. However, it does have expansion issues on super hot days, and every now and then a section might be forced up, but its a simple matter to glue it back in position once it cools down again.
  12. Hi All, I just emailed the museum, who then pointed me to their Facebook page, which happens to feature that car on a post from yesterday. The car is a 2015 SUPERLITE SL-C COUPE https://www.facebook.com/namtnews/?ref=br_rs I heartily recommend you visit the Facebook site, as well as the museum itself, as their photos are far more drool worthy than mine.
  13. Yeah, sorry, I didn't get the name plate in the frame unfortunately, as I did with many of the others, and I simply can't remember the make or model. I'm hoping someone will recognise it.
  14. Hi Andrew, My wife and I were in Launceston from 28th Feb to 11th Mar. We did the 6 day Overland Trek from Cradle Mt to Lake St Clair, with full packs (over 20Kg). Bloody hardest thing I've ever done, but a fantastic experience, and then had a few days downtime before flying back. Wandered around Launceston a few times, dropped in to the Car Museum and the art gallery, had a massage, walked the gorge, did a winery tour and a few other things. Lovely town, some magnificent wine and food, definitely heading back there again.
  15. Was in Launceston in early March, before the world went mad, and visited this lovely little vintage car museum. Thought I'd share a few highlights for those who haven't been: Enjoy!
  16. Well, I spent the last week or so migrating my photos to the new hosting service, and then modified all my HTML to point to them. Was able to do global edits, so wasn't hard, but had to test every page (100's of them) and make a few adjustments where I didn't follow my own standard conventions here and there. The photos load so much faster now, at least down under anyway. Would be interested to know if overseas users find it better or worse than it used to be. The link is in my signature below. My next task is to migrate the actual website itself to Hosting Cloud, as it currently sits on my very first ISP - Alphalink - which allowed free hosting for members, but with a very small storage allowance (20MB) - which is why I had to host the photos elsewhere. Even though I switched away from them years ago, I kept the old email account for $10 a year, and that seems to have kept my website active. I have been slowly deleting photos from PhotoBucket, and will cancel my paid account shortly, before the current annual plan expires. So any old links in forums will stop working soon, but I haven't put much up lately anyways, so its no big deal. But at least I can start loading up some of my recent builds and start posting pics on forums again, as I couldn't add new photos to photobucket under the new restrictions.
  17. Well, it took over a month for them to restore my account fully, although there is still the odd photo missing (which apparently is a known bug they are "looking into"). Then, to rub salt into the wound, once I could log in, I got a big warning page saying I am over my photo and bandwidth limit. Which was news to me as the basic plan I signed up on 2 years ago did not have these limits, it only had a storage limit, of which I had used about 5%. Apparently in the middle of last year they changed all their plans from annual to monthly subscriptions, introducing a big price hike and limits on the number of photos and the bandwidth you use for people to view them. I mean, seriously? After all that s#!t with the servers down for a month, they want me to pay 5 or 6 times as much as I am already paying simply to use what I have already loaded up? At one stage I even asked them to give me at least one good reason for staying with them - to which I got no response - surprise, surprise. So, I have finally bitten the bullet and signed up to a new Aussie web hosting site - Hosting Cloud - it wasn't the highest rated, but was in the top 10, its local, and their fee structure is very simple (only 2 plans $5 mth or $10 mth), with none of this $2 a month lead-in bullshit I discovered on the highest rating site (Hostinger) which only applies if you sign up for at least 4 years - month to month was over $10 mth. I'll get my own domain name gtout.com.au, and once its all up and running, I'll migrate my existing alphalink webpage across, along with all my photos, and I'll then have great pleasure in telling photobucket to f**k off and cancel my subscription. I know they won't give a rats, but hopefully enough like-minded people will get annoyed with them and leave and maybe then they might realise how badly they've annoyed their original client base - but like most other corporations, they probably won't. I'm hoping to get better support and longevity from my new web hosts, fingers crossed. Will be interesting to see how easy the migration actually turns out to be - I've got 40 years of IT experience, but virtually no web experience apart from my own very simple, basic picture site. Cheers,
  18. Nah, their entire site went down about 4 weeks ago, due to a "power outage at the data centre", and besides that, I am already paying for their service They claim to have restored most accounts and photos, but mine is still kaput, and this was the last email they sent me a week ago: "Hi Graeme, Thank you for letting me know and I am sorry to hear you are still experiencing issues. I checked your account and it looks like your account is still one of the accounts affected by the remaining systems that are slowly restoring. We currently don't have an estimated time when these issues will be fixed but we are hoping that this will be resolved as soon as possible. I'll keep your ticket open and reach back out to you once we have an update to provide. Again, our apologies for the inconvenience this is causing you. Regards, Moss@Photobucket Support" I've received several similar emails, all saying nothing much except bad luck buddy. Still don't understand why some systems are working and others not, I mean, its just a photo hosting service, how many services would they run? Apparently their billing services are all working fine . I mean, I've been in IT for over 40 years, and I've never heard of any system that has taken this long to restore. Most commercial operations would have disaster recovery procedures in place, and would expect to cut over to a DRP service in hours or days. I can only assume they had no redundancy or DRP in place, and some of their older servers simply can't be restarted. But I wish they'd be just open about it and give their customers useful and valid information upon which they can make informed decisions. I'm just thankful this is just a hobby, and I'm not running as business that relies on them, and I've still go all my originals, so its feasible for me to jump ship. Just hoping to avoid doing so, but the longer this drags on, the less hopeful I've become. Be interested to know just how many accounts are still having issues - is it truly only a minority, or is that BS as well.
  19. This is what I get whenever I try to link to one of my pics
  20. Hi, Well, long story short (well, fairly short, OK, not too long), over the many many years I've been playing with, repairing and restoring old slot cars, one of the greatest sources of information and help was all the pictures of original, restored and customised slot cars that so many others have loaded onto the net. So about 20 or so years ago, I decided to return the favour and try and publish the hundreds of photos of my cars I'd taken over the years. My ISP back then (alphalink) offered free website hosting for members, although the the storage allowance was very small (20Mb?), so I soon ran out of room. So I looked around for free photo hosting sites, and settled on ImageShack, as it was free, simple and they didn't scramble album or photo names. After many years, I noticed a significant portion of my images were displaying the "no image found" icon, and after a fair bit of digging around and the usual run-arounds from the help desk, I discovered it was a fairly common occurrence to which there was no solution. Around 5% of my photos had simply disappeared. Luckily I keep all the originals and backups on my own PC. So I started looking around again, and eventually settled on Photobucket, as they had a very similar setup and conventions, it was still free back then, and had good reviews. Back then, I had probably less than a thousand photos, and because it wasn't a sudden catastrophic failure with ImageShack, I spent the next 6 or 12 months, gradually migrating my photos and changing the HTML links in my website pages. A couple years back, Photobucket spat the dummy and tried to fleece, coerce, threaten , encourage users of their "free" site to start paying a ridiculous, modest fee. It didn't affect my website, but did stop me using links from the various slot forums I frequent. Once they reconsidered and offered a basic ad-free and 3rd party linking option, I figured it was worth paying US$20 a year for. Now, it looks like its time to move on again. So started googling website hosting for hobbyists/small businesses, and might start looking into cheap options like Hostinger, where I can hopefully store my images as well as host my own website domain for about $30 or $40 a year. I did look at Webstudio as well (thanks AussieSlotter), but I think they might be overkill for my very simple slot car photo displaying website. Just that it will be a big migration task, and unlike the imageshack issue, my current website is unusable, so I can't really take the long slow approach. Fingers crossed that Photobucket will sort their s#!t out shortly, so I'll be able to cut over at my leisure, but I don't intend to renew my paid account with photobucket later this year. Cheers,
  21. I am using my PC, but again, getting access to my photos through an app on my phone doesn't solve the immediate problem, which is that my website is now useless, as none of the photos are displaying because none of the photobucket links to my photos are working. If it wasn't for that, I'd start slowly migrating my photos to another hosting site, but that will take me several months, if not years, as I have approx 500 separate webpages, each featuring one of my cars, and each containing an average of 6 photo links. Unless I can find a hosting site that works similar to photobucket, and doesn't scramble album names and file names, it will be a nightmare having to manually cut & paste every individual photo URL. My only hope of a quick switch is if I can do global edits on the URLs, which can only happen if the Album and File names are not scrambled, and all the ones I've tried so far do scramble one or the other, and sometimes both. The webserver I am hosting my website on was a default offering through my first ISP, which was free but has a limit of about 50Mb, which is enough to hold the HTML and thumbnails, but not the full sized photos. I have switched to Telstra, but kept the old email account active, which keeps my website going as well, for $10 a year. I'd be happy to switch a different web host, but not sure where to start with that. I've asked about it at the Telstra shops but they had no idea whether Telstra offers that service or not. Anyone else run their own websites through a 3rd party host, that also has a big storage allowance? If I have to change all my webpages anyway, may as well go the whole hog. Cheers.
  22. Hi, once I log in, the photobucket page just locks up, and I can't do anything. And even if did work, none of the links from my website work, so its waste of time trying to upload more. Been bugging them for answer and ETA's, but just keep getting the same excuses and no ETA.
  23. H E L P ..... Well, Photobucket site still down for my account, been over 3 weeks now. They keep telling I am one of the few accounts still not fully restored, and that most accounts are active and photos are accessible, but I have yet to see any proof that any of that is working. It lets me log in, but nothing ever displays, and none of my photo links from my website work. And their facebook page is full of similar comments from other users. So, what to do...... Am tempted to migrate to another photo hosting site, and have experimented with PostImage and Flickr, to see what they are like. Both are a lot faster than photobucket, although I feel the album and image management is a little simpler and more intuitive on Photobucket (or maybe I am just used to it, having used it for god knows how many years now). However, two BIG issues: 1. I have over 3000 images! Thats a lot to migrate, and hundreds of HTML pages and thousands of links to change. 2. Both Flickr and Postimage randomise their link addresses that you use to embed them in a forum, or more importantly, my website. Maybe I've been spoilt or or just plain lucky with photobucket (and imageshack before that), but they both maintain the original image name, and the link name contains the actual album and sub-album names, and are therefore consistent, constant and derivable. So when I create a new HTML page, I can basically copy an existing page, do a global replace on the static portion of the image name, and presto, the new page works on a new set of photos. Now, I have gone to the trouble of using standard suffixes for every image, indicating the view of the photo I've taken (ie _left, _right, _front, etc), so if I have taken my standard set of 6 views of a car, it literally only takes me a few seconds to clone up a new webpage. So, just wondering what anyone else with significant volumes of photos is using for hosting, and whether there are other hosting sites that use unscrambled links for their images, as I really don't want to have to individually cut & paste 3000 odd photo image links. Thanks,
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