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  1. Oldskool62, You're right on the money in thinking about using an HRS2 chassis for your HQ Monaro build. I have several HRS and HRS2 chassis and find their versatility so helpful. My latest conversion was to use an HRS2 sidewinder under a Revell Lola T70 body. Den
  2. My apologies Bram, and thanks for the clarification Mark. I must confess that in 12 or 13 years of 1:32 scale racing I had not heard any mention of Fly having an 'Alpha' series of cars but had heard of GB Track. Lesson? If you don't ask you won't learn anything. In my defence I have seen the brand Alfa misspelled so often, including in our own club newsletter. Some years ago the car-racing sports columns of our local newspaper regularly referred to 'Alphas' and 'Elphins' (the latter possibly due to our city having an Elphin Road). So incensed was one motorsport fan that he wrote a letter to the newspaper editor replacing every instance of the letter 'f' with 'ph'. So, just taking a few examples from this reply we would have had 'clariphication', 'conphess', 'Phly', 'iph', 'ophten' etc. Phunny, eh? Den
  3. An Alfa? Or a Ferrari? Den
  4. With Shaynus have sourced a replacement chassis (see post above) I don't think repairing the old chassis is relevant any longer. However, if I had to do it I would keep the hole where the Digital Plug plate fits in and throw the rest away! How did the chassis get like that? Perhaps the owner had fitted a Piranha (motor) which got loose and proceeded to voraciously attack the plastic? Den
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    Gazza, I will PM you about your printed Mabuchi adapters shortly. While mounting motors into chassis by either screwing or gluing is a fairly common solution there are situations where using adapters may be the only suitable method. Many will remember the adapters that allowed the Johnson 111 motors in 1970s Scalextric F1 cars to be replaced by an S-Can motor. In a similar vein, recently I decided to replace the slow (?) RX-style motor in an SCX McLaren M9A with a Johnson 111. I used 2 of the adapters from the Team Slot 52029 set and although the rear adapter fitted in neatly I had to do quite a bit of drilling and sanding of the front adapter to enable the retaining lugs to snap neatly into the chassis. It would be nice to have a 'Goldilocks' solution where adapters were not Too Big not Too Small, but Just Right. With the entry of the FF050 motor into the hobby (fitted as standard to some Scalextric and Policar models) it would be great to be able to retro-fit older cars with cheap slimline motors. All that's needed is suitable adapters. Over to you 3D printers! Den
  6. Shaynus I have found 2 Scalextric XY/XW chassis in my spares boxes. PM sent. Oldskool62 I don't have any insider knowledge into the thought processes of slot car manufacturers but I'd suggest that for some establishing a spare parts inventory isn't high on their list of priorities. With many models having a defined production limit it is possible that the number of components produced is just enough to satisfy the production run, but there may be a small 'margin' to allow for quality control problems. However, the fact that it seems almost mandatory to equip each car with at least one 'wonky wheel' raises some doubt any quality control 'margin'. Perhaps the budget manufacturers are clever enough to realise that we 'serious enthusiasts' will source our spare parts from the up-market companies. Den
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    Hi Chris. Having watched many episodes of the Worldwide Slot Car Chat you were the 'school of thought' I had in mind when mentioning the practice of securing short can motors in long can pods using screws alone.. Considering my lack of mechanical aptitude I'd favour the Shoo-Gooing option rather than attempting to drill holes in motors that don't already have them. I can see myself unwittingly converting 3-pole motors into 1-pole motors very easily unless the motors were disassembled first. By the way is that 'heavily reworked 26D' a Champion Arco? I remember using them in 1:24 racing back in the 1970s and they were competitive with the Mura 22Bs of the day on our club tracks in Tasmania. Den
  8. Hello again Chris. I'm a long way from you ... in Northern Tasmania! However that shouldn't be a 'deal-breaker' as postage from Tassie to Sydney is quite reasonable. You can send me a message (PM) to discuss further details. Den
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    G'day Caddo. Are you looking for brackets, or perhaps adapters, that support the plastic bell end of a short can motor? In other words, a part that 'lengthens' the short can motor so that it occupies the same space as a long-can motor? In the past I have used Ninco adapters that allow (for instance) an NC1 motor to fit into a chassis designed for the longer NC5 motor. Of course, trying to obtain certain Ninco parts at present is virtually impossible. Another option is to buy the Team Slot adapter pack (part number 52029) which contains 5 adapters including the one you may be looking for. I have been able to purchase these fairly recently from Pendle Slot in England via my friend Phil in Hobart. There is a school of thought that believes the adapter is not necessary if the short can motor has screw-fixing holes in the can end i.e. the screws alone are sufficient to hold the motor in place. Perhaps an enterprising 3D printing producer could look into making some of the products that are unobtainable from retail sources. Den
  10. Hi Chris, I have some FT16D 'can-drive' motors that I am unlikely to use - 1 is a 'silver' Mabuchi that was supplied in a Nichimo vintage kit that I bought. The chassis was designed for an end-bell drive motor so the 16D is unsuitable. I also have 2 'black can' FT16D can-drives that I picked up in a 'job-lot' purchase. In the 1960s many manufacturers used different coloured cans on their Mabuchi motors but I can't recall anyone using a black can. Den
  11. Hi r377 I suppose I could be cute and state that if you're buying parts from Pendle Slot in the UK the difference between the M6A 'stiff' chassis and the 'hard' chassis is 2 pounds and 25 pence! Pendle list the stiff chassis at 8 pounds 75 p, and the hard at 6 pounds 50 p. That's just for the outer chassis - the pod isn't included in that price. Seriously though, I'd suggest that the stiff chassis may be made of thicker material or perhaps a different material that doesn't flex as much as the hard or standard versions. It's hard to tell from the pictures on the website as they appear identical apart from the different colours. Which version you'd select would probably depend a lot on the track you're racing on - perhaps a standard set-up for shorter, twistier tracks, harder set-ups for bigger tracks with long straights and flat, sweeping corners? I bought a hard pod (MTS001G) and mounting hardware (FIX001) in order to experiment with the Sunoco M6A that I purchased a few months ago so I could have an alternative set-up for different tracks. But I haven't yet used it as I was reluctant to make changes to a car that was working reasonably well. Without access to a local track I am unable to test and tune prior to the infrequent race meetings that I attend. The following sequence of events demonstrates the perils of last-minute preparation. 1. Classic Sports car final at my former local track - 3rd place (99 laps) just behind the winner (101 laps) despite a rear tyre that was slightly out of true. 2. Practice at distant track (Hobart) with trued-up tyres - smooth handling, fast car doing lap times that were straight out of my dreams, sub-6 seconds. 3. Same track 3 weeks later - a rushed change of tyres to comply with local rules led to the spur gear screw working loose, and jerky performance possibly due to lack of side-play of rear axle. At one stage I had the brakes turned fully down and it was still 'stopping on a dime'! In an ideal world I would have built up a complete second chassis to experiment with but the M6A outer chassis wasn't available in Australia. Whether I continue with that plan is now academic as the local series has ended and I may only contest one more race in the the Hobart series before the class 'hibernates' for a couple of years. By then I will be even further beyond my use-by date. Den
  12. I'm surprised by how little information is available about the FR42 motor considering it has been around since 2018. There is a review of a 'Scalextric' Porsche 911 GT Safety Car by Victor de Marcos on YouTube which details some of the specs. Worth a look just for some of the curious translations from his native tongue to English. As the pod and motor seem like they would drop straight into a standard SCX 'rocking' chassis I thought they would be great way to upgrade some of the older RK and RX powered cars. Den
  13. Hello Paul, Having read the review of the ready-to-run version SRC M23 in SLOT MAG 29 and noted the comment 'most expensive plastic slot ever', I think you'd be quite brave to consider it as a track car. Here in Tassie we usually lock the steering on Fly F1s and even then I have suffered a suspension failure on my Hesketh 308 while just driving around the track - no bingles or contact with other objects. I think that there are many cheaper models that would make good 'track cars'. Den
  14. Give me a break Phil! Your cupboard is like Dr. Who's TARDIS, or perhaps "Space, The Final Frontier"? There are places in it that no man has ever been before. I would have to build a 1:32 scale Starship Enterprise and travel at Warp Speed to see it all. Den.
  15. Thanks for the clarification Chris. We Tasmanians tucked away at the bottom of Australia don't always have access to the equipment and information that's available to you folks in the US and Canada.The only time I'd ever heard of SCX Pro was on those limited occasions when an item was offered for sale on eBay. But my interest was aroused when Shaynus asked if anyone was making pods to suit an SCX chassis. The group that I race with in the south of Tasmania races SCX Nascars as one of its regular classes (a 7-race series every couple of years) and one of the organisers had mentioned that a change of motor might be on the cards due to the condition of the RX motors we've been using for many years. Den
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