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Hi Shaynus.

There is not a lot of difference in overall width. I will put an extra photo in my next report. Policar is more modern  version of GP car so it more reflects current cars. Likewise the wheelbase of the Policar is considerably longer. Regards Chas Le Breton

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Policar generic F1 - Stage 2 report continued.

To the track. After running in for 15 minutes I hit the track. Should have oiled while I had body off but did my best to at least oil axles. A proper oil and run in is recommended.

Not unexpectedly the car was all over the place so I did not even look at timing. A couple of 15 second sands and it was much improved.

Final times were close to my Scaly F1 so very happy. 

No where near NSR F1 with its powerful motor. My track although small is a bit of a power circuit so again not unexpected. Best times were about 0.3 secs apart. The Scaly and Policar were within about 0.08secs so clearly the Policar will eventually be even more competitive.

Driving wise the Policar was extremely well behaved although still a bit skittish. Drive was very smooth and throttle response very similar to Scaly F1's Slot-it Orange motor. Cannot wait to run them altogether. The Slot-it "C" tyres appeared fine. My track is not quite as smooth as our other tracks - acrylic paint with Carbothane overlay compared to two pot paint. Not sure about Bowman Raceway but Green Acres was professionally sprayed and baked. Surfaces very similar. The 18th of April will be first trial on Bowman Raceway with Green Acres a fortnight later.

My magnets on the nose cone worked without problem. Next step will be to glue and true the rear tyres.

Regards Chas Le Breton

 

Edited by charlesx
minor wording change.
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Policar generic F1 - Stage 3 review.

Hi Shaynus.

There is not a lot of difference in rear overall width but a big difference in wheelbase and front track.  Policar is more modern  version of GP car so it more reflects current cars dimensions. We only have a couple of NSR F1's in club at present but their width is a problem on 1/32nd track. Better on my 1/24th track.

Review - Tyres now glued and lightly trued. Had to punch hole in tyres to put wheels back on axle aka 1/24th. Car now much nicer to drive and will only get better. My NSR F1 is also much nicer to drive now. I would have to say after a couple of days this car is close to as good as NSR F1 OTB. NSR may have better tyres (Supergrips) but "C" tyres are not too bad.

Policar times have improved slightly to just under 3.6secs and 0.25 behind NSR. The Policar can record this lap after lap however so may have legs on Scaly F1 and even give the NSR a run for its money except on power circuits. The Scaly F1 has achieved about the same fastest time but is not as consistent.

Also tried my Policar Lotus 72 still with original treaded tyres. After a quick sand of tyres to freshen up about 0.2secs slower the generic version and Scaly F1.

My less than stock NSR F1 (magnet/weight removed) is about 0.4secs slower than our fastest full race Moslers. Unlike some clubs we have to date elected to race with no weight for many classes and certainly no sticky/oily tyres. I do not anticipate any change. These cars run beautifully as they are.

Overall I think I will be recommending Policar  F1 to newer members. Some may chose to stay with Slot-it Group C based F1's. These are faster than Group C's but the same dimensions.

Regards Chas Le Breton

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Chas - if you prefer, the bag of bits for the car, included a nose cone clip unit to use instead of the magnet setup. 
The clip was a necessity for the EEC market, as the cars couldn't be shipped with magnets due to safety laws (toys, kids swallowing magnets thing)

- Oh, and the reason for "semi-kitset" packaging is that they are just sooooo dang long - and using a larger box just for the monopostos, would have been a huge tooling expense, and a packaging materials issue, as Slot.it have standard boxes . .  and so on.

- And nice review editions with much helpful and down to earth information for prospective purchasers. Great contribution to forum and FB.

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Thanks Mark. Is that what that funny plastic bit was for. I thought it was for a neck brace for the driver but could not work out how to fit. Aware of rest but do not recall clip being mentioned in other reviews. Sounds like I need part 4 but my magnets are working just fine.

Ta also for your last comment. I do my best.

Regards Chas Le Breton

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Apology/Correction re Policar review.

SLOTSNZ/Mark Burgess has kindly corrected me on front wing fitting. You can buy the extra magnets or make your own as I did but more importantly there is a clip included in one of the packets that can be used instead. Silly me thought this was part of the drivers safety package. How wrong could I be.

As I have fitted and glued in magnets I am unable to try. It is a little black 5 pronged piece which I thought would have been just as hazardous to small children as the magnets. If my magnets fail I will certainly try it. If anybody has actually used I would be interested to find out how it fared during racing.

Regards Chas Le Breton

 

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@charlesxYou  should be ashamed :) :). Hey I'd love a dollar for the amount of "assuming" I have done. Some of my "assuming" has been very costly.  

One of the things I love about forums like this is the chiming in when required. 

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Hi Oldskool62.

Gave the Policar F1 tyres a bit more of a sand today. Hopefully will further improve. Also been busy working on my Touring Car Proxy car but more on this soon in more appropriate thread.

Regards Chas Le Breton (charlesx)

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