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Peter Gunn's Photo Peter Gunn 07 Nov 2018

B.R.M are about to put out their latest 1/24th offering the Mini Cooper comes in 6 liveries 5 are Martini and one Gulf at £105 each, and a white kit at £85 , and you can see a preview of the Gulf one on Pendal's site , this car could be in high demand being a Mini.
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manimmal's Photo manimmal 07 Nov 2018

I'll be getting at least one for sure, however these liveries suck. I would have jumped on one if there was a livery that did anything for me. Oh well, maybe run 2 will include liveries that are to me worth the $200aud odd these bad boys cost.

I'm sure these will run great, the other ones do, although we're getting more pace from the Fiats. Perhaps the Mini will bring the fight to them.

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Peter Gunn's Photo Peter Gunn 07 Nov 2018

The lady in my life is buying me one for xmas, all i have to do is get up the courage and mention it to her, she has. :rolleyes:
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SlotsNZ's Photo SlotsNZ 08 Nov 2018

Manimmal - interested hearing that you guys are running the Fiats.
I KNOW your car tune standards, so I am interested to learn whether you endure the noisy gears, replace, or somehow quiet them down.
- I must admit, the Fiats tempted me, and the Minis tempt me - and if a mix of both competed on a roughly equal footing it would be even better.
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dangermouse's Photo dangermouse 08 Nov 2018

I don't find the gears noisy on these cars - they aren't as noisy as the Revoslot cars - I suppose they also aren't on the same level as a NSR or Plafit but when I read your post first thing I thought of doing was giving one a run because I hadn't thought of them as being noisy and wanted to see if they were
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manimmal's Photo manimmal 08 Nov 2018

5 grams of weight behind the guide, 1/32 stock Revo rear tyres, adjust guide travel to approx. .5mm. That's your cog improved.
Remove the motor, then adjust the rear axle grub screws until it runs free and true - for mine the noise (and lost pace) is from one or both rear axles not being set accurately enough. Oh, and thread lock for both those grub screws, and the rear bearing mounts. Ensure rear toe is at least neutral, or with toe in. We all know rear toe in improves stability, and in experimentation found toe out with these guys is of course bad, slower lap times times about 5%. This said, with toe neutral or in lap times were too simular to measure or even feel a difference.

We race these guys socially on my 20 metre layout and they are brilliant. Between us we have a renault, a simca, 3 nsu's and three Fiats. I've found the heavier renault is more competitive at higher voltage, whereas the lighter fiat is better with the voltage turned down. All 8 cars have a best lap time within 3/10ths over the 20 metre track with me driving, so a slight loading of the field keeps the slower guys competitive and the quicker guys interested.

For the record there's four of us normally running my three lane layout, where we take it in turns to marshal. Two guys are fast, two not so much, and the other fast guy is a lane specialist. These cars make the car/lane loading simple, unlike some 1/32 cars where often the slower guys can't control the faster cars.
Edited by manimmal, 08 November 2018 - 07:23 AM.
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SlotsNZ's Photo SlotsNZ 08 Nov 2018

Great info thanks !
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munter's Photo munter 08 Nov 2018

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Ensure rear toe is at least neutral,
do you mean camber?
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manimmal's Photo manimmal 08 Nov 2018

Nah, the toe, the whatsit joint will work for both toe and camber :) With that in mind, camber is kept negative. I think we tried neutral camber and didn't like it, but I'm not sure, I was a few beers in....


Oh, also , there is a benefit to coating the front tyres in superglue or whatever too, although the mini has front stub axles so likely won't need any.
Edited by manimmal, 08 November 2018 - 03:51 PM.
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munter's Photo munter 08 Nov 2018

Is that rear axle set up better than a solid/fixed diff axle like most slotcar use?
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dangermouse's Photo dangermouse 10 Nov 2018

Any chance of a photo please - I am mixing my toe with my camber and the end result is confusion :)
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GAS41T's Photo GAS41T 10 Nov 2018

Negative camber is / ....positive camber is the opposite.....toe In is the wheels turning in to each other an tie out is the opposite ...
Edited by GAS41T, 10 November 2018 - 11:24 AM.
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munter's Photo munter 10 Nov 2018

I would be surprised if there is toe in and out adjustment but the camber change is possible with these independent rear axles.

When I was into 1/1 Minis I bought some negative camber brackets for the rear subframe/axles for a healthy price from a Mini speed shop in the UK.
Then I read a book on how to modify your Mini and simply modified the standard bracket myself.....simples.
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Wobble's Photo Wobble 10 Nov 2018

Gas is half way … negative camber is / \ … In Japan it's like this
Edited by Wobble, 10 November 2018 - 12:09 PM.
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manimmal's Photo manimmal 13 Nov 2018

Mki Escort next ;)
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Peter Gunn's Photo Peter Gunn 13 Nov 2018

Racing Hillman Imp as far as i can gather manimmal
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munter's Photo munter 13 Nov 2018

Maybe an Anglia?
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manimmal's Photo manimmal 14 Nov 2018

Letraslot has pre release images for the Escort, due 'early 2019'. I like the idea of both an imp and an anglia too :)
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munter's Photo munter 14 Nov 2018

As long as they are "scale" in relation to each other....
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Pedro51's Photo Pedro51 14 Nov 2018

I will see if the NSU TT, the Gulf Mini, and a Fiat match up as a house class.
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