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This Will Make Some Happy

26 Jan 2019

Posted by SlotsNZ In: Front Page News
With some slot makers gearing up for Nurnberg, we see a lot more activity in new products.
I think these will make a few folk happy. Subaru STI under the Policar label
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A couple of these will grace a set later this year

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Policar 330 P4 And 412P

27 Sep 2018

Posted by SlotsNZ In: Front Page News
This model was announced some time ago. Now we get a look at the first test shots in colour, and learn that two variants will be produced.

The 330 P4 and the 412P
These are obviously mock-ups, so they are not there to show quality, just the concept for final tweaking.

Given that they are appearing as the first new "Classics" mold under Policar, as opposed to the 312p which came across from a Slot.it mold,
we can pretty much assume they intend using these as one of their "set" car options next year.

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The Policar (Slot.it) Track System

07 Aug 2018

Posted by SlotsNZ In: Front Page News
In December of 2017 Policar; a part of Slot.it, announced that they would begin production of a track system meeting
the requi
rements of European clubs, which race mainly on plastic tracks; as well as a top quality option for home tracks.
The track has 90mm lane spacing - the same as Ninco track.

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Ninco has been the most widely used club track, and the Policar track has a textured, but less abrasive surface perfectly suited
for grip when racing without traction magnets, and forgiving in dusty environments. The track is made from a rigid plastic which
will not warp, and the plastic slot liner inside the rails will not fold inwards or close up at the joints.
There is an adapter track
between the two systems. Having seen prototypes when I visited Galileo Engineering (Slot.it) earlier in 2017, I can attest that
they have adopted the best aspects of other track systems, and improved joining methods, surface, and plastic composition.

- Textured surface scrubs dust from tyres to maintain better grip than smooth tracks in dusty conditions
- Note the rail liner, and flat racing surface - the rails are not "raised"
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- Rigid plastic that will not warp or buckle with temperature change.

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- Slot depth 8.5mm will take Slot.it wood guides
- 90mm lane spacing
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- Robust electric connection, easy to use, secure clipping system, and lined slot which will not close up at the joints
The electrical connection is very good, and the steel rails are rust resistant stainless steel.

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- 60mm wide border sections gives 105mm from slot centre to guard rail, great for non magnet racing
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- Robust guard rails that clip above and below track

The joining system is easy to use for smaller hands, and very good, but these clips provide additional security for
locking sections together longitudinally in more permanent layouts

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The clips pictured below in orange and red securely lock 4, 6 and 8 lane systems together laterally to eliminate gaps
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They have designed the geometry, so that a layout can have the turns altered, while retaining the main structure,
as the geometry of the various curves simply requires the addition or subtraction of half straight pieces to restore
See R1 at top, through to R4 at bottom.
Initial track will be 4 lane (R1 and R2), expanded to 8 lane at the end of the year.

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This will be a real bonus for people who like to experiment with track alterations.

In 2019, digital track pieces will be added.

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There is additional detail in the document at this link "WhyPolicar"

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That'll Be Shaken Not Stirred Please

13 Jul 2018

Posted by SlotsNZ In: Front Page News
Final product pics are out of the soon to be distributed Slot.it Alfa 155
The have given this a new model number, being a 1995 car as opposed to the previous Alfas which were 1994 models. I have no idea of the differences. I'll have to leave that to the experts.

It does look Purdy
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Same setup as the previous Alfa released and the Opel

Chassis: Podded
Motor: Slot.it V12/4 21,000rpm 150g*cm 7.9 watts @12V (MX15) mounted as Inline
Axle & Gears - 2.38mm (3/32nd)
Gearing: Crown 28t - Pinion 9t brass
Has adjustable height front axle - this requires optional M2.0 Hex screws not supplied with car
Hubs: 15.8mm x 8.3mm - plastic front, alloy rear
Tyres front and rear: Product code PT1228C1
M2 allen key under box for rear hubs and for optional screw for front axle adjustment
SSD Upgradable: Yes, use Slot.it SP15b

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Armchair Racer Settles Into New Location.

22 Jun 2018

Posted by Vinno In: Front Page News
Something different on the News Page but we are happy to hear Armchair Racer have settled into their new location right across the road from their old one. Nice to see shopfront retailers are still thriving in our ever more competitive hobby. The arrow on the picture shows the old shop so if you are out the front wondering where you should be turn 180 degrees and walk across the road. Of course look both ways before you cross the road as you are in Artarmon home of all those crazy high end panel shops test driving Ferrari's and Porches.

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Policar Toyota Gt86 - For Sets And Sale

30 May 2018

Posted by SlotsNZ In: Front Page News
Slot.it / Policar have announced that the first livery of the Toyota GT86 will be available in September.
An interesting two way decision is that the stand-alone cars will come fitted with a magnet - being aimed firstly at the
home/toy shop/model shop market, but when they appear later in the Policar sets, which will have a consistent grip
with the C Series tyres, they will be supplied without a magnet

This is the first livery, coming September 2018, There are several other liveries of the GT86 to follow shortly, and
models of another Japanese brand which races in the same series in Japan is following close behind.

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The new POLICAR line of entry level models is a great way to start slot car racing with robust yet properly performing
models aimed at racing at home. We've designed these cars with our younger customers in mind: new, modern cars

with worldwide appeal, lights, a simple one piece chassis, 'easy change' braids, and of course Slot.it plastic wheels and
tyres for a smooth ride. They're the models that will also be featured inside the POLICAR boxed sets.

The cars can be easily converted to digital racing with our digital in-car ICs.

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Main features:
• Chassis: rather than the usual Policar/Slot.it chassis, we've opted for a simpler, single piece solution.
• Magnet: the cars are supplied with traction magnet, because it is likely that these models will also be used on tracks
with very limited grip, such as those found in many homes. The same cars, when found inside the boxed POLICAR sets,
will not have a traction magnets, since Policar tracks will feature adjustable power supply and good mechanical grip.
• Wheels: assembled from Slot.it plastic wheels and inserts, to guarantee their roundness, a tried and tested

combination on all other POLICAR models.
• Lights: front and rear lights will be standard on all these models.
• Upgrades: most Slot.it high performance racing axles, crowns, tyres and wheels may be used.
• Chassis upgrade: a 'racing' plastic Slot.it chassis will be made available for these models, or alternatively, 3D printed

units will be available from our Shapeways web printing service.
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