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    You guys know I'm not familiar with 1/32 rtr's and don't think much of the few I have and ran back when I had plastic track. I see these Pioneer Camaros and think they look fantastic. The day may come when I run 1/32 again. I would want these cars, at least for the bodies. My question is how good are they? Can they be made to run decent with no magnets and better tires?

    Best choice be to just build a brass chassis and use the body only? What are opinions about them?
    Matt B
    So. In
    Crashers

  • #2
    mattb
    I have been taking those pioneer chassis's and swapping them out with 3d printed chassis's from Shapeways.
    I think it'S redlyner that makes them. It's funny this thread was started today, as I just finished a monogram Jerry Titus '65 mustang,
    and a pioneer '68 fastback . These cars are now low, and fast. I used slot it inlines for both cars.
    As for the looks of these t/a cars, yes they look great, but a bit loud, and a little top heavy.
    I should have a small mountain of factory chassis for sale in the near future. The 3d printed chassis are so nice to work with. Eric

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    • Hksk25
      Hksk25 commented
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      Who are you getting chassis from on Shapeways?

      Thanks, Harry

    • Kevan
      Kevan commented
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      There's two Pioneer chassis on SW, one by CG the other by Amato, both for SlotIt pods. The CG is sidewinder/inline, the Amato is inline.

  • #3
    On the factory chassis, I added 3 grams under the front axle and 3 grams where the magnet was. Offset bushings were used to lower the ride height front and rear and a thunderslot motor w a slot it gear. Times dropped by 7/10ths on my track.
    Last edited by Brumos RSR; May 18, 2020, 10:19 AM.

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    • #4
      All I race on my road course is 1:32 RTR with one exception, a Strombecker Chaparral 2D body on an MRRC chassis in my Le Mans series. My Trans Am series is mostly Scalextric (Mustangs, Camaros, Cougar, Javelins, and one Challenger) a bunch of Pioneer Mustangs and 2 Camaros. The only 'outsider' is the SCX 'cuda which is a beautiful car. I have 48 Trans Am cars in all and love racing them against each other non-magnet on a wood road track.

      I think the Pioneer cars are slightly superior but the qualification times are mixed, no clear cut favorite. I have all the Pioneer notchback Mustangs that are replicas of cars that ran in an SCCA sanctioned race. I think they are great models and very good slotcars. Because I race the Trans Am cars against each other I don't use aftermarket parts except PG tires. A few were bought used on HRW and have some lead weight added, which I think helps but not enough to make them the best in the series. My fastest qualifier is a Scalextric Mustang, the McLaren orange #16 once driven by Peter Gregg. The Pioneer #15 Penske-Donohue Camaro is also a top performer.

      The Pioneer Trans Am cars are great fun to race against each other in a series with their Scalextric brethren. As for them being a bit top heavy - well, their Trans Am cars which were supposed to be 'mostly' stock muscle cars. For realism's sake I'm fine with my Trans Am cars being different on the track than a Slot.It McLaren M8D.

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      • #5
        Matt, we have a TransAm class that runs Pioneer/Scalex/SCX. The Pioneer cars are good, with tires /guide/ lead. I run a Scalex (it's the only Trans Am I have) and they are comparable at Smithtown.
        Do the Fly 30 minute tuning (bearings, gear mesh, weight, scrape wheels true, new tires, guide) and you have a decent car. The Pioneer cars may be slightly better out of the box, I don't know. I always do a deep guide since I print my own.
        Come Race at The Trace!
        Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN

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        • #6
          I bit the bullet and ordered a Smokey Camaro. Also the new Sideways Sunoco and Scalex blue Iroc. they will just set on the shelf, but if I evr setup for 1/32 I will have some cars to start with .

          The bodies are just so fantastic that I need to have a couple of them. Paul I guess you all run urethanes?
          Matt B
          So. In
          Crashers

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          • slothead
            slothead commented
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            If you ever get to race the Pioneer Camaro you'll love it. I would have more if they made more replica liveries, like they did with the Trans Am Mustangs. Thankfully, Scalextric has that part of Trans Am history pretty well covered.

            Other than the Pioneer #15 'Lightweight' Camaro driven by Mark Donohue, I also have one made from a white kit that I painted to match Jocko Maggiacomo's car. Jocko won the Trans Am championship in 1976 with a former Penske-Donohue Javelin.

        • #7
          Ok , I hope that this is the right forum to ask this question . On eBay I was able to get a few MRRC Cobras , figured to use the chassis as donors for kit bashing . What I would like to know from as many people as I can about said chassis . Good , Bad or Indifferent .

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          • #8
            And I am sorry if this is the wrong forum for that question , please let me know which one I should have been in for that question

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            • slothead
              slothead commented
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              This would get more visibility if it was a new topic under 1:32 scale. Other than that I don't think it's a big deal.

              To answer your question if the cars have the MRRC Sebring adjustable wheelbase chassis - I love it. I have 3 MRRC Chaparral 2E's with the Sebring chassis and also used one for a Strombecker 2D body. They race in a series with mostly Scalextric and Fly cars and are competitive.

          • #9
            Thanks Slothead , that's all I needed , just wanted to know what people thought about that chassis

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            • #10
              I do appreciate the quality of the finish of these 1/32 rtr's. Maybe I will switch tires and try them on my routed track sometime.

              thanks for all the replies. I haven't heard Jocko's name in a long time. Do most of you guys know his last name is pronounced majockomo. That's Jocko Majockomo!
              Matt B
              So. In
              Crashers

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