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    Not to beat up up on China, but what other countries make 1/32 slot cars? What makes? Does anyone currently produce a car in the US? Just curious.

  • #2
    Pioneer is made in the UK & NSR is made in Italy. There would be others made outside of China. None are made in the US that I know of.

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    • #3
      I'm not sure of where the parts are made, but BRM 1/24th scale Trans Am cars are hand assembled in the USA by Alan Smith and a couple family members and friends in Washington state. He is the owner of the Scale Racing Center, 132 slotcar.us store, [both n Washington] and the SCI forum.
      The BRM Trans Am cars are a joint venture between him and BRM.
      Last edited by 32lbking; January 26, 2021, 06:06 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 32lbking View Post
        I'm not sure of where the parts are made, but BRM 1/24th scale Trans Am cars are hand assembled in the USA by Alan Smith and a couple family members and friends in Washington state. He is the owner of the Scale Racing Center, 132 slotcar.us store, [both n Washington] and the SCI forum.
        The BRM Trans Am cars are a joint venture between him and BRM.
        The chassis parts are made by BRM in Italy.
        The bodies are made in China as are the motors.


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        • #5
          MR slot car , where are they made?

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          • chrisguyw
            chrisguyw commented
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            China

          • Rastas
            Rastas commented
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            Thanks chris.

        • #6
          I'd rather pay a bit extra for something outside of China. Carrera, Scalextric and co. hopefully will source from somewhere else.

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          • PetesLightKits
            PetesLightKits commented
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            Two things... - for slot cars sourced (made) outside of China you will not pay a "bit" more, you will pay a lot more.
            - If Carrera and Scalextric were to source from somewhere else they would soon be out of the slot car business.

          • Starfighter Ace
            Starfighter Ace commented
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            In the past 13 months, in the USA, Scalextric Cars have increased from $39USD to $49USD, a 25% increase. I try to support NSR and Thunderslot with at least 2-3 cars a year as they are Italian and cost a bit more than slots the Made in the PRC. I do expect more companies moving out of the PRC to places like Philippines, Indonesia, and India where the tariffs and labor costs are now comparable and the skill levels of the employees are actually higher (better QC makes higher profit margins).

          • SlotCat
            SlotCat commented
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            Agreed with Oldskool62 and StarfighterAce!

        • #7
          CG SlotCars are made in Massachusetts. All high quality 3D printed.
          Bob G. ..... Boston, North Shore

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          • #8
            I guess you could say my Scratch built chassis was Made in the USA.
            Area 51 Raceway North Carolina U.S.A


            Have Fun Racing!!

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            • Pappy
              Pappy commented
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              Depends on where the material used in your chassis was made. Might be that your chassis were just "Assembled in the USA". lol

          • #9
            Lol Very true now I need to go look at the K&S Package now!!
            Area 51 Raceway North Carolina U.S.A


            Have Fun Racing!!

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            • Pappy
              Pappy commented
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              Look at the lower right hand side of the display case, it says "Made in the USA". So now you can "officially" say your chassis was made in the USA. lol
              https://www.ksmetals.com/home

          • #10
            I think it is but will check! USA! USA ! USA!
            Area 51 Raceway North Carolina U.S.A


            Have Fun Racing!!

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            • #11
              I really would rather pay more than support China end of story. I wouldn't hesitate in paying more for Carrera and Scalextric for example know into they are not made in china. The Chinese government is gving Australia a hard time at the moment and not want to buy our good so it's my right to boycott products made there as much as I can.
              Last edited by oldskool62; January 31, 2021, 02:45 AM.

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              • #12
                SRCs and a large part of Fly Car Model production are manufactured in Spain.

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                • #13
                  A purchase is a "vote".

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                  • #14
                    I would doubt that any slot car is fully made from parts made outside of China or Vietnam at this point. Maybe cars are assembled in countries outside of China but where are the parts made?
                    As a guess also all the motors are made in China.
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                    • #15
                      Unfortunately many of the people in the hobby would always buy cars that cost a penny less. That attitude has helped to drive most hobby shops out of business. Although there are a lot of high quality products made in China in the case of the contract companies that some of the slot companies use cost is much more important than quality. A few companies have their own factory in China, so they have more control, but a contract outfit is likely to cut corners without telling you or even making sure that a change will not impact the quality of the product.

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                      • Dave Kennedy
                        Dave Kennedy commented
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                        Agreed completely. So yes, many folks will say they would buy a more expensive car that's made in a more preferable place when it comes down to it will they choose it over a cheaper option? Capitalism says they won't.
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