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  • Scalextric "Start" cars

    Ok, so while it's not technically a review, here's a video I just did giving an overview and inside view of the new Start cars that Scalextric is making. There are 6 cars coming this year, 2 Rally, 2 F1 (open wheel... whatever you want to call it) and 2 LMP cars. They come molded in color and with stickers. So you can paint them or sticker 'em and use them as-is. I think because of the low cost, retail of only $25.00, these cars also would be a low cost club class where you can buy a few cars and paint them as you like, and tune them within an IROC type of class series and they'd be a solid class.

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    Last edited by SCC_Steve; October 22, 2019, 09:35 PM.
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    These should be able to take the place of the old Artin cars for some cheap cars/chassis.
    thanks Dave..
    Rusty

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    • #3
      This was my first thought too when I saw these discussed when I was first hired at Scalextric/Hornby. I knew this price would be welcome by the folks who had bought up those older Artin cars.
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      • #4
        Perfect. I just shared it myself. These "Start" cars have always been a great value. Not only for the younger/beginner...but for the smart scratchbuilder who sees the potential. Thanks Dave for sharing this!
        -Harry

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        • #5
          I dig the idea of a ‘start’ car. Definitely getting some of the open wheel cars. These will be a great way to get people into slot cars. Love it!
          Mike - Galena Ohio

          "When you're back there with the squirrels, you're bound to get your nuts cracked." - Graham Rahal

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          • #6
            I'm super happy with the blister packs they come in. I don't feel bad about chucking them out.

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            • #7
              I think everything but the limited production top shelf cars should come in a blister pack, if we the consumer get a price break.

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              • #8
                You can't cheapen the top line of products by putting it in a blister. Packaging matters to perceived value of a brand.
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                • #9
                  Those do look like a good "Start". (Har, har.) I but I did notice the lack of the DPR bay for economies sake.
                  Scott
                  Why doesn't my car run like that?

                  Scott

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dave Kennedy View Post
                    You can't cheapen the top line of products by putting it in a blister. Packaging matters to perceived value of a brand.
                    Duh, reread my post, I said all BUT the top shelf cars!!!!!!!!!

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                    • #11

                      Duh? Nice bob...
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by HomeRacingWorld View Post
                        Perfect. I just shared it myself. These "Start" cars have always been a great value. Not only for the younger/beginner...but for the smart scratchbuilder who sees the potential. Thanks Dave for sharing this!
                        My thoughts exactly, $25 or possibly less used is worth the price of just having a working chassis that can be used for other scratch building. The more cars Iwant to build, the more wheels/tires/motors/guides I have to buy.

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                        • #13
                          Do the full bodied cars share a single chassis or is the LMP chassis different from the Rally chassis? What are the wheelbase and track dimensions for these chassis?

                          Thanks.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by slothead View Post
                            Do the full bodied cars share a single chassis or is the LMP chassis different from the Rally chassis? What are the wheelbase and track dimensions for these chassis?

                            Thanks.
                            No one makes cars with a single type of chassis that goes under several types of cars as an RTR car. There's not much cost savings because if you'd have to have a variable wheel base that would mean the chassis would have to change from release to release which would mean that it would be some sort of design with screws or a chassis that would require more assembly and that would increase production cost vs. a one piece basic chassis for each car.
                            Last edited by Dave Kennedy; October 31, 2019, 08:37 AM.
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                            • #15
                              Thanks Dave. This is the same as you explained to me before buy I wondered if these cheaper cars might be different. Guys are talking about these being used for projects like Artin chassis have been and all the ones I have are identical. Though, I think I bought them used on HRW and they may have all come from the same car. Way back with my Strombecker cars and then Parma chassis they were one size fits all and bodies were made with that wheelbase.

                              I'm wondering if I can easily fit a Start car chassis under a Lindberg '49 Ford body I'd built a custom chassis for but it turned out to be a piece of crap.

                              I'm fully informed as to chassis usage now. But, if some $20 cars are ever released I might be inclined to ask again.

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