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    Well I really wanted to try a different car for the GT3 proxy this year. After hearing from a couple on here that despite the difficulty to get them looking the way they like, these cars perform pretty well.

    I really wanted to try and make the C8 work.

    Purchasing: I had heard a couple horror stories online about dealing with Area71, so I was a bit cautious.

    However when I reached out to them through FB messanger I got a message back within about 15 minutes to help me with pricing. I asked what the lead time was on cars, and he sent me a complete list of cars that were IN STOCK and ready ship immediately. Luckily the C8r was on the list. He also sent me a list that accurately showed the weight of not only his bodies, but many of the competitors for comparison, great data.

    Next I asked about shipping. He said unfortunately the only US option with tracking would run me $28 dollars US from Italy to Portland. OUCH. But I couldn't go without tracking right now as it is hard enough to get stuff. I asked Marco how many cars I could order for the same shipping cost, and he said as many as I would like. This made the decision a BIT easier, I could at least get the cost per kit down and have some other projects to play with. So I perused the catalog and picked a Vantage gt3 and a ATS-v GT3. Both great cars you can't get anywhere else.

    He sent a paypal invoice which I paid Friday, and Monday the cars shipped with tracking supplied immediately. Meanwhile, Marco sends me a helpful tip guide for painting the bodies as well as an explanation of how they are made.

    Here it is Thursday, and my cars are here! Four day transit time from Italy, great. I ordered a car from a US company on the same day and I won't even get it till the 13th of this month!!!

    The cars:

    Yes, they are going to take some work to make the finish passable. I plan on racing them and I don't expect perfection, if you do then I would not recommend these cars. I plan to try a Marco's method of a quick sanding, a medium primer, and a finish sanding to get them passable. I know some of the small details with always be a bit of an issue. But they are there.

    They are however extremely light, well detailed, and the parts have absolutely no warpage whatsoever. Something I have struggled with heavily with 3d parts in the past. It came with the body, interior, wheel inserts, wing, drivers head, and mirrors. Plus lightweight windows and lights.

    I will add to this review after I get them built and driving. But my experience in purchasing the cars was second to none from a small on-off manufacturer. Plus I got a car you can't currently get anywhere else, and likely won't in a performance brand for sometime.

    Pricing, not cheap. These ended up being around $74 dollars shipped.....But they will provide hours of sanding entertainment!

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    Wow Zack, Hope you post photos of each set. I all most order some but looks like a lot of time and small places to sand and see.

    Do you get the clear glass pieces ? Pod ?

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    • ZackM
      ZackM commented
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      Yeah I can upload pics of other two cars later on tonight. They are a lot of work, but for me the hobby is about tinkering and building so I am not too upset about it.

      Yes it comes with lexan windows, Lexan headlight and tailight lenses. No pod, which I am find with since most euro cars run angle winders. Looks to be drilled for NSR or Slot it.....

      Zack

  • #3
    These chassis actually work pretty well
    I have just done a BMW M8GTE, and it uses a very similar design. I installed a Slot.it sidewinder pod with a V12/4 29k motor and 1172N22 tires, and it runs around my track. Even the earlier, simpler chassis that came with their Corvette C7.R works well too.
    Dennis Samson

    Scratchbuilding is life
    Life is scratchbuilt

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    • #4
      I just tried going to their website (from their FB page) and it doesn't exist?? I don't have FB btw. I just found an article from 2018 that says they were incorporated into a new company TA71. Where can I see the cars they make so I can try and purchase one? I tried the m.thearea71.com site but it has no info on the cars or a shop.

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      • lance
        lance commented
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        Here is the email they provde on the facebook page. [email protected]

    • #5
      Try TA71 Model Factory on Facebook.

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      • dinglebery
        dinglebery commented
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        I don't have Facebook Rich

    • #6
      Nice write up, and I share your experience dealing with Marco at A71. I did find the work required to finish the body laborious, but since my car was no longer going to be a proxy car, I tried to get a more "model-like" finish....at least within my skill level!

      I found that a filler primer worked best, smoothing out the body, but without taking the fine detail (like door handles) away.

      Marco was very responsive to emails, this was the email address I used: thearea71slotcars (at) gmail (dot) com

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      "I don't make mistakes. I make prophecies which immediately turn out to be wrong "
      "And that just shows you how important the car is in Formula One Racing"

      Murray Walker

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      • Gascarnut
        Gascarnut commented
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        That looks good, thanks for the tip. My previous attempts with regular primers did not come out as well as that.

    • #7
      Video i did showing a new kit and finished car. Plus some talk on what it took to get it there.



      Zack

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      • Slot Car Corner
        Slot Car Corner commented
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        Thank you for taking the time to put together this video - well done! Great looking car - please give us an update on how it performs.

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      Fantastic job Zack, the time and effort really paid off.

      Looks like the chassis has been upgraded since my Bentley version, there is some additional bracing across the front uprights.

      Chris
      "I don't make mistakes. I make prophecies which immediately turn out to be wrong "
      "And that just shows you how important the car is in Formula One Racing"

      Murray Walker

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      • ZackM
        ZackM commented
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        Thank you sir. One thing that is nice about printing is they can make changes to production pretty quickly. I am interested in the design of the chassis, I have been hearing they work pretty well.

        Zack

    • #9
      I am really wanting to see that CTS-V car with paint an livery on it. Are you scared to drive it? Do you think the body will hold up to hard racing?

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      • ZackM
        ZackM commented
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        It seems quite tough, I am not scared to race it. I wouldn't buy or build a car I was scared to run however!

        Zack
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