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Anyone into slot cars?

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I just started looking for an Elise slot car, and for some reason, I'm having a hard time finding it. I can't even find it via Carrera Evolution. Have you found any? Thanks.
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No, I have not found an Elise. I love slot cars though. The best toy next to legos. I want to get a 1/32 scale set.
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A couple of Ninco GT3s that are about to be released:

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Wow those are very well done!

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I have over 100 1/32 slot cars (many kinds), and a good sized Carrera track, but my only Lotus models are a Scalextric Lotus 49 1967 F1 (Jim Clark #5) and a Slot Indy (Ostorero) 1965 Lotus Type 38 (Jim Clark #82). About half my cars are "runners" and the other half are shelf queens (like the Ostorero Lotus, a gorgeous hand-built model). The Scaley Lotus is light, quick, and twitchy, a bit like what I imagine the real thing is like. That's one of the great things about this hobby, all of the models have their own handling characteristics, many of which are pretty well in line with the 1:1 versions. One of my favorite examples is a Fly Porsche 934; with it's rear-engine layout (the electric motor is behind the rear axle) and hopped-up parts that I've added, it's an over-steering handful that's very fast when driven well (much like the real thing). You can tune the cars' handling with replacement tires, wheels, motors, gears, weights, magnets, etc etc, which is good bit of the fun.

I hadn't seen those Ninco's yet, Ninco's generally aren't my favorite, but I'll have to get one of those GT3's. Hopefully they'll come out with a "Lightning" version with their ProRace parts installed.

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Wow! This is a timely thread- I'm about to order a new track for one of my sons, and I need some advice-

The last track we had lasted only 5 or 6 months, as the rails seemed to get oxidized, and the track was useless- Is this a common problem? Is there a particular brand or type that does not have this problem?

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BTW: Love those GT3's!

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...and a Slot Indy (Ostorero) 1965 Lotus Type 38 (Jim Clark #82). About half my cars are "runners" and the other half are shelf queens (like the Ostorero Lotus, a gorgeous hand-built model)...
Those Ostorero 38s are unbelievable. I wrestled with the idea of picking up one or two but ended up giving my setup to a friend when I needed the floor space for my Linotype.
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Wow! This is a timely thread- I'm about to order a new track for one of my sons, and I need some advice-

The last track we had lasted only 5 or 6 months, as the rails seemed to get oxidized, and the track was useless- Is this a common problem? Is there a particular brand or type that does not have this problem?

Thanks!
This hasn't been a problem with my Carrera track, but I suspect the problem is more related to humidity than it is to the type of track. I've read that one solution for humid environments is to lay copper tape over the steel rails, the same copper tape that's used for routed wood tracks (you can find it on eBay).

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Austin,

That is so cool. I want a set of Porsche cars now. Photos of track please. Anyone have opinion on Scalextric analog vs digital?
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Here's a pic of my Ostorero Lotus Type 38 (this particular model happens to live on my desk at work):
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Cool, i love slot cars, but not played with them in a while, i have a set and my tracks seem to be fine no oxidization on it, and ive had it for more than 6 years
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Those Ostorero 38s are unbelievable. I wrestled with the idea of picking up one or two but ended up giving my setup to a friend when I needed the floor space for my Linotype.
Linotype? Seriously?

torque (trk) n. - an excuse for the lack of momentum.
- let's bring back CanAm & Group B!
- have you hugged your Exige today?
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Linotype? Seriously?
Hells yes. I have the burns to prove it, too.
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What in the world inspired you to purchase a hundred year old printing press? Laser printers just not up to your standard or something?

Edit: That sounded kinda dickish, sorry. I am genuinely interested as to why you wanted one of these.

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Hells yes. I have the burns to prove it, too.
Cool - neat machines.

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What in the world inspired you to purchase a hundred year old printing press? Laser printers just not up to your standard or something?
There has to be a reason?


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Cool - neat machines.
I suspect that your average jet engine is not as complicated as that Intertype. And that jet engine will hardly ever squirt molten lead all over the place.

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Edit: That sounded kinda dickish, sorry. I am genuinely interested as to why you wanted one of these.
It's a long story, better suited for another thread or a setting that involves beer, but I've been involved with the graphic arts industry since before I even graduated from college. And there is still a certain quality to letterpress that current reproduction methods cannot match. Plus the Linotype/Intertype is about the coolest machine ever made. It's like a giant, Rube Goldberg typewriter that casts everything you type out of molten lead just as fast as you can keyboard it.

On topic: I've had the old, rough textured Scalextric track, their more recent smoother stuff, and their current Sport track as well as tons of SCX track and only had corrosion on the stuff that accidentally got damp and stayed that way for a while. I have heard that it's a good idea to wipe the rails from time to time with a very lightly oiled cloth.

Analog v. digital. A year or two ago when I was looking into possibly switching to digital, the impression I got was that the technology needed a little more time in the oven.

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