Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Work On THE NEW TRACK.

 Hi...Yesterday and today I've spent some pleasurable time extending my Slot Car SCALEXTRIC Track and getting it all to the finished stage tonight.

The NEW Baseboard completed and fixed in place.
I used mostly 28mm Posi-Drive Woodscrews.
The Baseboard is 13mm Plywood with 19 x 42mm Maple Bracing and Cleats.
Chris helped to get the Baseboard into it's final position.

The Baseboard ready for painting.

The Baseboard painted to match the original bench work.

Shown is the initial Scalextric Track which Karl and I have had two Race Days.

The NEW Scalextric Track all completed.

Shown is the NEW Scalextric Track section.
The total cost for the Track was $205...with three track sections left over.

The PIRELLI - ESSO Corner.
The Safety Barriers were made of 6mm MDF Custom Wood and Mat Board.

The CANON- ESSO Corner.
Corporate Logo signs were printed on my Canon Printer.

Ground View of the NEW Track Section.

A view down the Long Straight- closest to the Power Base.

My LANCIA- LC2.
I made a little slotted display plinth for the Workbench.
The Slot.it LANCIA is probably my most favorite Le Mans type race car.

                             
Finally the LANCIA takes to the track to test out the NEW Section - I think Karl will be presently surprised how good the NEW Section is to race over- I'm very pleased with the NEW Section.
                                                   
                                                       Well- that is my news for tonight.
                                           In the next few days I may start some figure sculpting.
                                                                   Best Wishes. KEV.


Friday, 24 June 2022

2nd SLOT CAR RACE DAY - with Karl.

 Hi...We've had another great day racing the 1/32nd Slot Cars- Karl and I have had lots of fun!

In Lane #1 is shown the new RevoSlot -Toyota GT1

All my Slot Cars in readiness for Race Day #2.

The Toyota GT1 and Mosler MT 900R.

The SCALEXTRIC Track prior to Race Day.

The generic Le Mans race cars on the Grid ready for the 1st Race of the Day.

Lunch Time! Hot Sausage Rolls, Potato Chips - Tomato Sauce and Salt ( And Coffee).
Chris looks after Karl and I very well.

Chris and Karl chatting - Karl took a liking to racing the SAUBER C9 Mercedes.

We found that the Toyota GT1 wasn't fitted with a Magnet - on the track the car constantly was loosing it's tail and spinning out- something had to be done!

Tonight I drilled the aluminium chassis just in front of the Toyota's Motor- then with a Jewelers Saw and File opened up the chassis to take the unfitted magnet which was loose in the supplied box.

I fitted the silver colored magnet so that it was just proud of the chassis and fixed it in place with a sheet of thick plastic and super glue.

The TOYOTA GT1.
The Toyota now sticks to the track like glue - the fitted magnet has that much grip I needed to adjust the hand throttle to 100% power rating - the Toyota runs like a charm and is now ready for our next race day in a couple of weeks time.

Yesterday I disassembled two of the Cupboards in the shed to make space for an Extension of the Scalextric Track - I'm thinking the extra track will allow a longer lap time and thus be more enjoyable for Karl and I in the future. I will have to save for the extra Scalextric Track.

Well that is my news for this evening - it has been a fun day.
Best Wishes. KEV.


Wednesday, 22 June 2022

MORE SLOTS - Toyota and Mosler.

Hi....Today I've ordered two more slot cars...a TOYOTA GT1 from 1998-99 and a MOSLER MT 900R from 2001 vintage.

The TOYOTA GT1 #40.

The TOYOTA GT1 #40 is by REVOSLOT.
For it's vintage the Toyota GT1 has a very modern appearance.

The MOSLER MT 900R #36.

The Mosler has a very appealing look about it.
On U-Tube I've watched a clip or two of full-on laps from the Driver's View.
Certainly an exciting race car.

Well that is my news for tonight.
Had a big clean up and reorganization of the shed to-day.
All going well I intend to lengthen my SCALEXTRIC Slot Car Track.

Until Later. Best Wishes. KEV.

 

Monday, 20 June 2022

NEW ARRIVALS - Slot.it Porsche and Sauber.

 Hi...This morning I unwrapped my two new Slot.it race cars - a SAUBER C9 MERCEDES from 1987 and a PORSCHE 962C from 1988.

The Sauber C9 Mercedes #61 and Porsche 962C number 18.

Ground shot of the Sauber C9 and Porsche 962C.

Shot of the right hand side of the Shell-Dunlop Porsche 962C.

Driver's side of the Sauber C9 #61.

My SCALEXTRIC Track- it is as large as I can make it.

The Sauber C9 powers into the Le Mans curve.

Front view of the Sauber C9 #61.

On the Bench under a stronger light - the detail of the Slot.it cars can really be inspected.
With the Porsche 962C and the Sauber C9 - this completes my collection of 1980s Le Mans type cars.

Well that is my news for today.
Stay well my Friends across the Globe.
Cheers. KEV.


Friday, 17 June 2022

NEW - Slot.it CARS.

Hi....On Wednesday I ordered two Le Mans type Slot.it cars- A Sauber and a Porsche.

                               The PORSCHE 962C is from 1988 and in the Shell- Dunlop colors.

                                                      The SAUBER C9- Mercedes is from 1987.

 The two cars arrived this morning and I am yet to unpack them from their boxes - I'm savoring the moment. With the two cars it completes my 1980s collection which includes a LANCIA, TOYOTA, SAUBER-Mercedes and PORSCHE. With future cars I may decide to collect later models of Le Mans type cars.

Well- that is my news for Friday night- stay well my Friends - Cheers. KEV.

Friday, 10 June 2022

OUR 1st SLOT CAR RACE DAY.

 Hi...Today Karl and I had our 1st RACE DAY. We began around 11:00am and finished up after 3:00pm.

At the end of the days racing I awarded Karl with the 'Perpetual Trophy' for his win in the 1st Race with the #17 Red Le Mans racing car....we'll battle over the Trophy in future slot car races.

Karl - all wrapped up for Winter prior to the 1st race with the Le Mans cars #17 and #21.

Karl - reading the SLOT Magazine (Issue 50) which I wanted to show him. In the background is my Partner CHRIS. For Lunch Chris made us toasted cheese, tomato and onion sandwiches and I made the coffee...we were certainly looked after by Chris.

Before Karl arrived here at 11:00am, my order from the 'Armchair Racer' arrived earlier at 10:00am containing the two Slot.it cars....how is that for service - I only ordered the cars yesterday.

The new Slot.it cars- the Toyota #35 and the Lancia #6 parked in front of the Pit Area.

We had several races and I won the last race with my LANCIA #6 by 50Laps to Karl's 48 - Karl had had a couple of spin outs with the Toyota #35 car. These Le Mans styled cars from the mid 1980s have to be seen to be believed - the printing on them is just superb- perfect! The cars run excellently.

Chris took a photo of Karl and I prior to the last race with the LANCIA and TOYOTA nearing the starting grid positions.

All up it was a great day - we probably chatted a lot more than we raced- though all great company all the same. Most happy about our 1st Race Day for sure- everything went very well indeed.

Well- that is my news for Friday night.
Stay well my Friends across the Globe.
Cheers. KEV.


Thursday, 9 June 2022

SLOT.IT Race Cars On Order.

 Hi....This morning I placed an order with Armchair Racer for two 'Slot.it' Le Mans type race cars.

The 1984 LANCIA LC2 #6 is a superb looking model by Slot.it. I just adore the Martini racing graphics and it'll be great to have this car for my 4' x 11' Slot Car Track. 

The 1986 TOYOTA 86C #35 is another great model by Slot.it. I've chosen this Toyota to go up against the LANCIA LC2 as they are both around the same vintage....racing these two cars will be a joy. The models should arrive by the middle of next week - cannot wait! It'll be great!

I've also ordered a SCALEXTRIC 10th Edition TRACK PLAN book - my reason for ordering is that I'm interested to see the various Track Plans -particularly of popular International Tracks - as well, I'd like to glean some ideas on what improvements I can possibly make to my own Shed Layout. It'll be great to study this Track Plan Book.

Well - that is my news for Thursday Night.
Race Day is here tomorrow in the Shed.
Best Wishes. KEV.


Tuesday, 7 June 2022

SCALEXTRIC - My 1st Slot Car.

 Hi...I thought you may be interested to hear about some of my Slot Car History. My first ever Scalextric Slot car was an AC COBRA.

As a Teenager I didn't have any money - when my mates were getting allowances and seemed to have all manner of hobbies- I had nothing. For some time I skipped my School Lunch which Mum had given me 10cents for it - seemed I saved enough to buy the COBRA race car and purchased it from Mr Barnes Hobby and Cycle Shop here in Campbelltown. Mr Barnes use to give to me old Scalextric Catalogues - I studied them for hours and dreamed of one day owning a Scalextric Track...I concluded that it all was rather impossible....so, I gave away my COBRA to my Dutch Friend Michael Kajarh here in Bradbury- for his Father's slot car track that he'd built in his loft. All that would have been around 1970.

Around 1990 I bought a Scalextric Formula One Set and ran it on my Study Room carpeted floor- I'd bought the Set from Toyman Imports at Yenora- the shop is no longer there. Money was tight in 1990 with a House Mortage and car to pay off - and it seemed I wouldn't be building my Dream Layout....so, I gave away the Scalextric Set to our Neighbour- Debbie Dean -for her Son to own and enjoy.

In 2012 I built up a rather complete Scalextric Track in my Shed- it was the 'Dream Layout'...I joined a Sydney based Slot Car Club and attended a night time meeting in Sydney....so disappointed that on the night we couldn't run our own Slot Cars....frustration set in and rather foolishly I decide to sell up my Scalextric Layout on e-Bay. The sale went quickly and I had no trouble getting all of it sold. 

It is now July 2022 and for my end of month Birthday in May I purchased a SCALEXTRIC Le MANS Set for my 66th Birthday....just fabulous. I've since added six standard straights and two half straights to the Le MANS set to build a rather modest though interesting track - with some scratch modelling with custom wood and cardboard I've managed to make Safety Barriers, a Pit Area and a Control Tower....and soon my German Friend- Karl Pohl will visit me here for a Race Day- certainly looking forward to it.
I'm very pleased with my two SCALEXTRIC Le MANS Race Cars.
Well- that is my story of the past and present- it is interesting to know what we do over a long period of time.
Stay well my Friends. Best Wishes. KEV.


Sunday, 5 June 2022

SCALEXTRIC- Raceway COMPLETED.

Hi...My Scalextric Set is now looking like a proper Raceway with the help of additional scratch models.

I've had a good few days making a set of Safety Barriers, a Pit Area and a Control Tower.


An overall view of the Track Raceway- I've made the Track as large as I can on my 4ft x 11ft Table.


I made the Quad Curve Safety Barriers with 6mm MDF 'Custom Wood' and Matt Board- glue was Contact Adhesive as made by Selleys.


The Pit Area Building and the Control Tower- these models were made with 3mm and 6mm MDF and Matt Board. I've included a slotted track in front of the Pit Buildings- to display the Le Mans Cars.


The Control Tower near the Scalextric Lap Counter. I wanted a no frills building and I think my Control Tower looks just right and it didn't take long to build and cost next to naught.


The Pit Area Building - I wanted the Building to look as a Le Mans type- hence I've labelled it with the names of race cars which have raced at Le Mans- Lancia, Toyota, Lola and Ginetta.


My expenditure for the six quadrant Safety Barriers, Pit Area and Control Tower was entirely nill- however to print out my Sponsor Logos from my Acer Computer cost me $56 for a new Canon Ink Cartridge for the Canon Printer.
Through next week I hope to hold a Race Meeting and race my favorite #21 Le Mans car...this'l be a whole lot of fun. My Friend Karl Pohl should enjoy it all with the racing of the other car which was supplied with the Scalextric Le Mans set. I've already prepared the Trophy for the day.

Well- that is my news for tonight. Best Wishes. KEV.