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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby mikeinclover » Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:23 am

Alwyn, I will take car of it.
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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby Beast Lee » Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:42 am

Here are photos of our pre-production prototype that we received the other day...

We have not had a chance to put it through it's paces yet, but it looks like a quality product with an NSR flavour...

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A full review will be in our third issue...

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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby CatRacer » Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:21 pm

Any idea if that chassis will fit under the Fly classic Lola body?
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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby Beast Lee » Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:07 pm

CatRacer wrote:Any idea if that chassis will fit under the Fly classic Lola body?


It's actually shockingly close to the size of the Fly, the wheelbase is about 3/16" too short on the ThunderSlot...

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Hope this helps...

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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby SuperSlab » Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:01 pm

mikeinclover wrote:Alwyn, I will take car of it.
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Thanks kindly Mike: greatly appreciate it!
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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby mikeinclover » Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:44 pm

Thanks to everyone who purchased a new Thunderslot from us. I have already shipped your cars so as soon as I receive the missing part I will ship them out at no charge to you.
"Per our U.S. Distributor (Great Traditions), the first batch of Lola T70's they received should have included the rear motor mount bracket (note: this is NOT a full suspension - that is a separate optional part). Unfortunately it was left out during the final (factory) packaging. Our U.S. Distributor will be placing another order with the factory within the next day or two. Going foward, all Lola T70's will have the rear motor mount bracket included. Thunder Slot will also be sending our distributor extra motor brackets - they will be provided to all Great Traditions dealers free of charge. Once we receive the rear motor mount brackets, we will forward them to any of our customers (free of charge) who have purchased the Lola T70's. Great Traditions expects to receive the next batch of Lola T70's and the extra motor brackets in about 10 days. Figure another 2 or 3 days for their dealers to receive them."
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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:57 pm

Great news Mike, thank you.
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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby goosenapper » Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:54 pm

mikeinclover wrote:Thanks to everyone who purchased a new Thunderslot from us. I have already shipped your cars so as soon as I receive the missing part I will ship them out at no charge to you.

Thanks for the update. Hopefully you don't have to absorb the freight costs to send all of those missing pieces out once you receive them.

As for the car itself, mine arrived today and what a difference it is from anything else I own! I was expecting it to be more closely in line with NSR releases, but Thunderslot is most certainly their own entity. (unlike say Fly/GB Track/Slotwings/et al.) After uncorking those tight and fine-threaded 1.3mm hex-head body-screws, my wrist needs a break before putting the body back on and taking to the track. I was surprised to find the plastic gears because most of the pre-release photos showed metal ones, and the cut on the guide flag is just wild. As for the body, the finish is a realistic sheen instead of the NSR clear-coat-for-days, and the detail work is much higher than is expected on a performance-oriented slot car. I'm looking forward to trying it out and reading others' impressions as well.
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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby mikeinclover » Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:08 pm

Unfortunately I will have to pick up the shipping. I feel it is a small price to pay to make sure my customers get what they need to make their products work to there full potential. It is the cost of doing business I guess. As for the flag it is kinda crazy looking I now want to see if it has any advantage. I guess we will all know when someone does a review.
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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:59 pm

Hats off to you for what you do.

Review almost finished. Of course guys have been reading about them for awhile, but I like it. Burning the midnight oil tonight testing/more/photos/etc...
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First impressions

Postby SuperSlab » Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:47 pm

I received my Thunder Slot Lola today: thanks Mike!

Unfortunately I do not have my own track so running impressions will have to wait until Friday evening at our regular races. Some first impressions:

* As others have noted, dimension-wise Thunder Slot have taken some liberties. Not as bad as the NSR Mosler but still pretty noticeable. It is obviously shorter and lower than it should be.
* As a model (shape, finish), the car looks pretty good. Not comparable with the best of the best but generally pretty good. I am satisfied. Unlike Goosenapper I found mine to have a very good, shiny finish.
* Similar to the approach with the dimensions, the body is clearly meant for racing as it is very thin and light.
* Another indication of its racing aspirations: the wheels are small and the car is VERY low to the ground. Ground clearance is minimal.
* I consider it a great pity that they have gone for unique wheel dimensions (with the very low rib). It is not clear to me why they would have done that as it is hard to see any benefit and it does make using generally available aftermarket tyres impossible.
* From visual and tactile inspection, the tyres seem very NSR Supergrip-like. I will be running the car with unglued and untrued tyres on Friday: will have to see how it goes.
* I know that people have different takes on this and I am familiar with the arguments for this, but I am unconvinced as to the value of "air rims". Because of the fact that these are air rims and because of the oddball size I intend replacing the rear wheels with CB Design insert wheels and urethane tyres. Note that the inserts are a direct fit in 15" CB Design wheels.
* The chassis is of the softest I have EVER seen on a modern plastic RTR car. Whether this is a plus or a minus remains to be seen. I am naturally a bit skeptical for use on wood but I will reserve judgement until I have run the car.
* Likewise the pod is extremely soft: comments as per the chassis. I fear the car may hop....
* The net result of the thin body, chassis and pod is a very light car: 63.6g for the car I received. Whether this is a good or a bad thing remains to be seen.
* Others have commented on the absence of the rear "strap" to better control the rear of the pod. While it has been stated that the manufacturer (and the sellers: thanks Mike!) will be providing this part, I think the original call to treat this as optional is questionable, particularly because of the softness of the chassis and pod. I must say that if it were up to me I would rather have left out the middle set of screws and plastic "nuts" that go into the "outriggers".
* Others have commented on the mix of hex and Torx screws. In principle this is no different than the common mix of Phillips & hex I suppose. I am fortunate enough to have the right size Torx wrench as I have Black Arrow cars. Torx heads are vastly superior to Phillips so I am OK with that.
* Plastic front wheels and gears: another one that I am somewhat neutral over. If the wheels are round and the gears mesh well and are durable I am OK with it. How much money did it save? Not sure. But I must say if I had my druthers I would have preferred metal.
* I like the ability to adjust the body height with (not included) grub screws. Because these are really optional plus I am sure we all have numerous 2mm grub screws, the absence is no biggy for me.
* I also very much like the adjustable front axle height: this I think is essential in any slot car with performance aspirations.

So overall I consider it an interesting and valuable addition to the range of cars available. As for performance: the proof of the pudding as always will be in the eating. I am looking forward to running the car on Friday!

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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby VTECFOUR » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:49 am

Hi Alwyn,

Great observations as I contemplate my next purchase.

Looking forward to seeing your driving impressions on Luf's Big Targa.

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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:41 am

Good feedback.

You guys can post in the review thread, it would be easier for people to read all the multiple feedback in one thread. The various reports are what makes it priceless info.
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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby goosenapper » Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:52 am

Have the missing parts reached dealers yet? We're passed the initial estimated timeframe and an update would be great. Thanks!
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Re: New SlorCar manufacturer available soon

Postby cgingras » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:52 am

Yes, replacement parts are now available.
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