Post by Mark Huber on Apr 13, 2019 10:33:57 GMT -5
PSR has been selling revised kit versions of the PP Honda RA273 and Matra MS10. Both are available as a shell kit with mounting posts for the Policar motor pod, or as a complete kit including the Policar motor pod, axles, wheels, tires, slot guide, etc.
I bought both kits; the Honda because I was nostalgic and remembered the vintage MRRC car that I had purchased years ago; the Matra because I wanted to see if the body had been slimmed down from its previous incarnations including the oversized MRRC shell.
The RA273 kit is lovely and finely detailed.
The Matra however, is grossly over scale, it is +3mm too wide and +2mm too deep. It looks even chunkier because the wheelbase and overall length are scale accurate. A pregnant Matra won't cut it for a model maker--well actually it might if one chooses to cut and cut some more. On the other hand, racers will probably love this fat car. It's little wonder that PSR didn't put a top down photo of the Matra on its web site. At least I can use the Policar pod and chassis for some other shell that will look better next to the Honda.
I have one of these shells in my "waiting room" scheduled for surgery after less invasive attempts at remediation failed.
The original course of treatment attempted to take advantage of the fact that resin can be heated and re-shaped. Indeed, it was possible to warm the shell in a convection oven set low, then squeeze and hold until cooled. This approach reduced the mid-section to within 0.5mm of scale - howsomever it also resulted in a shell whose sides fell straight from the cockpit edge, losing all contour and did not address the unfortunate dimensions of the motor which, based on appearances seems more like a Cummins* than a Cosworth.
Major reconstructive surgery and an organ transplant is scheduled ( Mark Huber has generously donated a Scalextric Lotus V8 to this effort.) I must caution that this is a high risk procedure and patient survival is not guaranteed.
Status bulletins will be issued during the recovery period.
* for ex-US followers, a manufacturer of power plants for large trucks, earth moving equipment etc.
"more like a Cummins than a Cosworth", HAHA. When I was an apprentice we went to the Cummins factory in Darlington Northern England to see the production line of the motors. We had not seen anything like that then, no megafactories on TV, quite an eye opener, especially when we were told the operators had to hold their hands up to go to the toilet and could only take a set time to do so! Nigel
Pity re: the Matra. When I saw the listings for the revised, Policar-ready shells on the Pendle site, I'd hoped they'd narrowed the Matra while they were at it. Sad news that they haven't. Nevertheless, I do think the overall initiative to offer a 3D-print front end to mate with the Policar gearbox is a good one.