Post by Andrew Rowland on Sept 29, 2013 1:20:13 GMT -5
Thanks Chris So this new venture, designed by me and engineered by slot.it will be produced by the historic Policar brand now a sister company of slot.it.
It was officialy released yesterday at Slotlandia in Milan to applause from all the other Italian producers who were present.
The concept is to finally have a to-scale F1 car that also performs very well on the track. This is done by the redesign of the rear transmission.
I will post further as things develop. The idea is that release will be in around a year (too long I know), and price will be 'normal' slot.it.
Of course the design of the pieces also has an eye for the scratchbuilder. I hope to demonstrate this winter how the motor pod, engine etc. Can be used to make beautiful scratchbuilds when coupled to brass chassis and resin bodies!!
I'd like to thank a few people for indirectly or directly helping me over the years and without whom this would not have happened; Graham Lane, Chris Wright, Graham Poulton, Mark Huber, Walter Merulli and Maurizio Ferrari and anyone else who has given me positive feedback....
Post by Andre Acker on Sept 29, 2013 14:47:00 GMT -5
Congratulations ! These are great news ! I think we can expect to have light wheels, high quality tires and a fine slim motor, as per other Slot-it cars. This will help enormously the scratchbuilders ! And it will be marvelous to have these 70's f1s as ready-to-run (Lotus, Tyrrell, Brabham, Mclaren, Ferrari etc).
Congratulations, and I hope that the result will be as much appreciated by the general public, as all the slot freaks do here on this forum.
I hope that slot.it. didn't leave out the front suspension by changing the basics of the chassis. That would be a pity to the design and looks. On the other hand it gives us something to scratch build, otherwise it would be to perfect. ;D
And I think I might say, that we all hope to see more of these superb projects appear in the future.
Keep up the good work.
Last Edit: Sept 29, 2013 22:17:11 GMT -5 by nuvolari
Whilst it's an obvious solution to getting a smaller gear, it's great to see you get it into production, Andi. I know I'm not a Slot.it fan, but having now met Maurizio, I have to say he's an absolute gentleman. It will be interesting to see how many F1 bodies this pod will fit.
Post by Andrew Rowland on Jan 11, 2014 7:07:02 GMT -5
Hi Martin, just saw your post!
Yes Maurizio is absolutely the right person to take and trust my concept to. The first one I built by hand for the Tecno but of course never showed it to anyone. Maurizio understood immediately i showed him on his kitchen table that here was something that could work.
As well as a great guy he is a first class engineer and he took my concept and has made a very beautiful production solution.
It is currently designed to fit any car with a heland HG400 series box which probably means we have about 300 cars to do..... To make other boxes we will ahve to change the motor pod tooling which will obviously be some cost! That will probably be necessary to make some Ferraris in due course....
We could also go backwards and do late '60's cars or people can buy the kit and do their own conversions!!