I have seen the Policar stuff on various forums and commented on it. I'm posting here to add my admiration to the other comments passed. Having seen the videos now I must say again,I can't praise this highly enough.The look,the "stand"-everything looks spot-on.By the looks of the 'photos ,it look like the tampo will be right too. Can't wait for Spring 2015... TED....
Post by David Lawson on Sept 25, 2014 2:26:41 GMT -5
I noticed Mark commented on my test drive report of Andi's new Lotus 72 in the Scalextric thread, as this was elsewhere I thought I would post something about it on this forum.
A couple of weeks ago Andi kindly let me drive a pre-production example of the 72 at George Turner's track and I had great fun pretending to be John Miles pounding round Snetterton in early 1970 to develop the new Chapman car.
The slot car was brand new and in standard trim but it immediately felt completely at home on the large routed South Essex Club track and produced times very close to well sorted Slot it classic sports cars that were running at the same time. The car handled beautifully and will make an excellent club racer.
Two pictures of the pre-production car which despite being moulded in all black plastic shows just how much detail is incorporated.
Andi brought along some other parts being developed, these are the brass front and rear brackets to enable scratchbuilders to create the small and slim 1960s and 1970s grand prix cars. He also brought along a clever two part plastic chassis with very wide side pans which will be suitable for 1970s F1 cars with side pods, the idea being that you set the chassis at the correct wheelbase, place the bodyshell on the chassis and trace around the bodywork and trim the chassis to the correct shape to fit. I forgot to take a photograph of this but I hope you've got the idea.
I now have the Scalextric Lotus 72s-the GLTL and JPS versions. I'm quite pleased with them-the"JPS"-inverted commas because it has no JPS markings-it has Colin Chapman's initials-looks the best. The GLTL cars most immediately noticeable error is the oversized wing but,as I say,overall not bad.
The point is the Policar-going by the 'photos and by the comments of people who have seen these cars "in the flesh" look like being better by quite a way. It got me to thinking ahead-way ahead-as to what would follow the Lotus and March models? I'm assuming there will be subsequent releases because these models should sell in the squillions!
Bearing in mind the motor pod is designed for wider F1s-as pointed out earlier in this thread,I was thinking the BRM P153 looks like it is wide enough to suit...anyone any other thoughts as to what early 70s cars would suit? Is the Brabham BT33 wide enough? I suppose you would have to go to mid to late 70s before wide F1 cars became the norm. Perhaps I should wait till the lotus and March arrive first before indulging in flights of fancy!
Point taken-I actually only meant to comment on the Policar compared to the Scalex. But having waited so long for top quality historic F1 cars to be available I got a bit carried away! Surely though,its flattering that people are so eagerly awaiting these cars? I was also interested in what other people would like to see and I did mention I was thinking way ahead. Anyway,I'm confident the Policar Elves are working flat out... TED....
Post by Andrew Rowland on Oct 22, 2014 2:26:25 GMT -5
Ted No real 'point' being made just that I wouldn't want to get people excited about next year and the year after when we are still a few months off the first release. It would look like idle publicity without any real foundation. By the way the cars won't need to be wide bodied as we've developed a pod without outrigged screw fixing. so the sky is the limit!
Yes of course its great people are clearly excited. As someone obsessed with this period i'm really hoping we have a chance here to get people racing these cars at club level and delivering a truly great handling slimline motored car.
I'm probably even more excited than you Ted! Thanks for all your comments....
Post by David Mitcham on Nov 27, 2015 4:00:20 GMT -5
A brilliant looking model, terrific attention to detail - you must be very pleased with it. Infinitely better than that other company's version. I very much looking forward to receiving mine - think I pre-ordered two (one to race; one to preserve!) but it was a long time ago!
Gosh! Another stunning model. It would be worthwhile having even if it didn't go. Is it really out soon, chaps? So many F1 cars have been promised but never seem to appear. If memory serves correctly, SRC had a Renault turbo and Villeneuve Ferrari in the pipeline, but I've seen neither. A pity.
It seems that slot tracks are about to be swamped by fabulous examples of the Lotus 72 - a most fitting tribute to the people who drove them, especially Jochen Rindt, whose tragic end on September 5 1970 came to me as one of the worst shocks of many at that time in Grand Prix racing.
Congratulations to all responsible for this new slot Lotus; it is truly remarkable.
Looks like the SRC Ferrari and Renault are both imminent. They do look great(And I will have to get them!),but I still think the 72 edges them. Judging by the comments of the lucky people who have been able to actually try the Policar on track,it will also be the better performer. I believe the SRC cars have the "anglewinder" set-up as used by Fly on some of their F1 cars. Again,the Policar gear arrangement looks better-time will tell. Hopefully, we will all have our 72s before Christmas! TED...
Tantalizingly close now. I've had this car on pre-order for so many months I began to wonder if it was only a mirage. As the months passed, the car kept receding into the distance. At last it appears fulfillment is nigh.