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Add Slot car section to SA magazine

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Add Slot car section to SA magazine
Posted by Alcopa1 on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 10:52 AM


        Would SA staff consider adding a slot car section to the mag, It doesn't have to focus on the mechanics so much but on the detailing and construction aspects. I've noticed that a large number of cars that show up are very well finished and detailed not just slapped together jobs...In my case I'm doing just that , authentic colours decals etc.  Just a thought....

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Posted by jhaught on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 7:56 AM

Sorry but our readers have let us know in every survey we've done that they want us to focus exclusively on building styrene and resin models.

Jim Haught

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Posted by High octane on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 1:25 PM

As a long time subscriber, I agree Jim, NO slot cars and NO die-casts.

High octane

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Posted by BigTallDad on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 7:05 PM

There is an informal group of model-guys in my area that meet twice a month, one of whom builds slot cars. His work is STELLAR! The only way we can tell the difference is the brushes etc. used to make that model a slot car; otherwise, they are works of art.

If you take away the connectivity used for slot car racing, shouldn't those models meet the same criteria as others? Or should there be that category for "Slot cars" which would soon expand into Slot Cars/Factory Stock/Racing/blah blah

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

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Posted by Snake45 on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 7:22 PM

A slot car section here, fine, but pages devoted to slot cars in the mag, sorry, no. I already resent every editorial inch devoted to trucks and motorcycles.

Recovering aircraft modeler. "I can see me bound and gagged

Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

--Warren Zevon, "Hostage-O," Life'll Kill Ya, Artemis Record 2000

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Posted by dcat1999 on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 10:40 PM
I agree Snake, there is plenty of room here on the forum. I would love to see some of the slot builds. Just not in the mag. All of the articles on plastic kit building and customizing translates to the diecast and slot cars anyway.
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Posted by MG Brown on Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:45 PM

I agree that it would be interesting from time to time to have a slot car article in Scale Auto. It doesn't have to be a regular feature but perhaps an occasional mention during the winter months.

In the mean time- hardbody slot car builders and racers are encouraged to look and participate here:

Thanks in advance.

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Posted by MG Brown on Friday, September 5, 2014 2:24 PM

There are some examples of the Hardbody Slot Cars we run in the Mid-American Series in this Flickr Album.

Most of these are using the B&E Slotsport "Eliminator" chassis. The Firebird #10 Was built by Edmalin Sy, a woman.

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Posted by Andy X on Sunday, September 7, 2014 3:45 PM

there are 2-3 mags already dedicated to slots ... check them out

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Posted by JEePgUy on Saturday, April 4, 2015 1:23 AM
I used to hang out at a slot car house/store.It was huge.Me,I don't race slot cars,and even though I spent a lot of time BSing with a bunch of older racers,great racers who started when they were 5,or 6 yrs old..I just never got into them.But the store also sold models.So I'd head in there a lot to buy JUST models.Now a lot of these guys who ran hard body cars,we're doing incredible work,& craftsmanship to their cars.So I see the idea,because of what I saw there,but for me,no slots,just models..
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Posted by MG Brown on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 3:48 PM

There are quite a few online slot car forums as well as a weekly video blog on YouTube to get the latest news from and there is also now a Slot Car Racing center locator (map) online.

In my opinion, the slot car racing hobby/sport moves too fast these days for a print only magazine that's out of date before it hits your mailbox.

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Posted by Dwights55 on Thursday, July 5, 2018 1:31 PM

I do I can't take sides here.   But the Aug 2018 issue was the first one I purchased since June 2016, so anything to make it (the mag) more interesting would be a plus.

Most of my money goes for bow-ties, bikes and babes.  The rest I just waste.

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Posted by 195X on Thursday, July 5, 2018 6:34 PM

No. Stop trying to make SAE something it isn't. 

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by Lil Rebel on Sunday, July 8, 2018 7:28 AM

While I am in no way advocating slot cars, I did race them in the "olden days" and we had a concourse class that would rival most models in SAE in detail and accuretsy of the cars produced with the addition that they really raced them, crashed them, and rebuilt them for the next week. These wern't just static models. If the real car had working wings,ala chaparell 2E or opening doors , driver figures, etc. they had it. Just sayin, slot cars can be exquist model in thier own right.


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