Slot Car Bible
Published: December 3, 2002

For an author to call his book a Bible on any subject, it better be pretty good. In fact, it best be darn close to perfect and cover every topic that might arise on the subject. Robert Schleicher's book, Slot Car Bible is his second book in recent years to cover the slot car home racing scene. His previous book, Racing and Collecting Slot Cars was a very popular and thorough publication, and topping it would not be an easy task. Writing a book review would be a challenge for me as well.
The book is certainly thick enough to contain the enough info to claim the title of Bible. Almost twice as thick as Racing and Collecting Slot Cars, I was eager to delve into the vast knowledge contained within. Thumbing through the book, it looked to be more of the same of the previous release, but a closer look proved that this book was a bit more in-depth, and far more detailed.
First let me say that the pictures are just awesome. Robert really gets into his scenery, and if you're into the modeling aspect of the hobby, you're gonna be overwhelmed by the massive amount of ideas you'll gain from this book. Robert is no newbie to the hobby, having been writing about slot cars since 1967. He has had plenty of time to fine tune his modeling techniques, and it shows.

Though the book doesn't touch on 1:24 or 1:43 scales, it covers in depth 1:32 and HO scales. About 2/3 of the book is focused on 1:32 scale, while the rest is HO. Each section features track
layouts complete with diagrams and parts listings to create many track, some of which model actual tracks used in the past, as well as today.

Robert Schleicher does something that I personally commend him for. He focus's on layouts that can be placed on a 9' x 5' ping pong table. Robert recognizes that the biggest drawback, and fear of new buyers, is the amount of space required to set up a track. Living space is getting
smaller with each new house built, large homes are not as common as they used to be, and many do not have the luxury of a basement. Robert approaches layout design with this in mind, thus many of his layouts in the book are designed towards the home use with limited space. His layouts are imaginative and functional. Not excluding those with more space, he does offer larger track layouts as well.

The book also offers in-depth looks at car tune-ups and modifications, customizing, and scratchbuilding. In
addition, it even covers the art of custom building specialized track sections to make your layouts come together when pre-manufactured track sections are not available.

Primarily, it stays focused on the scale aspects of slot cars, which I appreciate immensely. In

my opinion, this is the most important selling point of the hobby today. Robert stays right on track in this area, and does a wonderful job covering it.

Is the Slot Car Bible worthy of it's name? I'd have to say that for 1:32 and HO scales it is. This is a great book full of information, tips and pictures, and well worth the $30 price tag. It's a book that you'll likely read many times through, and continue referring back to as you look for new ideas for that next layout, or to modify or detail your existing one.

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