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  • #16
    Originally posted by woodcote View Post
    See you in October

    Take the slot car aspect of I-Hobby, throw in a sizable number of small-scale specialist manufacturers / skunkworks products, a slot car swapmeet, plus race tracks and competitions organised by various racing federations - then you have the UK Slot Car Festival. Mostly 1/32, of course.

    And Joe is spot on about Micro Scalextric - both his praise and criticism. It's certainly what I tell the Scalextric people when I've been asked. I've also told them that there is a market for Micro cars in north America, if they want to exploit that...
    Andy, if you are coming here in October (I assume for the I-Hobby Expo), I will most definitely want to meet up, if not have you over........

    Hopefully, the distributer for Micro Scalextric (Hornby?) will see your vision, and offer both sets and individual cars here.........

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    • #17
      It was the words "excellent cook" that did it

      One year I would love to come over for I-Hobby, do some slot car shows, racing and a visit to W. Forest Home Ave, Milwaukee. Just need to persuade Mrs Woodcote to plan a visit to her relatives in upstate Wisconsin...

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      • #18
        Well, it's odd because the is a Hornby USA site and they do offer some stuff- even a few MS items- so the systems and infrastructure are in place. That means that offering additional items is kind of a no-brainer (to me, anyway).
        I understand the realities of business, ROI, legalities etc so if there was no infrastructure I would more easily say "I get it" in regards to limited NA offerings.

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        • #19
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          Last edited by urnuts; 05-23-2014, 11:54 AM.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by urnuts View Post
            Well, it's odd because the is a Hornby USA site and they do offer some stuff- even a few MS items- so the systems and infrastructure are in place. That means that offering additional items is kind of a no-brainer (to me, anyway).
            I understand the realities of business, ROI, legalities etc so if there was no infrastructure I would more easily say "I get it" in regards to limited NA offerings.
            I hadn't thought about this before (and if it has been posted previously, forgive me), but is it possible that the reason we don't get Micro-Scalextric cars here is because they have NOT complied with all safety aspects required? I know they sell 1/32 here and those must be in compliance, or they would not be available. But when you look at the hoops Tomy/Racemasters has jumped through to sell here (and the changes they had to make to the Mega G from the original release, besides stopping production of the Super G+ & SRT), maybe there IS something to this notion. Certainly, if the "Safety Nazi's" forced the use of knurled axles, there MIGHT be some objection to those pickup braids, which a child could certainly put into their mouth.

            This seemingly conflicting concern over the marketing of different scales here could be due to the notion that "HO" is for "children", and 1/32 or larger is for "adults"........

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