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  • So I finally bought a Thunder Slot and...oh my!

    I bought the M6B No. 54 CanAm Mosport 1969. I had to go buy a T-6 Torx screwdriver to get the rear body screw out (all of the others I managed with other tools), so I was two+ days getting the digital chip installed.

    Just like the last slot.it classic I chipped (also a McLaren- the M8D), I didn't have to remove any of the interior. That's helped by the new smaller profile Carrera chips, and I also think the manufacturers are attempting to create as much space as possible between chassis and body.

    So this thing buttoned back up looking very nice. I had lowered the front tires so they would roll, and loosened the body and suspension screws just a turn or so to give some float. I run only silicone tires, so I swapped the originals for a set of Quickslicks and ran a couple of laps. After a few laps getting the feel of the car, I was running 9.8 and 9.7- very respectable for a no-mag car on my track. I ran the tires over my sanding pad for a bit and was then turning 9.4 and 9.3- which is getting down close to the top 5 cars on my track.

    Then I dialed back the brake, as a new chip will have the brakes on full. Tried 10/16, and that wasn't quite enough brake. The car wasn't slowing quickly enough on the long straights on my track. So then 12/16 and WOW!! we found the sweet spot. The car slowed on the long straights, but still carried some speed into tight corners.

    Within three or four laps I broke 9 seconds (only the second no-mag car to do so on my track), and then with some concentration I turned an 8.826. That's about .150s faster than the previous no-mag record on my track!

    The car is just so easy to drive fast it's ridiculous! Planted doesn't even begin to describe it.

    It's really pretty and really fast and I think it will definitely not be my last Thunder Slot. I'll need at least two more just to have some running mates!

  • #2
    Any pics of the chip install?

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    • #3
      Welcome to the club. When I was considering entering the 2020 CanAm Proxy I said can I make my Monogram Lola competitive? No way I bit the bullet and got me a TSlot. Best decisions I could have made. Now do I buy more??? Since I race home alone I really don't need but 1 maybe 2. So maybe an order is due soon. An Elva maybe????

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      • #4
        I had heard the hype on these for years and was prepared to be mildly disappointed. The hype didn't do this thing justice. I remember buying my first slot.it- what an eye opener that was for someone who owned only Carrera. Then I bought an NSR Mosler to run in an analog club. Another OOTB stunner. Never thought I would have a similar experience, but this thing with literally zero tuning is the best car I've ever owned.

        I have a large selection of slot.it classics chipped for my Carrera track. So I will now be buying more Thunder Slots, as the slot.its stand no chance (I know guys who could make them competitive- but it isn't happening with my limited abilities)
        Last edited by b.yingling; 01-29-2021, 06:51 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sb332 View Post
          Any pics of the chip install?
          No. But I can tell you I enlarged the chassis screw hole that mounts this car to it's case, as that was a perfect spot for the direction switch on the chip (I only enlarged the hole enough so I can flip the switch back and forth with a small blade screwdriver. Not so much that I could put my fingers on the switch- it just isn't necessary). The location for the LED was dictated by this decision. It fell just outside the motor pod. Other than that the only modification was gluing a small bit of plastic (a piece of a very narrow wire tie) to the top rail of the motor pod to keep the LED from protruding below the chassis. A little hot glue to hold the chip in place on the pod and solder the wires.
          Last edited by b.yingling; 01-29-2021, 07:05 AM.

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          • #6
            I got one recently as well. It's a great car, to be sure. Fits right in with (other) NSR cars. I believe Thunderslot is under the control of a former NSR guy.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MrFlippant View Post
              ...I believe Thunderslot is under the control of a former NSR guy.
              Correct. The Italian slot car companies are just about as intermingled and competitive as early Detroit .

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              • #8
                The Lola is on my list to buy so glad to hear you’ve had a good experience with your TS.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sb332 View Post
                  The Lola is on my list to buy so glad to hear you’ve had a good experience with your TS.
                  My sentiments exactly!

                  I like the look of the Elva's.

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                  • #10
                    Sounds amazing, what style of chassis is it? Plastic with triangular shaped pod?

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                    • #11
                      Very flexible lightweight plastic and a large triangular motor pod. This particular model has a sidewinder setup (with the motor slightly canted, not directly parallel to the axle). A wonderful front axle suspension adjustment with set screws above and below the axle to allow for very fine tuning of wheel contact. I *think* all of that is typical for the brand.

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                      • #12
                        pics are worth a thousand words!

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                        • #13
                          The Lola was my first purchase on return to slot cars, it set a very high benchmark. As well as the well placed handling they are very light and get the maximum out of the motor. Mine. Now features a shark 25 which really lights the car up on bigger tracks.

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                          • #14
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                            This is one of my favorite Thunderslots, the M6 is another one that I enjoy also.

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                            • #15
                              I just bought 3 Thunderslots myself and had a similar reaction to the author, b.yingling. I opened one up to find I too needed a T6 driver tip.So no chip install yet.
                              Thunderslot CA00204 Lola T70 Spyder - '67 Mosport Park, Thunderslot CA00302 McLaren M6A - '68 Laguna Seca, and Thunderslot CA00403 McLaren Elva M1A - Driven by Elvis Presley. They are beautiful and I hope they are all they are supposed to be.

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