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  • RevoSlot - the Fly of today?

    The more I look at the cars RevoSlot produces, the more I see the great detail of when I recall getting a new Fly car back in the 90's. Is it safe to say that RevoSlot is Fly of this day?

    What do you think?

  • #2
    In their day, Fly were amazing! It was almost unheard of for a slot car manufacturer to make cars, but without bothering to make or market track, and sets, and so on. (Except those deluxe 'rare' car sets they specialized in.)

    And while producing 1:32 versions of the real 1:1 cars, they endeavoured to produce them with the same (inline, sidewinder, rear) drivetrain arrangement as well.

    And though they didn't do a whole lot to improve the mechanical aspects, they put magnets in every car (a rarity back then, I think) and also they at least came up with a decent motor pod for their sidewinder cars. You could also spend a lot of money on a Fly car, and then spend a bunch more on making that gorgeous thing into a real race car!

    Their cars set a whole new standard for detailing and accuracy - sure upped the game for Scalextric and others.

    If there's one car that captured the imagination of the manufacturers, it surely had to be the Fly Marcos from Jarama 1998 - with genuine Fly logos all over it!

    So, which RevoSlot cars have fired you up? I must admit, I don't have any. Yet ...

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    • #3
      Comparing RevoSlot to Fly is to drag down RevoSlot. While Fly and RevoSlot bodies are beautiful, their mechanicals are worlds different. A RevoSlot car is race-worthy right out of the box. Fly cars aren't.

      I only own one RevoSlot. I have raced it box-stock except for installing the optional RevoSlot rear tires. Everything under the body is competition grade. IHSR has often run RevoSlot-only races just for fun, and the racing has been intense.

      RevoSlot cars are expensive, but this is one case where you really do get what you pay for. One of my best slotcar purchases ever.

      Pretty car too.

      Ed Bianchi

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      • #4
        Ditto what Ed said.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by HO RacePro View Post
          Comparing RevoSlot to Fly is to drag down RevoSlot. While Fly and RevoSlot bodies are beautiful, their mechanicals are worlds different. A RevoSlot car is race-worthy right out of the box. Fly cars aren't.

          I only own one RevoSlot. I have raced it box-stock except for installing the optional RevoSlot rear tires. Everything under the body is competition grade. IHSR has often run RevoSlot-only races just for fun, and the racing has been intense.

          RevoSlot cars are expensive, but this is one case where you really do get what you pay for. One of my best slotcar purchases ever.

          Pretty car too.

          Ed Bianchi

          Yep. Agree 100%.

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          • #6
            All the Revos are good...very good! Don't let that 'mild' 21k short can lull you into thinking it'll be slow

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            • #7
              You guys that agreed with Ed, and Ed are Twisted! This Is Not a Comparison Between the Two. If that's what you understood from reading my words, then, please, read them again. I agree with the rest of it.

              WCR nailed it! Back in the day they were the BEST cars - in looks and running - that I could find. Here's the first car I purchased...

              Lola T70 MK 3b 1970.jpg You can't tell me this car isn't absolutely stunning - back in 2008, when I took this picture!!! And it was no slouch either.

              This was the very first Kit I purchased...
              DSC_0002.jpg Again, these cars are breathtakingly beautiful. I never took them out of the box even to this day, but I'm sure they would've run great back in 2005.

              Now Fast Forward to today and look at a RevoSlot car, take this one for example...
              IMG_8033_A.jpg If you haven't seen this car with your own eyes then you aren't aware, but the pearl color of this car is stunning under bright light, and seeing it go around is a joy, moreso than the Fly cars were. The depth of pearl and hue of the blue is mesmerizing! And It IS two-fold better mechanics, no doubt! There's no comparison between these cars and the Fly cars of 15 years ago, that's not what this topic is about. It's about how Exemplary the RevoSlot cars are, just as the Fly cars were back then, nearly 17 years ago!
              Last edited by dinglebery; 03-12-2021, 05:32 PM.

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              • #8
                I know what you mean. Revoslot are very well finished and great runners. I think Fly was a game changer in how good a slot car could look. Fly cars are what got me back into slots 12 years or so ago now. Revoslots also look great like Fly but I am not sure they are any better than Carrera and Scalextric in terms of details though the finish may be just a tad sharper In saying that the Revoslot Ferrari 333 is simply a stunning car with detail that you just keep discovering. So maybe you are correct

                I think Revoslot offer great looking cars with great mechanics.
                I get nothing but joy from the seven Revoslot cars I own and I will be buying at least one of each of their 2021 offerings. Mercedes CLK - McLaren F1 - BMW 2002 - Escort MK1. I can't wait to get the BMW 2002 and Escort - woohoo small Grp 2 cars that will actually be drivable. I also plan on getting a Porsche GT1 and Ferrari F40 once I see the new liveries. Now they may not be everyone's cup of tea but they have certainly created something different in the world of 1/32 slot cars. They drive great non mag and with very little setup and the finish is on par with anything out there. I think we are spoilt in that regard when you think about it. How great do all slot cars look these days?

                Whilst Revoslot are a bit more expensive than Carrera or Scalextric I prefer unboxing a Revo and getting it going. My last couple of Scalextric and SCX purchases have been quite disappointing when it comes to how the run. My last two Revoslots (Ferrari 333 and JPS Supra) well I love driving them. My future slot car purchases will be mainly Revoslot and BRM 1/24 cars with a few Carrera 1/24 thrown in.

                DM
                Last edited by dangermouse; 03-14-2021, 12:37 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dinglebery View Post
                  You guys that agreed with Ed, and Ed are Twisted! This Is Not a Comparison Between the Two. If that's what you understood from reading my words, then, please, read them again. I agree with the rest of it.

                  WCR nailed it! Back in the day they were the BEST cars - in looks and running - that I could find!
                  “RevoSlot - the Fly of today?”

                  If that’s not an invitation to compare, I don’t know what is!

                  I agree they were great looking cars, but not so much the best running. Most of the other manufacturers were into traction magnets then, to the extent Fly cars were better runners it was because Fly cars had the strongest traction magnets on the market, which covered for the not-so-great engineering, including the front motored cars like the Viper. The OEM tires were virtually useless without the benefit of the stock over strong magnets.


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                  • #10
                    No way, night and day.

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                    • #11
                      OP "Is it safe to say that RevoSlot is Fly of this day?"

                      No absolutely not.

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                      • #12
                        WCR and others are making good points, though. Back in the day of Fly's origination, they WERE considered to be good running cars, as compared to the stuff coming out of Scalextric and the others.

                        I don't think Revo has quite that much of an upper hand on the other stuff on the market today, though.

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                        • #13
                          I was the original importer for Fly and at that time they were a game changer.
                          Die cast like look but a "Slot Car" It blew people's minds, Collectible shops specializing in Die Cast started carrying them. People collected them.
                          From the Slot Car end, it was not just the look, the strong magnet made them "Fly" around the track.
                          Mechanically they were no better than Scalextric, but looks and Lap Times they were miles ahead.

                          My company at the time "A Day at the Races" serviced just about every car before we sold it. But they created a new look, new market.

                          They forced Scalextric and others to up their game, and they did.

                          Look at slotcars today, and much of that, look wise, came from Fly.

                          I asked them time and time again to improve the mechanical parts, and just before the end of the boom for Fly they did, the Fly Racing Series, but it came too late.

                          Slot.it and others had overtaken them and the rest is kind of history.

                          Fly and or FlySlot are still going today, I know the family, great people, every time I saw them I said the market changed and it did, it caught up.

                          Then after working with BRM on the Trans Am Series and helping develop a simple 2 piece chassis BRM developed the "Mini Car" Series which strengthened sales as they run on 1:32 scale Track.

                          Then along came RevoSlot, with a smaller version of the Trans Am chassis, some told me it is too simple, they could build a better chassis. I am sure they can BUT.

                          The beauty of RevoSlot is they look like a Die Cast, and they run well almost out of the box. Checked the screws, lube, true tires ( optional ) and set the gear mesh.
                          Sure there is a magnet too, for those who want that, and that is fine.And like Revell and Monogram before them they had Metal Chassis. They felt like something of quality in your hand. They run very close to each other so great for Clubs.

                          They do not require a lot of knowledge to race them and have fun. They are building a market for those who want a plug and play experience. Simple Slot Car Racing, fun Slot Car Racing, Affordable Slot Car Racing. quality slot Car Racing.

                          So RevoSlot have created a new part of the Market. Just like Fly did about 24 years ago.
                          They touched on the feeling of a metal chassis simple car just like Revell and Monogram ( and others ) did about 50 years ago. a simple chassis not one you had to create, one you buy, spend a little time on set up and have fun.




                          Alan Smith
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