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  • #16
    That's cool to hear. If more people find success tuning their AutoArt cars, we'll see more AutoArt cars...

    By the way, has anybody tried their BMW M3 GTR?
    Last edited by ElSecundo; 03-12-2010, 07:46 AM.

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    • #17
      My take on Model Art

      For me Model Art cars are just beautiful... but unfinished. Over the years I have lusted for several of their cars but performance left me cold. I have bought cars that just weren't available elsewhere and "made them my own".

      The RX8 below needed a driver (came without one) and a relivery (got its first livery... it came as a street version). It also got Spirit wheels in the rear and lost its magnet. The car is a decent runner, but nothing to write home about.



      The Miura (below) was hopeless on the track. When I noticed the its wheel arches were a dead on match for the wheel base of a Revellogram Bimmer chassis the Miura (with the addition of serious fender flares and cut outs) became this totally badass Jota.

      The C type Jag is one of my all time favorite cars... to me it's just "sex on wheels". Until model Art came out with theirs no one had approached the car in a version I could live with. Model Art produced a stunner to be sure but, the driver was a joke and it ran like most Model Art cars. I wanted to bring in line with my other 50's slot cars, the Allard, the Cunningham, MG and etc.
      I opted to lose everything below the plastic build a brass chassis with an AE motor good BWA wheels and a driver more in scale with the beautiful body. I also changed the livery to a car run by the Ecurie Ecosse... a Scottish racing organization and I believe the only non-corporate group to win LeMans.


      Model Art are visually a treat. For a slot racer like myself where looks and performance are on an equal footing, I find them a great starting point to get me what I really want... a good look great handling fast car.

      YMMV
      Greenman62

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      • #18
        As soon as I saw this posting, I was hoping that Greenman would show us his Miura....its probably the most amazing slot car I have ever seen....I want an AA Miura, but I could never do this justice.

        -Kevin

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        • #19
          Originally posted by ElSecundo View Post
          That's cool to hear. If more people find success tuning their AutoArt cars, we'll see more AutoArt cars...

          By the way, has anybody tried their BMW M3 GTR?
          Yes I have the BMW M3, it's quite a nice model (as you might expect) but it's got quite skinny tires.

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          • #20
            I've got 5 Autoart slots, 4 Lambo's and 1 Porsche 996 GT3 RS. They are fun to drive, impossible to race.

            Sweet Jota! Did you document the build???

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            • #21
              Originally posted by DaveKennedy View Post
              Yes I have the BMW M3, it's quite a nice model (as you might expect) but it's got quite skinny tires.
              Yeah, this was the weirdest thing (besides the driver of the Jags) from a company that models things so well. Their tires were totally out of whack in the width department, and that car should have some meathooks on it. But it's one of their better running cars, and a lot less trouble than every Fly M3 GTR I've ever had.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by ElSecundo View Post
                Their tires were totally out of whack in the width department,
                I agree totally.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Exotic118 View Post
                  Sweet Jota! Did you document the build???
                  Unfortunately no... I got all the best pix I could find and to paraphrase the old sculptor's line "`got rid of everything that didn't look like a Jota added all the stuff that did... there it was". As you all know my collection is all race cars. The Jota is liveried. There's a number 17 done with white "shoe polish" on the wind screen as if the owner was participating in an autocross or Lambo day at the track.

                  Greenman62
                  Last edited by greenman62; 03-13-2010, 07:09 AM.

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                  • #24
                    That's too bad. How did you flare the fenders?

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Exotic118 View Post
                      That's too bad. How did you flare the fenders?
                      I wanted the body to be as strong as the molded plastic and didn't think relying on putty (even epoxy putty) would be strong enough. I used successive layers of narrow Plastruct strips soaked in liquid plastic glue, which I then glued to the Miura body. I built up the shape in layers allowing the previous layer plenty of drying time, shaping the flares as I went along. Once I got the fenders to the approximate shape I used my Dremel to thin them from the inside. I used automotive 2 part finishing putty for the final shape. The forward flares were done similarly, except there were fewer layers. The Bimmer chassis needed to be narrowed at the waist and plastic added elsewhere to adapt the the Model Art body to the Revellogram chassis. Easy-peasey... well, not quite.

                      Greenman62
                      Last edited by greenman62; 03-13-2010, 07:10 AM.

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                      • #26
                        They are very nice die cast quality bodies made from plastic! The interiors are very heavy,the tyres are too hard. The chassis on many are hard to allow to float. Shame as they make some great bodies.
                        As donor bodies they are very good as RTR way off the mark. Then again so were RM cars,but the Lola t70 is close to the mark.

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                        • #27
                          I have the Alfa GTAM. Fiddled around with it and now I often run it in our TransAm races against predominantly Scaley Camaros & Mustangs. The motor is a powerhouse so I can get ahead on the straights but understandably it does not handle as well as the wider and longer Scaleys. Bad luck for me because we race on a twisty, technical track. It is about 1 - 2 tenths of a second off the pace of my own Scaleys on a 8.7 second lap, which I think is pretty good.

                          But it looks great, it is huge fun to drive and it adds nice variety to the TransAm field.

                          I just don't win with it very often...

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                          • #28
                            Timing

                            Just finished modifying the BMW M3, stock tires not so good, put on some slot it PA43 16.5 x 8 wheels all around with slot it stock tires up front and some yellow dog #1403 .775 tires on the rear and it drops the car down to a nice ride height and still fills up the wheel wells. Change the braid to some softer slot it copper braid and put on an 11 T pinion and a 34 T spur gear and this is a contender. Keeps up with my Fly racing BMW's and despite the weight difference can give my Fly bodied 962 slot it chassied BMW a go. Chassis is stiff and except for a slight tweak to the driver front all wheels were touching the setup block. Body is amazing and the sidewinder setup easy to drive. These modifications are the same things I would do to to most of the cars I build, the difference is the AA was $35. The Alfa Giulia GTAm required even less work and is running on stock rubber and is very tossable, far more so than say the Fly Alfa. They have some real interesting choices of bodies, Alfa Giullia, C & D type Jags, Lambo Miura, RX8. These newer AA's need to be considered if they fit in with your racing program or you just need a hard to find car to fill out a field!!!

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