Slot­worx and the Aussie V8s

Australian Muscle Car - - Slot Muscle -

For slot-rac­ers, one of the un­for­tu­nate byprod­ucts of liv­ing down un­der is that we are a rather small and far-away seg­ment of the hobby mar­ket. Of all the com­mer­cial man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies, only Scalex­tric has blessed us with a con­sis­tent col­lec­tion of Aus­tralian mod­els.

While Scalex­tric of­fers a good range of Aus­tralian tour­ing cars from over the years, sadly Su­per­cars are no longer in the range. How­ever, one in­dus­tri­ous Aussie has more than stepped in to fill the gap. Wol­lon­gong’s Cameron Neil­son is now the pro­ducer of the Slot­worx range of Aussie V8s in 1:24 and 1:32 scale. Slot­worx prod­ucts not only look the part, but fea­ture a high qual­ity metal chas­sis de­signed for club rac­ing with­out be­com­ing too com­plex for the novice racer.

Com­plex­ity and cost is a real bug-bear of club rac­ing, as the se­ri­ous rac­ers want a pre­ci­sion chas­sis with full ad­justa­bil­ity of the dy­nam­ics. The best of th­ese rac­ers have the tech­ni­cal know-how to get the best out of their car, and un­less they leave the hobby, they tend to dom­i­nate. Novice rac­ers can eas­ily be de­terred by this knowl­edge deficit, and this is an area where the Slot­worx chas­sis and race reg­u­la­tions shine. Cameron has pro­duced a pre­ci­sion chas­sis with ad­justa­bil­ity lim­ited to weight, stiff­ness and ride height. The kits are ready to race with­out ex­pen­sive per­for­mance up­grades, which are pro­hib­ited by the reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing the rac­ing of th­ese cars. Key to the Slot­worx de­sign is the mul­ti­part chas­sis. Sep­a­rate front and rear halves are joined with sprung re­tain­ers, al­low­ing con­trolled move­ment that helps soak up the bumps. Cameron made a few pro­to­types and sent them to ex­pe­ri­enced rac­ers to get some feed­back on his de­sign. Im­prove­ments were in­cor­po­rated be­fore he com­mit­ted to a fi­nal de­sign made on his own CNC ma­chin­ery.

Buy­ers can se­lect from a range of five bod­ies in clear lexan that rep­re­sent the Holden, Ford, Nis­san, Mercedes and Volvo shapes seen in (V8) Su­per­cars. The use of lexan slot bod­ies is pop­u­lar in club rac­ing as they are light and can sur­vive high-speed hits. But in the past they were usu­ally an anony­mous blob that only rep­re­sented a tin-top car if you looked at it through the bot­tom of an empty Jim Beam bot­tle! Not so with the Slot­worx bod­ies. Al­though they are vac­uum-formed shells, Cameron has worked hard to en­sure that they have suf­fi­cient de­tail to mimic the 1:1 ver­sions. Start­ing with a 1:24 Com­modore diecast model, Cameron re­built it to suit the Slot­worx chas­sis di­men­sions and pro­duced a buck for vac­u­um­form­ing the lexan. De­tailed touches such as the bon­net bulge were added to an­other buck to pro­duce the Fal­con bod­ies. To that end he has also pro­duced his own 3D-printed wheel in­serts to match the V8’s wheels. Slot­worx bun­dle the chas­sis and bod­ies with the ever-pop­u­lar run­ning gear from Plafit so that cus­tomers can build a com­pleted car straight from the kit bag.

With the ad­di­tion of Patto’s Place de­cals and a de­cent paint job, th­ese cars look just like the real deal. But that hasn’t stopped some from tak­ing it fur­ther. Slot­worx cus­tomer Glenn Page takes great pride in his cars and has taken it to the next level with a plas­tic in­te­rior tray to hide the

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