Slotworx and the Aussie V8s
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