This model is odd because it's not really new. It's advertised as "Deco 2014" and the livery and driver Kevin Magnussen
is from 2014. Any diehard F1 fan can see this is a MP4-24 car. So this
mold has been around for quite a few years. Does it bother you that
they simply put new paint on such an older model?
one hand it bothers me because it's simply not the way to approach
things in today's hobby. Perhaps a one year difference might be ok as
long as the body shape and details are very close. But this is pushing
it a little too far. You might say that it's "close enough" if you are
not a real F1 fan, but I assure you it will not be for them.On
the other hand it doesn't bother me that much. The ONLY reason is that
I did not buy this car because I am an avid fan of F1 or the driver. I
wanted it because SCX F1 models have always been FUN to race. Aside
from the scale issues the model will be enjoyed, I am certain of that.
I felt this way about the recent NINCO F1 models
which do not even have any real team decos. Old mold and inaccurate
paint aside, the car itself is a fun slot car and I expect this one to
be as well.
finish is fair overall. I say that as I noticed some flash molding on
the sides as shown on the photo. The left side has a much smaller
amount of but this side is very pronounced. Many enthusiasts have used
the term "toylike" when it comes to describing early SCX finishes and
although that sounds a bit strange as it IS a toy, it sort of fits.
Perhaps when compared to other offerings it simply seems more like a
toy than a model. In any case, it does seem less impressive overall
when comparing it to the last new mold SCX offered: The Lotus Renault R31.
item you might find interesting is the front and rear wings are very
flexible. Made from a lexan type material, this will allow these parts
to withstand some pretty hard crashes.
underneath I found no surprises at first. You have a basic inline configuration
and bar magnet at the rear. You can loosen these screws to give the car more downforce depending on your taste in driving.
did notice that it seemed to have a different motor than the last model
we looked at. Looking at the Lotus Renault again, we see the newer "RK"
series of motors that SCX was switching to at that time. I was curious and decided to open the car up and have a closer look.
you take the model apart there are 3 screws, with one of them being up
front right under the guide. It's a little hard to see at first. Inside
we see the older style RX-44B motor. It does not surprise me to see SCX
use this motor in such an older model. In the wake of basically
starting from scratch and returning to the hobby, I am just happy to
see any model at all. Using inventory that they likely had on hand to
release the models makes sense. And I actually prefer these motors. In
simple terms, they have a more robust brush system inside and with
break-in, they just become a nice running powerplant. Veteran enthusiasts have all sorts of speed secrets for these motors. From the very advanced
to the simplistic. I am on the simple side. I lightly oil each end of
the motor and just run it. Why? Because that is what most average home
racers will do. Taking time to break it in at low voltage or dunking it
in what ever concoction you think is best is left up to you. The
motor is a 18K range motor and provides plenty of speed and torque. It
has the standard gearing of a 9 tooth pinion and 27 tooth crown gear. I
inspected the rear axle and wheels and they seemed very straight and
true. Since I had it apart I decided to install the rear axle in the
Tire razor and give it a quick truing. it needed minimal sanding which
was a good sign. I noticed a very slight wobble of the crown gear but I
mean slight. So I won't be changing anything unless it fails. Once
I cleaned up the wheels I swapped to Paul Gage tires. #21128 fits as
good as it gets and just needed a little more time on the Razor to get
And this is the only thing I changed. No other modifications. It was time to give it a run and see what we had in store for us.
decided to match it up right away with the Lotus model to see how close
the action would be with the different motors. My friend John had this
model shortly after the release and it needed new tires. After new PG's
were installed it was time to see if we had a good match up. The
results were exactly what I hoped. These 2 models are as close as you
could ask for. Each had lap times in 3.8 second range. The motors
seemed to have very identical performance, although you might find
different on your track. Our track is smaller and the difference in the
motors was unnoticeable. It was traction that mattered and new tires
took care of that. We had a quite a contest with these cars and I can
just see that they will get better as we tune them.
do you think is your main reason for choosing a particular slot car? Is
it the car itself as many others do? Perhaps you are a fan of the
driver? Or just the series? What if I said that sometimes I choose a
model based on how much fun I think it will on the track?
might sound odd, but it's true. The appeal of open wheel slot car
racing, regardless if it is modern or classic, is simply the ACTION.
Models such as this one have delivered hours of fun on our track
because they most often run very well without much tuning and the close
wheel to wheel action has us smiling from the drop of the green flag.
And this model delivered what I had hoped. So in that regard I have to give the model a good overall review. With the price at PowerSlots of $39.95 I feel it's a decent buy. A little more than a Carrera and less than a Scalextric. In some ways you might feel it's too high when you figure it's not a new mold. I suppose that is fair enough. But if you are looking for a new F1 model to either get started or to join your existing series, I think it's worth considering.
in all it's a nice slot car that works well out of the box with minimal
tuning. On a wood track, non magnet. In my book that is a pretty good
reason to give it praise, old or new.