Monday, August 06, 2007

1/43 SCX Nascars

I'm sorry this cannot be a full review with a track test. I don't yet have a 1/43 track to test them on and.... I bought the Nascars at Target today and got the chance to photograph them at least before I broke my ankle during an afternoon outing with my wife and 2 year old son..... so photos and a few thoughts on appearance of the cars at least.

First the detail level on the cars is much better than I was expecting. Also the proportions seem like they're on the money as well. There aren't interiors on the cars and some of the details that had been molded into the 1/32 bodies is painted on. But frankly to see many of the details you've got to look so closely, and I had't noticed some of the painted details until I looked at the photos. Suffice to say, these are quality cars...NOT "just" badly done cheap'o toys for kids. They're certainly hobbyist quality.
The packaging is really slick. It's a good design will grab the attention of passing shoppers I think. And you just can't go wrong with bright red packaging at Target, eh?

One detail that does surprise me a bit was that the cars appear to have no clear coating. The paint is pretty well done overall, but there are some areas of thin paint, but this might be a bit too nitpicky...

No motor pod on these cars. The tires are tucked under the car and seem to be nice and round...but then that was just a "roll back and forth test" but some slot cars don't even pass that test.
The gears on these cars mesh very, very well. And I'm guessing that because the little motor doesn't have the usual SCX strong internal magnets, the mesh feels smoother than the 1/32 cars. I must say the feel of the finish on the parts of these cars is impressive... and frankly I'm a bit surprised they feel as good as they do. When you hear that a company is going to make a completely new line of cars, and especially when you hear words like "affordable" you begin to wonder exactly how nice they will be. It seems SCX has really exceeded my expectations of what they would produce.

The tires and printing on the tires is a highlight. The tires feel really sticky and the printing (especially for the size) is great.
If there is one sort of "head scratcher" to me it's why SCX didn't release these cars in a set. The F1's looked great (there were 2 F1 sets at the Target for sale) and I'm sure they will sell well, the Tuners are ok too(there were 4 Tuner sets in stock), but clearly Nascars in a set would be the set would be the killer package.
All in all SCX has really jumped to the head of the line and given moms and dads a great option to buying yet another video game system for their kids this holiday season.

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At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought the F1 set since it had the largest amount of track. The F1 cars are very fast as well. The cars are so fast when using the Turbo button that I decided to come up with my layout. that uses most of the track but has longer straights and then 3 90*'s at each end so you can have fun that F1's are known for. It takes more parts at one end than the other but I did it using the 1/4 90 pieces rather than the 1/2 90's which on one end only took 6 pieces and the opposite I used 9 pieces using the smaller/shorter 90 pieces etc..You can see my layout at

At 2:24 PM, Blogger DaveKennedy said...

Hello Motorhd, interesting thoughts on the SCX track. I'm glad to hear you like the set. I see you have it put up on the dining room table, any thoughts for a permanent layout?


At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, it's going to go on a 4ft X 7ft piece of Plywood. I was busy playing around so much with the different layouts that I didn't know until late yesterday what the exact size would be. I guess I go to Homedepot and and see what I can find regarding a method to attach the track to the plywood so I can shove it under the bed and back the guest bdrm. I can't think of anything better at this point? Got any suggestions? I think their electrical dept will have some plastic pieces with screws in them that will hold it down pretty good. Put a plastic over the top and under the bed it will go. My wife and I were thinking about the garage but that's out for Joshua - way too many things for hime to get into ...He's 4, but a big 4 as we've been told.

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello again, I was just wondering. I was taking a closer look at your pics of Nascars and their tires. They appear to be slicks? Is the track material different on the nascar 8 track for these? or do you think they will do okay on the F1 track as well and that both track materials will be equal or ....?

At 3:46 PM, Blogger DaveKennedy said...

I think the 4x7 ply sounds like a good idea. I'd sand and paint it first before you screw down the track, maybe lay down some fake grass to dress it up a bit. I think it would be a cool layout. email me when you get it done and I'll make a post about it.


At 3:48 PM, Blogger DaveKennedy said...

I only have the pair of Nascars. I would guess the tires would be the same material though as the F1's.

BTW, are you in Blountville Tenn?


At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, thanks Dave. By the way I started group/forum at
Please share this so we can get a feel for what everyone is doing. I think someone needs to talk to a rep from Target since my only issue is the lack of access to accessories, cars, etc... I don't live anywhere even close to where you do. We may as well be on the other side of the coast. The boondies in the Ol'Great NW!

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot something, I'll be buying the plywood that has a finished paper look to it on one side. That side looks sort of like a light brown or tan sort of thing goin on. I don't know exactly how I'll be making it look, but when I get some more bucks, I'm going to want it to look like a F1 type track with grass, tree's, pit area, maybe a couple gas pumps. There's a hobby shop that I've been told about that I'm going to take my son to. We'll see what sort of stuff they have. Thanks again so much! If it wasn't for your News site and your write-up, I would have bought something else, that I won't mention...

At 6:03 PM, Blogger DaveKennedy said...

What shouldn't you mention? I'm a little worried...did I stear you wrong?

At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, it's not that kind of thing...I just spent a lot of time finding what I felt was the best set. There's a lot of different cars, quality, and all of the things a person looks for when purchasing a important item. These cars and track in my opinion, after doing all the research, are what I needed for my son. People rely on sites like the one you write for and you wrote a review on a car that I feel ended up being a very good good car and track. One that I didn't know about until I saw your review. The best value for the buck sort of deal is the way I look at it. Thanks again!

At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Dave,
You wanted me to send you a note when I got it on the indoor/outdoor carpet/plywood frame. I framed it using 2X2's which has made it nice and solid and the cars sound great on it. I came up with an idea of suspending it from the cealing using Eyehooks and pulley's rated for the weight of the assembly. All hardware was available at Fred Meyer hardware section. The bottom side has a finished 1/8in. sheet ready for painting. They had a assortment of different weight rated eyehooks and pulleys. Here's my URL when you want to look at the layout/assembly.

At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know. Looking at your post I did the exact same thing as you with the 7' board the cover etc. and was also looking to modify the track because of the sharp curve preventing speed buildup. Further I have an Asian wife and a 4yr old boy, we were both scratching our heads. Best of luck to you.


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