Space for a decent size slot car track is an issue for most people and has been that way for decades. Although HO or more accurately, 1/64 scale cars have been the annual Christmas gift of choice in the slot genre, they are really different. A serious slot car does not have magnets holding it down to the metal rails of a track.
This has become the norm for 1/32 scale racing as well. Magnets change how a car reacts. Anyone who has driven a professional quality car that relies on gravity and chassis design to stay in the slot, knows what I am saying.
Back to the issue of space. For those of us with poor eyesight, an HO, even if it is a gravity T Jet (the last fun HO ever produced) these tiny cars are hard to see.
If only they were a little bigger. Well there has always been a scale that is a little bigger and that is 1/43 scale. The problem is, very few manufacturers have produced this scale in the past 50 years. I have an aurora pickup truck from ’66. It ran on an standard HO track.
Carrera makes a few today. Unfortunately these are magnet cars. They do run on the 1/32 tracks.
Enter the new chassis from Tecno Slot. It is a kit that you adapt your favorite 1/43 model body to. In the US there aren’t many models in this scale but 99 cent store toys are a source for bodies.
The Tecno Slot chassis allows two setups (see Downloads menu on the site):
- with magnet effect
- without magnet effect (The one I insist on}
Sergi Bolea of Tecno Slot has tested the chassis on different tracks like: Carrera, Ninco, Scalextric and wood tracks like pros run on.
“Our philosophy/intention with this product is:”
- Adaptable to any body static car (1:43 scale is available around the world) to slot,
- Now anyone can make a 1/43 car of their choice,
- Building a kit is always more gratifying than an RTR,
- and, of course, to enjoy driving it !
The kit includes foam as an easy way to mount your body
It sort of reminds me of a 1965 DynoCharger chassis. Or a K&B challenger. This is strictly for the non- scratch-builder who are few and far between. As a class this could be really fun.
I am tempted to fire up my router and make a killer layout on a 4′ x 8′ sheet of particle board designed just for this scale!Tecno Slot