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Fly 2022 models - coming soon!
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Although any lists from Fly should normally be taken with a pinch of salt, pictures of some 'works in progress' have appeared over the past few days. The experience of 2021 is that these photographs of a prototype usually translates into a model on sale within a couple of months.

First, there's this Renault 5 Turbo from the 1982 Rallye Côte d'Ivoire (Ref. A2015), driven by Jean Ragnotti and Jean-Marc Andrié...

       

This was the penultimate round of the 1982 World Rally Championship, where Michèle Mouton lost the title she probably deserved to win. The Renault of Ragnotti and Andrié ran joint second to Mouton and Fabrizia Pons at the end of the first 1,250 km leg. Gearbox problems dropped them to fourth after the next 1,360km - the halfway point of the rally, which had already lost nearly two-thirds of the cars entered. The Renault was added to the list of retirements during the 1,700km third leg - landing heavily in a series of jumps and breaking the front suspension and steering. Ragnotti sprained his wrist in the accident and was treated at a local hospital in Yamoussoukro - which he left with his arm in plaster. Ah... those were the days.

Next is a seventh-placed Monte Carlo twin-pack (Ref. TEAM21)...

   

This features two Renault 5 Turbos - Ragnotti and Andrié's 1983 car, which finished seventh - plus Dany Snobeck and Jean-Pierre Bechu's white car that came seventh in 1985...

   

The yellow car carries the same #9 number that was on Ragnotti's Renault 5 when he won the Monte in 1981 - truly the stuff of legend. There's some great footage of the 1981 Renault to enjoy here...



Next is a police car - and it's a Japanese Police Porsche 911 (Ref. A2036)...

       

There's another Renault 5 Turbo (Ref E2035) that will be an exclusive for Cocheslot in Spain...

   

The 2021 ForoSlot special edition car (Ref. E2030) is a Porsche 911...

         

Driven by Gérard Larrousse and Christian Delferier at the 1972 Tour de Corse, the Marlboro-sponsored car retired with gearbox problems.

Last of these previews is the return of the Gulf Porsche 917k in a 'Making of Le Mans' special edition (Ref. E2031)...

       

Complete with a special box and a Steve McQueen figure giving us all the V sign...

       

Another sure-fire best-seller, I reckon.

No dates scheduled for release for any of these cars, but expect to see them for pre-order soon. The TEAM21 Renault 5 twin-pack and Porsche Police Car are available for pre-order at Pendles - along with a swathe of cars announced in 2021 that haven't been seen in prototype or production versions. If the last couple of years is anything to go by, these cars will be short production runs and will sell out quickly - allowing Fly to recoup the investment, make a bit of money and pay for their next projects. It's a business model that seems to be keeping their heads above water, which is the main thing.
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(7th-Jan-22, 02:02 PM)woodcote Wrote:  these cars will be short production runs and will sell out quickly

Another great report (as always), Andy.

It seems unlikely to me that their strategy will remain effective for long.
After so many Renault 5 Turbo versions, sales will become less and less.
It is now waiting for the new moulds. Sun

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At least they are releasing liveries that are attractive to those new to - or getting backing into - slot cars. This one was shared this afternoon...

       

It's a historic racer in Gulf colours - and if finished nicely, those always sell well. I reckon this one ticks all the boxes. The reference is A2506 - part of the 25th Anniversary collection - and is available for pre-order at Pendles here: https://www.pendleslotracing.co.uk/fly-p...rsary.html
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And another this evening!

       

This time a BMW M3 E30... so Slotwings seems to have definitely been reabsorbed into the Fly brand. It's a great-looking livery and of special interest to fans of the Spanish Touring Car Championship - this being Antonio Albacete's ride to runner-up spot in the 1993 Campeonato de España de Turismos. Albacete went on to be a big-time truck racer, winning the FIA European Truck Racing Championship in 2005, 2006 and 2010 - and finishing runner-up five times. He placed fifth in 2021, at 56 years old.

This one sounds like it's coming soon. I seem to remember a similar flurry last January - can't wait to see what's next!
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Didn't have to wait too long...

       

This is another BMW from the 1993 Campeonato de España de Turismos - the Teo Martín Motorsport M3 E30 of Juan 'Kuru' Villacieros. The defending champion could only manage seventh place in the '93 championship.

The reference for this car is E2039 and the Antonio Albacete E2029 - and it looks from the Gaugemaster site that these special edition models will be available in the UK Thumbup
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And here's that notoriously optimistic list...

2022 new tooling
  • Renault 5 GT Turbo
  • Ford Transit
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Porsche Carrera 6 / 906 LH
2023 new tooling
  • Datsun 240Z
  • Ford Sierra 4x4
2022 plans - first quarter?
  • Club Fly 2022: Porsche 911S 1993
  • 'Jarama' collection - BMW M3 E30 x 2
  • 'Monaco' Brabham BT44
  • 'Making of Le Mans' Porsche 917k + figures
  • Porsche 911 IROC
  • 'Safari' Renault 5 Turbo Bandama
  • 'Safari' Renault 5 Costa de Marfil 1982
  • 'Safari' Porsche 911
  • 'Safari' Fiat Punto 2000
  • 'London-Sydney' Porsche 911
  • 'Rusty' Porsche 911
  • 'Team' Rothmans Porsche
  • 'Team' BMW Official
  • 'Team' Renault 5 Monte Carlo
  • 'Truck' Mercedes Jarama 2018
  • '25th' Porsche 934 24h Le Mans 1979
  • '25th' Mercedes Atego Zandvoort 2017
  • '25th' BMW M3 Legend Boucles 2019
  • '25th' Viper Daytona 1998
  • Porsche 934/5 Tour de France Auto 1976
  • Hesketh 308 1974 US GP
  • Hesketh 308 1975 Monaco GP
  • BMW M1 Art Car
Keep an eye out for prototype pictures - which I'll post here.
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Hopefully the first version of the Legacy comes out soon.Thumbup
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Looks like early days Hub...

       

A 3D printed prototype...

       

Yes please to the Rothmans McRae/Ringer Manx winner Thumbup

And then McRae/Ringer again, winning his first WRC event at Rally New Zealand in 1993 - that'll be difficult to resist... Ari Vatanen's second place at the '92 RAC is a good choice too. The 1000 Lakes Legacy is surely the Markku Alén car that finished 4th in 1990? Four crackers to start with.
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Re the Notoriously optimistic list......

Is this now the Third year of the promised Ford Transit  Time
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(18th-Jan-22, 05:41 PM)woodcote Wrote:  The 1000 Lakes Legacy is surely the Markku Alén car that finished 4th in 1990?

Yes, it is. The yellow Camel version in the photo was driven by Per Eklund to sixth overall during the Swedish Rally 1993.
Hopefully Fly will do the correct versions. Sweating
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