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November News - Le Mans Miniatures & Thunderslot

Gaugemaster are expecting plenty of goodies to arrive in the UK during November. One of the brands they distribute is Le Minatures, who have two new liveries for their fabulous Renault-Alpine A442.


132077/9M Renault-Alpine A442 No.9 Le Mans 1977  Jabouille-Bell


Jean-Pierre Jabouille took pole position for the 1977 Le Mans 24 hours and lead from the start. Teammate Derek Bell stretched the gap and at sunrise on the Sunday everything looked good for the No.9 car - still in first place, eight laps ahead of Jurgen Barth's Porsche 936. Just after 9am, their race was over with engine failure.

The Le Mans Miniatures model is a new livery. The cars have a resin body and ABS plastic chassis with mostly components. All the Le Mans Miniatures releases are limited editions. Due mid-November. RRP £105

132077/16M Renault-Alpine A442 No.16 Le Mans 1977  Pironi, Arnoux & Fréquelin


Of the four Renault-Alpine cars entered Le Mans in 1977, the No. 16 Bendix-sponsored was the one non-factory car. It is is notable as the first car entered by Hugues de Chaunac at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car had served as the development chassis during testing, but failed to complete a lap in the race. Due mid-November. RRP £105
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Much anticipated is the release of the Thunderslot McLaren-Elva and the exciting news from Gaugemaster is that the white kit is due this month...


CA004KS/W McLaren-Elva Complete White Kit


Terry Smith at Gaugemaster told us...

Quote:As is the norm now with Thunderslot you can get your hands on any new model before the rest by putting it together yourself. Everything is included for you to build Bruce McLaren's first racing car to bare his name. For those who wish to wait, the first decorated car, as he raced at the 1964 Canadian GP won't be with us until early December. Thunderslot cars are currently the quickest cars produced and being such a low car we are hoping the McLaren-Elva will be the quickest of the lot!

The RRP for the white kit is £69.95 - although I have seen it on pre-order at retailers for less. The classic black and silver version of the car from the 1964 Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport Park has a RRP of £89.95 and is due in December.

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I love Giovanni's work and ideas - but I do have to say - that car looks wide..... great for racing though.

The Thunderslot McLaren is a bit wide too but it's only the same width as the SlotiT Ferrari 512. I'm waiting for some urethanes from Bruno so I can get rid of those silly air tyres that fall off the rims on every corner. I wonder why they fit something as standard that is so badly designed.

Apart from that, it's a great car.

Strange about the tyres... The Thunderslot tyres are the tyre of choice on pretty much any car at East Worthing's wood track. Some may glue them, but others certainly don't - I've not seen or heard of tyres coming off the rims...

I do know they don't like being trued. A few sets have been wrecked that way.

These are incredibly thin and obviously too big for the rims. The tread pattern is already gone and several holes are starting to appear. Normally, I would query this with the dealer but Criccrac in Spain have been less than cooperative with their communication. Translating stuff into Spanish with DeepL probably doesn't convey the full meaning. I was wondering about getting one of the Spanish guys that comes to Bordo to have a word with them for me.

The tyres off the SlotiT Ferrari fit quite firmly so hopefully, Bruno's urethanes for that car will fit too.

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