Well over a year ago I made a master of the above for a Swiss company. Only now is he claiming there's a problem with the model. Naturally, I am disputing this as logic would insist I wouldn't make a bad job of my favourite car and he wouldn't have paid immediately for it if he didn't like it back then! Here's the body, grille and fuel tank
Notice dozens of separate louvres. This was a damned good model and I will NOT let it be forgotten.
So, either he sends it back for inspection or I will make another one and that one will be made here by somebody! So those who were hoping for this can rest assured they will get one. This and the Austin 7 Ulster also made by the Swiss outfit were the main reason I went ahead with the design of the 19" wheels that Colin and I are about to bring to market. 36 spokes for the Ulster, 60 for the Invicta. Then he says he isn't doing them??? Not a chance!! I am not happy about this and when I ain't happy...watch out!
Well, how nice to report that a satisfactory result has occurred with the Invicta. He will send it back and after all this time I will check it and do whatever it takes to be a good un again. And they will be made as slot cars as well as the original intention for them as static models. It's always good to avoid bad feeling.
Well here are a couple of shots of the Invicta as I unpacked it from its Swiss package.
Apart from a misunderstanding over the front axle position, there is nothing wrong with the model at all. On the right is one of RS's new 19" wheels with a fattish tyre that came back with the Invicta model.
All we have to do is discuss the way in which this static kit master can be reworked as a slot car. A new floor, detailed inside but not underneath, seems to be all that is required. A front motor or the more normal vac-formed sheet interior to clear a conventional motor set-up will be needed.
In the good ol' days, we all started copying the cool Ken Holmes, by making Invictas out of Airfix Bentleys. It became an intense fad for a short time. With a 9 foot wheelbase, they handled superbly and were allowable in GP class racing if they didn't have any mudguards. Here's Ken's original Invicta, as raced at Hornchurch and Estuary Equipe clubs in the mid 60s. Oh, happy days.
MRRC steering unit and guide, SMEC wheels with acetate inserts, MRRC hard ribbed rears. I think it had a 3 pole with twin pole pieces and a zapped magnet. Almost certainly brass bevels. Ken , bless him, still has this car and still runs Slot Stox in Romford. Photos courtesy Keith Wells.
Well, nothing has been heard from Switzerland in well over a year, so I shall make another master and it will, as threatened/promised be produced, in this case, by RS Slotracing. I will also be doing a Frazer-Nash TT replica and a 1 1/2 Litre Squire for him.