Russell Sheldon has contributed images of four more of his recent slot cars.
This car is his 1/32nd Scale Audi R8.
Russell's chassis are complex and visually stunning, and the paint design on this car
just speaks for itself! Thanks for giving us a peek under the body, Russell.
I built this Audi R8 for the second Marconi Charity Proxy Race
held at Buena Park Raceway
in October, 2001. The event attracted 88 entries, with cars being mailed from around the world, including Dubai,
The rules for Class 'C' allowed practically anything, provided that the cars were 1/32nd scale representations
of full-size FIA Sports and GT cars, which raced between 1965 and 2000. The major constraint however was the
use of 45 ohm controllers, which ensured that even a Plafit Cheetah motor would be a handful to drive!
My choice of body was a vacuum-formed Audi R8, kindly made for me by Victor Ferguson. Victor's workmanship
is absolutely superb and with concours d'elegance counting for 50% of the total points, I just had to do
something extra special! It is painted to represent the "Crocodile Dundee" liveried car, winner of the
final round of the 2000 ALMS race in Adelaide, Australia, driven by Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello.
The graphics were drawn by my friend Frans Marais using a Rotring Isograph pen, where after it became
a "paint by numbers" exercise with a Badger airbrush and miles of masking tape!
I used the same basic chassis design as used for the Autocoast Ti22
with the addition of "traction magnets". The motor is the same as the Ti22's, but with a specially
armature. Wheels are SCD
with London Litn'n silicone tyres on the rear and PRS inserts (and brake discs!) all round.