Paint your wagon (part 2)

You’ve got a toy car. It’s a NASCAR slot car painted up as one driver, but you want to paint it up as another and go racing around the track. Want to know how? OK…

In part on (here: you’ll find a little explanation of who makes what in terms of slot racing NASCARs. Once you’ve got your hands on one, no matter which manufacturer’s model you want to run, you have to disassemble it completely. That means unscrewing the body from the chassis, then going over the whole body and trimming the plastic solder that holds all the pieces in place before gently snapping the windows out.

You’ll end up with something like this.


The next step is to clean off the existing livery. Usually it’s a combination of paint and tampo-printed decals sealed under the kind of lacquer designed to stand up to repeated and sustained impacts with the skirting board.

This stuff is as hard as nails, so to start getting it shifted you need to put the body into an air-tight container that you’ve filled with methylated spirit, like so:


Leave it brewing overnight…


Paint your wagon (part 1)

There are very, very few ways to enjoy NASCAR in an interactive way if you live overseas. You can’t go to the races, the DVDs are all Region 1, the PlayStation games are all NTSC – in short, you pay for the online services from and that’s about it.

Except for one thing… slot car racing. Here’s a picture of the Falcon Raceway in Essex, UK. This is a purpose-built speedway for racing digital NASCAR slot cars – although you can run them on any kind of track you like.


There have been a wide range of NASCARs made as 1/32 slot cars from across the eras. If you’re a fan of the ‘Darkside’ then Carrera and Monogram have cars from the late 1950s to the early 1970s to choose from. More recent aero cars from 2000-07 can be found from Scalextric (Superslot in Spain) and SCX (Scalextric in Spain), while Car of Tomorrow cars from 2008-09 were made by Scalextric, SCX and Carrera.

The trouble is that only a handful were ever made. They might not be models of your favourite driver and, even if they are, every driver goes through about half a different paint schemes in any given season. But help is at hand.

In the course of the next few days, I’m going to change this Chevy Impala from Kevin Harvick’s 2008 Shell/Pennzoil #29 car to the 2011 #33 Cheerios entry of Clint Bowyer. With a little bit of work, you can make pretty much any car you like – and then go racing.

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