The fly Ferrari 512s Coda Lunga is a stunning looking model and since its release in 1992 it has become a prized collectible amongst collectors around the world. Fly have since produced a number of different liveries and colours for the model and a number of these centre around the cars that raced in the famous 1970 24 hour Lemans race in France. In the race the Ferrari factory teams four 512S Coda Lungas battled hard against the factory Porsche 917K for victory in the famous 24 hour race.
In this article I will be reviewing the Fly Ferrari 512s which will include examination of the components that go into making the slot car model; the cars track performance and its value as a collectible.
FERRARI 512S CODA LUNGA:
The Fly model of the iconic Ferrari is truly impressive, as can be seen in the above photo the paint work, body detail and racing livery of this very attractive model is stunning. The following components go into building this slot car;
- It has a plastic chassis with reinforcing ribs to aid chassis rigidity.
- Conventional Swivel guide blade.
- Conventional black wiring goes from pick up guide and is soldered to positive and negative terminals on the Mabuchi electric motor.
- Mabuchi 18,000 rpm motor is set in a sidewinder configuration.
- Transmission includes an 11 tooth brass pinion driving a 36 tooth plastic spur gear, which is fitted to the rear axle.
- Rear axle is mild steel and is fitted into the chassis by brass bearings. There is no front axle.
- Wheel hubs are plastic with five spokes and are gold in colour.
- Front wheel hubs are held in place by plastic pins.
- The highly detailed body is fixed to the chassis by three small screws.
As far as track performance goes the car needs a certain number of improvements to get it to work satisfactorily. These include;
- Replace front stub axle pins with a 3/32nd mild steel axle and this will improve cornering stability.
- Replace standard rear tyres with MJK Fly classic tyres for much improved track grip.
- Replace standard braid with SCX soft racing braid for better electrical connectivity with track rails.
- Oil rear bearings to reduce friction and put light grease where pinion meshes with rear spur gear.
- If the plastic hubs are not true, consider replacing them with similar size Slot it or NSR aluminium rims. They will improve the cars rolling performance.
After the above improvements were made I tested the car on a wooden routed home built track. The car had reasonably good straight line speed with good engine braking at the end of the straight. Cornering was acceptable although it did tend to de-slot if pushed too hard. Overall performance is what you would expect from a standard type slot car, it is not in the same league as a Slot it Lemans or an NSR Lemans cars which both have high performance racing components in them
As far as collecting goes this model foots the bill, it is visually very appealing, has excellent detail and a superb finish with accurate racing livery. The car comes in a crystal display box which is great for displaying the model as a collectible. Also the Ferrari 512S Coda Lunga has become a sought after car by collectors and commands a high price when one appears on Ebay at auction.