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Ron86

posted on 20/9/17 at 06:37 PM Reply With Quote
Buying a Starter Kit

Thought I'd spark a little debate about some of the 7 starter kits that are out there.

I'm looking to start a new build and feel a little misled by some of the manufacturers' pricing. While there are many more to consider, for me it's come down to the GBS Zero, MK Indy R and the Westfield MDV SEIW.

Now, many will be tempted to shout about the Westfield being the best car and I have little doubt about this. Plus, at 4510 (+320 for powder coat) it actually seems a decent deal. However one should consider that no shock absorbers are included in the price and options like detachable arches cost another 250.

The Zero is undoubtedly a great car - I've owned and driven one. However, whilst the base kit can be had for as little as 2345, if you want a wide body (like I do - because there is an irritating brace right where your right knee goes) and powder coat, this suddenly becomes 3224 (again excluding shocks).

The MK Indy is also a great car, nice and roomy and I do prefer GRP bodywork. It's also very nicely offered as two modules which, complete with shocks, comes to 3999 (plus 150 powdercoating - note how different powdercoating prices are)

So essentially for a wide body starter kit, powder coated and complete with shock absorbers (assuming the 500 MK charge is pretty standard) the prices actually look like this:

Zero 3724
Indy R 4149
Westfield 5330

We all know the many parts you actually end up buying after this can vary hugely between manufacturers, and there's no denying the Westfield parts are more expensive (e.g. 350 for a fuel tank vs 204 for the Zero and 250 for the MK). However, the Westfield is certainly a more valuable car when complete.

So, my question is, if you had 5k to get started with a 7 build, are the other kits priced low enough to justify NOT investing in a Westfield? Perhaps I'm missing something?

I should add I already have a Zetec Setup and sierra donor parts tray to go in.

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wylliezx9r

posted on 20/9/17 at 07:05 PM Reply With Quote
Out of curiosity why have you disregarded MNR ?





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Ron86

posted on 20/9/17 at 07:11 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by wylliezx9r
Out of curiosity why have you disregarded MNR ?


Purely aesthetic. Just really don't like the styling - the nose mainly.

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Ron86

posted on 20/9/17 at 07:16 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by Ron86
quote:
Originally posted by wylliezx9r
Out of curiosity why have you disregarded MNR ?


Purely aesthetic. Just really don't like the styling - the nose mainly.


I do have to say though, the spec of the MNR's is very impressive for the price.

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Matt21

posted on 20/9/17 at 07:32 PM Reply With Quote
MNR also offer this nose cone (or at least they did....)




A big improvement over the usual one you see!

They're quite a bit bigger than an MK. Look to be a well made kit from the complete cars I've seen and I'd certainly consider one myself to replace my MK.





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chris_smith

posted on 20/9/17 at 07:48 PM Reply With Quote
Why have you not included Tiger





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loggyboy

posted on 20/9/17 at 07:54 PM Reply With Quote
Striker? Good saving if you buy nearly new!!
http://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/forum/34/viewthread.php?tid=210138






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CosKev3

posted on 20/9/17 at 08:07 PM Reply With Quote
The latest MNR chassis is a work of art fairdo's.

My m8 is currently building a MX5 based one,so have had a good look at the chassis.

GRP quality from MNR is also better than Westfield,and much better than MK

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Ron86

posted on 20/9/17 at 08:38 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Matt21
MNR also offer this nose cone (or at least they did....)




A big improvement over the usual one you see!

They're quite a bit bigger than an MK. Look to be a well made kit from the complete cars I've seen and I'd certainly consider one myself to replace my MK.


Certainly looks better imo but the fit on that pic doesn't look great. The side panels look wider than the nose.

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Ron86

posted on 20/9/17 at 08:39 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by chris_smith
Why have you not included Tiger


They also look good value but I haven't had the chance to sit in one yet.

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