on November 5, 2010
Ninco slotcar sets tend to be marketed for an audience that is serious about slotcars as a hobby -- mainly, someone who already knows they like 1:32 slot car racing, can drive cars that are faster than what you'll find in many beginner sets, who is able to maintain cars that are built for performance and not necessarily durability, and who is willing to spend a little more for higher quality track (more durable, exceptional conductivity, flexible, solid connections) and components (best power supply and controllers out of the box from any of the major manufacturers).
This discontinued Pro-Am set is an exceptional value at $240.00 (heavily discounted), and would make a great purchase as an ambitious first 1:32 slot set, even if the owner is brand new to the hobby. Compared to the sets from Scalextric, SCX, and Carrera in this price range, the cars in the Ninco set perform better, there is more variety in the type of track provided (more options for layouts), and it contains the best stock controllers and power supply in sets from any of the major manufacturers (the controllers and power supply provided in Scalextric and SCX sets are poor enough that they make the cars difficult to drive -- a $60 upgrade to replace those components). Ninco track is extremely durable, has outstanding conductivity, and holds up well from repeated assembly and disassembly.
The only concerns of going with Ninco are:
1. The width of the track means it's going to take up more physical space than comparable Scalextric or SCX layouts. This is especially true with regard to four lane tracks.
2. Ninco track is expensive when sold by the piece, so if you have an idea for a layout that requires a lot of specialty pieces, you might be out a lot of cash.
3. I'm not a fan of Ninco digital -- Carrera digital is a very compelling alternative