If you've ever seen one in the flesh you'll know just how large and heavy these slots are. The H1 is over 80mm wide, 145mm long and ground clearance through the centre of the slot is over 10mm high! The Baja 1000 model featured here weighs in at 153 grams, the Lisboa-Dakar wagon H1 hits the 180 gram mark! By way of comparison, a contemporary Slot.it weights under 80 grams.
A couple of features on the H1 caught my eye straight off the bat, the H1 has a massive drop glide arm, she's 4WD (twin belt driven), all wheel suspension, massive ground clearance, rubber aerials, a high detail model and a very unique release.
It was at this point that the original Hummer was given the H1 designation. For collectors, the most desirable model is the H1 Alpha, produced in the final model year of 2006. It had the most powerful engine and the best fuel mileage of the H1 vehicles. Overall, the H1 was a very limited production vehicle.'
So the price, well with a slot like this you're going to be lucky to get much change from $US100 if you can find one. You'll get your little hands on it and you'll find all the features I've detailed above present, you'll smile as you remove it from its base and place it on your track and that's where the smiling will end. Now I'll point out that my H1 is one of the earlier releases and from what I've read, Power Slot made some improvements (particularly with the rubber) as later models were released.
What's worse is that the 4WD action and suspension are basically ineffective. The bands on the 4WD are too loose and there is nothing more than a millimetre or two of travel offered by the suspension. The combination of a high COG, heavy body and no magnetic chassis down-force, results in a car that's very difficult to drive around even the slightest corner at speed. Typically I would just upgrade hubs/rubber and away I'd go but the H1's hubs and rubber are an unusual size, more like a Fly or Avant truck than a Ninco RAID car.
All these factors resulted in putting my H1 back into its box and storing it in the cupboard out of sight for close to a year, till now. Recently I can across a company called Mitoos Racing Slot Lab out of Spain, they make an extensive range of high performance parts allowing you to upgrade and improve your slots performance. Ok I'll be honest, I'm a sucker for their knobbly truck tyres and wondered if they would be a suitable match for my H1.
A patient wait for my parts followed by 20 minutes of component replacement and I was ready to test my Mitoos upgraded H1. Well as you might expect, track performance, handling and physics improvements are a welcome improvement, gone is the 'Hummer Hop' my H1 experienced as it lumbered down the track. The H1 is far more manageable to drive and an added bonus to she also runs much quieter around the track.
Now lets talk about the improvements to aesthetics, the new hub/rubber combo looks wicked, hopefully the photos do the new look H1 justice. At first I thought I'd prime and spray the hubs a mat black but I'll be leaving the chrome as is, for now anyway.
The H1 is always going to be a hand-full on the track but now its smooth, more manageable and stunning to drive. For every 25 slot cars I purchase I find that one of them has something unexpected that makes you want to run it for thousands of laps, the Power Slot Hummer is one of those slots...you just have to work a little harder to unearth the potential.