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Rick
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:26 pm    Post subject: Scalextric Reply with quote

Are there any Scalextric fans on here? It's a while since I've used a set, but it'd be interesting to read about anyone on here with a current setup.

RJ
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished setting up a Carrera high banked oval . Really happy with this brand track. Also have two 4-lane Artin road course sets and one 2-lane set. Also the vintage Marx Indy set.
I have a couple Scalextric cars but no sets. The cars are fun and fast!
Rick, can't remember if I sent you pics or not. Can post some here later.




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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
Interesting, I don't see a lane switch, so the top car has to travel further per lap, do you always give visitors the advantage Laughing of that lane or do the tighter corners on the bottom lane compensate?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are correct, top lane is faster due to the tighter lower curve.
These newer cars are so fast that they are just a blur on the high bank.
Cars won't stay on when using the lane change sections and its difficult to slow them.
I use stops on the controllers to keep the speed down and to equal the lanes.
Things get interesting when running multiple cars in each lane. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to run the department building the commercial American slot-racing systems in the UK. They were built at the AMF plant at Whitstable and the largest was 8 lanes and 155ft long. The system was identical to scalextrix in many ways. But larger with a drivers station with wheel and throttle pedal. The steering worked by correcting breaks in the power on the curves. It was remarkably realistic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDExnrxHMoY
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is getting Silly:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=EcgvFXe8HCo&feature=endscreen

I can't see how you can follow the cars?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't remember the make or name, might have been scalex.

Had a set in the early 1950's that comprised of chrome metal tracks, three sections inner and two outer, they clipped together by pushing the bent lugs, two either end of each track plate, into plastic bases, continuity just relied on said lugs making contact.

The cars had pins front and rear, rears being removable.

The pickups were spring steel arms dropping down from the rear and bent forward to just about level with the front wheels.

The controllers and power were almost the same as later scalex systems.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I has a matchbox set. Two continuous looped springs ran thru the whole track, and you attached pegs to the base of the cars using sticky tape. These pegs went in the springs and the springs pulled them round when you pressed the controller. I used to race against my sisters boyfriend who was always showing up with a new car he had modified at work to try and beat me. Rarely did though cos my dad was sticking the pegs on the bottom of mine with epoxy resin to stop them separating from the car. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

buzzy bee wrote:
This is getting Silly:-
I can't see how you can follow the cars?
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This is why I prefer the older cars and use throttle stops on the newer ones. Mine aren't this fast but still a blur if run wide open.
The new cars have large motors, magnets, and gummy tires to keep them planted. Remove the magnets and they are totally out of control.
I like them better when they run loose and slower.
Take a look at the digital cars sometime.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

buzzy bee wrote:
This is getting Silly:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=EcgvFXe8HCo&feature=endscreen

I can't see how you can follow the cars?

Cheers

Dave


This is why I only collect the cars & accessories, they take me back to my childhood.

The guys in that video reminds me of Dustin Hoffman in Rainman .
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

buzzy bee wrote:
This is getting Silly:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=EcgvFXe8HCo&feature=endscreen

I can't see how you can follow the cars?

Cheers

Dave


Agreed Dave, seems pointless, a real anoraks club. Any of you wonder how they stay on the track at that speed, when Scalextrix fly off so easily?
The ones we built in the 60s had a 'T' shaped slot and the guides on the cars were clipped in and made of a type of Teflon.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember having a TCR (Total Control Racing) set in the late 1970s, I wonder what happened to them?

I've a couple of old Scalextric sets from the 1960s, I packaged them up when we moved house in 2003 and have yet to try them out in anger.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:


I've a couple of old Scalextric sets from the 1960s, I packaged them up when we moved house in 2003 and have yet to try them out in anger.

RJ


Hi Rick,

you better check what it is you have, before you "try them out in anger"

some of these cars are extremely rare, and cost a fortune, hence why I dont race them.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JC T ONE wrote:
Rick wrote:


I've a couple of old Scalextric sets from the 1960s, I packaged them up when we moved house in 2003 and have yet to try them out in anger.

RJ


Hi Rick,

you better check what it is you have, before you "try them out in anger"

some of these cars are extremely rare, and cost a fortune, hence why I dont race them.


I think they're fairly common single seaters, the cars are in a display cabinet, I'll have a look. There is also an Airfix racing set too.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:


I think they're fairly common single seaters

RJ


well here is one single seater = http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C276736
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