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Review by Taxi

Every now and then someone comes along with an idea that seems so easy and so obvious that you wonder why nobody thought of it before. And that's what I think Slot Track Scenics have achieved with the latest addition to their range of track accessories.

Safety fencing is an obvious feature of any modern racing circuit, but there is very little choice for those of us who wish to add fencing to our slot tracks. I think that problem has just been solved!

The fencing come in 1.75 metre lengths. The fence material is flexible plastic (originally green, the photos show it after painting). Each kit comes with ten supports. These are made from ABS plastic, angled at the top and have pre-formed holes for wire stringers at the top. In other words they look neat, professional and exactly what you'd expect to see at a modern circuit.

Fitting the fences is quite straight forward. If you're using a plastic track the easiest method is to use some of the Slot Track Scenics 'clever little clips' (see the review here).

The fencing is attached to the posts with your choice of glue or by tying with cotton or thin wire. As mentioned, the fencing material is flexible so it can be fitted around any radius curve without problems (though apparently you may need additional clips or an alternative method of attaching the posts).

As you can see from the photos, I've fitted the fencing around part of my routed track. I just hot-glued the posts in place, although a new clip designed for use with routed tracks or wooden base boards is also available. My barriers are quite low so I needed to shorten the fence posts, easily achieved with a sharp knife. I also cut the fence to make a space for a marshal, again this was easy to do as the fence can be cut with a normal pair of scissors (much easier than the metal fencing I've used in the past).

At under £6 for 1.75m of fencing including 10 fence posts, I think these kits are great value for money and offer a lot of flexibility whatever sort of track you're using. Extra fence posts and clips are available separately.

I think these fence kits will prove to be useful and popular, and will probably make track manufacturers kick themselves for not thinking of it first! 

Many thanks to slot track scenics for supplying the samples for review.

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