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#1 ozslot72

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 07:34 AM


Hi all,Ive been trying to find any pictures or how to's on anyone doing custom lane change track pieces and pits etc for scalextrics,or if
anyone knows of people selling any different track pieces to fit scalextric.
Also came across a site catalogue for scalextric and there was a section that goes from 2 rails into 1 in the form of a Y so
you could do chicanes,it said it was scalextric s brand from france,anyone heard of these.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 10:48 AM

OzSlot,

I don't believe any of the sport track which is compatible with digital came in a Y, I think these types of track sections (LeMans starting grids, Chicane's etc) were made from classic scalex track (not compatible with digital unless you want to use a digital to classic conversion kit).

The following post details the work that some members have completed in converting 2 CLC to a racing line lane change section.



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Posted 31 August 2009 - 12:56 PM

How's This>> .. there are a lot of very useful topics, in Tracks & Scenery Index.

Also, take a peek Here>> .. Basteiltips>> Streckenteile>> Boxengasse>> .. A-how-to-do- in german ..

Reg. the 2-to-1 lane piece, ozslot .. you're not wrong. This>> is a great source for info. #091022 [Made in France] is the subject.



BUT, to me [a former electrician] this must be the other way around .. if analog, which I presume this is!?! The lanes can't be isolated from each other, thus they are *one & same* you can only run one car on it, but you could add interest to a track by using it as an entry to an obligatory de-tour. Or flipped opposite way, as part of a start ramp, adjoining the main track, similar to SCX Crono-pack.

But if incorporated into a digi track, you'd have to have some kind of flipper? Maybe someone's got the track part in question and can help you out?

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 12:31 AM

I think a few guys, including me, have cut up a couple of curved lane changers to create an S-bend with a racing line option.





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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:12 AM

QUOTE (ronMcRain @ 31 Aug 2009, 05:56) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How's This>> .. there are a lot of very useful topics, in Tracks & Scenery Index.

Also, take a peek Here>> .. Basteiltips>> Streckenteile>> Boxengasse>> .. A-how-to-do- in german ..

Reg. the 2-to-1 lane piece, ozslot .. you're not wrong. This>> is a great source for info. #091022 [Made in France] is the subject.



BUT, to me [a former electrician] this must be the other way around .. if analog, which I presume this is!?! The lanes can't be isolated from each other, thus they are *one & same* you can only run one car on it, but you could add interest to a track by using it as an entry to an obligatory de-tour. Or flipped opposite way, as part of a start ramp, adjoining the main track, similar to SCX Crono-pack.

But if incorporated into a digi track, you'd have to have some kind of flipper? Maybe someone's got the track part in question and can help you out?

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That looks like the PT 70/PT 74 in the link you provided. However, the tabs do not look right. They look like the Sport Track not the Classic. In the link above it is a converging track chicane with the lanes close but separate.

The diagram just does not look right.

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#6 ozslot72

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 09:34 AM

Thanks guys for your posts,
Ron-your right you would have to somehow put a flipper in it but does look like its a sports track connection,just thought
it was strange no one had seen it before.

Scarecrow - love what you have done there well done on it thanks for sharing.

I think its a pitty scaley hasn't done any other options with the digital pieces and I cant see anything on doing so in the future.
Still would like to see other things people out there have done with pieces and also with the pit lane crossovers.
Would be good if there was some sort of section where people show off custom sections.Would still like to know if anyone is
doing any and selling pieces to adapt to scaley,been searching on the net but no success.

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 11:09 AM

Ozslot72,

I know what you mean the selection of digital track could be improved greatly, probably the most interesting item is the side swipe which seems to serve it's purpose in that you can hit a car on the swipe but generally both parties remain on the track (which is probably a good thing). There is much debate in some of the member track areas about squeeze areas and the pro's/con's.

I personally haven't seen much at all about custom digital sections of track and I spend far too much time browsing the forum

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 01:04 PM

I had another look at the Scalextric reference-CD. Unfortunately there's no better picture[s] of those trackparts. If I understand it correctly, they were made in France. Only a handful of the trackparts on ref.CD are anoted as such. Half a dozen. S-brand they call them. Why? .. haven't got the faintest .. Maybe they were made for the local market, similar to productions in Spain [was it not?] and Australia? My guess is they are from late 70-ies/early 80-ies.

@sealevel .. Yes, close but no cigar. PT70/74 chicane is indeed similar but has two separate lanes and is full track width. The connections look peculiar. The are neither old Classic, as they are rectangular [?] and the spacing is different. Nor Sport, as there are round holes! Odd fish!

But back to subject in question, ozslot. I think the german gentleman [in the link provided above] custom-makes trackparts, pit entries & such to any track brand. I seem to remember someone on this Forum buying pit parts from him .. Ooor, it was another german gent, and perhaps even on another Forum.

That didn't help you much, now did it? .. But take a browse through Tracks & Scenery Index. You might find some helpful tips and links there.

@Scarecrow .. Very nice & tidy. There could be a market for those, eyh?

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#9 Grek-1

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 05:16 PM

Hi ozslot,

there is a german guy who makes custom made track parts.
www.pitslot.de

But I have to warn you: It's very expensive, because it's very professional!
He makes pit lanes, Radius 5 curves and other parts.


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Posted 07 September 2009 - 09:12 AM

I love that Scalex pit-entry that he built that enables entry to the pits from either of the lanes.. very nice idea indeed. I'm sure that would remove alot of the hassles of getting into the pits and having to place a x-over or clc close to the pit-entry......

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:08 PM

QUOTE (ronMcRain @ 1 Sep 2009, 14:04) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Unfortunately there's no better picture[s] of those trackparts. If I understand it correctly, they were made in France. Only a handful of the trackparts on ref.CD are anoted as such. Half a dozen. S-brand they call them. Why?
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This is one of those dead-end side alleys in slot car production. In 1979 Meccano France (who marketed the Scalextric brand there) went off at a tangent and completely redesigned the track and cars. They renamed it "Circuit Scalextric" or "Circuit S" - the new track was wider and had different connections. They also made the 'Y' piece in question - two pieces together formed a single lane chicane and, interestingly, retained individual car control through it. No I don't know how it was achieved!

The cars were also fitted with a 'boost' device which bypassed the controller and provided full power to the motor - no, I don't know how they did that either.

The whole thing was incompatible with normal Scalextric (track, cars and power supply) and only lasted a couple of years before disappearing from the market. Bits of the system surface every now and then, particularly the cars, but it is just a curiosity these days and of no real practical use.

As usual, you can find more information and pictures of the system in Roger Gillham's book.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 01:22 AM

Sorry, not familiar with Roger Gillam or his book(s).

Can you give more info, please?

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