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Wasn't sure if I should start this post here or do separate posts in the 1/43rd and 1/32nd scale forums but settled for here as the track is the one constant.

My idea is to do something that doesn't appear to happen much, at least on the forum, and that is to posts some videos of the track with cars running, but first a little history.

I acquired an almost complete Airfix MR205 Monte Carlo set back in August 2017 and although the box was in poor condition the only thing that appeared to be missing was the oil bottle.

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Being one of the later Airfix set this comes with the third type of Airfix track which has the steel rails and plain track edge which has barriers that clip on. You also get the Deluxe controllers which had replaced the basic controllers in most sets. The Mini Cooper cars are the later Hi-Speed version and came with a set of Monte Carlo decals, which have been attached to the cars.

As the track rails didn't seem to be in that bad a condition I had a go at setting the track up.

To be Continued....
 

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Love this set, Keith. Look forward to a vid with cars running around the track. Also love the artwork on the box.
 

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The Airfix set numbers give you the sets track length with the first two digits being the length in feet so this set MR205 is 20ft and 6inch. The layouts footprint is approximately 7ft x 3ft 4inch which was just about doable in the space I had my Winter layout set up in and as this had been already covered up with some thin ply while I had been playing with some Jouef layouts the last one of these went and the Monte Carlo was built.

The mountain scenery was in very good condition and went together very easily. The track takes abit longer than normal to construct as you need to use a track edge clip on every track joint to help hold it all together.

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So the track was built..

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Much to my surprise, as I had done nothing to the track, it worked straight away.

The photos also show some of the other cars that had a run on the track.

By this time I was well on the way to getting the first track boards built in my new shaed and so after a month in mid September 2017 the set got moved out to the shed.

A little video from August 2017


The cars are Airfix Hi-Speed Mini Cooper, Revell Lotus Cortina Mk1 and Jouef Porsche 911S (1/40th scale)

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Thanks for that, Beardy.

I love the thought that some youngsters had fun with these sets back in the day.

For me this is what slot cars are all about, you can keep the whizz-bang, must go faster, faster, faster stuff.

Wonderful!

PS. I seem to remember reading that Airfix added some metal plates to the bottom of the Minis in this set to aid traction. Do these have them?
 

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The cars had an aluminum clip to retain the motor and a u bracket attached to the cube motor to hold the axle They also had a blade guide as opposed to the dual pin of the earlier cars . I always felt the earlier cars performed better than these later ones but the later guides worked better on scalex track
 

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Absolutely fabulous. Thanks for the video, Keith. A little more mountain scenery, and you could re-create your trip to the Austrian GP.
 

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So by mid September 2017 the first baseboard was done in the shed..

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and so the Monte Carlo set was rebuilt in the shed. But this time I packed the set track away and used track that I already had, as I didn't know how the shed was going to be for condensation even though it was insulated I decided to use as much of the bronze track as possible.

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As there was more room in the shed I decided to extend the track a bit and use the humpback bridge that I had..

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The track is mainly built from bronze type two track but also has some steel type two and a few bronze type one track.

However this didn't work very well and the humpback bridge was moved to the bottom curve..

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The humpback bridge did cause a few problems with some cars getting stuck on it, so I probably won't use it in any other layouts.

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And another little video


By the end of September I had the second baseboard in place and the Monte carlo was dismantled to be replaced by a Scalextric Classic layout.

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But that's another story.

To be continued...
 

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The original Airfix Mini underside..

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Although I don't have one I would assume the kit Mini is very similar.

and the High speed version..

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I think the metal plate is mainly to hold the motor in place as it's quite loose without it an to also protect it from impacts. Not sure I'd want to try the Hi-Speed Mini on something like Ninco track with it's quite high rails.

And while we're on Minis the rally decals

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Superb. It's great watching the original Airfix cars on track. I bought a complete Monte Carlo set about two years ago and haven't had the courage to set it up yet, putting the mountain section together would try my patience to breaking point I think.

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David, the mountain scenery is the easiest bit to do, all the slots are lettered. Only bit you have to think about is the D joint as two pieces go in the same slot.

Shame we're in lockdown or you could have had a stroll around to give it a try.
 

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Ok fast forward to December last year and I acquired another Monte Carlo set, just the box and track with a loose set of mountain scenery. At the same time I also acquired a separate full set of mountain scenery complete with packaging.Both cost me less than most scenery sets get listed for on our favourite auction site.

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I also have every thing need to make this a complete set if I feel like it apart from needing the Monte carlo decals.

The scenery that came with the set was in a better condition than the separate on so I swopped the contents and put it in the set box

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So what to do with a full set of mountain scenic supports, well the best thing is to put them to use. As I needed to take my existing small Airfix layout apart to sort out a few connection problems I decided to rebuild it as the Monte Carlo layout. All the connector strips were cleaned or replaced and I used two track edge connectors at each joint. I built the track up slowly piece by piece and tested it as each piece was added. With two metal connectors under each joint I didn't want to be taking apart to correct power faults.

The whole track is made using the Airfix type two track with bronze rails. This is the track that uses the I type nylon connectors but still uses the push in barriers. The only changes from the standard layout that I made was to replace the standard stright at the start of the climb with a crossover, as I will be the only person using the track, to give a double length lane and to have borders around the 180 at the foot of the track.

This is what I call type 2 track..

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The 90° bend looks just like two 45° units stuck together and all the Airfix curves that use the original push in barrier have their own separate pieces There is an inner and outer for the R1 45°, an outer for the R2 45° and an inner for the R1 90°, the only exception being the R1 90° outer barrier which uses two of the 45° units. In some places on the track I have ended up using the later clip on style barriers as I could not find any suitable early type. This is mainly on the inside of the R1 90° bends and the inside of the R2 45° and crossover at the start of the climb.

I did find a small change that I had not noticed before when trying to find some extra barriers between the original type one track and the type two on the R1 bends.

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If you look closely at the outer ends of the two track types you will see that for some reason Airfix moved the end barrier sockets in a little bit. This means that the original barriers for the R1 45° outer edge don't fit on the type two track. This explains why most of the push in barriers you see for the 45V bends have double legs so they will fit both type of track. The R2 45° bends that only start with the type two track still have their sockets right at the end.

The original barrier..

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and the second type..

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Anyway enough waffle here's the first video of some Jouef 1/40th scale Renault Alpines...

 

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I really quite like this, makes a change to the usual flat circuits and ovals that most sets seem to be, just needs a little Casino track side
 

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David, the mountain scenery is the easiest bit to do, all the slots are lettered. Only bit you have to think about is the D joint as two pieces go in the same slot.

Shame we're in lockdown or you could have had a stroll around to give it a try.
I didn't realise we are local to each other.

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That's pretty AWESOMe!!....Kudos to Airfix for making such a unique set. Thanks for sharing.

Show some more pictz of your Scaly track...Video would be welcomed.
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Hi Primed,

The Scalextric track is long gone but [topic='165370']click here to see the topic[/topic] the scroll to post #9 for the start of the Scalextric info. The pictures aren't loading for some reason but if you right click on the link and then select open in new tab or window the picture should load in the tab.
 

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Uff! Really nice set! I cant believe why Scalex and Carrera cant sell something like this. Its the small details like the cardboard mountain that adds a lot of flavor to the game and is sweet to the eyes. Nowdays with the plastic injection systems this woul look even more awesome.

Congrats to the owner of such beautiful set.

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The diagrams above should work with any track that has 45° bends

Scalextric Classis

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Ninco

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Sport

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Scalextric works the best, the Nico is very close.

The next work but if you want the rear over lap you would need to loose the straight at the top of the climb and corresponding parts at the bottom

Polistil

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Carrera

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The problem with these two is that they have 30° and 60° bends so don't match exactly.

In all the layouts all the main climb curves are R1 with the bottom and first climb curves being R2.

For something a little different Carrera Go!!!

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