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I've some problems with the blue guide on my two Scalextric Dallara cars as it will not work together with my lap timing. I've modified a Ninco Spirit lap counter (I saw this on a Swedish web site) which uses NIR (Near IR) LEDs probably working at 850 nm. Through my work I've some
experience that some seemingly opaque plastic materials transmit in the NIR. I did an experiment to test my theory and painted the guide blades with black Humbrol paint. It worked for about 20 laps on my track (36,3 m or 119 ft) then almost all of the paint was removed. It obviously works but it's not a permanent solution.

Does anyone have any good ideas? (Except changing the LEDs, which I don't especially fancy.)

Best regards,

Claes

PS. I'm using Lap Timer 2000 by Gregory Braun. It does the job, has nice features, looks quite nice, and it's free.
 

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I have seen spare scalextric black guides in shops, I am not sure what the difference is between the blue and black editions (apart from the colour). They look like they would clip in fine.
 

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The blue guides are the easy fit ones, and there isn't a black version at present.

A black version is being released soon, as the same problems occur with Sport Digital.

Not sure when they will be available but it shouldn't be long.

Jon,
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Thanks for your suggestions!

Could I just ask what material "plasticard" is?

Claes
 

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Fit smaller tyres to the front hubs and flatten your braids as much as possible. Put lap counter on a part of the track where your cars run slowly as fast sections have some cars lifting their noses up (as does sharp braking).
 
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