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I remember following a thread not so long ago that showed some cars that spun
when pushed to hard instead of de-slotting.

Can anyone remember what they were called and the website it was on ?

I have a friend who is thinking of doing a commerical outdoor slotcar track for
corporate events and cars that don't deslot sound just the ticket to him.
 

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You may be thinking of the Xlot system - Beppe often posts here.
Do a search on his name, look at all his posts and you will probaby find what you need.

As an afterthought, I too prefer the idea of losing time through spinning instead of deslotting - can't imagine why anyone would prefer otherwise - it's a pain in the butt!
 

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QUOTE (Mecoprop @ 16 Jun 2004, 13:43)You may be thinking of the Xlot system - Beppe often posts here.
Do a search on his name, look at all his posts and you will probaby find what you need.

As an afterthought, I too prefer the idea of losing time through spinning instead of deslotting - can't imagine why anyone would prefer otherwise - it's a pain in the butt!
Had a look through his posts and not sure thats the system.
Someone talked about some cars from some set from a number of years
ago - posted some pics along with a website. On the website there were
movies of the cars going around and spinning on corners - I can
remember it as clear as day (the movie) but for the life of my can't remember
who posted it and what it was called !!!!

Also Mecoprop as for spinning instead of desloting - to right ! , alot better than having to dig your favourite car out of the wall.


Thinking about it you don't even need spinning - IF we were talking about
DIGITAL cars where full power is always applied to the track then a simple
locking electromagnet based pin on the guide to keep the car in (cars can only
be put on/taken off with no power) and then an extra tiny bit of circuitry in the
car between the power and the electronics - so if the car is rotated to its max
for more than X time frame (i.e. guide is fully locked out - normally the point
you deslot) feed the electronics the signal to power the car at 1/8th power for
the next 0.5 secs - you stay on , but fall behind - perfect !

How much more fun would that be ? , you could push the car to the absolute limits
in racing and if you over do it - then you just fall behind instead of going flying
across the room.

Still want to know how the spinning car techology worked though !


Chris
 

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Are you thinking about Carrera Universal ?
Do a search with these two words and you'll see the threads where this was discussed

Ciao
Beppe
 

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QUOTE (Xlot @ 16 Jun 2004, 15:43)Are you thinking about Carrera Universal ?
Do a search with these two words and you'll see the threads where this was discussed

Ciao
Beppe
Beppe - Yep , that the one and the website was :
http://didnt.doit.wisc.edu/slot/index.html
Thanks guys

Chris

P.s. What do you think to my idea above ^^^^^ - workable ???
 

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Not sure if it's workable but I like it!
Anything is better than running around scraping cars off floors and digging them out of walls.
The death of crash and burn?
Oh yes I DO like that - I like that a whole LOT!
 

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Hi Chris,
I was afraid you'd ask !!


Well, your idea is interesting :

- good point about having a constant voltage available, but maybe building a guide around an (insulated) button magnet would be simpler
- how would such - an otherwise non-magnet - car handle ? Maybe someone from the heavy magnet brigade could tell
- I suppose the front wheels would have to bear the magnet downforce, so you need proper bearings, independent wheel rotation or ideally passive (caster) steering a la Al/BWA
- for guide rotation monitoring, maybe one could borrow the Challenger set-up
- I may be wrong, but I don't think the car's rotation should be limited (IMO it would then deslot anyway) - better leave it free, and maybe reverse the polarity when the car points backwards (no, wait a minute, this doesn't work with Digital
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Nice can of worms, ain't it !!!

Ciao
Beppe
 
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