QUOTE (astro @ 29 Nov 2004, 22:34)fantastic project darainbow! I hope you are remembering to take 'step-by-step' photos
While I'm a big fan of Carrera track, I have concerns about their abilty to deliver a viable digital system. Granted, they are distributed (owned) by LBG, a large manufacturer of trains who have some experience in digital, their recent offering leaves something to be desired (lacks brakes, lacks timing computer, dubious methods of lap counting, unknown retail price of retrofit chip). I'm not going to wait around for them to play catch up. Besides, Scalextric has shown an abilty and interest with computer integration and have already delivered some successful products in this arena.
The realization that the solenoid can be removed from the LC and fitted to a competitor's track may explain just how one manufacturer may come to "standardize" digital. People will no longer be locked into the digital system based on the track they are running. It will be (as it should be) an affair of choosing your favorite of each. Favorite track, favorite digital system, favorite cars; and being able use them all together.
Favorite Track: Carrera
Favorite Digital System: Scalectric(?)
Favorite Cars: FLY (converted to run digital)
Hopefully there will be further abilty to mix-n-match components. (Controllers, power supply, etc)
All hornby needs to do now to corner the digital market is sell their LC innards to be used with Carrera, routed tracks, or other brands.
While I own the Pro-X system, I see the writing on the wall. Unless carrera can provide lapcounting without the stupid guide blade, provide dynamic braking, and offer conversion chips at a reasonable price, carrera digital is done for. (Aside: I suspect carrera conversion chips will be significantly less expensive than hornby brand) And if by some miracle Pro-X thrives, I've already got the equipment I need.