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I would like to build my own digital track. My question is how do I get the digital aspect of it all. e.g. how do i get the cars to change lanes, have multiple cars in one lane, pitting, etc. I've seen some video's on YouTube of completed routed digital tracks but the owner never replies to my question of how they were able to construct it. Any help would be great.

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I did a routed digital track using Scalextric Powerbase Pro 1.8 s/h. If I were to do another one, I'd use the new Scalextric advanced digital system because it would allow you to run two lanes analogue, or six cars digital. Basically, I embedded the digital pieces into the routed wood track. I also separated the Powerbase from the track piece. It works fine, and that's probably the easiest way to do it. Alternatively, you could put all the electronics out of the digital pieces and embed the electronics into the MDF.





Eventually, after applying bondo to smooth the connections between the plastic digital pieces and the MDF, and then painting, it all looks pretty seamless.


And here it is in action...
 

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Thanks a lot for those pics and video. My next question is can you use HO analog cars on a digital track. Since I'm making this track myself can I make this possible?
 

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the main problem with HO cars on 1/32 track is that the pickups on HO cars are wider than the rails on 1/32 track. They'll be able to get current sometimes, but not reliably, especially around the turns.
Since you're making it yourself, you could use copper tape but set the tape wider than more normal 1/32 tracks are, such that most 1/32 car braids will still touch, and HO car pickups will also touch. The problem is that by trying to cater to both standards, neither will work optimally as they would on rails designed for their type of pickups.

1/43 cars such as those from Carrera Go! and SCX Compact, as well as Kyosho (the D-Nano people) D-Slot, and Ranch Design, WILL work on standard 1/32 type rails. Have you looked into 1/43 scale racing? A lot of people go that way because the cars are small enough to fit a good track in a small area, but detailed enough to appeal to their sense of "model car racing" without having that "buzzing bees" feel that magnet HO racing often has.

As for getting the analog cars to run on a digital track, since you're making the track yourself, you can install a switchable wiring system so that when you want to run analog, you switch it one way, and when you want to run digital, you switch it the other way. Each "way" being controlled by a dedicated analog or digital control system. Unfortunately, I don't know of any digital chip small enough to fit in any HO scale car, so you'll ONLY be able to run the HO cars in analog mode.

Are you married to HO scale in some way?
 

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i was choosing HO scale for space and price of cars. If there was a way to make my own digital cars instead of dropping $59.99 per car (that's the price of a PS3 game). So any suggestions as to getting lower costing digital cars I will be more than happy to have a 1/32 scale track built. Since it is digital that I truly want.
 

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That's easy.
Stick with DPR cars, and get 6 DPR chips. It's easy to swap chips. There are also a lot of DPR cars for $40 or less, especially if you are ok with the lower detailed "Super resistant" type from Scalextric, or want some NASCAR which are marked down at most retailers. Almost every new (mold) car from Scalextric includes the DPR hatch for easy chipping.
 

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Using Scaley lane changers is the easiest solution but you still have the speed restriction with them. If you can work out a way that is easy for you, I suggest routing your own LC's. Probably the easiest way without a CNC is to rout the lane change lines and then drop the router bit down all the way through and remove the triangular section where the flipper is positioned. Mount your flipper assembly on a separate board and insert from underneath. This method has been detailed in one of the Scorpius threads.

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Proffered Scorpius went where?
 
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I can't find the lane changer hardware they used to offer on the site anywhere. If you're considering purchasing Scorpius, it would probably be worth contacting Rick Field (injectorman) through the web site contact page.
 

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I did routed Scaley digital by embedding the track pieces. The speed thing on the lane changers hasn't really been an issue on my track (12' x 5'), but I could see how it might be on a larger track with a high speed straight. Personally, I love it. It really adds a lot to have more people racing at once. If I did another, I might make my own lane changers, but honestly I'm not sure I would spend the time. I just don't see that much of an advantage for me.

Here's a pic of my track...

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The biggest challenge doing this method, is to get the track pieces lined up to the routing, but it's not that hard. Let me know if you would like some tips on this if you decide to go this direction.

Heath
 

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