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Greg Gaub
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Welcome to SlotForum, Scott!
While I agree that the APB would be the easiest way to go, I'm not sure what he could sell to make up the cost of the APB.
Since the budget is shot already, I wonder if when you write "4 lane power base" you don't mean a 4 CAR powerbase? If so, then you can do the Master/Slave mod and get more power to the rails.
The biggest problem with the old v1.2 bases is the tendency to blow if there's any kind of short. You'll have to be religious with your screw tightening, braid straightening, and avoidance of anything metal near the track.
Stock Scaley motors will be best, but even 3 or 4 of those will see serious power interaction issues while racing.
That base IS worth keeping, though, if only for future use as a pit lane in/out detector.
If you're clever with a saw, you can take those curved lane changers and make some of those excellent Racing Line CLCs that some people have done. They turn a boring old R2 wiggle into an excellent way to maintain speed.
Oh, and as Ade said, don't run analog with the 6 car base still in the track, even unpowered. It would be better to install some kind of switch so that the analog power is completely isolated from the digital base, and vice versa, for running in either mode.
 

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Greg Gaub
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The APB has plenty of power, and with the High/Variable Power mod detailed here on SlotForum, it's even better. It's on par with Simple-H, for sure. The APB power output is practically Simple-H like to begin with. It's only hobbled from the factory due to toy safety regs.
I will admit that I'm not fond of how it handles analog mode, though. The pulsing of some types of motors isn't something I'd want to explain to a proxy coordinator or entrants. Isolating the power for the two mods and using "real" analog equipment for that mode would definitely be better, especially since you have it all already.
Since you have the 4car base, definitely do the 6/4/MS mod. The 4 car becomes a slave to the 6 car, ramping up the total amps to a much better level. Definitely a cheaper solution than an APB or PB-Pro/Simple-H upgrade. The only drag is that the v1.2 6 car base can't be upgraded to PB-Pro code without also getting the Simple-H upgrade. Though maybe a special request can be made, I'd say it's probably not worth doing anyway. The money would be better spent on the APB, saving the original base for other uses.

Are there any photos of your track online anywhere? I'd love to see some.
 
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