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1 hp Trabant is not my real car
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Where I live in Northern Thailand, there are no serious hobby shops - let alone shops selling slot cars.
I travel out to various countries for work, averaging 6 months per year.
Wherever I go, I try to find hobby shops with slot cars. I can't do mail order because the odds of the parcels arriving at my house are not in my favour.
Anyway, to date, I have never found anything but Scalextric (yes, Mope, a few years ago, I thought there WAS only Scalextric). Except I bought a couple of Carreras in a toy shop in Abu Dhabi because they were half price..I had no idea if they would work on my Scaley track or not, but they looked good, so I took a chance.
To get to the point - I have recently found paradise in Singapore. By a net search, I found Hobby Bounties. They have a whole wall full of cars, AND a track layout.
This is the first time I have ever seen Fly or Slot It in the "flesh"...truly.
Anyway, I have been on this project here for 2 months now, and most Saturdays have gone down to Hobby Bounties, oggled for hours, then bought a car or two each time.
So, I now have 10 new cars...including my first Flys and Slot It.
Trying to get back to the point again.... I am no kind of a racer, too slow with no competitive spirit. My enjoyment is tinkering with the cars to see what lap time and handling improvements I can make.
Which just about brings me to the point... As I sit in the hotel room, I don't have my track to try the cars on. Each new car I like to try it "out of the box", then record improvements per adjustments I make. So, I sit here in the hotel room, I want to adjust the magnet position to where I think it will suit my style, true the tyres, glue the bearings, varnish the front tyres...but if I do that I loose the "base line' for improvement recording. So I just open them up, look at them, put them back together......
Self control or what?

Cheers, Isetta.
 

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Oooh! That would drive me crazy! I'd be down the shop buying track as well!!!!!

When the cleaner came there would be flyovers round the bed and bits of cars all over the surfaces!

I bet you are looking forward to getting back home! Hang on in there!

JS
 

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I remember from the London Toyfair that Scalextric Sports World (no announcement when it is to be released yet) included a feature that allowed you to change the set-up charecteristics of you car in the software and then virtually see what impact on performance around the track you've designed. So you can do it in your hotel room and then find the perfect virtual set-up and then insitgate it when you get back to your track.

Matt
 

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1 hp Trabant is not my real car
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Yes, JS, I am looking forward to getting home....but trying my new cars will not be my #1 priority
Second, maybe.

Matt, that's not for me. I work in aircraft maintenance. 38 years ago when I started, aircraft were mostly mechanical and hydraulic. You had to "horse whisper" them to get them to behave! You had to really feel the machine and use intuition. These days they are all computers self testing and diagnosing and telling you how they are going to go wrong before they go wrong. Mr. Boeing would not be happy if you used intuition these days to tweak the flying charactaristics of his shiny B777

So the last thing I want when I leave work to relax is a computer telling me how to fix my slot cars

But thanks for the idea anyway

OK though...in consession to computers, I have just bought Scaley RMS to try


Cheers, Isetta.
 

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1 hp Trabant is not my real car
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Hi, Mark,
Yes, only passenger stuff, any size. Unlike your miltary jets, the only Terrain Following I would do is in walking boots or a 4WD

Guess I should write a post in the "What do you do to earn slot car money" thread.

I have 3 Golden Rules of Aviation:
1. Never fly in a single engined aeroplane.
2. Never fly with the intention of landing back at your departure field (i.e. the flight would have no purpose, the purpose of flight being to go somewhere quickly).
3. Never jump from a serviceable aeroplane.


Cheers, Isetta
 
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