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It was my birthday last weekend... and my delightful other half bought me the World Champions Digital Set (2007)!



Now, I've had Scaley since I was 12, starting with the Pole Position set (with the roller smoke-start... still got it, but the rear wheel roller divots throw modern cars straight off the track - am thinking of modifying it into a tyre cleaner of sorts. Anything's probably better than my current approach!). A few years ago my passion for it was rekindled when a pile of us decided to meet in a pub with OODLES of classic track, and a drunken weekend of hilarity ensued. Since then it's become a christmas tradition to haul out my stash and take it up the road to my friend's, for 4 adults and 4 kids to spend the night thrashing out analogue-stylee on a 4 lane layout (Got enough separate track to build Jadlam's SL37 - s'in the PDF at the end of this post).

Sadly, my place isn't large enough for 4 lane action... so tonight, I'm merging the new digital set with my analogue stash (expanded with Jadlam's GT40 set and a f**k-tonne of sport track from fleabay) for some kitchen floor fun!

I've just added the lane changers into our semi-regular circuit at appropriate points. This layout is the most track we can fit in the confined space of my kitchen floor... probably run powertaps out to the top right hairpin from the nearest straight to the 6PB...



Next step - acquire more lane changers & borders, do the MS Mod to use my 4PB to bump up the power alongside my C7030 6PB, and grab an aux cable / sort PBPro so I can get SSDC up and running. THEN I can begin looking at iOS control possibilities! (if anyone's flogging a PBPro/SH i'm semi interested)

Ultimate plan is to book a private function room at our nearest friendly venue (Henry Boons pub in Wakefield, West Yorkshire at a guess) on European F1 weekends - spend saturday bulding the biggest circuit we can run, and then on the sunday have a private F1 day - whack the F1 on the projector, set up rFactor on a PC in the corner with wheel, pedals & wrap around screens, and a monstrous ScaleyDig circuit... should keep me n' the guys out of trouble!

If anyone's interested in my FULL tracklist I've a PDF that I store on dropbox so that I can get to all my layouts and inventory via my mobile - tis here... handy if I spy any track up for grabs whilst out & about! Altho, that inventory doesn't cover the classic stuff... just the sports track. Probably got the same again in foisty old 70s/80s track - it just ended up being too irritating getting it all running!
 

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hi
sounds like you have some great ideas and plans for your transformation to digital but using the m/s slave mod.???

Unless you are keeping to a strict budget then a simple h in the C7030 or a switch to C7042 would be more desirable...
 

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Aye - s'just I have the 6PB and 4PB already so can implement that for zero additional cost in the short-term. Won't be able to spend anything major on it for the rest of the year... just l'il bits here n' there. Next major outlay'll be Christmas which will hopefully see a C7042 added into the mix.
 

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A fascinating evening. Main discovery being that each of the 4x stock F1 cars were radically different. The McLaren and Ferrari were tail happy, the McLaren by far being the worst. The Honda was the best, and could hold the fastest line without losing rear grip. The Renault was midway between the Honda and the Ferrari. Fastest time of the evening was 9.028 from the Honda.... 9.334 in the Renault, 10.6 in the Ferrari and 10.9 for the McLaren... And the differences reflected themselves consistantly with each driver, taking their turns with each car.

Got down to investing this after doing 40 timed laps with each car with each driver... Tyres cleaned every 20 laps. It appears to be the wires to the guide. The Honda guide moves smoothly and freely to full lock in each direction, and the rest are progressively stiffer, with the McLaren having the stiffest of the lot. Removed the nose off each and the McLaren and fErrari both had loops of wire that gripped within the nose and restricted the guide's movement. The Renault wasn't bad, but noticeably worse than the Honda... So tomorrow will see all 4 cars stripped, bushes lubed, wires adjusted at the guides, and then repeat to see if the theory is correct (altho the opposite to what I'd thought to be the cause. Always assumed tail happy was more frequent with looser guides *shrug*.

Ridiculous fun finally having 4 cars on track tho...! MUCH more enjoyable... and some spectacular pileups...!
 

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all those things will effect the performance of the cars, not to mention giving the tires a quick scuff on sandpaper, or a good truing. But, magnet strength and motor speed will make the biggest differences, and you really can't measure them easily without special tools to do so. Your best bet is to run races such that everyone has a chance at every car, which will make it as even as possible, OR set up qualifying matches and either give the best drivers the worst cars or vice versa.
 

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QUOTE (Marci @ 25 Mar 2012, 01:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>A fascinating evening. Main discovery being that each of the 4x stock F1 cars were radically different. The McLaren and Ferrari were tail happy, the McLaren by far being the worst. The Honda was the best, and could hold the fastest line without losing rear grip. The Renault was midway between the Honda and the Ferrari. Fastest time of the evening was 9.028 from the Honda.... 9.334 in the Renault, 10.6 in the Ferrari and 10.9 for the McLaren... And the differences reflected themselves consistantly with each driver, taking their turns with each car.

Got down to investing this after doing 40 timed laps with each car with each driver... Tyres cleaned every 20 laps. It appears to be the wires to the guide. The Honda guide moves smoothly and freely to full lock in each direction, and the rest are progressively stiffer, with the McLaren having the stiffest of the lot. Removed the nose off each and the McLaren and fErrari both had loops of wire that gripped within the nose and restricted the guide's movement. The Renault wasn't bad, but noticeably worse than the Honda... So tomorrow will see all 4 cars stripped, bushes lubed, wires adjusted at the guides, and then repeat to see if the theory is correct (altho the opposite to what I'd thought to be the cause. Always assumed tail happy was more frequent with looser guides *shrug*.

Ridiculous fun finally having 4 cars on track tho...! MUCH more enjoyable... and some spectacular pileups...!

Yes. I won. Overall. Generally. *grinnn* (the 'delightful' other half)
 

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Hi ThinkingChimp ...... welcome to the Forum ...................... brilliant moniker


My Wife bought me a Mighty Metro set when the kids where small and they loved it. For Christmas 2008, she bought me the Digital F1 set and I am even more hooked. Marci - just wait until you get six cars bashing around.
 
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