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Don't light the fuse just yet.


The good news is that you have experienced and identified just about every problem that N-Digital can present. So, if you can deal with what you have documented there is the possibility of a happy (or, at least not tragic) ending. Digital slot racing requires more tinkering and maintenance than analog slot racing. And all the major digital slot racing systems have their quirks. But if you are reasonably patient and don't mind a little fiddling to get things to work right, digital slot racing can be very rewarding.

Assuming that you can put the issue of the box behind you, there are a lot of resources on this forum that can help. Virtually every problem that you have mentioned has been discussed and dealt with in one way or another on this forum. So search the past threads in this forum and you will find many answers. There are also a number of N-Digital users who post here regularly who will take the time to answer your questions and help you with problems. So, my initial advice is to be a little tenacious and try not to get frustrated too easily. Keep playing with the toys and come back with more questions. In the mean time, here are a few N-Digital basics:

- Keep the rails and braids (pick-ups) -- and especially dead strips -- as clean as possible. Search for "cleaning" and you will find many methods and cleaning solutions. One in particular is INOX.

- Make sure that the braids are fanned (splayed) out at the ends. This is accomplished by gently pulling the braids apart at the edges and/or pushing the braids toward the front of the [upside-down] car with your thumbs. The braids should also be angled down by about thirty degrees from the front of the guide.

- Ninco track is very popular. It has excellent connectivity/conductivity and the surface and flexibility are generally highly regarded. The rail liner can be problematic. Use a popsicle stick to gently pry the tight spots apart. It may take several applications.

- The lane change track sections have a gap in the liner where the flipper operates. Guide flags can get hung up in these gaps. Put a strip of electrical or packing tape over the trailing edge of the gap (where the guide flag catches) to form a smoother transition.

- My experience has shown that amateur profile is good for motors with 18K rpm and medium to high torque and above. Professional profile works well with lower power, lower torque (< 18k rpm and < 150 gcm torque) motors. Of course these are not absolutes. IMO, professional profile cannot be used with the standard N-Digital controller. Look into the N-Digital Progressive controller and third-party controllers as a worthwhile enhancement.

- Experiment with the placement of your lane change sections. Remember that they are not just for overtaking but also to provide a choice of racing line. There are many opinions and theories as to where is the best place. Generally, I prefer at the beginning of a long straight section as opposed to the end. At the end of a straight is where you will be braking hard and, as you have discovered, it is easy to stop on a dead strip.

- I have found that the best braids for digital slot racing are the soft, flexible tinned (silver) kind, such as Ninco ProRace braids. They provide excellent electrical conductivity and can traverse the bumps and undulations of digital track sections quite well.

The fact that you can install a decoder chip and get running so quickly indicates that you are competent enough to progress in the hobby and get a lot of enjoyment regardless of which type of slot car system that you evolve with. So, hopefully you will persevere and things will get better. And come back here for help when you need it.

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QUOTE (Oztoob @ 31 Dec 2011, 09:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>...Actually every car from NSR, Scalextric, Ninco and Pioneer ran beautiful on Carrera...
Yes, Carrera has a very nice system and they are definitely putting a lot of their resources behind the digital products. Was the system that you tried digital? Just make sure that you are comparing digital to digital. Remember, they all have their issues...
 

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QUOTE (dutchdog @ 15 Mar 2012, 09:26) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>...1. Adjusting the slot liner at the track joints. (Pic please to illustrate)...
There are several solutions for this. Here is the best that I have tried:

In the U.S. this is known as a "Popsicle stick"...



Insert it in the slot liner wherever the liner is pinched and rock it back and forth.



You may have to do this several times in severe cases, but eventually the liner will relax. You can also insert it and leave it overnight.

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