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First Scalextric set ?

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Hi,heres a article from Model Maker which seems to contradict the general info we have on the first Scalextric sets made. First the photo shows a set with what looks like a transformer not the battery box. The push button controllers are there. Then the set has both the Ferrari & Maserati in it, not the 2 Ferraris as has been mentioned before with the Maseratis being made a little later. The box top seems the same. This issue of Model Maker is April 1957 3 months after the "official start "January 1957. What do you think. i have a early pre Triang set with both the Maserati & Ferrari. Thanks,Bernard
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Do you have the last page of the article, Bernard? P195 or whatever. It may mention the power supply.
My guess is that the power unit in the set is a battery box, perhaps for eight D batteries. There's no sign of a mains lead or a plug, as Kev says. The trackside building-style battery box presumably came later.
Not sure about 1957 but in the 1960s sets were sold without transformers because the latter were exempt from purchase tax (or were taxed a lower rate), and perhaps also because many people (like Floydfan) already had rail transformers.
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