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Hello folks, thank you for allowing me access to your forum. I think you have heard this story a thousand times already: Adult with happy childhood Scalextric memories ... ensured that Santa brought their kid a new set to scratch the old itch. Obviously things have changed a lot since I last assembled my old track -- which I expected, of course -- and the semi-rubberized track that I recall from my youth in the U.K. has become a much more plasticized (is that a word?) racing surface. So, I (I mean Santa) purchased a starter set and kid loves it. I have a couple of questions, however, because the set comes without some materials I would have thought (based on my soft-focus memories!) would come as standard. One is guard rails, and I have ordered some. I suspect that you folks could roast a race without them, but they are necessary for me. The second, though, is corner - curve - supports.

Back in the day, I recall green-colored, stepped triangular curve supports that kind of resembled the side of a Mayan temple. With a few of these, you could step a regular (flat) curve from carpet level up to maybe 3 inches and back down. Was great for a hack like me. Now, though, I'm not sure which Sx product will achieve the same effect.

I see that there are banked curves available, but retrofitting my (er, I mean my kid's) set with these is cost-prohibitive. Consequently, here's my question: can I use C8298 - Banked Curve Supports with flat curves? And if so, I think there are six per pack. Does one pack therefore support two curves?

My defence for asking this elementary question: The official Scalextric (Hornby) site is sadly lacking. In other words, I did try to find the answer to this question myself, but in the end could only turn to the experts. That is, you folks.

Thank you for any advice you are willing to give.

Best - N66.

PS. Those old loop-and-stud track connectors sure were sturdier than the modern ones! Perhaps there's an old person here who remembers them!
 

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You can use the new Scalextric banked curve supports with flat track, but they don't work very well, you'd be better off looking for some of the old green ones on EBay, they come up quite regularly and are usually pretty cheap.
 

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You cant really turn a flat piece of track into a banked piece of track by any method. You could perhaps get a very slight angle by supporting the outside of the track with something but anymore than that will just twist the track around it.

You (sorry, I mean your kids) will have to slow down a little for the corners, you (sorry, they) will soon get the hang of it.

Welcome to the forum and a Happy New Year to you all.
 

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QUOTE (nostalgic66 @ 1 Jan 2012, 06:08) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Back in the day, I recall green-colored, stepped triangular curve supports that kind of resembled the side of a Mayan temple. With a few of these, you could step a regular (flat) curve from carpet level up to maybe 3 inches and back down. Was great for a hack like me. Now, though, I'm not sure which Sx product will achieve the same effect.

I see that there are banked curves available, but retrofitting my (er, I mean my kid's) set with these is cost-prohibitive. Consequently, here's my question: can I use C8298 - Banked Curve Supports with flat curves? And if so, I think there are six per pack. Does one pack therefore support two curves?

Thank you for any advice you are willing to give.

Best - N66.

PS. Those old loop-and-stud track connectors sure were sturdier than the modern ones! Perhaps there's an old person here who remembers them!


Hi N'66,

Happy slotting new year!

The banked bends are cheap second hand in the UK, we mostly throw them away, so some kind soul on here may well donate you some, for just the postage, then all you will need is the adaptors,
the same goes for the banking wedges and plates.
 

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Green wedges still work. The modern equivalent are grey and cylindrical and slot into the round ribbed bit under each bit of track. You can still find green wedges on ebay
 

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Welcome and as a female I would have thought you would have had more experience of supporting the curves than most of the guys on here, anyway, I am sorry to say that the banked curves you remember will not work and have now been withdrawn, they lifted the cars guide out of the the slot (well thought out by Hornby), I am pretty sure that there are track supports for the new sport track.
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Zen
 
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