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I was wondering what experience people had with the number of flippers on a track.

I am planning a routed track with standard APB with twin stock transformers. Running 6 cars with standard Scalextric 18k motors and standard SSD chips.

With 3 lanes I need at least 2 SLCs at each lane change point. The pit lane will have 2 lanes so we are talking probably 2 pit lane entries and 12 straight lane changers.

Will it handle this or do I have to go power mod to APB or separately power lane changers? I would rather be able to keep it stock so I can easily drop in spares in case of failure.
 

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OK so the APB power mod is fairly straightforward (two resistors and some fancy soldering if I understand RikoRocket's post correctly). If I shove 15-20 amps into the circuit then flippers are not going to be a problem.

Magnabraid - I have searched SlotForum, Ebay and Googled like mad but can't find a supplier. Plenty of copper but nothing steel (unless I am happy to order 1,000 metres from Taiwan which is a bit more than we need!!!) - any ideas where I can get some folks?

Still not convinced about routed flippers simply because of my experience with the reliability of Scalextric lane changers once they are only a couple of years old.

Power taps will be incorporated between each board as well as a sprung copper connector for each rail. Connectivity will not be an issue with this track, I am determined on that point!

Thanks for the advice guys
 

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Thanks JL-F1 but that link is to tinned copper braid which isn't magnetic sadly.

Hi bigbird, I agree - I want to run magless BUT the funding for the club is on the basis of it running a dedicated club for kids aged 10-15 one night per month. I think magnets are going to be essential for races if we want to keep the marshals sane! Bear in mind this is digital so deeper wood guides are banned for the sake of protecting the sensors. We can't afford to lose the kids and anyway - they are the future adult members.

I would be happy to copper tape (easy enough to renew it every couple of years) so it will only be braid if we feel we need the downforce.

I make my own urethanes and can produce tyres with a Shore A rating of 20, 30, 40 or 50. The 20's need to be glued and only work with thicker tyres (1990's Scaley NASCARs, large and small superslix for example. The 50's work really well with the modern sportscars (GT-R, F430, 997's). A gloss surface and we should be good.

Do you think 10-15 year olds would do OK with urethanes on gloss paint and magless or should I play safe and go magnabraid?
 

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Fair comment, copper tape and real driver skills then!!!

QUOTE (Michael363672 @ 4 May 2012, 21:54) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Have you seen the Playstations games they play the reaction skills required ?

Yeah but I can still whup their a$$es bigtime on Need For Speed!!!

Mind you I have probably lost that skill since I got obsessed with slot cars! I'll just have to whup their a$$es in real (1:32) life instead!!!

 
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