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Hi Folks,

I'm in the middle of setting up my micro scalextric layout. I have looked into lap timings and have seen that a guy in the U.S. sells a cable to fit to a serial port of an older pc to run with racing software and have also seen that other makes such as the tomy afx electric lap timer can be converted but, I know nothing about these and would like to call on your experience of what works well with micro scalextric.

Help is much appreciated
Simon
 

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Thanks Julian, I had looked at the Carrera timing bridge but I thought it was only suitable down to 1/43. If I had known what a wide range of H/O scale was out there i would have probably gone with the tomy afx but on the upside you can pick a set of micro scalextric up for next to nothing but hopefully will create a good set up with it.
 

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you could use a slot dragon stand alone timing system. it looks really good and they make them to fit your track, about 60 quid all in. about the same as a ninco bridge which you,l have to modify to fit. the slot dragon system times to .000 the bridges to .00 i n fact i,m saving for one now but i want the drag strip facillity as well. happy hunting. john
 

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Hi Simon

Have you thought about making your own? It's pretty straight forward, with just a little bit of soldering involved, to make a dead strip which will attach to your PC via the serial port, or also the printer port I think, and hook it up to something like Ultimate Racer which is a free download.

Al, (asjwood on forum) has also built a brilliant timing system we use at the club, might be worth dropping him a PM as well.

Good luck with whatever system you go with.

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Hi Roll,

I will definitely look into making my own, the good thing about the pc based system is that all info is there on the screen to see without scrolling through to get best lap time current lap time etc, and I would imagine it would be much cheaper.

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If you have an old laptop or pc you can use and can use a multimeter then there are lots of options. If you intend to go the IR route, Tomy flyover supports are ideal for making a clip on light gantry. For magnet cars, reed switches work pretty well.



Where abouts are you Simon? You may find there are people on here nearby who can help, or show you their setups working.
 
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