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Hi,

I'm in the process of moving to digital. It seemed like the most cost effective way of making the change was buying used sets on ebay but in the process you end up with a whole bunch of superfluous power bases (both digital and the old analogue). I was wondering whether there was any way of using these as half straights. I don't think I can just include them in the track but I wondered how easy/difficult it would be to convert them.

Has anyone out there tried this?
 

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Thanks - that's helpful. I get that spending an evening converting powerbases to half straights might not be worth the £5 saved over buying used ones on ebay but it might be fun! Good to know it's possible
 

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I finally got around to doing this tonight and I stripped a 4 car digital and an analogue powerbase. I didn't bother to de-solder, I just pulled the wires. Didn't take more than a few minutes so probably worth while.

I took a couple of pictures in case I ever want to wire them up again (can't really see it!).

Someone suggested on another thread that keeping a spare powerbase is good for ID'ing cars which I can kind of see except that the power adaptors aren't cheap and are both plugged in to my C7042.

Someone also suggested keeping a powerbase for sanding tyres and that might well be a smart move. Not sure whether it's worth trying to attach sandpaper and some kind of 'stop' to the track so that I can just place the car down and go. Be interested if anyone's done anything along these lines ...
 

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Do you have a picture?

I couldn't even tell you what sandpaper I'm using!! (just whatever was laying around in my garage)

Makes a significant difference though - I reckoned sanding was worth something like 10% off a lap time (even on cars where I'd sanded the tyres a couple of weeks beforehand).
 
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