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After a while I began to want more (don't we all?!)) and I noticed that we still had room to play on the 6mx3m table we had made last May.Here is the design of the original track:


The track was about 18m long

And this is the new layout 24m long:

You can see where the power taps went (we added one to the 4 we had on the old track)

This is the way it was:



And now


The lower part is exactly the same with the main straight of 5m. We just added wood panels on the right and the left of the upper part.

There is still a space for a thin marshall under the monitor!

The monitor will serve as a display for chronos (one day)

Or if there is no marshall a long stick (2m) which is made to pick fruits:

(quite delicate and soft)

Controllers have their own basket for each one of them:

Power is still 3-15 Volts 10 Amps but I can see that it might not be enough if we run 4 Thingies at the same time! Track is now wired positive and Professor Motor modified my controllers as they were wired for Carrera (which it's negative).

Now I also have this MBSlot from Italy (which has become my "competition" controller, look at the very useful controls!):


Lady P and "the Engineer" my partners in crime:

Wonderful friends who are always there for me and my slot obsessions (while my 13 years old nephew is outside playing with a RC truck!!!)

The test pilots are testing:


Modeling and detail finishing as soon as the testing is done

Best regards
Edo
 

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Really nice track Edo,

and a few ideas I might "borrow" ! I've also noted lucky you has 6 meters available - just perfect, so no excuses when the time comes


Now, repeat after me : thingies are not meant to run on plexy track, thingies are baad


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No no Beppe, they are good for you!
When the package comes with the postman and you open it with such an excitement and then you run to try them and you see the controller smoking and the car sliding all over releasing all that immense power trying to find some grip which is an impossible task as the tires are all dried up and the're losing pieces of 40 years old foam all over shooting them to shreds in the sky like falling stars.
Oh what a joy when you begin to evaluate all the things you have to do to them to make them run nicely on the plastic track!
(Gee this last part is exactly the same as when you receive any of the modern plastic cars except maybe Slot.it

Anyway I am glad you like the track.
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Edo
N.B.Italian insults follow, never mind guys!
Non verro' a Roma tanto presto; il montaggio del mio film lo faccio qui con un montatore francese. Ma stai tranquillo che verro' prima o poi (con le Thingies!)
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Nice Track Edo! But I think I like the first version better ... just kiddin! Actually, it does look "purer", but I like the two straights on the longer version.. guess we'll have to come and try it out!

It's Carrera track, right? I'm afraid one of these won't fit in my apartment, unless we get rid of all the furniture! Now, there's a thought!

Actually, I think a nice set of 60s vintage LeMans racers would look very good on this track... Thingies need Blue Kings!

Le roi des bleus...
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Hi Don
well the old design was made on the recollection I had of a 1967 commercial wooden track we had in our town. And yes it looks "purer" for the kind vintage racing (Thingies or not) you like so much

But I have to confess that for plastic cars the new one is much more fun and engaging.
I just love those Slot.it Porsches accelerating and braking in and out of those thight curves. The Ninco NSX shows a lot of promise too as soon as you throw away the original tires, mount NSR's and fix that awful side by side front wheels slop. NC5 motor is really great on the new track. But perhaps you're not interested in that...

And yes my tuned up LeMans 60's and 70's Fly cars do look good on the new one!
Suggestion: if you would send all, and I mean all, of your boxes of vintage cars and accessories (including the 10 kg you just picked up in Chicago) to me you would free enough space to fit a King in your apartement

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Yes it is Carrera track but better not insist on dropping names here: SF Police my delete this post
 

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On my way over.....wont be long so get the Coffee on!
If you are late dont fret, I have a sledge hammer and can let myself in.

PS: Edo can you phone me? I lost your number and wanted a word or three.

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QUOTE (Edo @ 3 Dec 2004, 16:53)She is. Her boyfriend left her because all she could thing about was Thingies

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Touché Edo! I got a reallyl good laugh about that one....

You do seem to have an unusually attractive crew of helpers I must say.
Think they'd come over and help me build a track too?
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Don
yes indeed they could want to come over but the little one (my niece) said to me that she would want a Shinoda


BTW Slotrace DK
the blonde just left town with a guy who has a Classic Serpent kit all original MIB!
Cheers (you'll find anothe blonde one day: maybe one that has simpler taste like Fly cars

Edo
 

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OO! Can anyone tell me what the sensors on the Italian controller do and what they say? Anti-spin? How would THAT work? Ajusting the ohms/voltage?

Thanks

"No habla Italiano, senor...lo siento"

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Hi Maltese
here it is:
freno = brakes
you can have maximum brakes or adjust to less and less until you do not have them anymore. I find, for most cars, quite useful to have a little bit less brakes than maximum:
let's say on a scale of 1 (min) to 10 (max brakes) a 6 or 7 is what I like.

Sensibilità = sensitivity
depending on motors you might want them to react to finger input right away or give the trigger more travel before you start to have more power. On the other side of the dials you can see a switch: that doubles the sensitivity, but I never need it.

The Antispin smooths the power curve.
For example: coming out of a curve, if you have it on maximum, you can press the trigger violently and have power coming up without spinning the wheels and/or throwing the car out.
I do not kow how it works technically though.

It's fun to find the right settings for the different car/motors, but frankly there is nothing that beats years of racing (I see that when I race against seasoned racers with an old sh...y Parma beating me and my high tech controller everytime

But every little bit counts.
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Some details were done lately after the big change in shape and in lenght:
most of the border pieces at the beginning and at the end of the curves were custom cut and shaped so they would be esthetically pleasing:


Here a brilliant solution by "the Engineer" to be able to fit a border where there was no space

I got hold of the new Carrera guardrails thanks to "thomas" who pointed out a German dealer who had them on Ebay (got quite a few left as they give you a lot of pieces and supports).

Borders had to be intstalled on straights just out of the curves. Here is an example (montage):

Very useful as some fast cars would just fall off the track when tires would get dirty and they would slide back and forth a few times.

Lady P. got busy with hay again and workers went to work (they were out to lunch when this pic was taken)


Here a TVR trying to test them:


Some buildings are filling the little space left by the track:


Box are being installed, while tests are beeing made by the drivers:


Just to give you a sense of dimensions (main straight is 5 m):

Lady P. and yours truly on top of the world.

Happy New Year to all of you.
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Hi Thomas
thanks again for the connection you gave me, then just in time, to get the new Carrera guardrails.
BTW Lady P. is "the Engineer" girlfriend. Both are my slot partners in crime.
My wife Viviana is not into that but at least she does not break my ... when she sees me arriving with new packages. She just smiles at me.
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Hi Edo.
That track and those helpers simple looks wonderfull.
If I were into into any kind of plastictrack, your track would be my no. 1 favorite track.
 

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Thanks Kai.
Since I have a few more days of vacations I will start to put your wonderful wheels on a couple of new cars (I am thinking of the TVR especially).
Pics to follow...
Regards
Edo
 
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