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Bill
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I'm thinking about doing a large routed scenic digital track (16'x5'), and I'm considering which system to use. I've narrowed my choices to SSD, oXigen, and Scorpius. I'd like the system to be (1) easy to use (for non-specialists), (2) bulletproof, and (3) able to run both 2 lane analogue and digital (at least 6 cars). I'd love suggestions/comments/advice.

I love Slot.it products, but I'm afraid that the system isn't really available for building a track over the next six months. I'm impressed with what I've heard about Scorpius, but it seems like it's a little too exotic for general users. I'm leaning towards SSD because the bugs seem to be mostly worked out, and it's widely known and readily available.
 

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Greg Gaub
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I'm pretty sure Scorpius is sold out at the moment. You'd have to get your order in with Rick so that what you need is made in the next run of product. When that's done, you'll get them. I think he's planning to cut off orders at the end of the month, but don't hold me to that.

oXigen isn't out yet, but last I read on the oXigen forum was that production is beginning and is likely to ship soon. So between oXigen and Scorpius, you're probably talking about the same wait time before availability, and that's at least a month or two.

As you mentioned, SSD is available now, pretty robust with the various updates and upgrades, and considerably less expensive to boot. If you upgrade the chips with MIH code and better fets and diodes, they'll be rock solid and able to handle any motor (as well as motors getting hot from use). If you want better controllers, the TruSpeed should be available soon, or get slot.its. There are also a couple wireless options if that's important. Since it's routed, you could try one of the other lane change transplant techniques this time, rather than dropping the whole track into the wood, if you didn't like that result.

Just some opinionated food for thought.
 

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Bill,

Have nothing to add regarding which system to go for, but I 'll be the first to ask......any track plans yet? What's the theme going to be? When are you going to start the build?

All important info for everyone's future inspiration.

Andrew
 

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Bill
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QUOTE (MrFlippant @ 3 Jan 2012, 19:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>As you mentioned, SSD is available now, pretty robust with the various updates and upgrades, and considerably less expensive to boot. If you upgrade the chips with MIH code and better fets and diodes, they'll be rock solid and able to handle any motor (as well as motors getting hot from use). If you want better controllers, the TruSpeed should be available soon, or get slot.its. There are also a couple wireless options if that's important. Since it's routed, you could try one of the other lane change transplant techniques this time, rather than dropping the whole track into the wood, if you didn't like that result.

Just some opinionated food for thought.
your assessment of oXigen is as I feared. I've been waiting for years to do an oXigen based track and I don't think I can depend on Slot.it to have it available. I think my only viable choice is SSD. I'm a bit out of the loop about upgrades to the new power base/system.
I'm curious about the "lane change transplant techniques". I did a search on the forum for routed digital and came up empty. I was thinking that I would do routed with magnabraid so dropping the plastic in wouldn't be very elegant.
 

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Greg Gaub
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Here are a couple examples of other ways of putting the LC parts into a routed track:

John's track down under: http://www.slotforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=52335
He cut away all the plastic that wasn't needed to hold the flippers and sensors, and removed the rails, then put that into the wood and filled in the gaps.


SlotFan1966's track in Germany: http://www.slotforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=48160
He pulled every part out of the plastic and remounted it under the wood with hot glue and scrap.


When I make a digital routed test track, I'll be trying something in between, trying to get rid of more plastic, but not having to mount the parts to the wood.
 
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