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Martyn
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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi All

I would very much welcome your ideas/thoughts on a car problem that i have. I have two Scalextrics Hamilton Mclaren F1 cars bought at different times about three years apart in fact. but the problem with both cars is that they DE-slot not so much around a bend as before the bend. So to explain the cars go on the strait part of the track and then don't even start to navigate the bend they just go strait on. none of the other cars do this. I have already been reading quite a bit on this subject and most say that a bit of weight in the front might work and shaving bits off the front axel which I am not up for because I don't have the correct tools I think and I know I don't have the correct skills. Any ideas would be very welcome.

Thank you for reading.

Athrlyth
 

Prof I T
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hi
some of the scaley F1 cars have a hole in the front of the chassis,this is the location point for a small barrel magnet that can be purchased from the scaley web site.

The front of some of the F1 cars are very light and it also pays to make sure that the braids are also sitting nice and flat into the flag otherwise the guide can sit quite a way out of the slot.

Along with the maclaren's the most recent ferrari's are also the same when it comes to cornering,but for some reason the button B.A.R Honda's seem to really hang in there as standard.
 

Martyn
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Thank you bigbird I will look for the hole at the front, I have read someplace about putting weight at the front but I dont know what kind of weight you can use. I mean can you buy weights for this or do you think an extra magnet is better suited?

Athrlyth
 

Prof I T
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hi
if the hole is there then the mag is the easiest solution.For extra weight you can try a number of things,blu-tak or for lead weights try the local tyre shop like kwik fit etc and get some stick on wheel weights and cut them down to size.

What ever weight you add to the front will make a marked difference to the way the car handles.
 

Martyn
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Thanks Bigbird I will try this today. both mag and weight. I will let you know the outcome.

Many Thanks

Athrlyth
 

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Is the guide fully in the slot? Have a good look to see how far into the slot the guide goes. Remove the front tyres and repeat. Now place the car on the track and take it for a test run. Did the car come out or not? If it did not come out you have found the culprit. Either buff down the tyres or buy the deeper scaly guide to compensate.

If you run magnets on plastic track added weight really should be your last resort if nothing else works.

cheers
rick1776
 

Digital "Tea Boy"
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Maybe you just need to slap Hamilton a few times and tell him to drive better!
Couldn't resist.....
 

Martyn
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Thanks Keeto, so maybe if I paint Hamilton's kit my car will drive better? Nice thought but doubtful, thanks anyway.

Bigbird Thanks again. I have added weight into the front wing and it works great, the weight I used is blue tack.

Both cars now run a lot better and I have gained a good couple of seconds off the lap time without it being ridiculous.

Thanks all for your replies.

Athrlyth
 

Nobby Berkshire
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Wow !

Just like the real car, poor Hamilton needs more downforce up front to avoid the temper tantrums of losing control
 
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