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Hi folks,

After a few years abscence from slot cars due to a number of reasons amongst which were a relocation/lack of space/lack of club etc. I recently moved to a house where I can set up a track (around 20mts I guess).

In the past I was never too bothered about home track, I used slot cars mainly at a local club but now the situation is different, where I am living there is only one club nearby and they do mostly rally stuff which I am not very keen on. Therefore the best option is to use up this new found space before it is taken up by boxes of junk, old skis and antique furniture that will never see the light of day.

What I have is Scaley Sport track with it's standard controllers and a couple of cheapo Parma's and a SLot It SCP01 which I used to use at the club. I only ever used the standard Scaley controllers at home but I would like to use the Parmas and the Slot It now. I know there are adaptors and such and a cartridge for the Slot It to be used on Scalextric track (SCP01C Common Positive I think is the one). Now the issue is I was given by a friend an Avant Slot GP5+ power supply which has it's own connectors for the controllers (RLX type) and these are plugged directly into the PSU. So the Slot It cartridge is no use here,. The question is .. can I use the SCP01 as I have it buying an adaptor for the RLX or do I ALWAYS need to install that cartridge on the controller if it is to be used on Scalextric track? Or in other words.. is this Slot It cartridge only for going through the standard Scaley powerbase and I can do without it if I am using the Avant Slot power unit?

I hope I have explained myself correctly but even I find it confusing reading it! Any help is much appreciated!
 

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To be able to use such a variety of controller types, your best bet is to wire up your track "properly" so that there are standard driver stations with the type of connections most commonly used in your area. For me, in the states, it's 3 brass bolts color coded to the power, brake, and ground connectors of a controller. You can then open up the connector on your controllers to have the separate wires, or create adapters for each of them that connect to the station. Or, if you really like the Avant Slot, you can set up your track to work like that, and adapt the other controllers to that format. For the most part, all controllers will use the same 3 wires, and only differ in what format the connector comes in, or what order the wires connect to the track power. As such, you can adapt any controller to any track if you know each side of the connection.
 

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QUOTE (MrFlippant @ 21 Mar 2012, 18:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>To be able to use such a variety of controller types, your best bet is to wire up your track "properly" so that there are standard driver stations with the type of connections most commonly used in your area. For me, in the states, it's 3 brass bolts color coded to the power, brake, and ground connectors of a controller. You can then open up the connector on your controllers to have the separate wires, or create adapters for each of them that connect to the station. Or, if you really like the Avant Slot, you can set up your track to work like that, and adapt the other controllers to that format. For the most part, all controllers will use the same 3 wires, and only differ in what format the connector comes in, or what order the wires connect to the track power. As such, you can adapt any controller to any track if you know each side of the connection.

Thx for the reply. Hmm that sounds quite complicated and time consuming! I'm sure that is the ideal situation but I'll take it one step at a time. For the time being I just want to be able to use the Avant PSU with the controllers I have.

It's not that I like the Avant Slot PSU for any special reason, it's just that my son and his friends will want to get his hands on the cars so I NEED to have a regulated supply unit. Also, cost hast been zero so no point in looking around for other alternatives. The major drawback I see is the RLX connectors it uses for the controllers but other than that it should be ok and a vast improvement over bog standard Scalextric power units.

I have been investigating a bit more and I should be able to use my SCP01 without the Common Positve cartridge as that is needed if you are using the Scalextric power base. It seems the Avant units negates the use of the Scaley powerbase (it should be removed) and as the controllers are plugged directly into the PSU I only need an adaptor for three jack to RLX (9 EU vs 55 Eu for the cartridge!).

I'll find out soon enough when I get the adaptors. Then the second part will be how to setup an option for converting the track, PB, and PSU to digital and still have regulated power supply!! LOL
 

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well, if you're removing the scaley power track and hooking up the avant PSU to the track, then you're already wiring up your track. It's really not all that complicated, but by setting it up for the Avant solution, you're locking yourself into that method, and will need to convert any other controller to use that method. It's not a bad system, I just don't know of ANY other controllers that use it.
 

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