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Ok, maybe Im simple, but Id like a full explanation of 2 things I find in the SSD manual.

Firstly is says to not elevate the LC or sensor track pieces. WHY?
Can anyone provde a detailed description of what would not function properly and why?

Secondly that cars should only be equipped with a black guide flag, (ok coloured flags are invisible to the IR ), and that these will be available shortly.

I have converted 3 scalex porsche 911s and they are all using the standrad Blue guide flag.
Can someone tell me what problems or degradation of performance I should be experiencing?

The cars all change lanes efficiently, and have their respective laps counted and timed correctly, so WHY?

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Blue reflects the light, black does not, a quick fix is to use a permanent marker on the blue guide, I guess its all down to physics
 

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QUOTE (drummer @ 3 Jan 2005, 01:41)Ok, maybe Im simple, but Id like a full explanation of 2 things I find in the SSD manual.

Firstly is says to not elevate the LC or sensor track pieces. WHY?
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It does? I just elevated some of my track (including LC sections) and all is working fine! Perhaps they mean to not elevate them using the plastic cylinder thingies. If the track is fully supported I can't see what difference its elevation can make.
 

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Maybe they mean not elevated in the sense of the brow of a humpback bridge or sudden level change, which may cause the the car to jump and not be fully engaged with the track.

I can't see how being well inside the level part of an elevated section could make any difference at all.

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QUOTE (SinclairZX81 @ 3 Jan 2005, 06:33)QUOTE (drummer @ 3 Jan 2005, 01:41)Ok, maybe Im simple, but Id like a full explanation of 2 things I find in the SSD manual.

Firstly is says to not elevate the LC or sensor track pieces. WHY?
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It does? I just elevated some of my track (including LC sections) and all is working fine! Perhaps they mean to not elevate them using the plastic cylinder thingies. If the track is fully supported I can't see what difference its elevation can make.
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Our track has two LC sections that are on a higher level than the others, although they are supported by solid pieces of MDF as opposed to plastic track supports, and one of them is on a slight incline too, and they all work fine, touch wood.
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1 - my guess is the same as issettas - if the track before the sensor is at a different angle of elevation to the sensor piece, the front of the car may skip over the sensor and the signal be missed; or the guide may skip over the LC flipper. If everything is flat but raised, my guess is it will work fine. (unless it is a matter of light getting to the sensor from underneath?)

2 - blue flags - again I agree with the posts above, black is more opaque and therefore more reliable than blue. If you are getting reliable lane changes and lap counts with blue, don't worry about it!
 

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Hi Drummer
QUOTE (drummer @ 3 Jan 2005, 01:41)Firstly is says to not elevate the LC or sensor track pieces. WHY?That doesn't make sense.


The only thing I can think of, is that you should avoid stray light into the sensors under the track ... but if that's the case then why not write: "avoid stray light under the sensor track"?.

QUOTE Secondly that cars should only be equipped with a black guide flagThat doesn't make sense either.


The guide flag is not used by the lane change ... it detects the LED signal from the car.

Maybe they want to sell black after market guide flags together with conversion chips?.
 

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I have been running 50 laps test 2 cars that i have fitted digital chips into and these have a blue flag and worked fine.

Where did you read this in the manual.

I would assume on the elevate the LC, i think that they mean the LC only, if you evelate the senor track and LC then i can't see this as a problem.

Hope this helps

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Hi Guys,
Good responses, yes my inclines are also nicely supported and have a nice solid base, my best guess was the same as SWORD...
QUOTE The only thing I can think of, is that you should avoid stray light into the sensors under the track ... but if that's the case then why not write: "avoid stray light under the sensor track"?

AND I AGREE exactly, "why not write: "avoid stray light under the sensor track".

Same goes for info about guide colour, will check where I read exactly that by the way...

Good to hear other blue flags are working well (tried the Black marker but it does seem to get rubbed of pretty quickly). Better rush out and buy some black ones!
 

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Can someone explain where you are coming from with avoiding stray light under the senor track.

The senor itself is backed onto a PCB and the back of the PCB is covered by black plastic. if the senors where that sensitive then it would have to be used in a dark room, (this is not the case).

I would assume that they are staying not to elevate the LC track just incase the becomes bent, the slight degree and the LC flag would stick up more than the track thus deslotting your cars.

Hope this helps

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hi all.

so i take it you can have an LC on an incline, as long as it is flat and smooth and well supported?

the confines of my track require this, so can someone clarify this for sure?


thanks in advance!
 

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QUOTE (justmarty @ 6 Jan 2005, 12:51)hi all.

so i take it you can have an LC on an incline, as long as it is flat and smooth and well supported?

the confines of my track require this, so can someone clarify this for sure?


thanks in advance!
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We have one on an incline, albeit fairly gentle, and it works perfectly. It's an in-to-out right hand, and you gain about an inch or so in height as you go through it. On our circuit map it's the one at the bottom left. The entire incline starts at the end of the preceding hairpin and finishes on the start straight. Underneath is a sheet of approx 5mm MDF supported on battens.
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QUOTE (scalextricracer @ 4 Jan 2005, 09:46)I would assume that they are staying not to elevate the LC track just incase the becomes bent, the slight degree and the LC flag would stick up more than the track thus deslotting your cars.Another explanation for this could be that the small sensor PCB is mounted with SMD components. Bending the track could put some mechanical stress on the PCB ... some SMD components are quite sensitive to mechanical stress, like small chip capacitors and resistors.

You might damage the board after some time, possibly causing a malfunction?.
 
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