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The bottom line is that digital products help to answer the biggest barrier to growth of the slot car hobby. Slot car track has 2 lanes and that in itself presents a barrier for a lot of people.

Digital products and solutions answer the age old concern of "I want to have a race but I am on my own. Slot car racing is no good for me because I have nobody to race with"

Or the other concern of "I am getting bored as there are 6 of us here and only 2 can race at a time. I don't like waiting for my turn".

This is how kids think! You were all kids once so you can all relate to this.

Slot car retailers will now have the answers to give Jonny and his mum and dad when they turn up at the shop to try and work out if the hobby is a good thing for Jonny who has no brothers or sisters, or whether it is going to be an investment in a 5 second wonder. Dad cannot always be there to help Jonny with his hobby and Jonny wants 100% race action!

Digital products and solutions will help to retain interest among the newbies for a much longer period and proportionately more will retain their life interest in the hobby.

And remember that slot car racing begins in the home and interest has to be fostered in the home. Club racing comes later for a great proportion of new entrants.


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Okay, who wrote that and signed Moped's name to it?


Seriously, I agree with what you wrote here. I have never argued that digital didn't have a place, only that it wasn't the future of organized racing. You have (correctly) stated it from the other perspective, showing where it does have true value.
 

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Sorry, but it's only half right.
This half is totally wrong.
QUOTE Digital products and solutions answer the age old concern of "I want to have a race but I am on my own. Slot car racing is no good for me because I have nobody to race with"
If you have no one to race with, the ability to have more cars than lanes is of zero value.

The other half, painfully self-evident, is offset by the hugely increased incidence of deslotting and it certainly doesn't need a duplicate topic to beat it to death with yet again.
 

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I don`t know where the bottom line is but I know where the start line is so on with the racing! I`ll give anything a go. My experience based on organising racing for on average 150 kids per week is that Moped is right. They will grasp this and take it on board much quicker. I also believe they will still attend Phoenix cos what i`m offering is different,i.e. social interaction (tuck shop, trophies and loan of all the kit!) etc. It all has a place and I`ll incorporate the lot of it into Phoenix cos it makes sense. Anything to race!
 

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QUOTE If you have no one to race with, the ability to have more cars than lanes is of zero value.

I think he was referring to Sport World - the ability to race slots via the net. This is the one use I see for online racing. It will never replace head-to-head, live racing but does have a place in situations like this.

Good lord, now I'm even replying FOR Moped!
I'm getting scared..
 

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QUOTE Good lord, now I'm even replying FOR Moped! I'm getting scared..
Don't be scared, Fergy!
This cannot possibly be a bad thing as your responses have the advantage of consistency and actually making sense.
 

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Add to earlier points regarding kids, of course they enjoy the darker side of human behaviour, which dates back to the gladiatoral arena. No blood but plenty of despair,tears and tantrums, teenage angst as they fail yet agin to take glory and win a medal on a Saturday morning. Oh well back to the lonely bedroom where they can look up the cheats and convince themselves they truly are great!

Don`t you just love it!
 

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QUOTE Slot car track has 2 lanes and that in itself presents a barrier for a lot of people.

Mope, I see where you've been going wrong, and thus losing your enthusiasm for the old vanilla slot racing - the barriers go at the edge of the track, not across it.

Cheese.
 

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We can have various and different thoughts on digital, but it is here to stay; see our cars : gone are the carburettors and other mechanical stuff, all is digital; and home entertainment ? all CD, Mp3, digital broadcasting. And digital photo? I have heard that Kodak will soon reduce, and finally stop, the manifacture of films. In the past years I have heard many and many words (and fears) about digital among Hi Fi and photo hobbists but it has run as a train that nobody could stop.
One last word : digital ( in every land ) is less expensive to manifacture in the long run, so we will see heavy changes, like it or no.

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QUOTE digital ( in every land ) is less expensive to manufacture in the long run
You have a good point, Sprint, but only in some fields - many but far from all.
Interesting that you describe digital as a train that no one can stop, because . . .
For instance, this doesn't seem to have happened with model trains and digital control has been around for many years in that field. There are not many starter sets supplied with digi control and they still cost significantly more than standard sets. The same applies to all the model train digital equipment - it's horrendously expensive and it doesn't sell well. There is no sign of it becoming the standard and I suspect that it never will.
OK, maybe not 'never', but not in my lifetime!
 

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The bottom line is that digital products help to answer the biggest barrier to growth of the slot car hobby. Slot car track has 2 lanes and that in itself presents a barrier for a lot of people.

Nico:


Digital products and solutions answer the age old concern of "I want to have a race but I am on my own. Slot car racing is no good for me because I have nobody to race with"

Or the other concern of "I am getting bored as there are 6 of us here and only 2 can race at a time. I don't like waiting for my turn".

Nico:


This is how kids think! You were all kids once so you can all relate to this.

Slot car retailers will now have the answers to give Jonny and his mum and dad when they turn up at the shop to try and work out if the hobby is a good thing for Jonny who has no brothers or sisters, or whether it is going to be an investment in a 5 second wonder. Dad cannot always be there to help Jonny with his hobby and Jonny wants 100% race action!

Nico:


Digital products and solutions will help to retain interest among the newbies for a much longer period and proportionately more will retain their life interest in the hobby.

Nico:


And remember that slot car racing begins in the home and interest has to be fostered in the home. Club racing comes later for a great proportion of new entrants.

Nico:


Does that answer your question on where my thumbs up are??!!??

Nico

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Hi Meco, I think that model train market is different from the slot car one;
as a newbie you don't need exotic materials to move a little model in a simple layout on your table;
there is also an ample collector's market of people
that don't run their high priced models on a layout but only, if ever,
on a simple straight line to see the complex mechanics of loco wheels at work.
At the end there are a few lucky ones who have ample and complex detailed layouts, on which real life is recreated,
with multiple trains that run at the same time, and only them take the benefit of digital. I think also that the price of
digital trains and related stuff is way too high, and related to the market of
wealthy adult hobbists. However in the slot car world, also a newcomer
would benefit and take more pleasure from cars more driveable with digital
controllers ( I hope ); none of the conventional ( or analogic ) controllers
you can buy with Ninco, Carrera and Scalextric sets work well, and the first
thing that people do is buy another ones, as Parma and PM. Moreover Hornby
says that digital chips to upgrade previous cars will cost a few euros,
so I think that the market will follow the digital way.
I have yet to try "hands on" racing with the lane changes that digital
could offer (also all of you I believe); until then we can only think and speak ( and I like it too!)

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Nico never fear you don`t have to wait long for a reply from me...I`m no wall flower my friend.

Thanks for clearing up where the thumbs go. I was taking the rise a little and you seem a tad intense?

No I have not used Digital but as soon as it appears here I will have it installed at Phoenix. I have a responsibility to over 200 club members to update the club as soon as something new arrives. If you have used Digital then I suggest that you share your experiences with us. Also be aware it`s always good to go over past threads and read all the posts as I have already indicated that I have a positive attitude to Digitall. It would make a change to hear a view from someone who has experience of the kit.

Put into plain Anglo Saxon ,I`d rather listen to someone with their thumb on the pulse rather than someone with their thumb up their `Back Eye`!
 
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