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Trevor Gordon
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Track Cleaner - Are you keen?
Would you be interested in this concept enough to lay down some cold hard cash?
Yes - greater than $300us13.70%
Yes - greater than $10us but less than $300us1140.74%
Yes - $10us414.81%
No - but good idea829.63%
No - how ridiculous27.41%
Stupid polls13.70%
 

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Trevor Gordon
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Hi,

I've been impressed with choc-ice's 3D printing and his great skill in the art of CAD and engineering.
I've also been impressed with INOX.
I've also been impressed with the idea of a kit bash of a street cleaner.
I've also been impressed with kickstarter(a way to fund projects).

Imagine if you will a combination of all the above. A cleaner that will brush and vacuum your track and then INOX the rails ever so slightly.

Then we can all put our money into a kickstarter project and make one of these a reality.
 

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Trevor Gordon
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Yep that's the one I was impressed with.

I was thinking one of these 2, I prefer the 2nd one
edit: I've changed my mind the 1st one. One container for dust, and one for INOX.



 

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Scratch built a few of them over the years. The latest works with Inox very well. See it here:
http://belgate.tripod.com/raceway/id1.html

Look at the very, VERY bottom of this page on my track website.
The recently added tow behind the Mini Cooper not shown. It is a drag-along electrostatic cleaning cloth mounted on a piece of Velcro covered fibreboard.
 

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I wasn't suggesting using a chip - that would be a waste. You could send a car ahead to switch the LCs. As for gears and motor - well somebody gave me 20 Micro Scalextric motors and they aren't much use in 1:32 so I was looking for a use for them.

I accept it might be a waste of gears - but you did put a set of expensive looking alloys on it!!!


Anyway - as soon as I posted my last post I realised that pickups could be a problem seeing as you have used the guide for cleaning purposes!! Will engage brain before opening mouth again
 

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Like your Micro motors, Mr. M, the expensive looking alloys are useless elsewhere as they are designed for O-rings, not real scale tires, and O-rings are illegal in the clubs I run with.

As to gears, I've been known to use some from an old mechanical wind-up alarm clock. So, all things are doable. Even braid pickups could be combined with the felt wiper; brain/mouth exercize notwithstanding; but I don't want to go there...

You may also be surprised what can be found in old film cameras and analog TV sets for use in slot car construction. They're a gold mine when it comes to track cleaners and other objects of their ilk. That's why I love these off-beat projects, and you can be sure another version will be along, as the more I talk about it, the more ideas brew up.

And by the way, I don't know if it's possible to run a chipless (analog) vehicle behind your suggested digital car to switch the LCs at the same time. In any case, my system does not permit analog, like the later versions from Scaley, so this point is academic.
 

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QUOTE (bleny luke @ 19 Mar 2012, 22:58) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Scratch built a few of them over the years. The latest works with Inox very well. See it here:
http://belgate.tripod.com/raceway/id1.html

Look at the very, VERY bottom of this page on my track website.
The recently added tow behind the Mini Cooper not shown. It is a drag-along electrostatic cleaning cloth mounted on a piece of Velcro covered fibreboard.

You could power it with a battery so it drives on it's own

Thanks

Tom
 

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QUOTE (MrFlippant @ 20 Mar 2012, 18:26) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Just install a bridge rectifier and some resistors (or a variable resistor on top/side of the thing) to control the speed.

That was my thought = a sort of SSD meets AC2car.

MrFlippant - you have sparked another idea - SSD with 6 piloted cars AND 2 pacers. I'm off to the SSD thread to see if it's possible.
 

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Bridge rectifier? Resistors? Sounds like electronics talk. Aarrgh! And that's Greek to me.


Battery? Already did that; the standard 9-volt boxy thing. It worked OK, but drained quickly. A rechargeable type would have been better. Might try that next time.
 

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That's a good idea. Only problem I see is if the track is powered but not allowing car control, as I think is the case with the APB controlled by the PC, then the pacers will want to go as soon as they're on the track, regardless of "power at start" settings. But, I'm not sure about how that works when the APB is PC controlled. If the track is dead until the cars can go, then you're golden.
 

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Trevor Gordon
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So we are looking at getting this built for $397us dollars at least. Should be more than enough.


Maybe we should go back to talking about pace-cars at least the thread stays near the top.
 

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Google search finds that the Road Sweeper Desktop Vacuum us discontinued on most sites.
Too bad... at GBP 2.99 it is not much of a gamble and cheap enough to modify.

Looking forward to more discussion on this item.
Cheers!
 
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