Just curious as to what those with experience of putting together different track layouts have experienced with R1 bends/hairpins/chicanes?
As a severe Motorsport enthusiast I am mocking up layouts and very quick to throw one r1 combination bend somewhere in each layout I come up with if nothing elsefor variety and a different type of challenge.
I am worried with slot cars it may not be so much of a good idea?
Do they ruin the fluid tempo of a track with deslots or do you like having them there?
I am leaning towards trying them out but its an expensive gamble to blow money on them if thy are gonna cause hassle?
Scalextric plexy track was originally designed for slot cars which were a lot slower than today & mostly a lot smaller.
Unfortunately the radii of curves hasn`t really changed since then.
When the wider F1 cars & faster can motors were introduced during the 70s the limitations of the track became more apparant.
Dunbee-Combex -Marx seriously considered changing the track in the late 1970s. However,serious financial difficulties stopped any development.
Meccano France who also realised the limitations to the old plexy track did scrap the Scalextric Classic track system in 1979 & brought out the larger & wider Circuit S system.
A lot of collectors & racers during that period would have liked to have seen the Scalextric track change.
I still think it would be a very good idea for those who enjoy modern slot cars if Scalextric had slightly widened the gap between lanes & changed the radii of their curves.
A 1964 BRM next to a 1980 Ligier.Even on a vintage Scalextric layout such as mine cars like the Ligier can struggle on r2 bends.
The old 1960s Scalex cars are a lot slower than todays models, but I never find them boring. Same with my 1960`s 1/40 Jouef slot layout.
I also run a slot club, & newer people to the hobby love to race those NSRs & Slot-Its. I wouldn`t, but it`s horses for courses.
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