If I would invest in a digital system then only in DAVIC - these guys have experience, it's adaptable to any existing system and you just need an additional chip per car
- and that's my clear opinion - even if I'm married with Carrera
There has been a lot of noise in the last 12 month about digital systems - from manufacturers, not from the market - where is the demand for such a system? It makes only sense for clubs if tehre are endurance-races - but for our standard sprint races - each stint 5 minutes - there is no demand for digital!
First the only digital system that does make sense (without having to buy all cars new) is DAVIC and they are collecting a lot of know-how!!! And again, that you only have to implement a chip in your "power-curcuit" in the car (between guide and motor) makes the whole thing easy!!
Secondly no matter what kind of track system you have, these guys will build the lane changing devices to YOUR existing track-system (Carrera, Ninco, Polistil-if you still have one, Scalextric,routed wood.... what ever!!).
Yes, I would buy the DAVIC for a (big) club track for endurance races!!!!!
I registered a NULL vote because the poll really does need a MAYBE option and I think if it were there, it would pick up a good percentage of votes.
I might just be tempted to try a digital system, simply because I am curious and want to experience it for myself. But at €300 or so, it's an expensive experiment and I will try very hard to talk myself out of it! I most definitely won't buy ANY digi system until all the options are on the market and in the shop windows, at which point I might be able to make a more intelligent choice as to the manufacturer to choose. It would have to be a rich and slightly crazy person who would commit themselves to SCX at this point in time, when not one of the big names yet have a product that we can even look at!
QUOTE I would register a "No" vote for both SCX and Carrera Digital but I would register a "Yes" vote for Scalextric Digital.
We would expect no less of you Mop!
But that was an SCX poll, so you can't - yet!
I am in agreement that it's a bit early to even think of making up ones mind. We have to see what is on offer before making decisions and, who knows, you might reluctantly have to concede that one of the others actually makes a better job of it then Scalextric! We might even find that there has been a degree of collaboration between one or more companies . . .
QUOTE You have to wonder why SCX have brought forward the launch don't you?It was going to be February and now its December
I don't have to wonder at all.
My information has consistently forecast Christmas for Spain and a little later for the rest. This is still the case, unless SCX miss the Spanish Christmas target. I guess it all depends on who you listen to, but SCX seem to have been doing everything right on this. I still think it will be an expensive mistake for most, if not all the contenders but I am looking forward to it enormously.
Tropi, trust me I know, but I can't say anything until Hornby are ready to share their thoughts with the world at large. Sign up for my NSCC Messages from Margat email newsletter and you'll find out first.
If Hornby can match the adaptability of Davic Digital then it is almost certain they can under cut on price and availability so that would be the way to go for me.
Until such time as this is Announced then my sights are set on Davic alone.
I am interested in how SCX and Carrera system work but not enough to buy them for the simple reason stated so often above - I have too many cars that will never work on them.
As far as I understand Davic Digital (and I can't find my web link), it involves a small circuit board being placed between the guide and motor. This is then given a 'chip' corresponding to the track number ( a matter of a couple of minutes change over time). The controllers are supplied by Davic (so they need to be good) as are the crossover sections, which they suggest 3 max per 10 Metres of track I believe.
The beauty of this system is that Every track type can be supported and All existing cars can be adapted. Of course you have to accept there is going to be alot more damage to cars used in this system, but then there are alot of expendable and easily replaced cars out there in many race formats.
If anyone has the website for Davic Digital - please post it? I lost mine it seems...
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