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alan_west

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Hi Poppy, I have converted a lot of cars (3-400) and have put the C7005 in all but some Slot It cars. Sometimes motors seize up a little causing a big drain on the chip. I usually run the motor gently on a non digital test bed to free it up- this works in about 95% of occasions and it is always on stand by before driving a car on digital. Otherwise, I replace the motor - cheaper than a Slot It chip or burning through multiple C7005's. Particular motors I have seen a problem with are RX type motors and high power mabuchi can motors. I have noticed that newer C7005's are more robust.... 

alan_west

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There's some stuff on this in other places - I think on this forum. It seems the chip changed (with new packaging, unchanged ref no) and has improved performance. This is good news! Then, from a supply point of view I would guess that the forecast didn't consider roll out of Arc Pro and increased demand...meaning they sold out before next deliveries due. VERY frustrating indeed and actually resulting in a couple of missed purchases for sure from me...

alan_west

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Great detail -really helpful thanks Woodcote! Will get some of those button magnets.

alan_west

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Interesting debate on the BMW 125. I have a couple and see same issue where the time difference per lap is up to 20% slower than the Honda or VW especially. I think that some difference is good - it makes the Beemer behave more like a RWD car and the difference can be used to level the playing field for racers too. However, I do feel the difference is too great. Has anyone switched a magnet over as Andy suggests? What was the effect? Maybe, I'll just change the tyres to compensate....

alan_west

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I would recommend you check the running gear - has the rear axle slipped out, are the gears locked for some reason? The running gear should all be smooth running. Worth a check. I run two off track tests to help establish cause of a problem the easiest is putting a 9v battery on the braids and everything should run well. Also, I have a short section of analogue track (20cm or so) that does the same thing but allows me to apply variable power. Sometimes the motors become 'stuck' - unusual on a standard scaley mabuchi motor. Running the motor on a test bed will help to clear it - don't do it on the digital track as the power drain may cause the chip to blow.

alan_west

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I am also more of a 'laptop man'. I run two LCD TV screens off the laptop for displaying SSDC. I don't use Pit Pro - why do you think you need that? I have run race meetings with just setting fuel so that drivers have to pit (I have a dedicated pit lane) at some point and it works well. SSDC allows you to say where the pit lane exit is in relation to the start and complete newbies have managed it well. Therefore, only £60 needed to spend? Bottom line is I would not spend £100 on Pit Pro. Instead, I would spend on retro fit chips to enable more of my collection to be digital. Hope that helps!

alan_west

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I definitely think that these are worth it. I run SSDC and it is brilliant. You haven't mentioned what PB you use? Only the C7042 (6 car APB) can be used with these (SSDC for sure). You will need to update the firmware - guidance is on the SSDC website to do this. 

alan_west

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Gorp, you're right - I am an enthusiast. Whether 1% or not, I'm here because my apb will not last forever and at some point I won't be able to get more, so I'm interested in what the future beholds for digital. Seems a shame that the flexibility of the apb is not being maintained. I am also interested in what the benefits of the new arc pro are over my existing set up - through reading the various threads I am not seeing any, but would have a keen ear to hear if there are any and what they might be.

alan_west

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Thanks - seems some pretty big limitations - will definintely be sticking with the 6 car powerbase and 3rd party RMS. I would have hoped that new development would have provided greater choice rather than limiting it...

alan_west

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@Twigman

Will they be DPR?

 

I have pre-ordered as my layout is 50s/60s themed scenery and these would be perfect

 

As I am 'going digital'  I am chipping my cars - MGBs DONE :) ,  Jaguar D-types - not done and am reluctant to try to do so....Lotus Cortinas - will be done soon - old pre-Sport cars - not even going to try - i don't run them anymore anyway...

D Types can be converted - but do try those older cars first. They tend to be easier often because there is more space between chassis & interior and can give you good practice for doing more difficult conversions. The only things that have defeated me are a small number of single seaters (modern versions of retro cars) or motorbikes.

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