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Bubbles1966

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Unfortunately this seems to become an issue with certain Scalextric packaging, as discussed else on this forum in relation to their Jaguar D-type.  As suggested, the only option is to fit the C7005 plug yourself or ask your hobby shop to do it for a few extra quid. 

i think Hornby needs to put something out that makes it clear that DPR means either plug in and play or conversion required.  

Bubbles1966

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I use both Analogue and digital settings on my Arc Pro and I believe Bit50s has it spot on in his good post.   The Pace Car function features are limited and the pit lane game wont work.

if using multiple Pace cars, they will lap twice against the throttle controlled car.   So, as a challenge I’ve set a less than high pace car speed, and attempted to double lap them - alternatively you could race 2 cars off one throttle. Nevertheless, it’s still limited and I haven’t been able to use all the ‘chrome’ the app has to offer in other modes.

But if they did.........!!

Bubbles1966

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Got to say received my replacement set on Friday and been having great fun with it. Analogue cars, Scalextri, Cartrix, Slot.it, Poli, Revell and more etc running fine.  Digital running brilliantly. Credit where it’s due, when I got my first set it behaved erratically and had to go back.

The team at Hornby, both tech support and customer services have been top notch and although a bit of compo would have sweetened the pill, the new PB is doing the job. 

Fingers crossed it continues, fun piece of kit. Sorry, to hear others have encountered probs, but my view borne from experience is that when it works it’s great fun.

Bubbles1966

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@Twigman

Very odd.

My guess is that there was a production error as the DPR sysmbol is the last one in line and it was printed by accident...

Accident?

More like misrepresentation.....

just seen this and wished I’d seen it earlier!  I too bought a D Type encouraged that the box said DPR......but as pointed out it’s not unless DPR in this case means surgery to install C7005 chip!

you’re not alone.....

Bubbles1966

24 posts

Is he shorting issues down to the change curves or something else?

Bubbles1966

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Not heard of this one before.......another to add to the list.  

I think it would have been an idea to put an A and D denoting the setting by the power base switch on the left.  Confusing until you realise a) the app informs whether you are in air or pro mode; and b) having Analogue cars on Digital mode, the power base makes a noise - I cant remember reading that, but the  tech help at Hornby confirmed it On the phon.

I’ve mentioned before I’ve had to send my Arc Pro back because of shorting issues.  I rang Scalextric this morning to see if my replacement  order has been processed yet and was told that all sets (presumably Arc Pro) are in QC for 24 hours.  Anybody else have such issues?

Despite not having my replacement set yet, I can’t fault the customer service or tech help,  however, I’d like to know if there is a problem with the power base or should the operating instructions be more detailed.

 

Bubbles1966

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I received the set on Monday, I went for the whole kit.  Unfortunately, had to send it back (problems with shorting).  When it did work it was great fun.  Hornby customer services and technical support have been really good, however I won’t get the replacement until next week, which is rather frustrating.

Bubbles1966

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@gorp

Find it almost impossibe for him to be drawing too many amps.

Had the pb6pro-sh at 8 amps and stopped adding cars at 11 , some with very fast motors which came from commercial raceways  which were not made for upgrading todays cars and could run at twice speed on the track as store bought brands of toys.  You almost needed a crowbar to pull cars off track thanks to massive magnet use  too.  BTW that test was done to find out how strong the slotit chip was and it did not fail.

Thanks gorp, that’s reassuring. I was starting to wonder if my commercially shop bought cars could have been the problem.  I’m of the mind that surely the Arc Pro would have been tested before it hit the market to the extent of loading it with as many cars as possible.  I’ve only run two cars on it at any one time, and one is the pace car.  Could one of the older cars be the fault maker?

Anyway, they are sending me a new set so let’s see how that goes.

 

Bubbles1966

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@Andy P.

Well I don't recommend this unless you are good with electronics but I remember reading somewhere that the ARC powerbase can handle higher amperage input.

How much I don't remember

I think that’s away above my still level, but thanks for mentioning it.  I know an electrician I may ask him if he nows anything about such things.

Bubbles1966

24 posts

Hi....thanks for the advice everyone.   I’m mostly using Scalextric cars, digital and analogue.  But, I have run a couple of catrix without issues.  The oldest Scalextric cars date back to the classic series of 2007, but again they ran fine.  

Question, if one of the older cars are pulling too many amps, eventually the power base would reconfigure?

 I’ve spoken to technical support ( who have been great) and ran them through the problems, for instance isolating the base, cleaning etc and they have agreed to replace my set.  

I hasten to add I don’t run competition cars, but I’m intrigued to find out if and how older cars could pull too many amps, and how I can find out to avoid any future problems.  

Anyway, thanks for the advice to date, any more is gratefully appreciated and despite the frustration of being without the set for a few days I can’t fault the company’s technical support and picking up and replacing the set. 

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