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SMonte Carlo's not counting laps.

@Dr_C

photos will be useful... but I personally believe the black pvc tape test will nail it.

 

Might you give this a try too?

 

C

Hi. I tried the black electrical tape on the guide. I added an extra 5mm to the original length of the guide  making the distance from the end of  the modified guide to the LED approximately 15mm. It counted laps perfectly. No missed laps at all. The only problem now is the the tape added enough width to the guide that it now gets stuck at some sections of the track. :) 

Dr_C

297 posts

Interesting...

 

So it looks like three options...

 

1/ contact Scalextric custimer services to ask for advice quoting how temporarily lengthening the blade corrects the problem... but causes other problems...

 

2/ re-position the IR LED 10mm behind the blade assembly by drilling a 3mm hole and soldering the LED onto a flying lead.

 

3/ I wonder if a slot.it blade, perhaps a SICH10, which has a longer tail end... might solve the problem... if it fits?

 

C

@Dr_C

Interesting...

 

So it looks like three options...

 

1/ contact Scalextric custimer services to ask for advice quoting how temporarily lengthening the blade corrects the problem... but causes other problems...

 

2/ re-position the IR LED 10mm behind the blade assembly by drilling a 3mm hole and soldering the LED onto a flying lead.

 

3/ I wonder if a slot.it blade, perhaps a SICH10, which has a longer tail end... might solve the problem... if it fits?

 

C

I have sent an enquiry to Customer Service and will wait for a response. Thanks again for all your suggestions.

I'm not keen on drilling a new hole and refitting the electronics. I don't feel I should have to do this with a newley released car. Should work right out of the box after installing a chip. 

 

 

Dr_C

297 posts

I have done all the calculations in terms of different blade to LED gaps and how this will reduce readability of car IDs with the ARC PRO powerbase. High IDs and fast cars will be affected most as the gap approaches limits. I could share the calculations here but would rather validate with a wide range of experimental trials before I do so. However I did do quite a lot of testing when I developed, for my own use, a more advanced sensor areangement for the ARC PRO. 

 

Hope you receive a useful response from Customer Services... please keep us posted...

 

C

Andy P.

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Community Moderator

In order for us to ge tthe bottom of this could you please answer the questions I posted about APP and hardware version, chip revisions etc?

Thanks

AndyP.

What is the revision number of your hardware (it is viewable in the APP)?    1.0.1 

What version of the software are you using?  2.2.2 (33)

What revision are the digital chips you are using (likely G or H)?  H

Rev G chips have a large capacitor mounted to the PCB (yellow/blue packaging), Rev H have all nice small surface mounted components (grey packaging).

Could you also upload a picture of where the powerbase is located on the track?

 

Andy P.

1707 posts


Community Moderator

Excellent.

Many thanks!

Dr_C

297 posts

I still believe it would be useful to try the slot.it SICH10 guide blade as a potential interim solution... I agree that Scalextric should offer a solution if ultimately it is proven to be a design issue... but the SICH10 is little more than the cost of a good cup of coffee... so worth a try?

 

C

Andy P.

1707 posts


Community Moderator

I know of aftermarket guides that are deeper, longer and a little thicker that are meant as 1-to-1 replacement for the quick change guides. The guides are designed for wood and other manufacturers' track that have wider and deeper slots.

They are often orange...

It might be worth the effort though as I think they are longer then the guide DR_C is sggesting...

Ok. Quick update here. 

I put one of the CH10 guides on one of the Monte's, pushed the car through the base at varying speeds as I didn't want to rewire the lead wire ends and it didn't make a difference. So I then tried Andy P's suggestion (though it took a few minutes to figure out what he was telling me..."orange" lol. ) and put a CH07 wood track guide on the Monte. The guide needed to be sanded down a little bit for a smooth ride. I then did the same thing, pushing the car through at varying speeds. At first it didn't count laps correctly but then it started to  be consistent and counted laps flawlessley no matter what speed I pushed it through.  Ok, great. Problem solved but the guide would still need some massaging as it was tight in the holder and wouldn't turn smoothly. I didn't feel making the modofication to the CH07 guide tonight so I decided to run some other cars just to  have some fun. I ran a Revoslot Viper around the track and no problems. I ran several other Scalextric GT cars around and they all performed great. So just for fun I grabbed another Monte Carlo (with digital chip) and ran it around and low and behold, it was counting laps perfectl6y. What????  So I set up a practice race  to do 50 laps and it counted every lap.  I grabbed another Monte, this one was analog and it also counted 50 perfect laps.

I don't know what to tell you. Surprised 

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