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Hi Tony - welcome to the forum!

 

Your layout sounds fabulous. I think Micro Scalextric is perfect for the scenic treatment - the small size allows for plenty of space and all the OO model railway scenic materials work very well.

 

As for the speedometer, I guess you mean a lap timer? The older 1995-2018 Micro Scalextric track system does have a mechanical lap counter, but not a timer. The new 2019 track system has neither - at the moment. I heard some rumours that the Scalextric team are developing something - hopefully for 2021.

 

In the meantime, I find using a lap timing app on a smart phone or tablet works very well. I use 'LapTracker - Auto Timer' on my iPhone and iPad. There are similar apps for Android devices. The apps use the camera to trigger the timer. It is possible to set up a phone in a trackside building to look like a scoreboard - so it can be quite realistic and well as functional.

 

I hope that helps. Take care and have fun!

Andy Player

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Andy Player

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Hi Livio. Yes, that is the best-known paint variation in the Micro Scalextric range. The blue-green cars are the most common, but the green-green cars are certainly not super-rare. The two cars side-by-side do look very cool!

 

Both variations were found in the basic figure-of-eight G094 World Championship set that first appeared in 1996. The blue-green car continued to feature in subsequent versions of the World Championship set, until that entry-level set was replaced by My First Scalextric in 2001. It also appeared as an individually-packaged car. The #28 Ferrari and #5 Benetton are two of the most common Micro Scalextric cars.

Andy Player

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The Ultimate Guide to Scalextric 8th Edition only lists 1/32 and 1/24 scale Scalextric products - not 1/64 Scalextric Micro MR-1 and Micro Scalextric. The very brief mention of Micro Scalextric in the introduction is incomplete - there is no mention of MR-1 at all.

 

There were some Micro Scalextric catalogues published and some Scalextric catalogues have included Micro Scalextric products. There is a partial collection at SlotRacer Online: slotracer.online/library/scalextric/index

 

Yes, it was me who wrote the two articles about the origins of Micro Scalextric - first published in the National Scalextric Collectors Club Journal in 2014. I have also written some articles about Micro Scalextric for Slot Car Magazine and Slot.

Andy Player

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Hi Livio - welcome to the forum!

 

A Micro Scalextric collector created this website for all sets and cars produced 1994 to 2014: www.microscalextric.wickedlemon.co.uk

 

All the new 2019 & 2020 sets and cars are listed in this thread: www.scalextric.com/uk-en/forum/new-micro-scalextric-track-system

 

I hope that helps!

Andy Player

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Hi Ralph - I am an Andy P too (very confusing)...The question is, what were the six Le Mans cars that you'd bought in your dream?

 

I realise I have well and truly blown your budget, so I definitely won't mention the fabulous (and very good value) retro-Le Mans buildings in the GP Miniatures range. They come as printed & laminated foamboard kits... but you really don't need to look at them here: https://www.pendleslotracing.co.uk/brand/gp-miniatures.html

Andy Player

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Hi BeckhamTobias - welcome to the forum!

 

If you are looking for a fun HO (1/64 scale set) to enjoy with your kids, I would suggest the new Micro Scalextric range. If you are in North America, this is the link: www.scalextric.com/us-en/shop/by-brand/micro

 

Ignore the Hyper Cars set (and the P9503 Transformer) which is part of the old range and nowhere near as good. The sets on that page are all battery-powered, so a set (or two) of six rechargable AA batteries will be handy. The system works really well with the battery power. The Justice League set is huge and you can add the other two DC Comics cars, plus Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. The basic Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck vs Bugs Bunny) is smaller, but still makes four different layouts. The controllers can restrict the maximum power available, so are ideal for learner drivers.

 

In the UK, there is a little more choice, and European mains power options: www.scalextric.com/uk-en/shop/by-brand/micro - just ignore the American Racers and Race Karts sets, which are the old system.

 

I've written about the new Micro Scalextric system here: www.scalextric.com/us-en/forum/new-micro-scalextric-track-system and here: www.scalextric.com/uk-en/new-micro-system-sets

 

I hope that helps.

Andy Player

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Hi Ralph - that is an old mould and will look and perform very differently to the modern Scalextric cars. My rule of thumb is to race cars manufactured in the past 20 years together. Older cars are fun (and can be chipped), but they are different beasts, both to the eye and on the track.

 

If you are 100% set on some 1970-1 Le Mans cars, I would suggesting looking at the Spanish 'Fly' classics (also sold under the Slotwings and FlySlot brand names). The performance and finish will be in the same ball park as the Scalextric cars - the price a bit more. The C7005 retro-fit chip converts them to digital. Look for Porsche 917k & 917 LH, Ferrari 512S & Coda Lunga, Lola T70 MkIIIB and Porsche 908 Flunder LH. There are some 60s cars too - Ferrari 250 GTO & 250 LM, Ford GT40 & GT MkII. If you are a 60s-70s Le Mans fanatic, the Fly cars are essential considerations. Together with the Scalextric Ford GT40s, they are what rekindled my slot car passion back 15-20 years ago.

Andy Player

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Hi Shaun - welcome to the forum!

 

Pattos Place produce Lightning McQueen decals in 1/24, 1/32, 1/43 and 1/64 scale, depending on which model you are restoring. You're looking for the sheet "#95 - Lite'n Mc Queen" in the N/car list.

 

I hope that helps!

Andy Player

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Hi Eric - if you have the Sunset Speedway or Le Mans 24 Hour set, the powerbase is compatible with the old curved lane changers. If you want to use the analogue mode of ARC Pro, you will need to follow the tips at the bottom of this page: https://www.scalextric.com/uk-en/support/scalextric-digital

 

Modifying a curved lane changer (and the other tips in that section) for using analogue mode with the C7042 powerbase is the same for analogue and ARC Pro. If will use you layout only for digital running, you can ignore those tips.

 

I hope that helps.

Andy Player

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