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Dr_C

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I, too, think I‘m getting a better understanding of the requirement...

1/ preference to retain safe (minimum) speed option as part of the game.

2/ requirement to stop all cars at the tap of a button.

And, if you are walking around supporting the kids at the same time... perhaps the button should be on a wireless fob. This should all be do-able using the bluetooth platform embedded within the ARC PRO... but I suspect it would need some professional help from an experienced design team...?

Dr_C

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So just to sum up then to clarify my so called ‘Option C’...

While the ARC PRO is absolutely awesome straight out of the box - with amazing functionality in both digital and analog configurations (simply by throwing a small switch on the side of the base), a few minor compatibility issues have been observed by the early adopters. Not much of a problem... and there is a range of solutions as per this thread.

The observed issue is that old curved lane changers, some digital counters and any 2-into-1 chicaine features (if they cause primary lanes1 and 2 to become electrically connected)... result in the current production version of the ARC PRO (2017) going into SAFE mode. The simple answer is to remove these track components... and then to get on enjoying the new power base in both digital and analog modes.

The reason for the above issue appears to stem from a design trade-off which causes a reversal of the signal polarities (in digital mode) for lanes 1 and 2 with respect to each other. This is of no consequence in digital mode unless the two lanes become ‘bridged‘ i.e. electrically interconnected. There is no issue whatsover in analog mode where (of course) the cars in both lanes move in the same direction as both expected and required!

But... if you do want to keep those old (disconinued) curved changers on track (as I do) then there are three options to consider. All of these are now proven effective.

Option A: modify the track wiring inside the ARC PRO (not recommended likely to void warranty).

Option B: modify all the above track parts, for example modifying each curved lane changer as described by blagard-01 in the link shared in an earlier post on this thread.

Option C: modify two 1/4 length straights by creating a 10mm dead spot in one of the lanes then cross wire underneath.

======= lane1

===X=== lane 2

X marks location of the dead spot and also shows the required cross-wiring (for underneath).

using Option C in practice..

1/ for absolute full digital compatibility (I believe) with all SSD track parts past and present ... insert these modified track parts on both sides of the ARC PRO. Then enjoy digital mode!

2/ for full analog compatibility... simply replace the modified 1/4 straights with standard ones... then enjoy analog mode!

QED

 

Dr_C

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The above photo is of a digitally converted Scalextric mini... imagine the co-driver’s calls as the mini passes the ARC PRO power base when driving on an Option C configured track (see all posts above)...

“dead spot ahead - step on gas”

”left 90 turn ahead - exit right lane”

So just to confirm... down on the track Option C works a treat... honestly!

Dr_C

293 posts

Once I figure out how to successfully upload photographs I’ll show the variant of the curved lane changer mod where a single 10mm ‘dead spot’ is formed on the lane changing rail directly alongside the ouput (fixed) flipper/wedge. i.e. a variant of the modification shown in the earliest posts on this thread (acknowledging Blagard-01). With respect to ARC PRO and curved lane changers, I suspect there is very little more to be said...

Dr_C

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Many thanks for the kind help... much appreciated...

Dr_C

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Looks like we are down to three main options... so firmly back on track!

Photo below shows earlier my option C (together with a revved up and digitally converted mini...)

 

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Dr_C

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I think we are absolutely right to be highly demanding customers... if we want to purchase something we expect it to be on the shelf in a local shop or to arrive in the post the next day... and so we should!

The challenge for Scalextric, I would guess, is both exciting and complex... managing an international supply chain to deliver a high tech new-to-market product simultaneously across multiple global markets... and at a price we can all afford is impressive. Then to execute on this plan with such precision that their first production run starts to run out at peak seasonal demand... is all really quite a positive sign that the new product is being received well across these markets. I've no idea what production lead times will be involved... but I'm guessing effort will be ongoing to bring the next production run to market asap. All of this is no excuse, of course, for our disappointment if what we want is no longer on the shelves... but global supply chains (perhaps involving subcontract manufacture) are what in the end of the day bring us amazing advanced technology at very affordable prices. Sorry, I know this doesn't really help... but hopefully of some interest?

Dr_C

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Disappointing in deed... but thinking aloud... four or more cars and you require an additional mains power unit too. Based on list prices in the UK I believe this will total to an additional £80. So two options if you can’t find any wireless throttles...

1/ invest in a second ARC PRO upgrade available online for about £125 or...

2/ somewhere online I’ve seen new 4 car upgrade kits (split from full 4 car track packs) selling for approx £200.

Does this help?

Dr_C

293 posts

And... Ray_lego... your charity work sounds highy inspired and highly inspiring! we definitely need to find a good solution for you!

Dr_C

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Apologies in advance if I’ve missed the point... but I thought all cars could be ‘calibrated’ to zero power? i.e. with ‘yellow flag‘ enabled all cars would stop when the screen is tapped... I realise this would only work if all other functions in the app that trigger minimum speed are switched off - but it would still be a great game for kids... I don’t have a system set up this evening so can’t fully trial this myself...

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