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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

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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...

Dr_C

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On reviewing how the scope of discussion on this public open forum thread has widen from the technical questions, technical views and technical opinions discussed at the outset... I am caused to want to share some thoughts on how we can all become more ‘internet share aware’.

There is a lot of information on the internet on this subject for adults, teenagers and young children.

In my personal opinion, the NSPCC website has very helpful advice on this subject for parents. Please see link below...

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

Dr_C

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I believe this is a really helpful option - particularly for users who want to upgrade to ARC pro and who already have lots of (discontinued) curved lane changers (the subject of this thread) and also who don't want to get involed in any form of track modification. Also, I believe it will work best when a separate digital lap counter is used to separate the start/finish grid from the required 2-into-1 lane feature. With that caveat... all looks good!

Dr_C

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Hi gorp - just wondering if you yourself have tested the ARC PRO? to the best of my knowledge and verified by my testing of my ARC PRO (which arrived yesterday morning) there is no problem with analog mode whatsoever.

Dr_C

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Just to confirm... Option C as posted above works perfectly (tested today). With the modified 1/4 length straights fitted either side of a stock ARC PRO the system gives full SSD capability including curved lane changers and 2-into-1 circuits. Then, with the modded straights replaced with standard straights the system gives full analog capability (remembering the curved lane changers also need the standard digital to analog snips if retained in the circuit). Overall... the ARC PRO looks and performs as a truely great piece of kit - well worth the wait!!!

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