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Chadow

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Thanks Andy for that info.

Woodcote, I think that you may be on to something here - all the 'failures' are on cars with copper braids - and only those with copper braids - the tinned silver braided cars are fine.  A darned good clean first at the slot end and I will see what happens - and report.

The track is a new set up and is copper-taped over the steel rails and I run RCS 64, so though possible a fault has developed, I will try the installation problem first.

Cheers

Chas

Chadow

15 posts

Hi all,

How long do C7005 chips last?  I know this is a complex question, but a bit of backgound first.  Six years ago, I started chipping my 1950s Vanwalls and Maserati 250s (scalextric) and BRMs/Alfa/Lancias etc., from Cartrix.  Bought a batch of 10  chips direct from Scalextric themselves.  I chipped all 10 cars over a weekend.

In the last month or so, four of the cars (so far) firstly, suddenly ran slow mid race, then 'zoomed' and crashed.  Re-setting the chip identity would work for a short while, then the problem would repeat itself.  Finally, the cars would 'forget' their identity completely and just zoom with no control at all.

All cars work perfectly in analogue mode.

No car has run for significantly longer than any other

All are stored in the same conditions.

It is only the Cartrix cars that are doing this - so far!

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Any fix that anyone knows?

Cheers

Chas

 

Chadow

15 posts

Back on the forum after a long absence and with a new track!  I'm not that sure that you want the front wheels touching the track!  Front wheels generally have no steering and no independant suspension, so may well act as a fulcrum to flip the car off the track. 'Most' slot cars run as tripods, two rear wheels touching and resting on the slot guide only.  If the front tyres do touch, then, usually they are oiled or hairsprayed to give no grip, so can't dig-in on a bend or track joint and de-slot your car.

Agreed that visually, it can look odd and the Escorts are some of the worst for it. Not sure that helps very much

Chadow

15 posts

Justspotted this post- though a few months late!

I had a similar problem, having moved home.  A phone call to Scalextrix soon resolved the problem and the pre-orders arrived at the correct address, despite Paypal having a different address registered. 10 out of 10 for Customer Services from me (That was three pre-orders changed)  but I do agree, the address for pre-orders should be changeable, I can't be the only one to move house!

Chadow

15 posts

I think that Blagard is correct - one system, not two and, would guess that he is also correct in saying that it will be for smart devices - of which I have none, so, like him, I will be staying with the C7042 and a PC - unless there is a means of connecting a PC. 

I cancelled my pre-order just in case there isn't.

Maybe a case of old racers never die, technology fades them away?

Chadow

15 posts

Now, I may be going daft here, but Whitelighter says 'it' when referring to the transformer.  To the best of my knowledge (and I am happy to be corrected) digital circuits generally require two transformers, each able to supply 15V.  I don't know this game, or the 4 car powerbase - I run the C7042 six car - but, if I unplug one of the transformers, I get symptoms similar to what is described above. Not to be recommended!

Chadow

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I can only agree with the two comments above.  I have had a set for over 47 years, though interest had been on and off depending upon what life had brought.  Been really fortunate to have the space to build a big shed and fix a permanent track - running digital through the advanced powerbase.

I have had various nephews nieces and in-laws using it, plus neighbours and, I am pleased to say, all the youger members have bought tracks of their own to wreck, instead of vandalising mine! Sorry, that should say -   enjoying their own tracks and using them well....

It is the digital system, with all the lane changing, pit stops and pace cars that has them hooked - even the youngest at the advanced age of 8 said that it is much better than his computamabob in to which, he normally has his nose fixed and eyes glued.  He now has his own set, having matured to the age of 10, which was fortunate for him after he nearly wrecked Jim Clarks Lotus 49!

SO, I think there wil lbe a good future, but, come on Scalextric, let's have something official to at least match SSDC.....PLEASE!

Chadow

15 posts

Thanks Admin,  That was what I was hoping for!  Haven't checked in for a while, but have emailed to send the spare bottle.

Greg,  I don't understand how it works either, but rest assured, it does!  Like magic!!  At £20.00 per bottle, I was dubious and didn't really want to risk my hard-earned on it,  Took a couple of months for me to make up my mind before ordering and now wish I had a lot earlier.  Even my rattly  ( Scalextric chipped) Cartrix cars run well.

Don't even think of using grease!  It will clog everything and you will find all sorts of odd things sticking to it.  Mind you, it might help me find out what happened to my Minis headlights after last weeks thrashing my poor track and cars took at the hands of some 'friends'.

Chas

Chadow

15 posts

Hello Simon,

I do have a spare bottle of Inox, but it wasn't cheap to get it here!  It really does do the trick.  Not sure of how to contact you, but I do have a business email that I can provide, if permitted.....

Regards

Chas

Chadow

15 posts

Hi,

At a guess - as many as you like.  The reason for this is the main cause of electrical resistance (impedance) in a circuit is the joints - and this resistance increases with the age of the track and the tightness of fit in what are simple push-fit steel male/female connections. We only have 12 or 15 Volts available, so an high impedance reduces the current (amps) available to the car, so it goes more slowly.  The more joins in a circuit - the more potential sources of future problems.

This can be even more problematic with digital cars as some particularly high impedance joins can cause the chip to lose its' programming, resulting in high speed zooms followed by spectacular and expensive crashes!

By fitting a digital crossover, it equals 1 1/2 sections of track, so you are losing a potential source of impedance at the half section,  Even though the circuit looks complex with one of these in place, electrically, they are very simple and have a very low impedance.

Hope that helps, but, I would tend to say, keep the numbers down as they are at a very acute angle and it does slow the cars down.  I have 6 in a 55' permanent layout, though I have used copper tape over all the rails to get the circuit impedance as low as possible.  I also use the odd squirt of Inox on the contact braids and have yet to have a problem with the track.   The friends and relatives are a different problem!

Chas

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