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Sealevel

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Given that the Digital Pit Lane Game has disappeared from the Scalextric UK website (but still appears on the US website) that leaves us with only the pit in/out (left and right) and straight double lane change "X" (C7036) for digital pieces.  I don't consider the single lane R3 (C7017) or half straight (C7016) to be "special" since they can be made with regular track and a knife (also no electronics).

By contrast, I had a look at the 170 page Carrera 2019 Catalogue and noted the following:

- 3 digital straight lane changers - left, right, and double (i.e.XLC) ... plus the non-digital straight "X"

- 4 curved lane changers (CLCs) - left and right as both in-to-out and out-to-in ... but NO non-digital curved "X"

- digital narrow section pairs (like the Scalextric pit lane entry/exit pieces) for both left and right

- not to mention start light, position tower, pit lane with pit stop adapter, lap counter (matched by Scalextric), and driver displays

PLUS a 1:24 digital cam car streaming video from the car on the track

AND a digital Check Lane track piece for sector timing!

I was stunned by the number of track pieces Carrera offer compared to Scalextric (especially considering the number of non-digital pieces Scalextric had in the 1960's).

Now, in fairness, 3 Carrera straight lane changers are a bit excessive and can be replaced by one Scalextric double, and the Carrera pit lane entry/exit pieces are also redundant if they also have the narrow section pairs, which are used by Scalextric for the pit duties.  But not having CLC's is significant, especially when we see how many people are using them for pit entry or other unique applications. 

Maybe Scalextric should reconsider the CLC as a 2 piece curve in both left and right configurations and allow electronics to be swapped to the opposite end by the hobbyist (symmetrical flippers) to create 4 possible curves PLUS the racing line unit!

The SlotForum community has filled the gap on many of the other items (e.g. start lights and RichG lap tower) but the lack of CLCs mean passing ONLY on a straight and no more racing lines etc.

It concerns me that with only pit lanes and double straight (XLC) digital pieces, the significance of digital racing is not as appealing to newcomers.  So maybe bring back the CLC rather than remove more track pieces?

Cheers!

Sealevel

15 posts

I think Gorp means the mods done by the late poster Drummer who was playing with CLCs to either remove the added sensor track (incorporating the sensor in the curve) or control two changers on an IN to OUT to IN (or vice versa) from one sensor.  Too bad all of Drummers pics disappeared off the other forums.

Sealevel

15 posts

Instead of single lane changers (how does that work anyway?) what about the old straight crossover track so one does not need to use an XLC cross-over lane changer to go into/out of a pit bay?  Should be simple to do since the design is already there... just need the newer depth and the Sport track connectors.  No other electrics involved!

Sealevel

15 posts

If Scalextric would take the former curve lane changers and cut them in half (like the mods on the other forums) so one could combine either left or right turns to make chicane lane changes.  Also, make the curves truly reversable (identical flippers on each end, with easy to relocate flipper mechanism.... the previous ones are easy to move but the flippers are different sizes), then only two 2-piece changers are required (since reversing the change mechanisms would yield both in-to-out and out-to-in combinations), Left and Right.  Oh ya, fix the wiring so it works with ARC as well as digital and analogue.

Sealevel

15 posts

What is wrong with using a pit lane piece to exit/enter your alternate route?

Sealevel

15 posts

Maybe we should start a petition for the return of split 90 degree lane changers so that we can create lane change chicanes without having to cut up the track.  Only make two 2-piece variants, both of which are IN to OUT (Left and Right) which are wired to work with ARC Pro.  All the design work has been done already!

Sealevel

15 posts

It seems that Hornby does not want to advertise this upgraded component as the only way to describe it is as noted by Dr_C.  If they put a Rev reference on the bottom then we could at least ask an on line seller what Rev it is.  With only one Scalextric retailer in my community, almost all purchasing is online, even though one of the Canadian distributors is very close by.  Pricing online from the UK can be competitive with local pricing, too!

Sealevel

15 posts

In this edition of Test Track we saw a glimpse of the Hornby track layout used for filming.  Would it be possible to get the layout, including piece count, so we may also recreate this layout?  The view of the track was so brief I could not get a good look at it to sketch it out.  Thanks!

Sealevel

15 posts

3 pieces I would want to see are:

a)  return of the C7009/C7010 in to out curved lane changers as 2-piece (cut in half) so a racing line track can be made by swapping the ends (the other CLCs C7007/C7008 are not useful for this purpose so not needed.... one can reverse the flippers on the C7009/C7010 to make them if required).  The patterns are there, make 2 beginning halves (one for Left, one for Right) on the in to out and mount the powered flipper one end and match with a non-powered end... just a slight mod to the wiring to work with ARC Pro, please.

b)  a new Sport track version of the PT82 Classic straight lane crossover .... needed for creating dual lane pit lanes since the C7036 is "clumsy" (must press lane change to enter/exit) when stopping to pit and drive off from 2 or more pit bays.  It is enough to select the first or second bay once in the pits but to have to select again when this could be more easily done using a straight crossover like the PT82 but in Sport design with the deeper slot..... again, the patterns are there so no "new" development work.

Any other pieces you would like to see?

Sealevel

15 posts

The C8210 Crossroads Crossover shows as below on the website:

"Sorry the Straight Crossover is no longer available...

We're sorry, the website has sold out of this item and we're not expecting any more stock.

Your local model retailer may still have this item - search for your local stockist here.

Alternatively, search the website for similar items."

Does that mean it is no longer in production like the CLCs (C7007, C7008, C7009, & C7010)?

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