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    Hello, I bought the Ninco Pro Am Evo 3 years ago to get into slotracing. I'm now looking to expand, I've got a good layout and it's easy to expand. With this set you get 2 plus 55 controllers and a starting piece. The problem is that the controllers or the starting piece don't work. I tried with several cars but they will not drive or get a very short burst that shoots them off the track. I would like to get new controllers but I don't know what to pick. This is where you guys come into play, what are good controllers?

  • #2
    I am not familiar with Ninco sets, assuming that it is analog most people that upgrade would use Parma Economy 45 ohm controllers. Those are on back order right now, but they can be found on ebay. Another alternative would be a Professor Motor electronic controller, there is a model with a Ninco style plug.
    If your set is digital a Slot.it controller would be a good choice.

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    • #3
      It sounds to me

      that the cars are getting full voltage.

      Maybe the set base-piece is faulty, but - though it sounds silly to even mention it, it could also be that you have only pressed the 3 pin plugs on the controller part way into the socket, which can lead to that scenario. So ensure they are fully located in the sockets.

      It is highly unlikely to be the controllers themselves, so swapping controllers is unlikely to resolve the issue.

      With the controllers plugged in but without triggers depressed, lower the front end only of a car onto the rails. Does it sound to be running at full speed - or not at all?

      Now just pull the trigger a fraction - do they run at full speed or slowly?

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      • #4
        the controllers are plugged in correctly, the problem is that they dont respond. They will only respond if you plug or unplug them, then they will get this boost that boosts them 5 cm ahead. The problem is not the lanes, cars or start/stop piece. One of the 2 controllers failed earlier and out of testing we could conclude that that controller was the issue. And they don't react at all if I lift the rear, and they don't work if I just place the car on the track. I even tried to change the little pieces of metal wire that's under the car and gives it power...
        Last edited by Finn Coolen; 06-29-2015, 05:09 AM.

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        • #5
          If I recall correctly Ninco controllers have stereo plugs, those short when you plug them in. If the power is on and there is a car on the track when you plug in a controller it will get full power for an instant. If the controllers do not work after the plugs are fully seated then they must have a bad connection inside. You would think that it is unlikely that two new controllers would be defective, but on another thread someone got two new Scalextric controllers that had the wire to the wiper nipped off.

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          • #6
            The fact that full power appears momentarily when you plug/unplug the controller is expected with the 3.5 mm stereo plug as it produces a momentary short circuit when inserted or removed. This also means that power is getting to the track through the controller. The Ninco 55 Plus is one of the better set controllers, however, I have had two of them lose their wiper lead connection. Hold the controller in front of a light source and depress and release the trigger. You should be able to see if the wiper lead is attached and moves along with the trigger motion. If you can't tell, then take the controller apart (it's not complicated) and inspect all connections. I have also had one 55 Plus lose a connection in the plug itself.

            This sounds like the controller to me.

            _michael
            Last edited by mfogg; 06-29-2015, 12:01 PM.

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            • #7
              I checked, the controller has all the connections, I think the connections are broken inside the cable. Because they sometimes work if you hold them in the right possision. What do I need to do now?

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              • #8
                If the problem is in the plug it is relatively easy to fix—if you have a soldering iron. Unscrew the plug from its housing. There are three wires. Any broken or shorting connections should be obvious.

                _michael

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                • #9
                  It's in the cable and I dont have a solder....

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                  • #10
                    Most of the time the bad connection will be right at the plug. In order to fix that you would have to cut the wires a few centimeters before the plug. You can buy a replacement plug that has screw connections. You will have to figure out where the wires go. The brake wire connects to the tip of the plug. The wire from the wiper arm connects to the middle band and the resistor connects to the last band. It might not be a good thing to mix the connections up. You should at least get a cheap multimeter to tell which wire goes where.

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                    • #11
                      One of the best things I did was upgrade from stock Scalextric controllers to Professor Motor controllers. I believe PM makes controllers specifically for Ninco like he does for Scalextric. I splurged a little bit and got the more expensive models that come with sensitivity and brake adjustment. They take a little maintenance as you need to clean them every one or two weeks but I've found it to be worth it as they work so well. Some of my cars had poor braking effect, especially some Monogram front engine classics like the Daytona Cobra had almost no brakes but with the PM controllers they now have some braking. There are more expensive brands out there but for a home track the PM controllers are great.

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                      • #12
                        Sounds good, I'll take a look and let you guys know my choice, tnx for all the help!!

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                        • #13
                          http://www.electricdreams.com/Shop/p...0863726d774b96 I've chosen this one, will it work? (the powerbase is correct)

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                          • #14
                            That's the basic model and a good controller. There's also a more expensive version that comes with sensitivity and brake control. Looks like Ninco comes with two different connector tracks - standard and dual, and that there's a different PM controller for each, so make sure you know which one you might be buying a controller for before you choose one.

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                            • #15
                              what do you advise? I really wouldn't know what to buy, how much ohm and what polarity....
                              Last edited by Finn Coolen; 07-05-2015, 06:46 AM.

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