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  • Which Track System for a Newbie? Carrera Go or SCX Compact?

    I've got a bunch of HO stuff that I've had for a while, but I've recently been toying with jumping into 1:43 as well. I'm limited to an 8x4 table so 1:32 isn't an option unfortunately or I would go that route. Which track system would be the better one to get into, Carrera Go or SCX Compact? I've seen plenty of both available on ebay for similar prices so I don't think cost will be a deciding factor. Would one be better than the other with my limited space? Which has a greater variety of track pieces available, or are they pretty similar? Is one track connection system better than the other? Is one brand's powerpack Part of the reason I'd like to get into 1:43 is because I have cats who play and run all over table, and often make the track come apart in the process. I expect it might be harder for the 1:43 track to be pulled apart (I only set up temporary circuits and change layouts frequently so tacking or gluing the track down isn't an option.) This would mainly be for me to just run solo laps for fun and for cat entertainment Might modify a track section to allow a light bridge setup for lap timing. Help a complete 1:43 newbie out!

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    Why not Scalextric track?

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    • #3
      Yeah, you can get a pretty good layout on an 8x4 with Scalextric Sport track.
      But, if 1/43 is your thing, I think Carrera has the better variety of pieces, different radii and banks and stuff. I like SCX better as far as track surface and connection, but I'm not sure either have border pieces, so you'd need to come up with your own skirts is you like racing gravity cars rather than magnet cars.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by thatguy01 View Post
        Why not Scalextric track?
        Scalextric (as in the UK company that is part of Hornby) don't make 1/43rd stuff.

        I believe SCX is marketed as Scalextric outside the UK. At least that used to be the case.

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        • #5
          I may have to look into the Scalextric Sport a little more, it looked to me like I'd be pretty limited in what I could do on a 4x8. It also looks to be a good bit more expensive for the 1:32 track, but I definitely wouldn't mind the greater diversity in car options that would be available in 1:32. I'm US based, by the way.

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          • #6
            The smallest available Scalextric curve isn't significantly larger radius than 1 43 curves. Scalextric track width is about 156 mm vs about 120mm for 1 43 track. Think of it as a built in apron for 1 43 cars.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by thatguy01 View Post
              The smallest available Scalextric curve isn't significantly larger radius than 1 43 curves. Scalextric track width is about 156 mm vs about 120mm for 1 43 track. Think of it as a built in apron for 1 43 cars.
              That actually makes sense. And if the guide depth of 1/43 cars is relatively shallow, then all the old Scalextric and SCX 1/32 track pieces should work, I think.

              But, what's the answer to the footprint question? How much more of a 1/43 track are you going to get onto the same area as a 1/32 track? And would it make much difference how much room was used up, between 1/43 scale track Carrera and SCX systems?

              Meanwhile, here I am, 65 years old and I've always managed to avoid looking at cat videos. Until now, so I blame the OP for this:

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              • #8
                180° radius 1 (smallest radius) can be achieved with Scalextric Sport in about 33 cm so about 14 inches I think.. We race 1/43 on Sport all the time..

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                • #9
                  Well at least you got one answer from Flip. Maybe someone else might chime in to the actual question.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for that info, DVD. To clarify the question, it's not so much that I want to run 1:43 cars, it's that I want to make sure I can have a decent track whether it be in 1:43 or 1:32 track on my 4x8 table. In fact I think, outside of the cost of cars, I'd prefer to run 1:32 if I can get more than a basic oval with a kink in it onto my table. Might need to download UR and see if that gives me a good idea of what can be done with the Sport track. Most of the 1:32 sets I've looked at with even fairly simply layouts run right on or larger than my table.

                    @wet, sorry for forcing you into cat videos
                    Last edited by HOguy_56; 03-17-2020, 08:35 AM.

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                    • #11
                      When I first got into 1/43 I had Artin track which had a lot of dead and slow track issues. When I asked for advice on track. The almost universal answer was to can the Atrin track and replace it with Carrera GO. Reasons cited were the large variety of turn radii available and no electrical problems. I took their advice, went with GO and am very pleased with it.

                      Since I have 8 grandkids I usually set up a 4 lane track and have capability to go to 6 lanes.

                      My recommendation is to go with GO.

                      Bill

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the input guys. I played with the Scaley track in UR, and it doesn't look like I'd be able to get a very good layout in 4x8. So it's down to SCX or Carrera 1/43. I'm leaning towards Go because it has more track options (as Bill kindly input), but I like that SCX comes with pistol type controllers out of the box as opposed to the thumb plungers on the Go sets. Anyone happen to know the Ohms on the Go controllers? I'm not afraid of swapping out controllers on the Go system.

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                        • #13
                          <img src="https://i.ibb.co/Y8gtG0v/Scalextric-1-43.gif" alt="Scalextric-1-43" border="0" />

                          <img src="https://i.ibb.co/WyHRhTZ/Scalextric-1-43-parts.gif" alt="Scalextric-1-43-parts" border="0">

                          ..Scalextric 4x8
                          Last edited by thatguy01; 03-23-2020, 06:00 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Scalextric 1 43 overpass parts.GIF Scalextric 1 43 overpass.gif Scalextric 1 43 overpass.gif

                            Scalextric 1 43 overpass parts.GIF

                            Scalextric 4x8
                            Last edited by thatguy01; 03-23-2020, 10:28 AM.

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                            • #15
                              So I've decided to take the plunge and go for the Carrera Go track. Now a follow up question, is it worth considering getting any SCX compact cars (or even Artin cars) at some point in the future, or is it best to just stick with the Go cars? I'm guessing I should probably stay away from the Artin stuff, but not sure about the SCX?

                              thatguy01 thanks for the ideas on the Scalextric tracks, looks like some neat layouts. Unfortunately when I added up the rough cost to get the track to make those it would blow the amount I'm willing to spend and I'd have nothing left for cars Really appreciate the effort, though!

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