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  • HD Art
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    Originally posted by HOguy_56 View Post
    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!
    My ArtinsCars run with 7.5 V and my Carrera go runs with 14.5 V

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  • Wet Coast Racer
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    I just love that cat 'n track picture, awesome that you're all having so much fun!

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  • pfuetze
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    you got the bug, there is no help for it.
    search for SCX compact Porsche and Nascars, they are a blast to drive!

    and don´t even start to remove the magnets, otherwise you will spend some serious time working on the cars, too.and having even more fun ...

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  • HOguy_56
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    As you can see the stuff arrived tonight, and I'm already having a blast with it. Also 1:43 appears to be very cat approved, they couldn't get enough. Even the wife wanted to join in on the fun, she doesn't drive the HO cars but she had a blast with these. I've already got a couple more cars coming in the mail, with thoughts of buying even more in the near future. Send help.

    received_2301071396858732.jpeg

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  • pfuetze
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    Originally posted by HOguy_56 View Post
    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?
    SCX compact cars are the best RTR cars in 1/43rd

    artin cars can be nice, need work and are smaller than Go!cars. they run at a lower voltage (Go! is 14.8V, Artin is 6 to 7.5V) and you need different controllers as well.

    Go!track would be my track of choice for sure, offers the most track pieces and you can make opening and closing turns.
    you can make adapters to SCX compact track easily.

    Peter


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  • ElCamino
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    SCX cars work great on Carrera GO track. The Indy/F1 cars run especially well.

    If you use the stock Power packs, Artin cars won’t work very well. They’re set up for low voltage/high current supplies and the GO power packs don’t supply enough current. If on the other hand you plan to use a higher current power supply, there is no reason not to use Artin cars or their clones.

    When we ran a 1/43 scale drag series, the Artins were pretty hard to beat.

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  • HOguy_56
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    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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  • thatguy01
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    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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  • thatguy01
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    <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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  • HOguy_56
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    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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  • ElCamino
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    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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  • HOguy_56
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    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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  • dw5555
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    Well at least you got one answer from Flip. Maybe someone else might chime in to the actual question.

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  • DVD3500
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    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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  • Wet Coast Racer
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    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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